Posted by Peg in South Carolina
Sampling continues. Here my selvedges have improved considerably because I reduced the weft tension in my Bluster Bay shuttle (photo to the right) so that the shuttle went over only one hook instead of two. For some perspective on this, when I weave with fine silk, I thread the weft yarn over four hooks.
One problem does occur, however, when the overshots occur over the selvedge edge of a sample, even with floating selvedges. It’s not all that clear in the photo, but there is really excessive looseness of the weft at the selvedges. This happens in the top sample, the sample treadled with light gray weft.
The best solution for that seems to be to have a bit of plain weave threaded at the selvedges. It won’t be true plain weave because of the doubled warp ends. But it will be close enough to control better what could be very messy selvedges.
Or alternatively, I could take advantage of the fact that I have four empty shafts (grin!) and thread those to genuine plain weave. I have not yet tried this with my 8-shaft loom. Indeed, being able to do that is one reason I justified the purchase of an 8-shaft loom. So perhaps the time is come.
Again, the selvedges have improved greatly with the change in threading the shuttle hooks. But the messy selvedge issue is clear on the bottom sample of this next photo as well, though not as bad as in the first photo.
Also, the samples at the bottom and top are, despite their have been beaten just as softly as the rest, definitely weft-dominant. The middle fabric is less so.
One thing I am learning is that I rarely like blue warp with light gray weft. But I like the reverse. This might suggest that I would like a red warp with dark green weft. In at least some of the samples, that would create an effect of over-all dark green with red peeking through. At least that is what I am currently guessing.
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