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Topic: Weaving drapey material  (Read 1334 times)
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« on: December 13, 2008 05:23:25 PM »

When I weave, I tend to get a stiff material. Is there a way to get more drape? And could the problem be in the fact that I'm using sock yarn?
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2008 10:45:52 AM »

Hmmm...maybe you're beating too hard.  If you are using wool sock yarn, you have to keep in mind that there is springiness to the wool, so when the warp is under tension, it's stretched out as far as it will go and will contract after it comes off the loom.  When throwing the weft, beat softly to compensate for this. 

If you want something SUPER drapey, try weaving with alpaca, bamboo, tencel, or silk. 

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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2008 12:51:05 PM »

You can even add a spacer between picks of weft (or blocks of weft) such as a pencil or straw or cut piece of paper (long and skinny is what you are looking for). Slide it out later. Now you have a large loose area. Depending on how you treat the fabric and what else you have done it may start to even out over time, but if you felt wool or use leno or some other non-plain weave stitch you should get the empty spots to stay in place. (Tie rya knots or spanish lace or...)

Try to be sure you see light in squares when you look through the fabric on the loom if you want more drape.
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2008 12:03:59 PM »

fewer picks/inch ought to do it.  think about playing with the density of the warp too.
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2009 11:26:05 AM »

Different set would definitely help but it also depends on what kind of weave you're doing. I like using twill because I tend to beat a bit harder and twill will still drape nicely. Smiley
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