An Elegant M and W Tea Towel

by Helen Bressler


Marjie Thompson defines Gebrochene twills in the Best of Weaver’s Twill Thrills, edited by Madelyn van der Hoogt: “Gebrochene is the German term for the structure sometimes called an M and W twill by contemporary handweavers. It is a twill interlacement with extensive threading and treadling repeats, usually including many points, woven with a twill tie-up.” Gebrochene has a very intricate and elegant appearance.

This towel by Helen Bressler was woven with a flax/rayon warp creating a beautiful sheen. Side borders were designed with decorative bands to make the towel more finished overall. The darker wefts bring out the beautiful details of the M and W twill.

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Structure: M & W Twill, 8 shaft
Warp: 20/2 Flax/rayon and 20/2 perle cotton:

  • Color A: Silver
  • Color B: Natural

Weft: 20/2 perle cotton

  • Color C: Charcoal
  • Color D: Red

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: 21″ x 25″