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I usually use 10/2 Pearl cotton but I have an 8 harness loom. My friend would probably use 5/2 on her rigid heddle. I have made with both Pearl also called mercerized and plain cotton and prefer Pearl. I saw that Webs was mentioned. Halcyon Yarn also carries Pearl cotton.
 

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Nitting_More said:
The only Pearl Cotton I am aware of is the embroidery floss and it would obviously be prohibitive to use that for weaving. How does the Pearl Cotton that you mention here compare to that?
It isn't the embroidery type cotton, and yes, I agree it would be way too expensive. If you look on Yarn.com or yarn barn of Kansas, you will see that it is sold in cones and by weight, i.e. 10/2, 8/2, 5/2, and 3/2. You get a lot of yardage on the cones, for example 4200 yards in a pound of 10/2. Quite often they have sales that make it more cost efficient.
 
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