Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

I have not really been comfortable with a twill sett of 8 epi for this handspun warp.  And after I had beamed it on I saw why.  Here is a photo of the warp from the back after beaming, threading, sleying and removing of lease sticks.

warp at back of loom

The two warp ends visible on either side at the top of the shafts are the two floating selvedge warp ends.  Right now, they are sleyed and the ends that will hang over the back beam I have simply thrown up onto the top of the loom to keep them out of the way for now.

This next photo shows more clearly why I was uncomfortable with 8 epi for a twill sett for this yarn.

warp at back of loom detail

Here in the raddle, the warp is sett at 8 epi.  Looking at it, I see warp ends that are not close enough together. This would work for plain weave, but not for twill.  So I decided to sett the warp at 10 epi using a 5-dent reed set two ends per dent.

This means that the sides of the warp will not go straight from front to back but will angle a bit. But the angle is very slight. Once I start weaving, the angle will be a little greater because the woven fabric will pull in. 

The first photo, by the way, gives a good view of the LeClerc raddle.  It is attached to the back of the loom so that the tines point directly back.  I have removed the lease sticks but I am going to keep the raddle in while I weave the scarf.  The raddle should keep the ends sorted at the back as much as they need be for this particular warp.

Related Post:   Determining Sett for Handspun Scarf

"Handspun Sett Change” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on November 24, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina.

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