I'm planning my first handspun/handwoven project -- a scarf. And it's for an assignment from my weaving guild, a result of playing the weaving game. I want to use a warp that contains wool yarn (sheep breed unknown) and another yarn that's 70% shetland/20% alpaca/10% sillk. Am I asking for trouble doing that? I thought that since wool is the primary fiber that there shouldn't be too much differential shrinkage.
What do you think?
I'm a relatively new (1 1/2 years) weaver, but this I've tried. Our Sheep-to-Shawl group used a mixed warp last year at the NYS Fair. The shawl turned out lovely, but we did have differential shrinkage - enough that we were marked down for it. I am now no longer a "tight packer" on wool, so it might not be as noticeable if you beat gently.
Thanks. I like my wool handwovens to be light and fluffy (after my first wool scarf was stiff as a board LOL) so I plan a light beat. I guess all I can do is try. I weave more samples now than I did to find these problems ahead of time, but my handspun is not very plentiful -- at least not in the different colors and fibers -- and don't have enough yarn to sample.