A Year of Towels – by Jodi Ybarra

Rigid Heddle Year of Towels Kit Club!

Join now!


About a year ago I had the idea of designing twelve towel projects to share with my fellow rigid heddle weavers.

I started with basic plain weave, adding simple stripes to jazz up my towels, then as the ball got rolling, or should I say the shuttles were flying, I expanded on simple plain weave with some of the many weave structures that our rigid heddle looms allow.

Nature’s Earth Cotton Towels

Weaving towels on my Schacht FLIP Rigid Heddle Loom has always been the most rewarding weaving for me, with the need for minimal finishing  and the many design possibilities.

patterned stripes
Towels with Patterned Stripe

As each towel was evolving, the next project idea was beginning to form.   I couldn’t wait to start the next project and I almost felt like I was on a production line!  My shuttles were definitely flying!

Houndstooth Plaid Towels

Another great thing about weaving towels is that they can be woven in any size depending on the width of your loom, from small-sized tea towels to generously sized kitchen towels.

There is always a need for kitchen towels.

They make great gifts too! My friends and family love receiving my hand woven towels and almost expect them for their birthday and holiday gifts.  Most of these towels are woven in our soft, super-absorbent, all-natural, unmercerized Aurora Earth 8/2 cotton.

Down-by-the Lake Towels

Each kit comes with all the yarns, instructions and pattern resources you’ll need to weave two to four towels depending on kit.

Diamond Lace Towels

Much of my inspiration came from The Weaver’s Idea Book. It’s a great reference for many of the pick up techniques and designs I used in these towels. It’s a must for any rigid heddle weaver’s library!

Stained Glass Towels

When all twelve projects were complete,  I loaded them into two huge shopping bags and drove to my mom’s house for a photo shoot. 

2013-11-26 13.30.56
Waffle Weave Towels

My mom’s collection of kitchen props is amazing! I was even able to use one of my grandma’s antique cookie jars and we actually ate the pie in one of the photos for Thanksgiving!

Log Cabin Towels

Once we had twelve great weaving projects and twelve great photos, it was time to design the calendar for our “Year of Towels:  Rigid Heddle Weaving”.

Designing the calendar fell into place and presto,  A Year of Towels Kit-of-the-Month Club for Rigid Heddle  was born.

Cotton Fingertip Towels

Order any of these kits individually or join our

Year of Towels Kit-of-the-Month Club

FREE SHIPPING all year when you join the club!

Cornucopia of Color Towels

Come join the fun!  And remember I’m here to answer any of your questions whether it’s about ordering or when you start warping and weaving!

Jodi Ybarra, your fellow rigid heddle weaver at Cotton Clouds,

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Jodi says:

    You will only need one reed. To get 20 ends per inch you will just need to have two threads in each hole and two threads in each slot. I like to start in a hole as this seems to make a better selvage. Each of the kits in the Year of Towel Weaving Club will only need one reed which makes things much easier. I like to double the threads because the towels come out nice and thick.

  2. Jodi says:

    You will be putting 4 ends in each hole following the warp order chart. Then after you wind the yarns onto the back beam, you will transfer two of the threads from the hole and sley them into a slot. When your all done you should have two in each hole and two in each slot all the way across. Then you can tie the warp ends onto the front beam. Then you are ready to weave!

  3. Michele says:

    I am a beginner with the rigid heddle loom and these towels look like a great way to learn, try new things safely, and even make gifts. 🙂 I understand that you thread two ends in each dent (on a 10 dent reed) to get the 20 eli. Do you need to be careful that threads don’t twist around in the slot/holes as you weave? Also – what about the weft? Is that a single thread or doubled as well? Does the kit explain how to warp this and weave?

    1. Hi Michele,
      The Year of Towels for Rigid Heddle Weaving Club is the perfect way to learn new techniques and make fantastic gifts for loved ones. Each of these towel projects use doubled threads in the warp and the weft that produce soft, absorbent towels.

      Each project has easy to follow instructions, even for the beginning weaver to follow. The threads are doubled in the warp and may twist together a bit but it’s ok if this happens while weaving and isn’t noticeable.

      The weft threads are also doubled. We wind the weft yarns on two seperate cones making it very easy to wind your threads doubled onto your stick shuttle. You will be learning new techniques and weaving fantastic towels that you will love to give as gifts or even keep for yourself. I personally have a hard time giving them away but when I do my family and friends absolutely love them.

      Happy weaving!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s