The twelve handwoven towels that I've been teasing you with are finally finished and ready for use!

We're going to try something different this time, offering them for sale here, through this blog.  The following will be the description, measurements and photos.  If you are interested in purchasing one or more towels, you may contact me via this website through the "Contact me" tab above, which has links to my email, my Facebook page, and my Etsy shop, although in this instance I would discourage you from using Etsy.  I will then communicate with you to make sure you get what you would like, and then I will either send you a Paypal invoice, or ,if you prefer, you can mail me a check.  Once that is paid, your towel(s) will be on the way to you as soon as possible.

I am trying to gradually move away from Etsy, if I can, as their costs have gone up significantly.  I thank you for your patience as I try different ways of connecting with my customers in the ever-changing electronic world we live in.

Now, back to the towels!!

I wove these thick and thirsty towels in a pattern called pebble, or crepe weave, which is a combination of plain weave (single threads alternating over and under) and basket weave (pairs of threads alternating over and under other pairs). I chose this design because the towels have a great texture and absorbency, leaving you with a interesting and useful towel that is sturdy enough to use every day. And when I say sturdy, I mean it. My handwoven towels are nothing like the towels that you buy at the store. These towels will last for many long years of daily use. The hems are securely machine sewn, so you can just toss them in the washer and dryer without worry. I've pre-washed and dried them twice, so there will be no shrinkage. Use it, wash it, dry it, and use it again – it will only get softer and more absorbent with time. I've had some of mine for many years, and they are still going strong. 

I designed these to be over-sized, which is what I like in a towel. It gives you plenty of material to work with, so even if you have a large amount of wet dishes to dry, this towel can handle it all. It would also make a lovely housewarming gift, or look great as a guest towel. You could also wrap up some fresh baked cookies nicely in a basket – yum!! 

Finished size: approximately 25" X 17.5"

Materials: 100% unmercerized cotton

Price:  $28 plus shipping, unless otherwise stated.  If more than one towel is purchased, there will be a 5% discount!

At present, there are 4 deep purple towels,

One has a small darker line where two yarns overlapped in a more notable way than usual, which will be discounted.  This error does not effect the quality or functionality of the towel.

There are 3 turquoise towels, shown here fanned with the one navy towel;

The colors are truest in the fanned image above.

There are a couple of, um, eccentricities in the turquoise towels.  I am human, after all.

One has a line similar to the purple towel, but across the entire width.  This towel will be discounted.

The second towel has an interesting band across its width.  I found a different treadling I wanted to play with, so this band is a design element that sets this towel apart from its siblings.

Here's a close up of the navy towel.  This shot really lets you get close to the weave structure.

The last four towels I wove are shown in this grouping, two green and two bright blue.

If any of these towels appeal to you, I would encourage you to contact me so we can arrange the sale.  Towels not sold will be going to the Portland Fine Craft Fair in August, and if experience is any teacher, there will be no towels left at the end of the show!

On the non-weaving front, I finally finished and gifted the second set of Northman mittens, these for my older son.  Lucky for him, there is still plenty of winter left in which to use them

I'm sure there will be more in my future, but I am ready for a bit of a break.


  1. So on those mittens - is it essentially a second whole mitten knit in red that is the lining of the blue mittens?

    1. Yes, Peg, you are correct. There are essentially 4 mittens involved in this project. Obviously, the inner, plain mittens go way faster than the outer ones, but oh my, they are so boring to knit!


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