Pool-Inspired Towels

Weaving inspiration can come from anywhere as Connie Westbrook shows in her Pool-Inspired Towels that she based on the tiles in the pool where she swims. The 8-shaft turned twill pattern mimics the lanes in a public pool and also the tiling around the edg

Long Thread Editorial Staff May 14, 2018 - 2 min read

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Connie Westbrook’s clever towels mimic the blue and white tiles that line her local pool. Photo credit: George Boe

Weaving inspiration can come from anywhere as Connie Westbrook shows in her Pool-Inspired Towels featured in Handwoven March/April 2018, that she based on the tiles in the pool at the recreation center where she swims laps. The 8-shaft turned twill pattern uses white, blue and grey to mimic the lanes in a public pool and also the tiling around the edges. Weave your way back to the gym with these 3 towels with 2 treadling variations! —Susan

pool-inspired towel

Project at a Glance:

Structure: Twill.

Equipment: 8-shaft loom, 24" weaving width; 12- dent reed; 1 boat shuttle, 2 bobbins.

Yarns: 8/2 unmercerized cotton (3,360 yd/lb; Brassard et Fils).

Sett: 24 epi

Woven length (measured under tension on the loom): 94".

Finished size after washing and hemming: 3 towels 20" x 27".


CONNIE WESTBROOK is always surprised by where her fiber journey takes her. There is no predicting where the creativity may come from or where it will lead.

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