A Year of Towels – by Jodi Ybarra
About a year ago I had the idea of designing twelve towel projects to share with my fellow rigid heddle weavers.
I started with basic plain weave, adding simple stripes to jazz up my towels, then as the ball got rolling, or should I say the shuttles were flying, I expanded on simple plain weave with some of the many weave structures that our rigid heddle looms allow.
Weaving towels on my Schacht FLIP Rigid Heddle Loom has always been the most rewarding weaving for me, with the need for minimal finishing and the many design possibilities.
As each towel was evolving, the next project idea was beginning to form. I couldn’t wait to start the next project and I almost felt like I was on a production line! My shuttles were definitely flying!
Another great thing about weaving towels is that they can be woven in any size depending on the width of your loom, from small-sized tea towels to generously sized kitchen towels.
There is always a need for kitchen towels.
They make great gifts too! My friends and family love receiving my hand woven towels and almost expect them for their birthday and holiday gifts. Most of these towels are woven in our soft, super-absorbent, all-natural, unmercerized Aurora Earth 8/2 cotton.
Each kit comes with all the yarns, instructions and pattern resources you’ll need to weave two to four towels depending on kit.
Much of my inspiration came from The Weaver’s Idea Book. It’s a great reference for many of the pick up techniques and designs I used in these towels. It’s a must for any rigid heddle weaver’s library!
When all twelve projects were complete, I loaded them into two huge shopping bags and drove to my mom’s house for a photo shoot.
My mom’s collection of kitchen props is amazing! I was even able to use one of my grandma’s antique cookie jars and we actually ate the pie in one of the photos for Thanksgiving!
Once we had twelve great weaving projects and twelve great photos, it was time to design the calendar for our “Year of Towels: Rigid Heddle Weaving”.
Designing the calendar fell into place and presto, A Year of Towels Kit-of-the-Month Club for Rigid Heddle was born.
Order any of these kits individually or join our
FREE SHIPPING all year when you join the club!
Come join the fun! And remember I’m here to answer any of your questions whether it’s about ordering or when you start warping and weaving!
Jodi Ybarra, your fellow rigid heddle weaver at Cotton Clouds,