Denting Part 3

Following up on my experimentation of denting in two layers, I knew that I wanted a cloth that was two layers, with denting on both layers, in a yarn that would not be too slippery, and using some interweaving of the layers.

My yarn of choice this time was Zephyr (50% fine merino wool, 50% silk) from Jagger Yarn.  I chose two colours of green, Bottle Green and Basil for one layer, and two colours of blue, Indigo and Royal for the second layer.

I measured a 6-yard warp, sett at 20 ends per inch (2 ends per dent), with 12 ends blue followed by 12 ends green, for a total of 192 ends, 96 ends per layer, 9.6 inches wide in the reed.

I threaded the blue threads on shafts 1 and 2 and the green threads on shafts 3 and 4.

For the first scarf, I sleyed the threads, 2 ends per dent in a 10-dent reed, with no gaps.

For the first scarf, I wove 12 shots of indigo, by alternately lifting shaft 1 and then shaft 2.  This meant that the blue layer was “on top”, and created plain weave squares where the indigo crossed the blue warps, and weft floats across the green warp threads.  On the bottom layer, warp floats occurred behind the weft floats.

Then I wove 12 shots of bottle green by alternately lifting shaft 3 then shaft 4.  This meant that the green layer was now “on top”, and created plain weave squares where the bottle green weft crossed the green warps, and weft floats across the blue warp threads.  When removed from the loom and wet finished, the woven squares and floats squished up, creating a lovely, bouncy and light fabric with the appearance of weft stripes on “top” and warp stripes on the “bottom”.

     

I cut off the first scarf from the loom and really opened up the sleying.  I sleyed 12 ends of blue, with 2 ends per dent for 6 dents, left 6 dents empty, sleyed 12 ends of green, 2 ends per dent for 6 dents and left 6 dents empty.  This time, I wove with 12 shots of Royal Blue on 1 and 2,  to square blue on blue, left a half inch gap, 12 sots of Basil on 3 and 4, left a half inch gap.  This gave woven squares, weft floats and warp floats as in the first scarf, but it also gave holes.  I wet finished the second scarf with a little more agitation to full the wool, and this scarf finished very light and airy.

Scarf 1 is 8.5″ wide x 76″ long finished, and Scarf 2 is 14.7″ wide by 68″ long, finished.

About spinweaverbarbara

I have been steadily weaving since 1980. I enjoy sharing and passing on my learning.
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2 Responses to Denting Part 3

  1. Amy Sloboda says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for describing your process. I hope to try it!

  2. Thanks, Amy, i hope you do try it, it’s fun and fast.

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