Bateman Combination Weave Towel

by Carol Wilkinson


Draft 99 (p. 83) from Boulevard, Chevron, and Combination Weaves, based on Dr. William G. Bateman’s Manuscript, edited by Virginia I. Harvey offers interesting threadings that enable many designs to be created by various placement of warp threads.

The challenge for Carol Wilkinson was deciding on which part of the pattern to place the colored warp threads; there are many ways to make a pleasing design. With 8 colors in the warp, this project is a good way to use your stash. Tabby is a must for this design. Other towels were woven using the same draft (top to bottom) by Susan Bowman, Carol Wilkinson and Jan Seltman (instructions not included).

The tie up and treadling were based on Bateman’s Sample 99-2 (p. 84). Carol used 9 repeats of the drawdown and added 47 additional ends to balance the design.

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Structure: Combination of Park, Boulevard and Chevron blocks, 8 shaft
Warp: Various sizes of cotton

  • Color A: 20/2 unmercerized red-orange
  • Color B: 6/2 unmercerized, brown
  • Color C: 6/2 unmercerized, tan
  • Color D: 20/2 mercerized, pecan
  • Color E: 11/2 naturally colored dark green
  • Color F: 11/2 naturally colored light green
  • Color G: 8/2 unmercerized, white
  • Color H: 6/2 unmercerized, olive green

Pattern Weft: 16/2 linen, unbleached
Tabby Weft: 20/2 mercerized cotton, pecan
Warp sett: 27 ends per inch, 12 dent reed. Sley 2,2,2,3
Width in reed: 21.75″, Use floating selvages
Dimensions after hemming and wet finishing: 18.5″ x 29″