Woven tea towels

In the summer of 2021, I took a break from knitting to make tea towels on a rigid heddle loom. This is one of the simplest looms, and one that doesn’t take a lot of room.

Colour behaves differently in weaving than in knitting, and it’s taken a few projects to understand what doesn’t work.

These bright colours don’t work together in this configuration.

Again, colours that might work in knitting leave me frustrated in these tea towels.

Colours without much contrast ended up making a beautiful tea towel.

A bit of contrast works in stages. I also found that variation in the weft adds considerable depth. The middle towel in this set is more interesting than the one on its right, where only one colour is used for the weft.

Though I’m not as fond of this set, I came to understand why the conventions in tea towels as evolved in the ways it has. These add elegance.