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So here is the monster I just pulled of the 60" loom at school--fully 60" wide, about 5 yards long (maybe a little less), 1440 warp ends, 24 e.p.i., 2/8 cotton. The weft is a polyolifin, and for the most part it's plain weave. However, I'm doing a spaced Monk's Belt pattern and I'm going to use the overshot cord to pull the piece in as tight as possible. Then I'm going to steam it for an hour to set the pleats, pull out the overshot cords, and voila! Pleated woven fabric! The heat sets the polyolifin into a new shape permanently--very fun. If anyone wants the draft, I'll try to write it out and post it. I'll also try to show off the finished product.

The Front:
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The Back:
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And all I have to say about the 60" width is it's very hard on the back! Ow! I'll stick to my 45" thanks.
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Date:June 17th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
Cooool! I can't wait to see it once you're done pleating.
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Date:June 17th, 2005 01:01 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I even understand everything you said here, but self-pleating fabric sounds really interesting. If the heat sets pleats, do you have to worry about *melting* the fabric at all?
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