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I would like to start weaving my own cotton yarn, using a manual loom, to create my own cotton canvas fabric. The fabric will be used to create canvas paintings, which will be stretched over the necessary stretcher bars. As well as the original paintings, I will be looking to produce canvas prints by feeding the canvas material through a wide format Ink Jet printer.

The Fabric will need to meet the following properties:

  • Weight: 450gsm;
  • Texture: Medium to Coarse;
  • Weave: Tightly Woven.

My primary reservation is whether a manual loom is capable of allowing the weaver to create a professional standard product or whether there are limitations that can only be overcome via a computerized loom.

Key concerns being:

  • Is a tight weave achievable with a manual loom;
  • Is there a greater risk of the fabric unravelling when a manual loom is used over a computerized loom?

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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    Interesting question... though it is asking for opinions more than solutions, so not sure its a good fit for site. Edited the original to remove additional "related" questions that could be in their own separate post.
    – rebusB
    Oct 6 '20 at 21:02
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    What advantage are you seeking by hand weaving your canvasses? The ancient Incan's wove fabric by hand at over 300 threads per inch, fine enough to be waterproof (pre-colonial gore-tex), so it is possible to hand loom a tight weave but the time it will take and the skill and effort required to keep the weave regular enough would make it totally impractical IMO.
    – rebusB
    Oct 6 '20 at 21:08
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    Do you already have a loom? If not, what loom were you considering purchasing?
    – csk
    Oct 7 '20 at 4:31
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    Try asking on the forums of Ravelry. While it's mostly a site for knitters and crocheters, there are a fair number of weavers on there, and even some weaving-specific groups.
    – csk
    Oct 7 '20 at 4:34

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