Rep on AVL PDL
I am doing a second project from Kelly Marshall's Book, Custom Woven Interiors. The first project was to make upholstery fabric; 10/2 pearl cotton at 60 epi. This worked out very well. She used 5/2 cotton at 48 epi, but I thought this would be too stiff and bulky for fabric to be sewn, and I am very happy with my 10/2 fabric. Marshall, in her book, says that she onlly makes lighter curtain and towel fabric on her AVL, that it's not suitable for the heavier rugs and upholstery fabrics. [Her book shows pictures of an AVL and Glimakra]. I am assuming that she feels that the AVL won't hold the tension needed to create a shed from such a dense warp. I made my rep fabric on a Barbara IV, I had no problems with tension, although I would not have wanted to do this before I replaced the rear friction brake with a ratchet and pawl. Is there anyone out there weaving rep on an AVL? I can put this on the Barbara, but it will be a 48' warp, and I would prefer to use a loom with a fly shuttle. The finished fabric I have is so pretty that it has drawn comments from the electrician and plumber that came in to run water to the new bakery!