Having problems with setts? You’ve come to the right place! “Determining the right sett is sometimes tricky. There are many variables, so rules of thumb are only starting points. The starting point for a doubleweave would be to sett the cloth at twice the sett for a single layer. However, many other variables apply. For a sturdy table runner with a plain-weave base in 10/2 pearl cotton, for example, the recommended sett might be 48 ends per inch (twice the single-layer sett of 24 ends per inch). However, if you have a light-weight loom or a table loom or you are weaving a very wide piece, you may not be able to beat hard enough to achieve 48 picks per inch. In that case, you would open the sett to 40 ends and picks per inch.” —Madelyn van der Hoogt, author of the famous blog, “Ask Madelyn”.

Madelyn provides a wealth of knowledge and insight into weaving and offers helpful tips, tricks, hacks, and advice from her years of experience as a weaver and teacher. Find many of her tips here and then jump over to our shop for more valuable resources for your weaving studio!

Metric Conversion for Setts

Hi Madelyn, Thank you for your videos which I have found so helpful and for the advice you are so generous about. I am wondering if it wouldn’t be possible to have the Master Yarn Chart (which already reports meters per kilogram) with the sett ranges given in metric numbers (ends per centimeter)? I know […]

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We absolutely love Madelyn van der Hoogt! Her depth of weaving knowledge, insight, and experience are hard to match. For quite a while now, you have asked Madelyn your weaving questions and she has answered. It’s no surprise that “Ask Madelyn” is one Handwoven’s hottest blogs! Madelyn has answered questions about yarn, warp, weft, washing, […]

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