This rayon yarn is heavy for its size, so I need a fairly open sett to keep the whole thing light enough to make a garment. I settled on 20 epi in a 10 dent reed, 2 per dent and threaded a straight 4 shaft twill draft. Four shafts and three treadles were all I was going to need for the ‘laid in’ pickup technique, on a plain weave background.
Then I started to weave and found that the novelty yarn was too spaced out. I pulled it out and resleyed the novelty yarns with 4 threads per dent and the rest of the yarns at 2 per dent. This was a huge improvement. My plan was to do the ‘laid in’ technique between the warp stripes and so I started, and pulled out, changed the technique, and pulled out, changed the design, and pulled out. I’m sure you get the picture….
I was left with only two options, weave the shawl off or cut my losses and cut the warp off the loom…….I chose the first option and this is my Plain Jane Shawl…..
Turning In - To start or finish the weft at the selvedge, the end (half an inch or so) is usually tucked (turned in) into the next shed. When heavy pattern weft is used on a fine ground the turning-in should be avoided. It is better to cut off the end, if possible after laundering. (Encyclopedia of Hand-Weaving by S.A. Zielinski)