I’m a real beginner with loom weaving, so this maybe a very basic question! I wish to weave a balanced plain cloth in 8/2 Venne Cotton, with as near as possible perfect squares. I’ve changed the warp sett a couple of times (I’m in the UK so working in epcm) from 10epcm, to 8epcm. So far I haven’t been able to achieve an equal number of epcm and ppcm. How do I create a balanced weave? Is this a combination of tension in the warps and the pressure of the beat on the weft? My feeling is that it is most likely down to my inexperience. Thank you in advance for your help.
I think you understand why it’s happening - lack of experience ;-) We’ve all been there and the setts you’ve chosen will be fine for Plain Weave - you might need to use a slightly denser sett for Twill. It’s all about practice and mastering your shuttle and your beat. And, if the tension on your warp is really high - you might not be able to adjust your beat. The 2 “Ps” are in your future - Patience and Practice….. keep us posted!
Thank you so much for your reply Sandra. I re-watched Jane’s episode on warp sett and realised that it’s not about finding the correct warp sett, as there are many variations, which give the different ‘drapery-ness’. The penny sort of dropped, second time around, that I have to build up my skills to weave a balanced plain weave. I’ll tackle the Twill later! Thankfully I really love sampling.