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Surprise, surprise!

The fabric turned out wonderfully after being fulled – soft and lush and beautiful. It also surprised me a lot.

It’s a fourshaft twill, which means every thread goes over two and under two, staggered to give diagonal lines. In a fairly balanced weave with a similar amount of warps and wefts per cm, that should result in a fabric that looks the same on both sides.

Well, guess what this cloth does not do?


Look the same on front and back.

There you go. Be surprised along with me! (Probably has to do something with the spin direction in relation to the twill direction…)

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4 Responses to Surprise, surprise!

  1. Harma says:

    A twill like this is called a 2/2 twill. A four shaft twill could also be a 1/3 or a 3/1 twill. One up three down or the other way around.

    Interesting these different surfaces. I’ll check if my collapse books have info on this.

    • Katrin says:

      Yup, theoretically it could be a 3/1 – but I know no examples of these from medieval times, that’s probably why it didn’t occur to me to specify…

  2. Beatrix says:

    I know 3/1 twills from the 15th century, but those are plant fibres (linen), not wool. Surprise, surprise – it´s Lengberg again.

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