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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. 
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