Friday, January 25, 2013

Kitchen Towels!!

My kitchen towels are finally off the loom, washed, ironed and ready for use.  I am so excited!!

There was another little warp problem right at the end.  One of the warp threads jumped off the roller at the back.  I have no idea how that happened, but I just attached one of my handy dandy little weights to the thread and merrily went on my way until I had finished.


This is the waffle weave in the very center.  I love how this looks - it's the whole reason that I picked this pattern.


This is a closeup near the end - you can see, near the middle up there where one of the blue threads somehow missed when I was weaving.  Every one of the towels (and there are 4) have a little "extra" design element like this one.  Not the same design element - there are floating threads both warp and weft, missed stitches, and a portion of one towel where I forgot the pattern for the waffle weave so it is short one weft thread every pattern for a bit.  But all in all, I am very happy with these.


I hemmed them by turning under the ends twice.  First though, before I cut them apart, I zig zagged the ends to keep them from unraveling.  I'm pretty sure they would have stayed, but I still live in fear that as soon as I take them off the loom, the are going to somehow spontaneously explode and all I will have is a pile of thread.  Silly, I know....


Doesn't it look lovely hanging on my oven.


We are using them, but for right now, they can only be used for freshly cleaned hands.  No wiping up spills on the floor yet :o)


AND... don't laugh ... I am making more tesselating fish!  I finished my blanket awhile back and I was missing making the fish, but didn't want another blanket.  Then it hit me!!  We need more pillows!!  I got out my sock yarn (the yarn I am using for hexis) and started knitting up these cute little fish for the front of a pillow!!  Aren't they just the cutest??!  I think I'm going to try for something that is about 18" X18", but I'm not locked into that.  I am going to play it by ear and see how it goes.

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21 comments:

Chrisknits said...

The towels are lovely. I keep trying to resist getting a loom and taking up weaving, but it's getting hard!

Maggie said...

Beautiful work. I bet you smile every time you see the towel hanging in your kitchen.

Natalie said...

The towels are beautiful. Just this morning, my son was saying that he loves that we make things that other people go out and buy. I never even thought to make kitchen towels, although I have some of my grandmother's. You inspire me. Thanks for sharing!

Andria said...

Oh-my-goodness, I want to learn to weave just so I can make towels. I am in awe--so amazing!!

Ginx Craft said...

Your kitchen towels look really smart. I admire anyone who can weave.

Hege said...

Beautifl towels!

Tawnee Isner said...

The towels look great. I would love to learn how to weave, but I don't think I need that addiction lol.

Jazz said...

Gorgeous towels!

Have a great weekend.

Here's my FO: http://mibruno.com/terminados-42/

wordlily.com said...

The towels are excellent! The hat I posted about today has a few of those "design elements" in it, too. My loom, sadly, still awaits its first warping (from my hands, anyway). Some day, right? I've got the yarn/thread all measured out ... And when I first saw the picture of the fish, I thought you were making hexis a different way, funny! Pillows are a great idea for them.

Mary said...

WOW, your towels look great, makes me want a loom. Cute fish.

Natalie Jones said...

Your towels are wonderful! What a useful item to be able to handmake - the crafting equvilent of making your own chicken nuggets

Maria from Cuddle Bug Kids said...

Wow! Love the towels! How do you weave them? What kind of loom are you using - just curious as a non-weaver who loves learning about other crafts!

Melissa said...

My goodness....your towels are lovely. Everytime I see a finished weaving project it makes me wish I liked to weave more. Just can't seem to stick with it. I love your little fish. Our 4 yr. grandson has a whole wall mural of a beach with palm trees. It came with the new house his folks bought and he loves it. We're always sending him some kind of fish related item. Did you make the pattern?

Sam I Am...... said...

Wow...handwoven towels! I've always wanted to learn but will wait until a later date as I have enough going on right now. You did a great job and if there were mistakes I certainly could not see them!
Your fish are cute and what a great idea for a pillow.

The Handmaden said...

The towels are gorgeous!

Heather Woollove said...

Love the towels...and I know what you mean about zig zagging to keep them from turning into a pile of thread! Speaking of which...have you seen this yet? So cute. http://vimeo.com/54243073

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Love the up close pictures of the towels..that's a very cool stitch! Can't wait to see the tessellating pillow fish..

Judy S. said...

Beautiful towels, and your fish are very fun!

ducksinthepond said...

I arrived via Frontier Dreams and want to say, "WOW! Your towels are so cool!" What a cool art form.

Shan said...

I got a handwoven kitchen towel at our guild Christmas party, and I treasure it. Weaving is a bit of a closed book to me, and there's no denying this towel is better than any of my other towels. I'll go you one better - nobody uses my towel but me! Clean hands or no clean hands.

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Your towels are lovely! I like that little snowflakey design in the middle too. Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!