Which Way Napkins

I can’t count the number of times I found inspiration for my own designs from a project in Handwoven. Sometimes it’s a color scheme, other times it might be a draft. In some cases, I start weaving a project “as written” but then have too much fun playing with weft and treadling and end up with a design (almost) all my own. Any time I flip through an issue I take mental notes of all the things I love from each project. I’m far from the only weaver who has stories like this, either. In fact, while Marge Williams found her inspiration from towels by Marty Benson and Janet Giardina, those two weavers found their inspiration from Ozark weavers of old. Learn how Marge Williams found inspiration for her Which Way Napkins in the September/October 2018 issue:

Which Way Napkins

Marge Williams’s Which Way Napkins.

Marge Williams’s Statement

The napkin exchange project came at a time in my life when I was being pulled in many directions. Although I spent many hours studying photographs and patterns for inspiration, I was continually drawn to the Ozark Quilter Towels by Marty Benson and Janet Giardina in Handwoven March/April 2016. Were the arrows created by the twill lines in Towel 1 pointing me toward a less complicated pathway? Or were they suggesting it was time to refocus on my priorities?

Happy Weaving!

Project at a Glance

PROJECT TYPE: 4-shaft.


EQUIPMENT: 4-shaft loom, 21″ weaving width; 12-dent heddle; 1 shuttle; 1 bobbin.

YARNS: 10/2 pearl cotton (4,200 yd/lb; UKI; Yarn Barn of Kansas).

OTHER SUPPLIES: Matching sewing thread.

Featured Image: Marge Williams’s playful Which Way Napkins were inspired by a project from the March/April 2016 issue of Handwoven.

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