Overshot Christmas Towels

by Doreen McLaughlin


It’s not too early to be thinking about items to give as hostess gifts for the holidays! The idea for this towel woven by Doreen McLaughlin came from an overshot runner by Anne Sneary in “Deck the Halls”, an eBook from Handwoven magazine. Doreen modied the design signicantly by making the M and W more pronounced, and changing the treadling from “tromp as writ” to a more curved overshot appearance.

The other towels shown are a red towel woven in M’s & O’s by Siv Nelson and a red and white towel in multishaft M & W twill by Heather Hubbard (instructions not included).

At 112 picks per repeat, it requires focus to manage the treadling. Consider setting up a tabby rule: if the tabby shuttle is on the right, the next tabby is 1 and 3. If the tabby shuttle is on the left, the next tabby is 2 and 4. This towel is bound to make everyone merry!

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Structure: Overshot, 4 shaft
Warp: 10/2 mercerized cotton

  • Color A: Dark green
  • Color B: White
  • Color C: Red

Pattern Weft: 4/4 cotton, white
Ground (Tabby) Weft: 10/2 mercerized cotton, red
Warp sett: 24 ends per inch, 12 dent reed, 2 ends per dent
Width in reed: 21″, Use floating selvages
Dimensions after hemming and wet finishing: 19.5″ x 26″