Amazon.co.uk Widgets  

How To Finish Handspun Yarn

Handspun requires a special finishing treatment. Handspun yarns should be washed or fulled before they are used for knitting, weaving or other projects to wash out grease or oils,and set the twist of the yarn.

 

Difficulty Level:

Easy

Time Required:

30 minutes

Here’s How:

     

  1. Wind your handspun yarn into skeins.
  2. Using a contrasting yarn, preferrably a cotton, tie each skein loosely in at least 3 places.
  3. Fill a wash basin with hot water.
  4. Add a mild soap to the hot water, such as dishwashing liquid.
  5. Place the skeins of yarn into the hot soapy water.
  6. Give the yarns a good beating in the hot water. I use a potato masher.
  7. Let the yarns soak for about 10 minutes.
  8. Drain out the hot water and remove the skeins from the wash basin.
  9. Fill the wash basin with cold water.
  10. Place the skeins into the cold water. Agitate again with the potato masher.
  11. Drain the cold water and remove the skeins.
  12. Ring out the excess water from the skeins and wrap them in a towel.
  13. Squeeze out the remaining water from the skeins.
  14. Hang the skeins up to dry.

Tips:

  • So that the skeins don’t tangle together, make sure that the skeins are tied loosely but securely with the cotton yarn.
  • The hot/cold treatment described above, shocks the yarn and opens up the fibre.
  • This method is appropriate for wools, silks or cotton yarns. 
  • How To

    How Long does it take to knit
    How to Make an Alum Mordant
    How to Mordant Cotton and Linen Yarns
    How to Sew Handwoven Fabric
    How to Spin a Cabled Yarn
    How to Make a Tin Mordant
    How to Make a Twisted Fringe
    How to Use a Corker
    How to Wash Fleece
    How to Felt
    How to Use a McMorran Balance

    Beginner Hand Spinning

    [amazon_search design=”2″ width=”300″ market_place=”” color_theme=”Default” default_search_term=”hand spinning” search_index=”Books” columns=”1″ rows=”3″ outer_background_color=”#8aafe5″ inner_background_color=”” background_color=”” border_color=”” header_text_color=”#FFFFFF” linked_text_color=”” body_text_color=”” shuffle_products=”True” show_image=”True” show_price=”True” show_rating=”True” rounded_corners=”False”/]

    Wool Roving

     

    Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) Yarn-Red(ish)

    Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) Yarn-Red(ish)
    Current price:
    $4.72
    Ends in:
    0d 0h 36m
    Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) Yarn-Red(ish)
    Seller: eBay

    Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) Yarn-Grey(ish)

    Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) Yarn-Grey(ish)
    Current price:
    $4.72
    Ends in:
    0d 0h 38m
    Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) Yarn-Grey(ish)
    Seller: eBay

    Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) Yarn-Hot Pink(ish)

    Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) Yarn-Hot Pink(ish)
    Current price:
    $4.72
    Ends in:
    0d 3h 21m
    Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) Yarn-Hot Pink(ish)
    Seller: eBay

    100 gm Merino Silk Mango Orange Yellows Sliver Roving Spinning Felting Free Ship

    100 gm Merino Silk Mango Orange Yellows Sliver Roving Spinning Felting Free Ship
    Current price:
    $19.95
    Ends in:
    0d 3h 29m
    100 gm Merino Silk Mango Orange Yellows Sliver Roving Spinning Felting Free Ship
    Seller: eBay
     

    Comments are closed.

    This page last edited on July 24, 2013

    by

    Creative Commons License
    All Fiber Arts by Paivi Suomi is licensed under a
    Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
    Share

    Facebook

    Join our new Facebook Group
    AllFiberArts Facebook Group
    • Leaves, Roots, Bugs and More! A Natural Dye Workshop (Mineral Point, WI)
      Spend a day with natural dyes, and learn a new avenue into color possibilities from ancient traditions. This class will cover some of the long history of natural dyes, the color possibilities they offer,...
    • Intro to Wet Felting Flower Workshop (Huntsville, AL)
      This 1.5 hour workshop is an introduction to the ancient textile art of wet felting. Participants will learn the basic principles of wet felting while making a single layer flower. Materials and supplies...
    • Shibori Dyeing (Bulverde, TX)
      Shibori is an ancient Japanese resist dye technique that involves folding, dyeing, binding and knotting, to create beautiful patterns. In this class, we’ll explore different resist methods on cotton and...
    • Felted Slippers Workshop (Coupeville, WA)
      Making a custom size pair of slippers is a great opportunity to learn how to make a 3-D object starting with a 2-D resist pattern. In this workshop participants will develop confidence in planning a project,...
    GreatArt New Catalogue + £10 OFF