Towels in Versatile Turned Twill

by Heather Hubbard


Heather Hubbard and Helen Bressler collaborated on the design for this beautiful towel, which was woven by Heather. Different sizes of blocks were employed to create striping and to utilize different colors and yarns.

The threading draft utilizes a 4-end block design of 1/3 and 3/1 turned twill, which creates alternating weft and warp faced weaving for the pattern and background structure. The profile draft shows the proportional layout of the pattern blocks. For ease of use, the threading draft is also shown. Variegated threads were used in the smaller blocks. Be sure to add floating selvages. This can be woven with other block weave structures as well, such as summer and winter, overshot and some Bateman weaves. It is a great pattern to use your stash yarn.

Also shown is a lovely placemat in diversified plain weave, woven by Heather Hubbard. (Instructions not provided). The WIF also shows what the cloth would look like with other weft colors.

Download the WIF file

Download Turned Twill Towels PDF

Structure: Turned Twill, 16 shaft
Warp: 8/2 cotton, dark blue, purple, medium blue and approximately 8/2 gray cotton slub

  • Color A: Dark blue
  • Color B: Variegated aqua and violet
  • Color C: Medium blue
  • Color D: Light gray
  • Color E: Violet

Weft: Unbleached cottolin, 2040 yards per pound
Warp sett: 20 ends per inch, 10 dent reed, 2 ends per dent
Width in reed: 20″, Use floating selvages
Dimensions after hemming and wet finishing: 16″ x 23″