Help support the women of Guatemala as you weave these three towel patterns designed with the yarns that were hand dyed by the women of San Rafael, Guatemala.
You'll delight in the brilliant but earthy natural hand dyed colors in shades of cochineal, indigo, osage orange, madder and overdye of osage orange with indigo.
Woven with hand dyed yarns. Each of the three patterns make two towels with a variety of yarns from the Friendship Towels with Tintes Naturales package. The original kit makes four towels so you will have plenty of yarn to weave the two towels in one of the three kits of choice with lots of extra yardage left over! You can put on a 4 1/2 yard warp and use up the remainder of the yarns to weave one or two additional towels. These two extra towels will be random colors however you choose.
What You Need
You will need Handwoven Sept/Oct 2018 for all warping and weaving instructions. Equipment: 4-shaft loom; 20" weaving width; 10-dent reed; 1 shuttle; 2 bobbins. Makes 2 towels 16" x 23 1/2"
Choose Your Kit
Choose any one of these 3 towel kits using that produce two towels in twill structure with all eight colors from the Tintes Naturales yarn package.
Coat of Many Colors Towels
The towels in this project stuck to the rules of our challenge and contains all eight colors of Tintes Naturales in the warp and two of the colors in the weft.
Tintes Naturales Huck Towels
Woven in a five-thread huck lace pattern using a variety of colors from the Tintes Naturales yarn package.
Equipment: 4-shaft loom; 19" weaving width; 10-dent reed; 2 shuttles; 9 bobbins. Makes 2 towels 15 3/4" x 23 1/2".
Colorful Huckaback Towels
Weave a set of two towels in huckaback structure using seven of the eight colors from the Tintes Naturales yarn package.
Equipment: 4-shaft loom; 19" weaving width; 10-dent reed; 1 shuttle; 2 or more bobbins. Makes 2 towels 14 1/2" x 22".
Yardage in kit:
Warp: 8/2 unmercerized hand dyed cotton (3,360 yd/lb; Mayan Hands Dye Project), Osage Orange/Indigo, Dark Indigo, Osage Orange, Light Cochineal, Light Indigo, Dark Madder, Dark Cochineal, 180 yd each; 8/2 unmercerized cotton (Mayan Hands), Natural, 1100 yd.
Weft: 8/2 hand dyed cotton, Osage Orange, 358 yd; Light Cochineal, Dark Cochineal, 332 yd each; Light Indigo, Dark Madder, 496 yd each.