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Fabric ends/picks/M

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Hi gang: I'm doing some fabric research and I do not quite understand that ends, picks and M mean? Can you help me out? Damon
post #2 of 4
Just earlier terms for warp and weft. Ends are the same as warp: the threads run vertical, top to bottom. Picks are the "fill" threads, same as weft: they run horizontal, side to side. I don't know what M stands for. But our modern term for "end on end" fabric is actually a bastardization of "end and end," which meant threads of alternating colors, side by side, that run top to bottom. As always, I could be wrong, but I think that's a close definition.
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Hi. Here is an image with specifications.  Can you answer the pics/ends concern from this.  Also what does the M 17.5 mean? Gracie. Damon
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I don't know what the picture refers to, but I'm now guessing (based on the number 17.5) that M stands for "microns," the measure of fineness of fiber. Micron numbers tend to run...what?...from 22 microns down to 12 or so, depending on the fiber. Some merino wools can be 18, 17, 16 microns, some cashmeres and vicuñas even less. So that's why I'd guess that M stands for micron. 'Course, once again, I could be totally off my rocker.
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