Like many other weavers I love handwoven towels. Over the years I have made many towels, participated in a few towel exchanges within a guild and via mail with weaver’s all over the world. As a result I have a drawer full of lovely towels that are used on a daily basis. I am noticing that a few are beginning to show signs of wear and it is time to think about another towel warp.
I love some of the old overshot patterns but don’t always want the floats for kitchen towels nor do I want to use two shuttles. One way to use the overshot patterns is to convert the pattern to a profile draft. I then use weaving software convert the blocksl. Standard 4 shaft overshot patterns have 4 blocks which can become 4- three end twill blocks plus one for plain borders on 15 shafts, or 4- four end blocks on 16 shafts taking the pattern to the edge. I use turned twill so that the fabric doesn’t skew in one direction.
One source of overshot patterns is Marguerite Porter Davison’s, A Handweaver’s Pattern Book, available used or new. This towel (honeysuckle overshot) is done with one overshot block for one 3 end twill block. The result is a darker and lighter side in the resulting cloth. The warp and weft are 22/2 Swedish Cottolin.
The tie-up for this towel ( blooming leaf overshot) uses two blocks together and makes a larger pattern with each side a reverse image. 22/2 Swedish Cottolin warp, 10/2 mercerized cotton weft.
My converted drafts coming… 😉