Splashes-of-Color Towels

by Jan Seltman


The shimmering hand painted warp colors in this towel by Jan Seltman look striking with the gold in the weft! This warp came from a study group of weavers that painted warps in 5 sections. They then reversed some of the warp chains to mix up the warp colors before weaving. This design is a modified pattern from Atlas de 4000 Armures, by Louis Serrure, Draft 36210. The modication involved converting a straight draw to a point twill threading.

Atlas de 4000 Amures is a historical collection of French weaving patterns that was published in Paris around 1920. It is available at Handweaving.net. The two other towels pictured were also woven by Jan Seltman (instructions not included).

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Structure: Point twill, 16 shaft
Warp: 10/2 unmercerized cotton, handpainted
Weft: 22/2 cottolin, gold color
Warp sett: 24 ends per inch, 12 dent reed, 2 ends per dent
Width in reed: 20″, Use floating selvages
Dimensions after hemming and wet finishing: 17″ x 29″