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Expertly woven: the (not so) plain weave

If you’re new to the world of beautiful bed linen, it can sure feel a little imposing.

Thread counts and finishes, weaves and weights—it’s hard to know, well, what you should know. Enter the Sheridan Expert Weave Series. A mini series on our blog, starting right now, that offers an A-Z of weaving.

We’ll explain what makes certain weaves so special, introduce you to our expert team and demystify the masterful stitching behind our bed linen.

First up: the plain weave.

The ‘plain’ weave has surprising complexity.

We asked our Head Designer (and lover of plain weaves) Mark Travers, to talk us through this unassumingly brilliant bed linen.

How do you spot a plain weave? Well, it’s recognisable by its checkerboard appearance, of yarn interlacings overlocking one another. A plain weave is the simplest of all weaves, is the fastest to create on the loom, and requires the least amount of yarn. It typically appears the same on the front and the reverse of the fabric. It’s even and consistent, ideal for printing beautiful patterns on. Put simply, it’s the ‘over, under, over, under’ construction with exceptionally low pilling.

I like to think of it as a simple, chic base.

Sheridan fact: ‘Percale’ is a word you’ll hear a lot in reference to sheeting, but few people know what it actually means.

Percale is a closely woven plain weave fabric, which uses fine threads. It’s used across all kinds of bed linen products, praised for its hand feel and durability and its resistance to pilling, but it is in fact a plain weave.

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