SHAWL FROM HANDSPUN
Two years ago I wove a too-short shawl from my woolen handspun. It turned out to be too short because in planning the warp, I had not allowed for the drastic amount the warp snapped back into a much shorter length when I removed it from the warping board.
That handspun was approximately the same grist as the one I am currently working with. I sett the warp at 12 epi for a twill. I had agonized over the sett.
ON THE LOOM: BAD SHEDS
I had a lot of trouble weaving off that warp. The sheds were terrible; the soft yarn desperately wanted to stick to itself. I was forever clearing sheds by hand.
OFF THE LOOM
When the fabric came off the loom I did an indeterminable amount of mending/reweaving. I washed and steamed it. It was thick and cuddly. It felt soft and silky to the touch. It was lovely. I thought. And apparently the judge at the Blue Ridge Handweaving show that year thought so too. I got a second place in accessories.
Still, those terrible sheds were a definite clue that the sett was really too close.
LEIGH'S FORMULA FOR SETT
I think it is time to try the formula Leigh explains in her recent post on calculating sett.
Related Post: Handspun and Computing Sett: Part II