Hi, Madelyn –
I am interested in finding some sort of chart that shows how to translate the yarn size and weight as well as the ends per inch into what size reed to use and how to sley the reed so the piece isn't too wide or too narrow. Do you have something like that?
Thanks, Susan Webb
Once you know the sett, you can figure out how many threads at that sett you'll need for a cloth to be a certain width. Let's say you have decided you are weaving a scarf and your yarn/structure will work best at 24 ends per inch and you want the scarf to be 10 inches wide. You'd sley 240 ends in a 12-dent reed with 2 ends per dent. You can use other reed sizes, too, an 8-dent reed at 3/dent or even a 10-dent reed at 2-2-2-2-3/dent (this is not ideal since that irregularity might show as a slightly denser stripe in the cloth). Whenever you do an irregular sleying, always distribute the threads as evenly as possible to avoid streaks in the cloth. Minor differences in warp density will disappear with wet finishing.