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« on: June 06, 2008 09:17:37 PM »

My question is it it possible to weave with handspun warp and weft yarn?  I am using an inkle loom to attempt to card weave and my threads are sticking together. What can I do?
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2008 05:10:51 AM »

I've never done inkle weaving, but I just finished my first woven project that uses handspun warp and weft yarns:

I was nervous about doing so, since I was afraid the back and forth motion of beating the weft would start to degrade my warp yarns.  What I wound up doing was using my heddle (or reed - whatever those things are called) with the widest holes and slots.  The one I used was 5 e.p.i.  The only other adjustment I made was to beat down on my weft extremely gently.  The handspun warp looked like it worked just fine.

I'm not sure why your threads would be sticking together.  Did you use a fuzzy fiber, like alpaca or mohair, in your yarn?

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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2008 09:49:05 AM »

It is from shetland sheep.
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2008 10:47:04 AM »

Shetland is a sticky wool and perhaps not the best wool for a warp. I would suggest you rewarp using another less sticky yarn and continue to use the shetland as weft.

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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2008 11:27:11 AM »

Spray starch may help if you want to keep the warp and use it. (I would not want to cut my handspun off of a loom.

If you can make yourself spin worsted vs. woolen, I think the woolen is fluffy and makes better weft while worsted is slicker and makes better warp. All of my spinning is mixed, so I just use it as weft. Maybe when I have spun for a longer time, I will get braver.

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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2008 01:39:41 PM »

When spinning for a warp, use a higher tpi (twist per inch) to take the abrasion better.

I like that idea of using a spray starch!!  Thanks!


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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2008 05:46:41 AM »

http://www.weavecast.com/ episode 29
its all about handspun and weaving

It sounds like a tightly packed sticky warp.
I had to deal with one this semester it was a beast. Each time I changed sheds I had to separate my yarns. It took a lot of determination, and a really thick weft to get it done.

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