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Topic: gelatin coating for handspun yarn weaving  (Read 3223 times)
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« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2008 10:34:49 PM »

i had an instructor from Finland tell us they used to use milk too. since milk is also used as a glue (aka casein glue)

what an interesting question
i never experienced this  Huh
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2008 05:49:12 AM »

What you need to use is flax seed.  You soak and boil the flax seed until it makes a glue-ish type of liquid.  It is about the same thickness as liquid starch but it is much better for the yarn.  This has been used for centuries as the warp strengthener.

Boil your flax in water (sorry, no research has told me how many seeds per amount of water - you will have to try this on your own - just get it sticky). Then soak your yarn in cooled flax water, hang it to dry and there you go -- better than gelatin and better than starch.  It washes out wonderfully.

Good luck!

Wow that is great to know. Thanks Spinning Grandma. 

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