My First Journey with Houndstooth!

So … these towels are done AND already in their new forever kitchen!  The journey was amazing — so much so that I almost hated to see them go.  

Woven with a 10 dent heddle and 3 stick shuttles.  Set: 20 epi. So, a total of 500 warp ends, with 2 ends per slot and 2 ends per hole. Yarn:  8/2 unmercerized 100% cotton. 

The color combinations are endless and I intend to explore as many as possible!

Happy Weaving!

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Progress on these Towels

So this is becoming a diary — or project record — of these towels. I’ve never been good at keeping track of my projects; hoping this will give me a better record and I won’t get stuck when I’m asked to make another set!      Please feel free to comment with hints, tips, or weaving hacks!  😁

Watch me as I weave!

So sometimes life gets in the way!  Have you noticed that?  Great intentions don’t always happen 
And so it is with my weaving!  These towels should have been done quite some times ago, but each step in the process seems to drag on forever. I just want to weave!  I just want to surround myself with beautiful yarns and watch them create color and texture. I want to watch them create smiles on the faces of recipients!    

Therapy 

Some much needed yarn therapy!  Getting ready to warp my Pendleton floor loom. Does anyone else find this therapeutic?

The start of something new!

Starting a new set of kitchen towels on the rigid heddle loom. First time trying the houndstooth pattern. Anyone one else love this pattern? 

Fans come in all sizes and shapes!

Our newest — and by far — the youngest fan.  

THE HISTORY OF A LINEN TABLECLOTH – DATED 1789 (F 3)

T E X T I L I S

[My Chamber of Textile Thoughts. No: XLII | By Viveka Hansen]

To own a substantial number of unbleached or white linen tablecloths in a Swedish nobility home, was a tradition with its roots in Medieval times. This group of interior textiles also represented an important part of the family linen storage and as a valuable heirloom – a practice continuing for several hundreds of years. My aim with this text is to describe a well preserved six metre long linen tablecloth dated “1789”, where the original owners belonged to families of barons and counts. Unfortunately there are no clues to by who or where this tablecloth once was woven, but possibly at one of the leading linen weaving manufacturers in Sweden as Flor, Vadstena or in one of the early factories for such goods in Stockholm.  

One of the corners is added with ‘CCB 1789’ in small cross stitches using grey-blue linen thread, the letters refer to Charlotta Catharina Bielke (1765-1793). She married the year before the dating of this tablecloth – 29 January in 1788 – with Louis de Geer af Leufsta (1759-1830). (Private ownership) Photo: The IK Foundation, London. One of the corners is added with ‘CCB 1789’ in small cross…

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