The Cambridge Tea-towel – A detective story

We visited Cambridge relatives last weekend and While Cambridge tea towel I was there I noticed a really good tea-towel, neatly washed and pressed and in use to protect an appointments book from muddy cat prints. (It’s in a nice sunny sitting place).

Hmmm… I thought, that’s an interesting pattern. The yarns looked familiar though – I still have cones of those cottons and linen, in those colours! It must be one of mine. However I have no recollection of weaving it all. I took pictures and have spent the last week going through my notes (nothing there) and my books and magazines …. ditto.


cam1Bother, I’d like to repeat that, so I’ll see if I can figure out the pattern! Looks like there are 2 blocks and it has to be do-able with 8 shafts, since it would have been woven on the old loom, or my table loom.

Both blocks have to weave as 3-1 twill, but not at the same time :-).  When the first is weaving twill the other seems to have 3 threads up for 3 picks, then 1 pick reversed.

Fircamdrafte up the weaving software (Fiberworks Bronze) and start experimenting. Ta-da!!!

Now I just have to work out a sett and weave it.  (I should have put something on the photo to scale, but it’s probably best to go back to the yarns and work it all out again.

A productive morning.


About spindizzy

A handweavers blog
This entry was posted in Whats going on! and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to The Cambridge Tea-towel – A detective story

  1. Hi, you are very talented to be able to weave tea towels. I just sell them. best, Al.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *