It should have been a no-brainer. Apparently not!
I wound a 20 yard warp for 6 nice long shawls in stripes of light gray and silver 8/2 tencel. Each shawl was to be woven in a modified Bronson weave using a charcoal gray weft. I decided to weave several different treadlings so that the shawls for each young lady would be a little different.
The saga continues:
I cut Shawl #1 off the loom and retied the warp to make sure I had perfect tension before beginning the next shawl.
The selvedges in Shawl #2 were somewhat better, but I continued to have broken threads along the right selvedge as well as in two sections in the center of the shawl. By the time I cut the shawl off the loom, I had about 20 repairs to make, and more than a dozen of them were along the right hand selvedge. And I can assure you I do not enjoy making repairs in the finished cloth - especially along the selvedge edge!
I was shocked at how much this helped! The selvedges were great and I did not have a single selvedge thread break for the entire 95" length of the shawl.
I still had threads break in the other two trouble areas of the shawl, confirming my belief that this batch of silver yarn was probably defective, under-plied in sections, or otherwise weakened for some reason. But just to be able to solve the problem on the selvedge was a huge relief!
Three shawls down, three to go…
7/10/2020 07:42:48 pm
Broken threads at selvages are caused by the unraveling of s-spun yarns. This is especially true if using floating selvages, and it's usually the float on the right side. Most weavers are taught to enter the float on top and exit underneath the opposite float. However you will have no breaks in your floats if you enter and exit from the bottom (when going right to left) and then enter and exit from the top when returning the shuttle going from left to right. It takes a few passes of the shuttle to get the hang of this technique but it works like a charm for floating selvages.
7/10/2020 08:25:16 pm
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