fabric terms and grain

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Bias: diagonal direction across the warp and weft of fabric. When pulling fabric on the bias, the fabric stretches considerably.

Selvage: tightly woven edge of fabric that is parallel to the warp and doesn't fray.

Warp / lengthwise grain: the direction that the yarns run along the length of the fabric. When fabric is woven on a loom, the warp yarns are strung first.
         -tips for finding warp

Weft / crosswise grain: the direction that the yarns run along the width of the fabric. When fabric is woven on a loom, the weft yarns alternately go over and under the warp yarns.
          -tips for finding grainline


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1 comments

  1. this is exactly what I needed. I totally brain farted on what the selvage is when laying out my pattern recently.

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