Can you see them?
In order to try and wring as much pattern as possible from my 8-shaft Delta I settled on two blocks of 3-end twill for my ground cloth, leaving shafts 7 and 8 for the tie-down warp. At the time of the planning, I was thinking of a scarf with some inlay at either end, but in the slow process of setting it up I have become more inclined towards a series of samplers which could be mounted and framed.
As I didn’t know the yarn count for the merino and have never woven a 3-end twill before, I had the fun of calculating the sett by formula* and came up with 25 epi. That was slightly annoying as I could easily do 24 epi in a 12 dent reed or 28 epi in a 14 dent reed, but 25 epi is a bit more like hard work! However, I decided to follow the formula exactly and, sure enough, it is weaving to square in a very satisfactory manner.
The difference between a 2/1 and a 1/2 twill, however, is exceedingly subtle and all the more so because I am using my warp yarn as weft. My plan is very simple — to have a background of squares and rectangles with other squares and rectangles inlaid over them — and I am not sure how visible the background squares need to be. I’ve just started trying an alternative weft yarn so that I can compare. The reed marks from the 2/3 sleying don’t help — it will be interesting to see what it’s like off the loom. I would quite like an aspect of the design that is only seen from some angles and not from others, but I would like it to be seen!
The silk inlaid at the top right there is the same as the yarn I sent to Meg for her project, but it is proving a bit too thick for this cloth — you can see how the ground weft is not beating down as far in that section. The whiter silk yarn (spun from a silk cap, if I remember rightly) is a better size and the lurex is fine enough not to be completely overwhelming.
*The formula I used is the one where sett = (R x W)/(R + I), where W =wraps per inch, R = number of ends in a threading repeat and I = number of intersections in a threading repeat