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plain weave

the most common and tightest of basic weave structures in which the filling threads pass over and under successive warp threads and repeat the same pattern with alternate threads in the following row, producing a checkered surface.
Origin of plain weave
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • With a strand of No. 00 reed, make eighteen rows in the plain weave.

    Practical Basketry Anna A. Gill
  • Hold the spokes straight and weave twenty-nine rows in plain weave.

    Practical Basketry Anna A. Gill
  • The texture is a plain weave, has a selvedge edge, the warp yarns are doubled, while the weft is single yarn.

  • The plain weave is the most common, nearly all light weight goods being thus woven.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Various twills are often combined with each other and with plain weave, making a great variety of texture.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • The rib and basket weaves are derivatives of the plain weave, two or more threads replacing the single strand.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • A is the plain weave, 16 units shown, and used for fabrics H and P, Fig. 32.

  • One of these is to be used for the plain weave and the other for the pattern weave.

  • It is a plain weave, and many of such silks are still woven by hand in China.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • For double cloths the plain weave is used, or a weave with a plain face and a one-third weave on the back.


    William H. Dooley

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