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Do you need a floating selvedge?

In answer to a question raised on the JST Online Guild Forum …….. I hope I didn’t actually say….’avoid floating selvedges’.  I personally don’t like floating selvedges because they slow me down so I only use them when I have to.   Sometimes we do need them in our lives to keep our selvedges on the […]

Replacing a weft thread that skipped …….

Can you replace 1 weft thread that picked up some wrong warp ends on a plain weave finished project? Yes, you can.  It is very difficult to do this after the cloth has been washed but not too bad if you do it straight off the loom. Sometimes I do it on loom if I […]

Explaining “Beat for 50/50”

Hi Jane…replying to an old post but I was hoping you could clarify what you mean about “beat for 50/50”….I have cotton and wool and would like to use the wool as warp and cotton as the weft.  I am looking to do a more open sett and want to get a lacy fabric.  I […]

How much weft for a towel?

I’m looking at Keep It Simple Towels but cannot find reference to calculating weft requirements.  The organic cotton I purchased has I believe 710 yards per cone.  Will this be enough for a towel or should I get another cone of each colour before beginning? One cone should be enough 20 ppi x 20″ wide […]

Selvedges in brief and with visuals

I was just weaving away and noticed that what I was weaving is a good example of controlled draw-in or taping of the selvedge. This is a fine warp Bambu 12 sett at 27 epi and the weft is Zephyr (silk/merino) woven at 27 ppi.  Because it is black and white you can see the […]

Help – I’m getting skips in my cloth!

I’m a fairly new weaver with a Leclerc Nilus 4 shaft. I wove a tea towel kit from Jane’s store using cotton boucle and it went well. Now I’m weaving tea towels from a kit using organic cotton. Every inch or two I’m getting small skips over just one extra thread. We adjusted the treadles […]

What I’m referring to when I talk about 50/50 is……

Hi Jane…replying to an old post but I was hoping you could clarify what you mean about “beat for 50/50”….I have cotton and wool and would like to use the wool as warp and cotton as the weft.  I am looking to do a more open sett and want to get a lacy fabric.  I […]

Double Weave selvedges not behaving

It just seems that double-weave selvedges are much MUCH fussier than other types of weaving selvedges.  How can I produce clean ones without having to hand manipulate each pick? I always say that selvedges are like teenage boys always trying to sneak out and cause trouble. It is our job to keep them in line. […]

Weaving with slippery yarns

I have a question about weaving with slippery yarns such as silk.  I have had problems with the ends popping out after my usual manner of weaving them in before changing colours.  Do you have any suggestions for weaving silk scarves with several colour changes in the weft? I always alternate my sides when I’m […]

Throwing your shuttle

During our workshop you, presented holding the shuttle with the hand under rather than over the shuttle.  Can’t remember more than that but my question is why is it better. Because you can propel your shuttle further, your hands stay out of the shed and if you have open bottom shuttles the ring finger is perfectly […]