Hi Rita and all.
Can you explain further about what you mean about avoiding a floating selvedge? I'm new and don't understand what you mean about the threading.
Thanks in advance,
Pegi in Michigan
It depends on what I am weaving, whether or not I use floating selvages. For four shafts weaving, as long as you thread all four shafts at each selvage, you will not need to use a floating selvage. For ex: right selvage thread 1,2,3,4 and on the left selvage, thread 3,4,1,2. If I am weaving twill and not using a straight draw treadling( ABCDABCD....) then I use a floating selvage. But for overshot, there is no need because you are treadling a tabby in between each pattern weft. As long as all four shafts are in the selvages, then all your pattern wefts will lie selvage to selvage..
I never use a floating selvage for four shaft Overshot, Monk's Belt, Halvdräll, Lace. You can also thread some twills with 1,3 at one selvage and 2,4 at the other, breaking the odd/even sequence at the selvage. If I am weaving mutishaft overshot, then I may use a floating selvage because threading 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 makes a large selvage.
Hope this helps you.
I've been searching for weeks for information on weaving bath towells using cotton chenille and am fascinated with the idea of overshot. Did you use the cottolin for warp and tabby? What sett did you use? I'd be really delighted to have this information if you happen to read this post.
I assume you will use chenille for weft. What do you intend to use fore a warp thread. Maybe 5/2 cotton, then 18 epi. or 16 epi.
The cottolin was used as warp and weft. The sett was 18 ends per inch. The shrinkage in width was 17 percent, I'm not sure about the warp shrinkage because I didn't keep that information - probably 15 percent for take-up and shrinkage.
The overshot weave makes good use of the chenille's characteristics, and keeps it firmly under control. The finished towels are quite dense and soft, but not as absorbent as I had hoped. Do you have time to sample different yarns, or a wider sett for the cottolin?