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I have used Tencel often. Up until recently, i used it instead of silk and it gave good results .
For the “denting and cramming” episode I used it instead of the linen, I was happy with the results. I had to do a bit of maths since the Sett was different but that was easy to do thanks to Jane extremely clear and easy to follow discussion and PDF.
I love Zephyr but when i don’t always use it for warp and weft. I’ve used Tencel for the warp and Zephyr for the weft. Lovely drape always and the heavier saturation of Tencel works well with the sheen of Zephyr. I’ve even used it with a skein of kit-mohair boucle and silk from Handmaiden. That wool-silk was far too expensive to use some for sampling. So i just went ahead, wove (barely beating, just placing the weft) and hoped for the best. Maybe i was lucky but the scarf was quite lovely.
I prefer Tencel to Bambu only because the production of Tencel is more eco-friendly. I would suspect that Bambu would work as well.September 28, 2018 at 8:03 am in reply to: Season 2, Episode 2 – More on Division of Space & the Asymmetry Sample #48666
Jacqueline, on March 10th you posted a pic of 2 shawls you did in Merino weft and Tencel warp (i assume).
What SETT did you use?
I want to do a shawl : Tencel warp and JaggerSpun Zephir wool weft
First I sampled at 12 EPI – the result was suited for a pillow. Weft faced and very stiff. It surprised me because i had used 12 EPI cotton and wool when i was doing the Episode 2 and it worked beautifully. So clearly Tencel 2/8 is very different from cotton 2/8
Then I sampled at 16 EPI plain weave – it’s OK but a bit too much weft faced for my taste. Fairly soft and drapey after washing. Still not ideal.
I could do a third sample at 18 EPI but i thought i’d asked you first and save the Zephir for the shawl – the tube goes down quickly!
Hello Ginette, thank you so much for your response. It is very useful and now i feel more confident getting the warp ready. Your towels look very nice. Your color combo works really well. It’s inspiring.
As for sampling, Cheryl, I agree. I will sample -once the warp is on the loom.
I had all the heddles on the left when i started, threading right to left as you showed us. I threaded a bundle, counted, checked, and if that bundle was correct I pushed it to the far right of the shaft so that bundle stayed out of my sight and out of my way. I repeated for each bundle so when i finished , I had pushed every heddle threaded to the right. It meant that the warp was forced at an angle on the right.
So when it came time to sleying, all the heddles needed to be spaced out and back to where they belong in relation to the line of the warp. Unfortunately this is proving very difficult to do. I realise now that the problem is that the heddles are not lining up with where the thread started on the back beam. I’ll do my best realigning them and hopefully they’ll move into proper alignment as i weave.
I hope to remember next time i thread that i need to keep the heddles in the proximity of where they’re supposed to be.
Your videos are extremely well done and have allowed me to get to the stage i’m at now. Thank you.