Linsey Woolsey - How To

I have a very broad question, that some may consider "stupid", I know that there is no such thing as.....  but here it goes.  As my favorite professor says, the answer is in the details - I need SPECIFICS!

I've long wanted to weave summer weight linsey woolsey.  How? 

I'll be using a late 18th century barn loom, might as well go authentic.  Weaving width will probably be 45", might as well max out my arm span.  Would like recommendations on sett 7 where to purchase supplies - I can't spin very well at all and don't have that kind of time.

Thanks in advance.




Posted on Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:21

By summer weight, do you mean for a blanket or for garment fabric for a skirt, shirt, ?  Do you need the linen to be available in colors, or just natural and bleached?


Posted on Thu, 02/24/2011 - 04:32

Summer weight for skirt or other garmet, perhaps a cape.  Natural is all I would need.

Posted on Thu, 02/24/2011 - 18:48

There is a new Swedish book that has two plain weave skirt patterns.  These yarns and setts would be a good guide.

One skirt fabric was linen and wool alternated, 6/1 wool and 8/1 linen.  The sett was 10 epi.  It was 30 inches wide and required 3 yards. You can see the wool colors here:

The second is woven in 6/2 wool, warp and weft at 10 epi, 24 inches wide and nearly 5 yards long. A substitute for the warp would be 16/2 if you wanted a two ply, or the 8/1 linen.  You can see the 6/2 wool yarns here:


There is another linen skirt in 16/2 linen.  It is a crepe weave, so it is sett at 15 epi.  It is 32 inches wide and nearly 5 yards long. 

These three would be a good guide for selecting the linen warp and wool weft.  The 6/1 would give a thinner fabric than the 6/2 wool.




Posted on Fri, 02/25/2011 - 16:28

I will do some investigating.  I appreciate you taking the time to provide guidance.