I wound a 7 yard warp of a 416 ends of mix of natural and white 8/2 Venne organic cotton set at 20epi and used a different colour weft for a series of 6 tea towels. I used a 4 shaft draft from Handwoven's Top Ten Tea Towels. I wove an inch of tabby at each end for a hem and a few picks of a contrasting colour as a separator. It was fast enjoyable weave using my Ashford 8 shaft loom and the results are, I think, good enough to gift!
But it meant that I have had to get to grips with my sewing machine! We are not really the best of friends. In truth, I am a little in awe of it but the more I weave, the more I realise that I need to at the very least consider my sewing machine as a well liked colleague or acquaintance!
Help was fortunately at hand in the form LouBoDu Fabrics who are based just opposite us at Blackminster Business Park and have just started a Wednesday evening Sewing Club so I decided to pop along.
The first thing I needed to do was to secure the weft picks at each end of each towel so that I could chop up the individual towels from the long warp. Experienced sewers might use an overlocker but I'm told that a zig zag stitch will do the trick so that is what I did. I sewed a small zig-zag each side of the contrasting separator rows and then, with a fair amount of trepidation, I cut between the two lines of stitching. Hey presto! 6 individual towels!
Lorrelle and Kirsty at LouBoDo then showed me how to hem each towel by pressing the plain tabby picks and then folding the end underneath and pinning using fabric clips. Kirsty showed me how to use a little magnet block which sits next to the foot and helps to guide a straight stitching line and each hem I did got better and better!
Nest time you visit FibreHut pop in and visit Loubodu Fabrics at Cadbury Courtyard, Blackminster Business Park, Evesham, WR11 7RE