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Deflected Double Weave for Collapse Fabrics

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In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, "It ain't over till it's over." This phrase is true not just for baseball, but also for achieving texture in your fabrics. You plan and warp and weave and cut off -- but the fabric isn't finished until it's finished, because it looks entirely different after washing. Here's an example. Below, the fabric on the loom. And after washing -- after "fulling" by agitating and scrubbing by hand with soap in hot water, to be exact. Now THIS is cloth with character! Lots of wriggling shapes, thanks to "differential shrinkage," in which one fiber (wool) shrinks while the other (cotton) doesn't. And lots of strong color, thanks to deflected double weave. I wove this on my trusty little 4-shaft Structo loom, pictured here. I have always wanted one and finally purchased one this year. I took it on a trip to Chicago -- and simply packed it in my suitcase. Portable weaving studio! For those