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Study Scarves

     The next run is on the loom.  A straight draw using 32 shafts in a twill to start and probably ending in a plaited twill to give some depth in design.  I chose a burgundy in 8/2 tencel sett at 30 epi.  24 epi works fine for plain weave but since I'm working with a twill 30 epi will give a denser fabric, which is what I prefer.  So...the fist step is sketching the preliminary design as a base pattern and then working from there.  Break out the pencil, ruler, graph paper, and (of course) eraser.

8/2 burgundy sett at 30 epi 8" a straight draw and two floating selvedges for 242 ends.  Four scarves at 70" each with 10" fringe on either end for a total of 90"...so an 11 yard warp.



Distributing the warp evenly in the raddle.



Ready for the tension to be set and the start of a new run!



     I swear that the hardest part of this is choosing what color warp... 

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