What to call them? They are 'tea towels' in Australia, but I think 'dish cloths' elsewhere? Anyway ... I wanted to weave one for Anita, since we have difficulty finding tea towels in the colours of our kitchen (turquoise, black & white). So I bought some Cottolin in turquoise and black - also because I wanted to learn how to weave with a material other than wool.
This is what I have done so far:
And here's the sad story behind it (which will probably be incredibly boring to non-weavers - sorry!) ... I majorly stuffed up when warping up the loom! Instead of weaving with the usual 70 ends, a tea towel requires a massive 312 ends (ends are the amount of warp threads on the loom). Guess what I completely forgot to do? COUNT THE HEDDLES BEFORE STARTING TO WARP UP - aaaaarrrgghh!!!
Now I googled and googled, and couldn't find anyone online who had done this (apart from a brief mention) ... does that mean I'm a complete idiot, or that this is something weavers do not blog about? Anyway, I'm blogging about it here, just in case there is someone
Firstly - I wasn't going to undo 6 hours (yes - 6 HOURS!!) worth of warping time, so after wrestling with my loom and figuring out that I couldn't take apart the shafts to add extra texsolv heddles while the loom was half-warped, I decided to make my own out of cotton seine twine.
All I did was measure 66 lengths of twine (yes, that's how much I under-counted - not just one or two!), double the height of the shaft and a bit more (they ended up being 60cm each).
Then I made 2 loose reef knots in the middle to form an 'eye'.
Then I tied to the top of the shaft. Voila!
Pretty dodgy, but hey it works! Only problem I've had was that a couple of heddles came untied while weaving, which I didn't notice until the pattern was looking wrong - woops!
Anyway, more pics when it comes off the loom (hopefully soon!). Lets just say I *won't* be selling tea towels as part of my range - I mean, there's no profit in the infinity cowls, but there's even less in tea towels!! And even though I quite like warping up the loom, I don't like warping up for 7 hours (that's how long it took in total - seriously!).
Come on, someone tell me I'm not the only one who has done this!! Anybody? ;)