Variegated Warp for a Complex Look

by Julia Nace


“I love a simple pattern that allows for different variations of twill to be embedded into plain weave,” says Julia Nace about this towel. This draft came from Lynn Danvers and was published in a 2004 Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild newsletter. Lynn had been inspired to design and weave a towel based on a machine made towel. For a completely different take on the same draft, see Dottie Weir’s Placemats and Towels from the Same Warp.

Julia used a variegated warp that created different stripes and color emphasis drifting throughout the pattern. This added interest to the overall design making it appear more complex and detailed. The design can also be used with a solid warp and various colors and/or textures on the twill patterns. You can also change the twill structures used and this will change the design. The example pictured will be hard to recreate, so experiment with your own colors by making yarn wrappings.

This cloth is lightweight and if a heavier towel is desired, it can be woven with a tighter sett of 24 ends per inch. Other towels pictured were woven by Carol Wilkinson (far left) and Heather Hubbard (instructions not included).

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Structure: Twill and plain weave, 6 shaft
Warp: 8/2 Variegated unmercerized cotton in blues, greens and gold, in random order
Weft: 22/2 cottolin, blue
Warp sett: 20 ends per inch, 10 dent reed, 2 ends per dent
Width in reed: ???, Use floating selvages
Dimensions after hemming and wet finishing: 18″ x 33″