Project Notes: hemming handwoven kitchen towels

Project Notes: hemming handwoven kitchen towels


hello everyone and welcome to see my crafting
adventures in this episode of my crafting vlog confessions of a crazy craft lady so today I wanted to get going on one of the projects that I’ve been wanting to finish
for a long time and that’s this kind of kitchen towel I wove on my weaving course
this spring, and it’s made of linen cotton yarn both the weft and and the warp the weft and the warp are the same yarn except in different colors I can’t remember what the pattern is called
right now but I will try to find it in English and put it down in the description
But it’s this kind of hmm, I don’t know describe this but it makes like these little bubbles or these little stripes you can make with different pedals
it was quite easy to make but it was really fun because it gave you a lot of flexibility
but at the same time it was really easy for a beginner weaver like me to get a nice and
interesting pattern, get some colour contrast and so on, without actually doing anything
too complicated and I will try to find some pictures from
the process of weaving it I don’t really have any videos, because that was way before I
even had this idea of making these videos but maybe some of the pictures can be helpful as well [music] okay, so what I’m going to do next is I’m
going to hem the ends of this so I have it’s about maybe 40 x 60 after it’s been washed
so yeah, now it’s been washed and I finished the ends with a small zigzag just to keep
them from fraying any further and then the next thing I’m going to do is to just turn
the edges twice per end and pin them in place with these glass ended needles, then maybe
give it a really really quick steamy ironing, just to make the edge flat and nice and easy
to sew and then I’m going to hand sew it I don’t actually, like I said, I don’t actually
I don’t actually have a working sewing machine at the moment, I know I could borrow one at
the library or something but I thought that it would be fun to try it out by hand just
to see how it is done it’s not too long or complicated so it shouldn’t
take me too long to finish it by hand so let’s get going
or let’s get pinning rather [music] So what I actually did when I was weaving
I wove these edges, so I didn’t weave the pattern, there is the pattern but I kind of stopped doing the pattern
at this point and then just wove the straight line so that I could see how wide I wanted
the turn to be and it’s supposed to be about three centimetres I don’t know, it could be
a little bit more because I had to make some space for the cutting but I think after it’s
turned it should be about one centimetre turn so I’m going to turn it twice like this and then take a pin and hopefully not drop all the pins making sure that the end is tucked in there
as well and keeping it in place for now
I can adjust the pins later if I want so I’m not too worried and also because since it’s going to be a kitchen towel it’s not going to be like, very visibly…
it’s mostly for practical use so it doesn’t really matter what the edges are like as long
as they are kind of presentable I’m trying to get these colourlines to work
though it would be really handy if I had my pincushion
finished already, I didn’t think it through so as you can see, the edge is quite thick if I had woven with a bit thinner yarn once I turned it over it would be much thinner,
this is how they used to do it back in the day but because this one, I just wanted to
use the same yarn that I already had throughout I tried to make it thinner by just using the
straight pattern instead of the actual bubble pattern but it’s still pretty thick, but it will be fine okay, so here we have it pinned okay so now that we have the pinning part
ready, you can see that I added to one of the ends a kind of a cotton strip, ribbon,
tape, whatever you call it just to have something to hang it from
it’s attached to go under the turn and because… and as I said I will be handsewing it, I unfortunately
couldn’t find our iron so we’ll have to tempt the fates and see how it goes even without
ironing it first so let’s get sewing
and because I’m stupid and I wanted [?] I made my thread way too long, so I’m probably going to curse myself for the next hour or [music] okay so I’m going to be backstitching it just
a few millimetres away from the edge of the turn and I could just do a whipstitch as I
guess is the most commonly used but I wanted it to be an extra durable, nice stitch so,
it’s going to be a bit more visible but it’s the same colour as my weft yarn so it shouldn’t
be too obvious anyway, so here we go and this where I notice that I’ve done the
stupid thing and I started stitching it on the wrong side and also sewing it in the wrong
direction, so I have to do a 180 on my project and still try to keep the needles in place so… good job Tiina [music] (what’s happening?) (sigh) so what I’m doing here is I’m stitching with the needle and I get it back to where I started the stitch on the previous step
so that on this side which is the back side it shows a quite heavy straight seam, but
hopefully on the right side, which is the other side, it doesn’t actually show the steam
– the seam as strongly so so on this side it shows quite well, and hopefully
I can keep it fairly straight checking by the weft line but on this side is much more
invisible and it should be quite strong so even if the
towel is washed many times in the washing machine, it’s should still keep the seam straight
and not fray that much, for years we hope but yeah, you can see, I’m not really a very
practiced hand seamstress but this is good practice in almost every sewing project there will
be some parts that you can’t do by machine so eventually you have to do at least something
by hand so it’s better to get comfortable by actually doing some handsewing so that’s what I’m doing and tadah, overnight magic happened and instead
