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Could you tell me the difference between 8/2, 8/4, and 8/8 cotton?

I was wondering if your 16/2 cotton was unmercerized?  I’m assuming if your cotton doesn’t say mercerized then it isn’t.  Could you tell me the difference between 8/2, 8/4, and 8/8. Our 16/2 is unmercerized.  The difference between all those cottons is simple the size.  They are all plys of a base yarn which is […]

What is mercerized?

Any yarn can be mercerized, even wool and I have worked with a lot of mercerized linen in the past but it is most often cotton.  The yarn is treated with Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic Soda) to swell the fibres and increase the fibre’s lustre as well as its affinity for dye by increasing the surface […]

How much weft yardage do I need?

Is there a formula for calculating yardage required for the balanced twill weft? I use a quick short cut for figuring out weft yardage requirements for any balanced fabric, but it has to be balanced or pretty darned close.   Here is a scenario: 10 epi x10″ wide = 100 warp ends Let’s say your […]

Project Planning

Follow the link on this page to download a wonderful resource for planning your next project.  This 10 page document will start by giving you things to think about before you start planning, how to calculate your warp and weft, how to calculate the number of yards in a pound of certain yarns, standards sizes […]

4 Shaft Design Sheet

Click on the link below to open the 4 Shaft Design Sheet using Adobe Reader.  You’ll then be able to print out your own copy to use for creating your own design. 4 Shaft Design Sheet

8 Shaft Design Sheet

Click on the link below to open the 8 Shaft Design Sheet using Adobe Reader.  You’ll then be able to print out your own copy to use for creating your own design. 8 Shaft Design Sheet