I last used high-twist yarns when I was doing my final Bradford project. I wove three pieces using high-twist silk in the weft — it was very effective but harsh too. I have been wanting to try using other over-twisted yarns and see whether they give more wearable results.
So here’s the blue warp with a high-twist wool in the weft. On the loom it was practically transparent and rather tricky to see what I was doing…
…but off the loom, my treadling errors are suddenly highly visible!
In hot water it crinkled up beautifully to give dark pleats on one side…
…and light pleats on the other.
The cloth is soft and stretchy, very nice to handle.
The contrast between the high-twist weft and an ordinary weft — the same yarn as in the warp (and in answer to Margreet, yes, these are the yarns from Shirley Pinder!) — is striking:
I’m very encouraged by this little sample. I’ll need to concentrate while I’m treadling, though. I tied up the loom to give myself a left-right-left-right pattern with my feet, thinking that this would be reasonably fool-proof — but I clearly under-estimated the fool. Another thing I am not quite happy about is the right selvedge. It’s the one at the top of the photo above and you can see little twists of yarn protruding. This might be expected for a high-twist weft, but… close inspection of the left selvedge shows that it is absolutely regular with no protruberances at all. My left selvedge is consistently neater than my right, no matter what I am weaving, but the difference doesn’t normally show up quite so distinctly!