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Weaver Andrea Tollison
Source Original Design
Yarn 6/2 Cotton
EPI 24
Purpose Towels
Guild Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers
Collection MAFA 2023 Towel Exchange
# Shafts 4
Weave Name Shadow weave
Weave Category Plain Simple

Weaver Notes

This was my first ever kitchen towel project! It also was my first shaddow weave!

My inspiration was thinking about an American flag and how the stripes would undulate if the wind were blowing.

I chose to shadow weave in blue and white vs red and white to maximize the contrast of the yarns.

This design was created for my submission to the Woolery 2023 Weave-Off. My warp was long enough for me to make several towels and I’m happy to share one of them as part of the towel exchange.

The trickiest part of this project was that some of warp threads wanted to cross. This resulted in 2 white threads or 2 blue threads being next to each other at a few places in the warp. It wasn’t particularly noticeable in the waves but it was quite obvious in the weft picks that became the hem. It’s not clear if this was a tension issue or if the sett could have been decreased. Getting them to uncross when weaving the hem picks is possible but tedious.

In the attached WIF and reading from right to left, the first 88 warp threads are the pattern and can be repeated. For the finished towel, I repeated this 5 times and then transitioned back to the hem portion.


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