I finally cut off the Ms and Os and started the finishing process. This is the alabaster weft, before washing.
And here, after washing. Would have been nice if I had the same orientation.
And again, after pressing.
The baked clay weft, which will be a dresser scarf for the guest room:
and my sampling with thicker wefts. The variegated is 4/4 cotton, the brown and gold is 5/2 perle.
I like Dixon's suggestion of using a thicker weft. The 4/4 gives great coverage without making a stiff fabric.
These towels will be used but they would be even better with a thicker weft. I'd use the 5/2 for towels, go with 10/2 for the warp. A few years ago I used a structure similar to this and was not happy with the way the weft filled in. I never did finish that baby blanket. The 4/4 weft would make a nice baby blanket or pillow fabric. I'm sewing the hems by hand because there's no tabby header and machine stitching would be too visible.
Final thoughts? I can definitely see more Ms and Os in my future for table linens, blankets, and upholstery fabrics.