In the warp zone again. This time I'm making a black linen (warp) and black wool (weft) scarf. I'm using a standard "Ms and Ws" point draft twill pattern from Handweaver's Pattern Directory pg 90. #weaving
When weaving point draft twill patterns, the pattern reverses on itself. If you read the introduction to that section in Handweaver's Pattern Directory it will inform you that because of the reversal, these patterns require a floating selvedge.
If you don't read this section or already know this fact, a few inches into weaving you will discover the problem, unpick all your work, and improvise a weighted floating selvedge. Ask me how I know.
You can see the pattern emerge on this fabric very quickly. Here is the first few inches of the scarf. Instead of just repeating the pattern throughout the full width, I extended the pattern on each edge to give it a one inch border on each side to frame the central pattern. #weaving
@JoanESheldon Thanks! I seem to learn something new in every project. So far with this one I learned the lesson about floating selvedges in point drafts, as well as the importance of beating this type of weaving on a closed shed (my last project was krokbragd so it had a hard beat on an open shed and then another hard beat after moving to the next shed).
@JoanESheldon In this case I'm wanting to control the sett very closely (so the diamond pattern can be as consistent as possible) and I quickly discovered that with an open shed it allowed the pick to shift up and down. Beating on a closed shed in this case let me carefully set the spacing. Linen warp and wool weft are different thicknesses.
This could just be my beginner level. Maybe this is a crutch I wouldn't need if I were more advanced.
@kyle Hey, if it’s giving you what you want then it’s working. And I realized I should have described what I do as beating on a changing shed: open shed, insert weft, pull beater to you, change to next shed, push beater away. If you ever find that you’re getting too much draw-in when beating on a closed shed, this is another option. (And if you need a really firm fabric you can beat again after the shed change.)