A Finely Woven Towel with Twill Blocks

by Helen Bressler


Color inspiration comes from everyday life, even from your breakfast bowl of cereal with blueberries and bananas. Twill blocks or twill damask is a wonderful structure to use when playing with color. Have fun experimenting with stripe size and color when treadling A & B blocks to achieve an overall interesting design.

A profile draft is shown; click on the link to the WIF file to see the entire draft. The other towel pictured, a color and weave 8 shaft twill, was also woven by Helen Bressler (instructions not included).

Download the WIF file

Download Finely Woven Twill Block PDF

Structure: Twill blocks, 8 shaft
Warp: 20/2 unmercerized cotton

  • Color A: White
  • Color B: Blue
  • Color C: Gold

Weft: Same as warp
Warp sett: 36 ends per inch, 18 dent reed, 2 ends per dent
Width in reed: 23″, Use floating selvages
Dimensions after hemming and wet finishing: 20″ x 28″