USE BOTH 16/2 and 8/2
Susan of Thrums got me back to thinking about my decision to use 8/2 unmercerized cotton instead of 16/2. On my last post, she commented that on her last set of towels she tried 8/2 for the warp but 16/2 for the weft. This combination, she said, "...gave me the best of both. Absorbent but not overly thick."
I have thought about playing with fine weft on a heavier warp for crackle, but that is not what I want to do with these towels. Since I want the colors formed by the weft yarns to predominate, I would want 16/2 as the warp and 8/2 as the weft.
16/2 FOR WARP, 8/2 FOR WEFT
This use of a heavier pattern weft is traditional for crackle. I have not been doing this in my crackle exploits because I am interested in the interplay of warp and weft. With these towels, however, I am more interested in the weft colors than in the warp. The warp will simply be the background on which to hang the design. That means i would use the 16/2 for the warp and the 8/2 for the weft.
The configuration raises a question about sett. The sett I would use for 8/2 warp would be 24 epi. The sett I would use for 16/2 warp would be 36 epi. Knowing that I will be using 8/2 for the weft, should I still sett eh 16/2 at 36 epi? Or should I sett it just a bit wider to allow for the extra size of the weft? Setting the warp a bit wider would allow the weft to pack closer together, but would that make for a less sturdy fabric? Or a less flexible fabric?