Regular twills are those that run in regular order; it is, therefore, simply necessary to know the interlacing of any one end or pick, say the first, of a regular twill in order to show the entire weave on design paper. The interlacings of the first end or pick of any regular twill are conveniently shown by writing numbers above and below a horizontal line; thus, for example,if the first end is up 2 picks, down 3, up 1, and down 2.


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  1. What are Regular Twills?
  2. Regular Twills (Contd..)

What are Regular Twills?

The interlacing of a regular twill weave shown in this manner is called the base of the twill. Since in regular twill weaves the ends interlace with the picks in exactly the same manner as the picks interlace with the ends, the base also shows the interlacing of the first pick, as it indicates that on the first pick the first 2 ends are up, the next 3 are down, the next 1 is up, and the next 2 are down. The sum of these numbers, eight, shows that the twill repeats on 8 ends and 8 picks. Suppose that it is desired to show the twill on design paper. The first step is to mark the first end or first pick in the manner indicated by the base; the twill will be the same whichever is marked. If the first end is marked, it should be marked from top to bottom; if the first pick, it should be marked from left to right. One method, however, should be adopted; consequently, the system of marking has the first pick will be used here. Marking this pick shows that the first 2 ends are up, the next 3 ends down, the next end up, and the next 2 ends down. The next step is to run up the twill in regular order; that is, if an end is up on one pick, on the next pick the next end in the direction in which the twill is to run is up. That this method of making a twill may be more readily understood, each end will be run up separately and afterwards the complete design will be shown. Commencing with the first end and the first pick, which is at the lower left—hand corner, this first end is raised on the first pick them on the next pick the next end to the right, if the twill is run to the right, will be raised; that is, the second end will be raised on the second pick, and the third end will be raised on the third pick. This is continued for the 8 ends and 8 picks with the result shown in Fig. 7.



Regular Twills (Contd..)

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Twill Weave - Fig 9&10

Next taking the second end and dealing with it in exactly the same manner will give the result shown in Fig. 8. It should be noted in connection with this figure that when running these marks up on the design paper the eighth end is raised on the seventh pick. If this were continued in a regular line for the 8 picks, the next mark would come on the ninth end, but the weave is complete on 8 ends; consequently, the mark for the ninth end is placed on the first end, since the ninth end will be the first end of the next repeat, which of course is exactly like the first end of the repeat under consideration. That this is correct will be seen if two repeats of the weave are made.

In Fig. 6, the third, fourth, and fifth ends are lowered on the first pick; these blank squares will consequently run up in the same manner as the filled-in squares, but it is not necessary to consider them since, if the filled-in squares are run up correctly, the blank ones must be correct. Since the sixth end is raised on the first pick, the seventh 10 end will be raised on the second pick and so on, as shown in Fig. 9. It should be noted that the eighth end is raised on the third pick and that in order to continue for the 8 picks, the first end must he raised on the next pick and the marks run from this point to complete the 8 picks, as shown. As the seventh and eighth ends are down on the first pick it is not necessary to consider these.

If Figs. 7, 8, and 9 are combined, the complete twill will be obtained, as shown in Fig. 10. When constructing a twill, it is not necessary to run up each twill line separately as in Figs. 7, 8, and 9 and then combine them as in Fig. 10 since it is perfectly feasible to construct the entire twill as shown Fig, 10 at one Operation. The method running up each twill line seperately is only to explain the construction of the complete twill.A rule for making any regular twill when the interlacings of the first pick are given is as follows: Mark on the first pick of the weave the ends that are to be lifted on that pick, then above on the second pick place similar marks, moving them one square to the right if the twill is to run to the right or one square to the left if the twill is t rum to the left.Proceed with each pick in the same way mving one to the right or left as the case may be until there are as many picks as ends, when the weave will be completed.