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The 40th Anniversary draft for March is for these beautiful Ribbon Towels designed by Carol Birtwistle, a set of striped towels with a beautiful twill medley. Towels truly are some of the nicest things to weave. Valley Yarns 8/2 unmercerized cotton is very forgiving, has beautiful colors and makes a very absorbent towel. The draft is designed to weave two towels from a single warp. Keep one, give one as a gift and think of designing your own treadling for the second towel.
Read more about the Ribbon Towels design on our blog!
This draft is available as a PDF download.
Structure: Twill Medley
Equipment: 4-shaft loom, 21" weaving width; 12-dent reed; 1 shuttle; 1 bobbin
Warp Yarns: Valley Yarns 8/2 Cotton (3,360 yds/lb), Army Green, 165 yds, Natural, 648 yds, Nautical blue, 264 yds, Petunia, 396 yds
Weft Yarns: Valley Yarns 8/2 Cotton (3,360 yds/lb), Natural, 1112 yds
Warp Length: 493 (includes 2 floating selvedges) ends 3 yds long
Setts: Warp: 24 epi. (2/dent in a 12-dent reed - sley 1 in the last dent); Weft: Approx. 24 ppi.
Dimensions: Width in reed: 20 1/2". Finished size after washing: 2 towels 17 3/8" x 31 1/2" each after hemming.
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This draft makes beautiful towels. Directions are clear and well laid out. I especially appreciated the color-coded threading draft and wish more drafts provided that service. The only change I would make would be to add heddle counts included in the draft. I can't wait to make more of these!