of just one towel I actually have two towels to show you
so this one is the one that I finished earlier and it’s actually finished by machine at the
library the thread that I used for this just regular
grey and this is actually linen weft in the same
warp as the other towel so it’s a bit different it already shows a bit different from the
kind of shine that the linen gives it, it was a very suspicious linen could we say,
because it was at this kind of shop that I don’t usually go and this brand that I usually never
use so I was very suspicious of the linen but linen is quite expensive so I was like,
well, let’s try it and here is the end result I think it’s quite nice and as you may see there are already some stains because this
has actually been used in our kitchen for the past three months already and I love it
it’s so good, it’s going to be so good and it’s a perfect size and it’s a really
nice colours and if you really look very carefully I don’t know if it actually shows on video
I will do some close-ups soon, you will see that there is a little bit of mending here
because Skye happened
when I brought these home
and I had to fix it so this is the one that I just finished
and as you maybe see I even ironed these guys for you so I hope you enjoy
I also wanted to show the weaving pattern a little bit better so I think ironing helps
with that but so, both ends are now finished by hand,
and as you can see well, maybe you can’t see yet, but I will do magic and anyway, they are both finished and there is a little thing that you can hang this from
so this is it and I have to be completely honest, I think
that the minute or the second that I’m putting this video off recording I will just go and
hang this on my kitchen hook thing where I hang the towels
I just want to get to use it already I’ve been waiting for you many months okay so here’s exhibit A a.k.a the towel that
I just finished and as you can see, it has kind of three different types of pattern, the main one is the one with a kind of greenish pattern, then you have a bit of longer ones and at the very end you have the kind
of short bubble like shapes and then you have the hem and the weave is called in Finnish leppäliina or leppäsidos and it’s very popular for all
kinds of home textiles such as towels or pillows or tablecloths or anything like that
and I couldn’t really find a word for it in English but it’s basically made of – let’s
see if I can zoom in – but it’s basically made of these alternating rows of regular
plain weave and then rib weave and then you kind of alternate it which one is the one
at that time [music] okay so this second towel once again from
the back side I’m not going to go in too, in as much detail because it’s basically the
same except it has the same pattern all throughout and it just has these stripes of white and
pink with the mostly grey layout but if you reaaally look closely,
luckily you really have too look closely around there where I zoomed, you can see that there is actually a little bit of the fabric that has been mended thanks to certain dogs
and what happened there is that I came home basically the day after I had brought these
home and Skye who was much then much younger than she’s now, so about seven months, maybe?
she had found these amazing pieces of cloth that she loved and she really wanted to play
with them so she started just kind of dragging them around and I ended up with a hole the
size of my fist on the towel that I hadn’t even had time to finish by then
so what I did was just take some of the weft yarn that I had and weave it or kind of mend
it with the regular plain cloth weaving type I didn’t want to or I couldn’t follow the pattern
because it was a bit complicated with the rib pattern or the rib weave but with regular
plain weave it worked pretty well and then when I went to the library to finish
these seams with the machine, I just kind of stitched over it with an embroidery setting
and let’s see if I can actually get any of the detail to show a funny story concerning these towels is that
around the time when I was weaving these and I was just obsessively talking about towels
and hand towels and weaving and everything, like constantly, at home
one day my partner woke up and said to me “Tiina, I had this weird dream, do you think
it could ever happen?” and I’m like, ah never know tell me about it
and he, apparently he had had this dream where he had washed his hands and he was looking
for a hand towel to dry his hands but couldn’t find any of them anywhere, and then he came
to me and asked “Tiina, where are all of our towels?” and I was like “oh, I threw them away, we only use handmade towels anymore, only towels that I had woven myself, and made!” at that time we only had this one so it was the only towel in the house and I made him
use it and he was like “Tiina please, let’s don’t do this in real life”
And I was like, I can’t make any promises, if I go crazy and I just do towels and towels
and towels eventually we will end up with a lot of towels
so the idea has merit but no, now we still use mostly whatever towels
you can get at the store, but like I said, there is an evil plan coming together in my
mind okay so I hope you enjoyed this a little bit
more crafty video maybe than the previous one and maybe got inspired to weave your own
towels as well hope to see you at my next video if you have
any comments or stories to tell or share, or any dreams you have seen about hand towels,
or if you have decided to throw all your hand towels out, let me know in the comments, or
write me an email or something I will be really happy to hear from you
anyway, have a really nice day and goodbye [music] what is she doing? (Daryl: she’s just flopping her tail on the
ground) could she not? the yarn – ugh Skye, did you eat humom’s towels?

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