Archive: January 2024

MAFA2023-043

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...

MAFA2023-040

Towel uses 2 variations of treadling with a traditional M & W twill pattern. Vary treadling and colors as desired. Floating selvedges are incorporated. Hems are woven with plain weave, folded and machine stitched. WIF file shows 2 options for colors and treadling. There are...

MAFA2023-035

Each warp stripe is 6 ends wide, alternating black and white except between wider sections where I doubled the black stripe. Weft stripes can repeat as much as you like. This pattern was inspired by my recent trip to New Zealand and the preponderance of...

MAFA2023-031

I wet finished the towel by boiling it in water with dawn detergent for one hour and laid it flat to dry. I used a 19th century draft for a southern counterpane from Martin Marshall an Alabama weaver. I have not been able to find...

MAFA2023-030

This basic design was on the Handwoven Magazine website but woven in huck lace on 8 shafts. I liked the design and wanted to try some Swedish lace on 4 shafts so I modified the design and moved blocks around using weaving software. When I...

MAFA2023-029

Scottish Meadow Towels I created this pattern while watching the series Outlander. It’s a very easy draft to weave and goes very quickly. Warp Threads: 282 (7 pattern repeats + 2 selvedge threads)) Warp End Color Sequence: Maysville Navy Blue 20 ends + 1 floating...

MAFA2023-024

Woven with 8/2 hemp (40%)/organic cotton (60%) yarn in both the warp and weft, ordered from Gather Textiles. 444 ends at 20 epi for a little over 22 inches in the reed (10 dent, 2 ends/dent). About 19 inches finished width. Length was about 36″...

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I’m a beginner, so while the pattern called for 20 ppi, I was unable to beat that close. So I adjusted the pattern’s weft instructions and used 16ppi. I wove this on a 4 shaft table loom....

MAFA2023-016

6 repeats on the threading. Outside 2 are the floating selvage. Weft: 1.5″ border, Edge 13 repeats of middle section Edge 1.5″ border. Part of a 4 Season Towel kit by Lunatic Fridge Yarns by Mary Berent...

MAFA2023-015

On the .wif, the first 14 thread is one edge of the towel and the other edge is the last 32 threads. Repeat the 40 threads in the middle as often as needed for the towel you are weaving. I overestimated the shrinkage of my...

MAFA2023-013

This was the first project I wove on my first loom, an older 12-shaft Macomber that took me over 9 months to refurbish. The towels turned out better than I had hoped, so of course I put them away “for posterity”. I couldn’t bear to...

MAFA2023-010

The wider stripes in the warp are randomly placed, as is the order of the 4 pintripe colors throughout. The warp is 506 threads plus 4 FS, 2 on each side. The weft repeats two more times, using a different color pattern (Chambray/Denim/Natural) of Plain...

MAFA2023-001

This towel is woven in the colors of the Norwegian flag to reflect Caroline Halvorson’s 1904 pattern and my Norwegian heritage. The selvedge has a denser sett, as described by Dixon in her book, A Handweaver’s Pattern Book. Ends Ends 5-8 and 400-403 have two...

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MAFA2019-041

Dark stripes always begin & end on harness 4 in any number of repeats. Light stripes always begin & end on harness 1 in any number of repeats. The color order is given in the accompanying chart. These yarns blend Sally Fox’ green and brown...

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MAFA2019-081

The yarn was predominantly unmercerized cotton. The goal was to use yarns from dark to light so that the light warps would stand out. The colors were chosen as I wound the warp. Occasionally perle cotton was used if the color sequence required it and...

MAFA2021-055

Name draft created from the title Bellwether, a book by Connie Willis. Because the warp threads alternated in color every two threads, it was easier to see any errors in the blocks as the weaving progressed. I only had a 15 dent reed with this...

MAFA2021-053

I use my towel projects as experiments. The draft does not show threads per color stripe, and the final threading was not exactly what my original plan called for. For these towels, the threading (right to left) was: Grey 20, White 4, Grey 12, White...

MAFA2021-048

Woven in Valley Yarns 8/2 variegated unmercerized cotton in the ‘Cotton Candy’ colorway. It was interesting to weave because of the variegated yarn. Six towels were woven then zigzagged on the sewing machine. They were washed and dried in the dryer then cut apart and...

MAFA2021-046

This is my expression of pansies viewed through a window. Used Kathryn Weber ‘s Blazing Shuttles for warp with white cotton and purple accents for warp. Structure was plainweave with two overshot accents in the weft—one narrow purple and one wider of white. Floating selvages...

MAFA2021-044

I used a Josephine Estes miniature, “Cambridge Beauty” (www2.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/monographs/eje_min1.pdf), to design this towel. I added some striped segments that altered the miniature repeats to create the structured effect I was seeking in the towel. 735 ends plus 2 FS each side. I played with the...

MAFA2021-041

Warp is 8/2 cotton dyed by Kathrin Weber of Blazing Shuttles (for wider stripes) and 8/2 Maurice Brassard (for narrower stripes). Weft is 8/2 variegated purchased from Webs many years ago. Hems are 10/2 mercerized cotton from Lunatic Fringe. Lots of colors! The “Friendship Towels”...

