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Topic: Place mats sell for more than dishtowels?  (Read 1960 times)
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« on: January 25, 2009 08:23:50 PM »

Some folks have asked if I am selling my hand woven dish towels.

I haven't sold any and frankly I don't know what price people would pay for hand woven dish towels made from cotton yarn.

I asked my extended family and they suggested calling them place mats. They said people would play more money for place mats than they would pay for dish towels, even hand woven!

They said price range for dish towels would be $3 to $5 each for dish towels. But place mats could fetch $15 to $20 a pair, maybe more if it included a couple of solid color napkins in an accent color.

What do you all think?

Any clues would be appreciated.

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009 03:52:24 AM »

Yep I'd say go the placemats route if you want to make more money. I know I personally don't care about the look of my dish towels, but placemats make a table! Do you have pictures of your dish towel/ placemats?

« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009 02:32:33 PM »

Here a link to one here:
15 x 22 inch dishtowel, made from peaches n cream cotton yarn,
handwoven on Beka 20" rigid heddle loom, hemmed by hand

Click here for big image of dishtowel: http://rabbitgeek.com/pics/towel3.jpg

Here is my latest dishtowel project. I used white cotton yarn warped on half the loom. I used variegated color yarn warped on the other half. Then as I wove, I started with 32 rows of white yarn, then switched to 32 rows of color, then 32 rows of white, etc. Made a nice pattern without a lot of math.

And links to another one here:
Here is the link - 2 towels before cutting apart
small picture

large picture

Close up of single towel
small picture

large picture

This is woven with peaches and cream cotton yarn
4 ply worsted weight
No. 1 white, No. 205 gumdrop
Beka 20 inch rigid heddle loom, 10 dent,
wet finished (wash & dry), hand hemmed,
finished size 14 x 24 inch.

Any clues about selling would be appreciated.

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2009 04:47:07 PM »

Hmm now that I see them they do have more of a dish towel look than a placemat look. Do you think it is because of the kind of yarns you used? Would different types of yarns be used for placemats?

« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2009 09:42:06 PM »

I don't know yet. I'm still working on this kind of yarn trying to improve.

Have a good day!
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