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How to Make a Russian Join: russian-join

What is a Russian join? A Russian join is a very effective way to join 2 yarn ends without using a knot. It works well on any type of plied yarn, especially when the yarn doesn’t felt, such as for cotton, linen or superwash wool yarns. It can be used for knitting and crochet. I also like to use this method for nalbinding.

How to Russian Join Yarn

Step 1:
Thread a needle with one of the yarns you wish to join.
Work the needle back through the yarn for about an inch, forming a loop.

Russian join yarn step 1

Step 2:
Pull the thread through, leaving a loop in the yarn end.
Russian join yarn step 2

Step 3:
Thread the second yarn end through the loop.
Russian join yarn step 3

Step 4:
Thread the needle with the second yarn.
Work the needle back through the second yarn end for about an inch.

Russian Join
Russian Join

Step 5:
Pull the needle through the yarn, leaving a second loop.
Russian join yarn step 5

Step 6:
Pull gently on both yarn ends to close the loops.
Russian join yarn step 6

You can now trim the yarn ends leaving you with a neatly joined yarn.
Nalbinding Supplies on Etsy
Look for nalbinding yarns, needles, kits and yarn in my Etsy Shop.

Nalbinding Books
Nalbinding – What in the World Is That?
Nålbindning – The easiest clearest ever guide!
Nalbinding Made Easy
Viking: Dress Clothing Garment

Nalbinding IPhone Case
What is a McMorran Balance
How to Make a Twisted Fringe

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Rug Yarns

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Borgs Weaving Yarn
Sweden’s Borgs is a good source for weaving yarns, including linens, wools, rug warp and rug weft.

Crescent Moon Fibers Mill and Shop
In addition to their fiber processing services, Crescent Moon also carries yarns suitable for rug warp, such as Scottish Blackface.

Halcyon Yarn
Halcyon is a mail-order supplier of handknitting, machine knitting and weaving yarns. Spinning fibres, rug wools and rug-hooking kits are also available.

Hemp Textiles Int.
Hemp Textiles Int. is a wholesale supplier of hemp spinning fibres and yarns.

MacAusland’s Woollen Mills Ltd.
This family-owned spinning mill produces wool yarns in several weights: 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 ply.

R and M Yarns
R & M has an ever changing selection of mill-end wool, cotton, rayon and acrylic yarns, suitable for machine knitting and weaving.

Robin and Russ Handweavers Inc.
Robin & Russ has been in the handweaving business since the end of WWII. They carry a wide selection of interesting weaving yarns too numerous to list fully on their website.

Yarn Barn
The Yarn Barn has lots of wool, rug yarns, warp, cottons and linens in addition to their weaving equipment.

Webs Yarn Merchant
Webs has a wide selection of specialty yarns designed for the handweaver, ranging from rayon chenille, to mohair and wool blends.

Handwoven Rugs

Catalogne Rugs

Wagon Wheel Rugs

Doubleweave Rugs

Rug Patterns

Weaving Books: Rag Rugs

Making Rag Rugs: 15 Step-by-Step Projects
Step-by-step instructions for 15 rugs that are hooked, prodded, clipped, or braided.
UK: Making Rag Rugs

The Rag Rug Handbook
Rag rugs from basic information to drafts for 20 traditional two- and four-shaft patterns.
UK:Rag Rug Handbook

The Braided Rug Book: Creating Your Own American Folk Art
The classic guide to an enduring American craft – Beginners will learn about wools and other materials, how to care for finished rugs, and how to recognize a quality rug.
UK: Braided Rug Book

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Mohair Fibre: mohair

Mohair Weaving
Mohair is known as the diamond fibre because of its lustre and affinity to colour.

All Natural Fiber Farm
Raw, washed, picked, and carded fibers include: Karakul and crosses, Navajo-Churro and crosses, Columbia Cross, Jacob and crosses, Corriedale and crosses, Mohair, Angora.

Barkas Farms
Elizabeth Barkas describes how to select mohair and offers a wide selection of mohair fleeces, blended top and tools for the handspinner.

Colinette Textile Alchemy
Colinette has an extraordinary selection of hand-dyed yarns: mohair, silk, wools, cottons.

Colored Angora Goats
Coloured angora goats have been raised in California since about 1989. This site give information for raising angora goats as well as fibre for sale to spinners and dollmakers.

Fireside Basics
Fireside Basics specializes in providing dollmakers with an outstanding line of pure wool and mohair.

