Too Much of a Good Thing Isn’t a Thing in Weaving
There is value in having a large selection of yarns to choose from when the weft you were so, so sure was the right one isn’t. I get nervous when what I consider my backup colors in certain yarns (read: 8/2 cotton) start to run low, or even run out. That said, I also like a project that doesn’t require a shelf of its own in my closet. Jenny Sennott’s Two Savory Towels and Two Sweet Blue Towels for the rigid-heddle loom fit that description.
The Two Savory Towels for the Rigid-Heddle Loom were featured on the cover of Handwoven November/December 2017. They are gorgeous in Dragon Tale 4/2 cotton yarn in the colors Curry, Autumn Spice, and Burgundy. We liked them so much that we developed a kit with the help of Earth Guild, the supplier of the 4/2 Dragon Tale cotton yarns. With those towels still on our minds, we asked Jenny to redesign them with a new palette for Easy Weaving with Little Looms 2018. She did a wonderful job, choosing a blue colorway for the Two Sweet Blue Towels. Now we’re debating which ones we like best.
As their names suggest, the yarn colors of the Two Savory Towels evoke spices and warmth, whereas the cooler blue palette of the Two Sweet Blue Towels brings to mind ice cream, cool drinks, and light meals in summer. Both towels are great projects for beginning rigid-heddle weavers who want to learn pick-up, or for experienced weavers who want to review their pick-up skills. The first towel in each kit uses one pick-up stick in an easy-to-remember repetitive pattern; a second pick-up stick is added for the second towel. The pattern for that towel is slightly more complex but still easy enough to master after you’ve been through the steps a few times.
When you are done with either kit, you will have a set of two beautiful and functional towels that coordinate perfectly but have slightly different patterning. What you won’t have is a lot of random yarn to add to your stash.
Can’t decide which colorway you like best? Try both kits. There is no such thing as too many handwoven towels . . . or cones of 8/2 cotton.
Two Sweet Blue Towels make a great addition to any kitchen. Photos by George Boe.