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Sofa Pillows from Handspun Wool Yardage

Sara von Tresckow's picture
Handspun Shetland single, Indigo dyed
Yarn, unwashed fabric, washed fabric together
Fabric detail - dark
Fabric detail light
Project Date: 
Sun, 02/10/2013
Loom Used: 
Number of Shafts: 
Number of Treadles: 
20.00 EPI
Width on Loom: 
20.00 in

This was an experiment to see how using opposing twist in handspun singles would work on finished fabric. The warp was a mix of S and Z spun - the blue threads were S spun and the grey Z. The weft was Z spun, both blue and grey. The most important aspect of spinning for warp is not to have thin/weak spots and try for consistent strength.

Those who saw the yarn were unnecessarily worried that the noticeable backtwist would lead to distortion, tracking and all manner of bad things. Handspun needs twist. Energy is not a bad thing. I've worked with wool singles before, and the results were more or less as expected. The cloth came off the loom quite smooth and flat. After washing, only a light pressing was needed. The warp was not sized and there was little breakage.

The structure is a simple point twill with directional changes hidden in the stripes so the effect is an illusion that the stripes are not standing still.

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lkautio's picture
Joined: 06/11/2009

Sara, I really like the way the handspun - with its variations, changes in twist direction, and dye subtleties - adds so much to this project. Cheers!

Laurie Autio

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endorph's picture
Joined: 09/12/2011
The pillows

are realy nice and I enjoyed reading about the process.

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ReedGuy's picture
Joined: 01/13/2012
Nice work

Great pillows. And must be very satisfying to work from the ground up so to speak. Thanks for allowing us to read about the process you went through.

Have a nice day :)

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Sara von Tresckow's picture
Joined: 05/29/2009
Just FYI - I posted this sort

Just FYI - I posted this sort of in response to the thread about the person wanting to get to this stage in a year or less. The yarn used here is not spun by any particular method - just some pin drafted roving from a local breeded, run through a standard wheel - definitely not combed or specially prepped - not even totally consistent. Yet, you can make decent fabric from that yarn. I certainly do not count this as my best project entirely of handspun.

However, when using a fresh fleece, the time needed for an experienced fiber person to prepare, spin, dye and weave can easily span months. Adding a learning curve, good luck.

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