Spin to Weave: The Weaver's Guide to Making Yarn by Sara Lamb

By Sara Lamb

For spinners and weavers alike! Get in-depth info on fiber houses and colour offerings, in addition to superbly photographed samples.

Spin to Weave isn't easily a how-to-spin booklet, yet a how-to-spin-exactly-what-you-want e-book. Weavers who spin their very own yarns manage to decide on fiber variety, approach to twist insertion (woolen, worsted), twist volume and/or path, completing tools, and grist.

writer Sara Lamb makes a speciality of the method of spinning for particular effects, delivering targeted directions, a sampling of initiatives, diversifications, and a gallery of items through different spinners.

Sara takes the reader to the very resource of woven fabric--introducing the idea techniques and ideas regarding picking fibers and the way to spin them with entire textile in mind.

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The lesson here is that the soft hand in fabric comes from Many weavers choose soft and fluffy yarns for their wefts. But the fiber used in the yarn, not the amount of twist. Spin soft yarns often don’t hold up to the stresses of tension, abra- with enough twist in your yarns to hold your yarns to- sion, and finishing necessary in weaving so I tend to shy away gether for whatever construction techniques your fabric from them. This doesn’t mean that I can’t get a soft hand in requires. You can then finish the fabric in a way that will my fabrics—fine fibers, even when tightly spun, will fibrillate enhance the fiber characteristics.

For more blended areas, which visually recede into the background of the fabric, I use dyed fibers or top. The blended fibers can include some of the colors of the solid or painted yarns, or they can be a distinct set of Combining yarns dyed with a variety of dye methods creates interesting color depth in the fabric. colors designed to highlight the solid colors. For maximum blending of color, apply dye in small areas along the length of the top. 5 cm) or so. Split the lengths in half lengthwise, spin each separately, and then ply each with another section.

No matter how the twist might be tamed so that the yarns can be used for weaving, it can reactivate during the finishing process to create its own surface texture in a woven fabric. Twist reactivation can be quite helpful if you want a yarn that traps air for insulating fabrics such as jackets and blankets. The twist that you put into a singles will remain in the fabric woven with those singles. Plainweave fabrics woven from singles yarns have the potential to produce irregular surface textures as the twist reactivates during finishing.

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