MAFA2021-039

Note that the heddle count is significantly greater for harnesses 2 and 3 and minimal for harnesses 1 and 4....

MAFA2021-032

This is the oldest, simplest, and most traditional Scottish tartan. It is variously known as Shepherd’s Check, Houndstooth, or Northumberland (Northumbria) tartan, as that is the area where it originated. I can just imagine those early medieval weavers deciding to add a little variety to...

MAFA2021-037

I was influenced by the piece Vavstuga had for Bockens Egyptian 8/2 cotton on their website (store.vavstuga.com/product/yarn-bock-cot-8-2-dyed.html). Their current piece is actually a little different, as the one that influenced me had some red accent yarns in warp and weft. I liked the combination of...

MAFA2021-038

The original draft I found on the Schacht website had 414 ends, so I adjusted to 430 ends to meet the necessary width requirement. I also used a simplified threading, a draft of which was supplied to me by Judie Eatough. I machine washed the...

MAFA2021-040

I was introduced to this pattern, “Checked Houndstooth,” in a Scandinavian Towel class taught by Melissa Weaver Dunning. This traditional design can be found in Simple Weaves by Birgitta Bengtsson Bjork & Tina Ingell, p. 92. Warp is wound 36 Periwinkle, 4 Marine, 4 White,...

MAFA2021-030

I just started weaving in August 2020. My fiber friends, who are also weavers, encouraged me to join Jane Stafford’s Online Guild. I fell in love with Jane’s boucle towel kits and bought two for the colors. However, I wanted to try something I had...

MAFA2021-029

I varied Jane’s original design, but started with her ideas. My fiber is actually cotton boucle and cottolin....

MAFA2021-028

I made 6 towels on this warp. For all the towels except this one, I used 8/2 cotton. On this towel, I used a thicker cotton (Conshohocken ‘Softball’ cotton, color 088 – cherry). It made the whole towel very fluffy and I loved it....

MAFA2021-024

This was fun and fast to weave. 24 epi 24 ppi 576 ends and 2 floating selvages I simplified the treadling for a less busy effect. Before finishing: 26″ long x 22″ wide After finishing: 22″ long x 20.5″ wide Shrinkage: 22% Machine wash cool,...

MAFA2021-014

This is a popular draft for kitchen towels with good reason. It is a fun weave and produces a good looking towel. I hope you enjoy using it as much as I enjoyed weaving it. The Schacht website describes the “Friendship Towels” pattern: “This is...

MAFA2021-015

I was inspired when Judith, a member of our guild, wove this for our April 2021 newsletter sample. This was fun. I put on five yards of warp, total of 562 ends (used floating selvages). I had a 20 inch width and wove 32 inches...

MAFA2021-019

The loom was warped for a total of four towels. A total of 434 ends at 20 epi for the warp and 20 ppi for the weft. Allowance of two inches at the top and bottom of each towel. Using Fibonacci as my theme in...

MAFA2021-017

The treadling was adjusted to allow squared blocks, with 8/2 Brassard cotton used for warp and weft. After being washed, the texture is nubby and more pronounced. The weaving width in the reed was 20.75″. I like the look and enjoy the process of hemming...

MAFA2021-011

I am delighted by the possibilities of such a simple weave as Monks Belt!...

MAFA2021-012

Traditional twill threadings like the Ms & Ws I used lend themselves to treadling variations. This towel includes straight, point, as-drawn-in, and several variations I “unvented” while playing around with Fiberworks. In the MAFA Samples Database, there is a second .wif file showing all the...

MAFA2021-009

This draft is from a terrific issue of Heddlecraft titled “Wicked Good Weaving—Squares and Grids.” This particular draft, in what Robyn Spady terms “x” style, was a lot of fun to weave. I was really drawn to the “X” motif between the tables. Please note...

MAFA2021-006

Name draft created in Fiberworks. Name for threading is: PatCapogrossi. 487 ends. 2 inches of plain weave at each end. Machine washed and dried. Yarns are Lunatic Fringe perle cotton....

MAFA2019-080

The color block design is based on Fibonacci relationships. The blue area is 8 inches wide (160 Ends). The lime green area is 13 inches wide (260 ends). In the weft, there is 3 inches of lime green, then a ¾ inch stripe of blue....

MAFA2019-044

This was fun to weave because of the color way of stripes, but the weave structure would be lost if just a single color were used. The 20/2 linen was too fine to use with cottolin and 8/2 cotton....

MAFA2019-045

I saw this color palette on Pinterest and chose 4 different colors for the warp. (WEBS: Black Forest, Burnt Sienna, Tobacco and Eggplant.) The width of the stripes and colors can be adjusted to whatever you should desire. Each color stripe was 34 end wide...

MAFA2019-043

Making the graphic square is more important than the actual PPI. If 19 PPI gives you a square graphic, then it’s good. It was fun to weave, my first attempt at using cottolin. The draft actually calls for 18 EPI. I only had a 10...

MAFA2019-042

I modified this draft off of the towel created in the Vavstuga Basics class....

