The plan was to weave 3 simple dishtowels. The inspiration was 2 beautiful skeins of hand painted linen - Linen Lace by Claudia, color way Ocean Depth. I have used this yarn before in a different colorway. Last time I combined a huck lace and a twill weave, and I wanted to do something a little different this time. I decided to keep the structure simple - plain weave - and make it all about the color.
I used Fiberworks to design a stripe pattern where I had a background of white with stripes of the variegated linen that were bordered by narrow stripes of the solid colored cottolin. In the draft, the gray areas represent the variegated yarn. Shown below is about 1/3 of the draft. I fussed with the size of the variegated stripes until I was sure I would have linen for a warp for the 3 towels. What is important is that some of the variegated linen areas were 2-3" wide - more about that later.
So the towels went onto the loom and wove up very quickly. I only got about 16 ppi with this very fine weft which had me questioning whether I should have sett the warp at 24 epi instead of 27. I wove the first towel with white 16/2 cottolin, the second with aqua, and the third with lavender. I definitely liked the white the best. It was very fresh looking and did not wash out the warp colors at all, whereas the aqua and lavender barely had any effect on the overall color of the towels other than making them less crisp looking.
Overall I was happy with the towels. They have a nice, soft hand which will only get softer with successive washings. There is much room for improvement, however, on these simple plain weave towels
I have been happily weaving since my son was born in 1988.