Bold Graphics in Mezo American Key Motif

by Edna Devai


Central and South American designs have an appealing graphic quality that inspired this tea towel. These designs can be found on textiles and pottery as well as on buildings, both ancient and modern.

There are many books and pictorial resources available. For this towel, Edna Devai found the graphics in Joanne Hall’s book, Mexican Tapestry Weaving. The structure for this towel is a 3 end twill on 30 shafts.

Edna discovered that blues and purples do not work well with the black and beige background colors. Turquoise, yellows, red and medium green stand out beautifully. Have fun creating other color combinations and ratios with this design.

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Structure: 3 end twill, 30 shaft
Warp: 22/2 cottolin:

  • Color A: Black
  • Color B: Turquoise
  • Color C: Red-orange
  • Color D: Yellow-orange
  • Color E: Yellow
  • Color F: Lime green
  • Color G: Medium green
  • Color H: Magenta

Weft: 18/2, doubled natural brown unmercerized cotton (25% brown and 75% natural)
Warp sett: 24 ends per inch, 12 dent reed, 2 ends per dent
Width in reed: 22.6″
Dimensions after hemming and wet finishing: 18.75″ x 28.75″