Tuesday, January 10, 2017

16 Shaft Twill

You have all heard about 'shaft envy" ? No? Well, it is where someone (Marilynn) has more shaft than you (smile).

The lovely 16 shaft silk twill scarf is her latest. The drape and colors in this scarf makes us all want to go out and buy a 16 shaft loom. She did say she used only 8 treadles for the design. And who doesn't love silk?

Twills are characterized by diagonals called wales going across the fabric. Usually a one shuttle weave without tabby. Using more than 4 shafts and threaded 1-16 in twill progression gives the weaver lots of ways to skip, reveres, or tromp as writ to achieve lots of design potential.

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