Everyone has a favorite yarn, right? It is the yarn that you know will hold up in your project and will produce fantastic results. It is your go-to fiber – kind of like a best friend. Well, in Episode 3 of A Handwoven Experience, I’m walking folks through my case for why cotton is the best, specifically carpet warp. If you haven’t tried a carpet warp in your projects yet, I highly recommend it! And, if you have a favorite weaving yarn you’d like to tell me about, I would love to hear what it is! Happy Weaving, my friend! (Don’t forget to check out the show notes below.)
Carpet warp or rug warp – an 8/4 cotton great for rugs and much more! (check out Ep. 2 for details on what the numbers mean!)
Ply – a single strand of yarn
Unmercerized – to “mercerize” a cotton is to give it a treatment that makes it silky and creates a vivid color. “Unmercerized” cotton has not gone through that process and therefore has a matte finish. It also shrinks a bit more than the treated cotton.
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Warp – yarns that are under tension in a loom
Weft – yarns that are in a shuttle
Waffle weave – type of weave used a lot in creating towels, very dimensional
Sett – how far apart yarns are placed in a weaving project
Shrinkage – typically shrinkage is referred to as a percentage. You calculate it by taking the size difference between an unwashed and washed weaving project.
Bleeding – when extra dye releases and stains neighboring yarns (Shout Color Catchers are great for avoiding bleeding!)
Thanks for your experience in these videos !!!
I’m not a weaver, but I was wondering whether linen is used as yarn in weaving?
Linen is more sustainable than cotton, hence I’m curious about it 🙂
Hi! Absolutely!! Linen is definitely used in weaving! My experience is limited to using cottolin (cotton & linen blend). But, my understanding is that linen is fabulously sturdy, and softens beautifully with time & washing! I certainly love the look of it, all rustic and earthy!!
Love this information!!!!
Thanks so much, Sherron!! You’re the best cheerleader, ever!!!