Nancy wove up these adorable dishtowels in our Bluegrass Mills 6/2 Cotton Yarn and was nice enough to write up a pattern so you can make your own! The draft Nancy used is called Bumberet and makes adorable little rows of tulips, perfect for Spring!
Nancy was able to make 6 towels with a 6 yard warp (with 18" of loom waste). Half the warp is 1092 yards of Blue Grass Mills 6/2 Cotton in the color Queen Anne's Lace. The other half is the colorful stripes using 360 yards of Blue Salvia, 360 yards of Prairie Coneflower, and 342 yards of Camellia. Nancy used only Queen Anne's lace for her weft which was about 3/4 of a pound of yarn. If you formatted your colors the same way Nancy did you would need 2 cones of Queen Anne's Lace and 1 each of all of the other colors with plenty left over.
The warp was 20” in the reed, 360 ends plus 2 floating selvedges, 18 EPI, sleyed 1,2,1,2 in a 12-dent reed; though tripled in a 6-dent reed would also make a great deal of sense.
The colors though could be done any way you wanted in any combinations, and we have seen Bumberet done very fetchingly in several random colors with no discernible order or pattern to the stripes; it all works as long as your color stripes are 3 ends wide.The point twill threading needs to start on shaft 2, and it goes 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 3; it’s really easy to make sure you are on-track with the way the colors hit. The treadling, as written, makes logical sense as you look at it, but for the ergonomics of being able to treadle left, right, left, right, I would re-arrange their placement for my feet, while still keeping the relative order the same.
The orange along the side is the Natural (Queen Anne's Lace) and the red along the top is also the Natural (Queen Anne's Lace).
We would love to see any towels you weave up in the Bumberet draft! Let's make a field of cute tiny tulip covered dishtowels.