MAFA2019-033

I was looking for some ideas to help me mix colors and found this draft in a Weavers Magazine. I ended up making 4 towels and used the various suggested treadling options to create alternate patterns and a sampler towel for future reference. Weaving this...

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MAFA2019-022

This is my first weaving project using the M’s and O’s weaving structure....

MAFA2019-034

I simply played with random striping in both the warp and weft. While the pattern is technically from Gist Yarn, the point draft is from page 71 of Ann Dixon’s Handweaver’s Pattern Directory....

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MAFA2019-024

It was fun to play with color. It was difficult to keep the Monk’s Belt pattern areas from drawing in....

MAFA2019-039

The color sequence (Chasing Rainbows) comes from The Weaver’s Weevil by Rebecca Fox and the warp yarn is 10/2 mercerized cotton from Lunatic Fringe (color spectrum). I used black for the weft and threaded on a straight draw....

MAFA2019-037

The texture was more subtle because of the variegated weft color....

MAFA2019-036

I somehow reversed the blocks on both edges of the towel, but I like the way it turned out....

MAFA2019-035

I did notice that my warp drew in more for the point twill than the plain weave. Next time I will use a temple for that part. Warp color is white. Weft colors- -plain weave is pale yellow, point twill chevron is orange and point...

MAFA2019-025

I learned how to choose 2 block textures for a 4 shaft loom. This was woven on a warp from MAFA 2017 Rosalie Neilson’s class “Color & Design in Huck Lace Towels” I enjoyed weaving Huck for the first time, and enjoyed learning about motif,...

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MAFA2019-028

Used 1 floating selvedge on each side...

MAFA2019-029

The warp alternates 2 threading blocks with 3 thread colors. This is a two shuttle weave and each block of the 2-block treadling uses two colors in the weft, and the color combination changes with each block change. All 3 of the warp colors are...

MAFA2019-030

I used what color yarns I had on hand, the numbers on the warp order were for my purpose to keep track of my color selection that I wound on card while winding my warp....

MAFA2019-031

I really enjoyed weaving this towel and the fabric that was produced. As I used a very different color way than suggested, my towel looks not a lot like the gingham checks in the pattern. I hope whoever receives this towel enjoys it for many...

MAFA2019-032

I did not put the different colors of the used threads, it’s up to you to use any color....

MAFA2019-007

I followed the pattern as published, except for these changes: 1. I used 22/2 Cottolin for the weft instead of 8/2 Cotton 2. In order to comply with the Towel Exchange rules, I removed the outer 32 threads on each side of the towel, a...

MAFA2019-008

This was my first project that I started and completed all on my own after taking several weaving classes. I followed the warp color and threading order in the kit (from Halcyon Yarn), but quickly changed up the weft color order and treadling after weaving...

MAFA2019-009

Use plainweave for hem in finer cotton so hem doesn’t splay....

MAFA2019-010

I used Mastering Weave Structures by Sharon Alderman, which is a great book to brush up on your structures…. Had fun weaving it....

MAFA2019-011

Detailed instructions for doing the mock damask are in the 1994 May/June Handwoven magazine. Take your time on pick-up work. Wrong threads can occasionally get caught resulting in very long floats and it’s difficult un-weaving pick-up work . The instruction don’t indicate it but you...

MAFA2019-012

Picked 3 pairs of coordinating colors and used twice in warp by reversing color order within each pair of blocks. Wove off by rotating through all 6 colors of warp and also varying sizes of blocks to make each towel in the warp unique....

MAFA2019-013

This twill is threaded and treadled based on draft on Heinrich Woolhever’s 1821 Pattern Books Draft. It represents further use of a pattern I chose to explore for the Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts Group of Complex Weavers. The cheerful stripes are my addition....

MAFA2019-014

Page 31 of the BGH book shows a skeleton drawdown of Wishing Well for a bookmark that is significantly different from the Wishing Well draft on page 97 (the book suggests it may be due to a treadling variation). Using the skeleton drawdown, I determined...

MAFA2019-015

Use tabby. I used a jack loom so I reversed the tie-up shown in the book....

MAFA2019-016

A 4-shaft point twill sounds boring but when you add warp stripes of tan, red, green and bright yellow separated by white stripes edged by a single navy thread there is hope. Add an interesting tie-up and treadling to create an interesting texture you have...

MAFA2019-017

Tip: Use a temple. Note that the draft shows only four stripes of the 16 I used in the towel. I basically flopped the draft several times. This resulted in two wide green stripes on the sides and one wide purple stripe in the center....

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MAFA2019-019

I recorded this draft in iWeaveIt quite a while ago as Simplified Damask from Marguerite Davison’s Handweavers Pattern Book. However, this is not that draft so I now have no idea where the pattern came from. I repeated the pattern 8 times and added 28...

MAFA2019-020

I am a beginner weaver and this is my first project. The cotton thread I used tangled easily and I struggled with setting the warp. And then making sure it was not twisted or mis-threaded. There are a few (many) mistakes....

MAFA2019-006

This draft is a standard basic twill with plain weave borders at each end. The twill combined with color sequence for the warp was devised by Beth Willson, Purcellville, VA. I have woven a number of towels using this draft, changing the color sequencing in...