Turned Monk’s Belt


When I got the latest issue of Weaver’s Craft, I knew I wanted to make the Checkered Stripe Towels.  The ones in the magazine are white, with blocks of medium blue, light blue, black,and violet.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have all those colors and decided to see what I could come up with, with what I do have.  I wrapped yarns around a ruler, trying to find a color combination that would work.  I knew it wasn’t going to be the most beautiful towel in the world but this is what I came up with.

The first picture shows the the truest colors on my monitor.  The darkest color is more of a dark purple than blue.  The green and violet are almost spot on.  And you know what?  I like the colors better than I thought I would.

So, let’s see what I learned.

  • A turned draft can be quite useful.
  • I can now imagine how a supplemental warp would be helpful (at least I think I can).
  • Just because you think it’s going to be ugly as sin, doesn’t mean it actually will.
  • Don’t forget to tie the ends of the lease sticks together because they just might fall out, causing many bad words to come flying out of my mouth.  I threaded it anyway, take that Evil Lease Sticks!
  • It takes me 3 times as long to warp back to front as it does to warp front to back.  I just can’t seem to get a groove going.  That might or might not have had something to do with the sticks falling out, grrr.
  • Winding multiple colors at the same time was not fun.  Maybe it will be better the 2nd time.

Yarn: Purple and violet – Silk City 5/2 Perle Cotton, green – UKI 5/2 perle cotton

Measurements before washing – 19 x 37 1/2 (I didn’t plan to make it that long but the warp was there so why not.  I can cut it down or use it for something besides a towel).

After washing – 16 5/8 x 32 1/4

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandy
    Oct 01, 2009 @ 18:50:56

    Very nice. And you’re learning so much. Geek.

    Reply

  2. Elisa
    Oct 01, 2009 @ 19:49:19

    So impressed with your weaving. The towels are lovely (also love that you couldn’t leave them alone in the dryer – me, either!)

    Reply

  3. Gay Allan
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 14:38:48

    Where can I find instructions for Turned Monk’s belt?

    Reply

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