Note: For Hand-dyed weft yarn, see 8/2 ring spun cotton skeins: www.blazingshuttles.com/product-category/skeins/
These 414 thread warp chains in un-dyed 8/2 ring spun cotton can be used for any project, but are created with Friendship Towels in mind. For Friendship Towel information, go to this URL: https://schachtspindle.com/weaving-to-woo-week-friendship-towels
Using the 5 yard warp length with the info above, the towels will need to be shortened just a bit to get 4 towels from the 5 yard warp. We suggest weaving them with 1.5″ plain weave hems and 33″ patterned towel body. Total for towel: 36″ on loom. This leaves just under 1 yard of loom wastage.
Please do the math to decide how long to weave towels on the 7.75 yard warps and the 10.75 yard warps based on the loom wastage of your particular loom. We got 6 towels from the 7.75 yd warp and 9 towels from the 10.75 yd warp.
Each towel uses approx 600 yards of 8/2 cotton for weft. Purchased separately. Note: For Hand-dyed weft yarn, see 8/2 ring spun cotton skeins: www.blazingshuttles.com/product-category/skeins
Each warp has a white info tag located at the cross. I leave loops at the beginning and at the end of the warps. I tie the warp in 5 places: at beginning and ending loops, the cross and two choke ties near each end. If you need more ties to secure it due to your personal setup techniques, please add more.
These warps are intended to be used alone, in conjunction with warps of the same length, or to be dyed. Because they are cellulose materials, I use MX Fiber Reactive “cold water” dyes which are color-fast, considered ecologically sensitive and simple to use.
If you choose to dye them before setting up the loom, they will need to be scoured first. Scouring is essential to allow cotton yarn accept dye, but scouring does not have to be complicated.
Notes on Scouring Yarn/Material to Dye: – use HOT water (140*F), A dash of Dawn dish soap (or Synthrapol if you have it). Do not use anything with bleach or brighteners. Wind your yarn into warps or skeins. Loosely tie them with figure 8 security ties. Without tangling, manipulate and squeeze the yarn to work the hot soapy water into all the fibers and under the security ties. When the yarn is completely saturated and falls to the bottom of bucket (or washing machine) it is done. If something on your yarn is resisting the hot soapy water, you can add 1/4 cup of dissolved Arm and Hammer Washing Soda to the hot soapy water to increase the scouring power. If you have extremely stubborn yarn, you can boil it in the soapy, soda ash water. Rinse well. All this can be done in a washing machine using the fill and spin cycles, but do not agitate!
Shipping will be added at check out. An additional 5% of product price will be added to orders sent to countries other than the USA. (Minimum of $5) This can be avoided if you have an address in the US to which your warps can be shipped.