FOR ANYONE VISITING FROM THE HOT THREADS ON THE HOME PAGE............
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I am slightly more knowledgeable since I first joined this group. I didn't know, for example, that ''worsted'' refers to the weight of the cotton yarn rather than how it was spun. I was very confused about the use of the term ''worsted''.
Anyway, I have always used finer yarns-generally 8/2 and have only chosen the heavier stuff for demos. Recently I decided to weave an entire project with heavy yarn and it was so much fun being able to sit down at my loom and turn out a completed project in one day!! I made something very practical for me-a backstrap. Now I have my own hand woven sturdy, firm and very comfortable backstrap and I am planning to make more (to sell, I hope!). In the meantime, I have discovered other nice projects with this heavy yarn-a guitar strap, a belt, and key fobs-I even made a shoulder bag-all flying off the loom in no time!!
So here I am a NEW fan of worsted weight yarns.
'Worsted' can refer to both a yarn weight (in the U.S. mostly) and how wool yarn is prepared before spinning and plying. It can also refer to the fabric made from worsted-wool yarn. Ain't English fun? Worsted-wool yarn is spun from long-staple, combed wool and is smoother than woolen-spun yarn, which has the fibres going every-which-way. Worsted-wool yarn is usually preferred over woolen-spun for warp, since it is smoother and stronger.
Yeah, that's why I was confused-I knew what it meant when talking about WOOL but didn't know how that related to cotton.
Thanks for the explanation!
Hi Franco, Laverne and all. I thought I'd look in and see whats going on.
I want to get my tri-loom out of mothballs and use up some of the cotton yarns I have lying around and make some cushion covers, and also use up some of my stash. I can use the cottons to make potholders as well.
After saying that the only yarns I could find in my local craft shop were too thick and soft for another project, I went back to have a closer look - they were gone! You would think with summer coming up here in Australia, the one thing they would have on display is cotton yarn! So stash-busting is it, lol! Makes room for some more........................
That's a great bag!
I can hardly wait for the Weavzine article!
Have a good day!
Beautiful bag! What type of loom did you use?
Thanks! I wove it on my backstrap loom. It is warp faced. I made this to give ideas for beginner projects to go with my WeaveZine article on backstrap weaving. Here's a link to the article if you would like to take a look....
I LOVE this bag!!! (Your kitty is precious too!)
Thank you! Ozzie cat is somewhat unimpressed right there at being used to prop up the bag!
I just discovered this group (7/4/10) and thought I would share a picture of an 8/2 cotton tea towel.
What is that pattern?
Have a good day!