Monday, October 31, 2011

Waffleweave dishcloth draft for handweavers

Hello, friends. We have almost 12 inches of snow but are very thankful that our power has been restored and that despite many downed limbs on our property, our house was spared from serious damage. Weather is no laughing matter!


I have had such fun weaving cotton waffleweave dishcloths. They make such nice little gifts that I'd like to share my version of these very useful kitchen textiles. Disclaimer: I'm leaving out some details (i.e. warping instructions, weaving headers, etc...) because you weavers out there will already know to do these things.

Materials:
8/2 unmercerized cotton - 298 ends, 5 yards long (tip: wind 2 strands from 2 different cones simultaneously to save time)

Spacing: 20 ends per inch (2 per dent in a 10 dent reed)

Allow for 15" in reed or 7.5" from center.

Threading & treadling:
Note: the point twill repeat will create the waffle pattern.

Weaving:
Weave 1" tabby for first hem; weave 15" waffleweave; finish with 1" more of tabby. Using a contrasting yarn, weave 2 picks tabby to separate your first cloth from the one you will weave next.

Finishing:
Cut the fabric from the loom. Using zigzag stitch, machine-stitch the ends of the fabric. Machine wash warm; machine dry. Cut the cloths apart along the contrasting yarn tabby picks. Hem the cloths & machine stitch.

A 5 yard warp usually gets me around 10 cloths. It is fun to use a different 8/2 cotton in the weft, too, just to make things really exciting. If you decide to make any of these, I hope that you will share your waffleweave adventures here!

Be well,
Kate

3 comments:

Flyin' Bobbin said...

Thank you so much!!! I have been longing to not weave for my shop and do some dish towels but didn't know where my waffleweave pattern was as I have never actually woven it, so your post is very welcome. Now I really feel like they are do-able! And, should the weaving happen in a timely manner, I will definitely let you know.

Nutfield Weaver said...

Hi, Flyin' Bobbin! I am so glad that you will give these a go. Please let me know if you find anything that is unclear in the directions. Weaving waffles is so fun. (Here's a secret - they're almost too nice to use at the kitchen sink and are really nice in the tub, too!)
Be well, Kate ;)

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