Hill Shepherd
Hill Shepherd Farm specializes in coloured angora goats for the handspinner.

Louet
Louet carries British mohair yarns as well as super fine kid and honey mohair top for spinning or doll making.

Margaret Peel’s Fibre Supplies
Margaret Peel’s in Australia, carries a wide range of ready to spin fibre and handspun yarns including kid, yearling or adult mohair in natural or dyed colours.

The Mohair Connection
Mohair fleece, roving, yarns for weaving and handspun mohair for the knitter.

Mohair and More
Mohair and More offer a large variety of quality spinning equipment and fibers, fiber processing equipment, yarn and knitting supplies. The shop is located in New Waverly, Texasand they also raise registered white angora goats.

Paradise Fibers
This site has a large selection of luxury fibers from around the world including kid and adult mohair and mohair blends.
Quality Mohair
Hand washed, air dried and combed mohair locks for use in doll making or spinning.

Selecting, Preparing and Spinning Mohair
Elizabeth Barkas provides knowledgeable information on selecting quality mohair.

Shearing Angora Goats
Angora goats have a faster growth rate of hair compared to other animals. Good thing! Before and after photos of an angora goat.

Webs Yarn Merchant
Webs has a wide selection of specialty yarns ranging from rayon chenille, to mohair and wool blends designed for weavers and machine knitters.

Angora Goat Books

Living with Goats
Everything you need to know about raising goats.

The Angora Goat
How to get started in the goat business, the facilities needed, the importance of record keeping, nutrition, shearing, marketing and diseases.

Natural Goat Care
Topics include: correct housing and farming methods; choosing the right livestock; diagnosing health problems; nutritional requirements and feeding practices; vitamins and herbal, homeopathic and natural remedies; psychological needs of goats; breeds & breeding techniques.

Goat Song

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Alpaca and Llama Fibre: alpacaandllama

Hand Dyed Alpaca Fiber
Hand Dyed Alpaca Fiber

Llama Spinning
Karen spins llama fibre in our Forum.

Mudchute Farm
A city farm in central London has llamas, sheep, goats and other farm critters.

Alpaca
Alpaca was treasured by the Inca royalty.

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Andean Camelids
The domestication of camelids began about 6000 years ago in the Central Andes. Vicente Goyzueta, provides information on the llama, alpaca, vicuna, and guanaco.

Australian Alpaca Association
Alpacas were first imported to Australia in 1988. The Australian Alpaca Association now has over 1400 members.

Southern Alpacas
Southern Alpacas in New Zealnd offer their quality fibre to handspinners. Their website includes helpful information for spinning and blending alpaca with other fibres to create special yarns.

Beartooth Spinning Ewe
Trudy and Rey Shunk breed llamas and tell a story about the birth of Armond. They also offer processed llama fiber and spun yarns.

Blackmoor Vale Alpacas
Blackmoor Vale in South West of England, breeds alpacas and offers clients with all the services required to set up their own successful alpaca enterprise.

Cottonwood Farm Alpacas
A rainbow of coloured alpaca clouds await the handspinner. Fawn, cinnamon, rose grey, white brown and black provide fibre for those who insist on quality.

You Tube – Alpaca Preparation

DD Llamas
Llama wool is soft and warm and has no lanolin, perfect for handspinning.

Designingfibers
Designingfibers has both raw and clean llama fiber for handspinners, their own handspun yarns, and other supplies for the weaver or knitter.

Heartland Country Store
Alpaca fiber was called the “Fiber of the Gods” by the ancient Inca civilization. Heartland Ranch has a wide variety of alpaca fiber, yarn and other products.

Llama Question & Answer Page
Mountain Lehman Llamas, answers various questions like: What are their feet like? Do they spit? and Could I have one as a pet?

Lone Juniper Ranch Alpacas
Lone Juniper Ranch has a web cam located in one of their barns and the photo is updated every 5 minutes.

Misty Hill Farm
Both millspun and handspun alpaca yarns, in a rainbow of colours.

Northwest Alpacas
One of the oldest alpaca ranches in the U.S has lovely alpaca yarns, sweaters and other products.

Odyssey Llamas’ Fiber Corner
Odyssey Llamas have both raw and washed fleece and roving, in a wide range of natural colours.

Pacific Northwest Alpaca Association
Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho breeders provide information about alpacas and work together to improve the breeding and marketing of alpaca products.

Quacky Alpacky
Alpaca is blended with silk, mohair and merino wool to create luxurious yarns .

Rocky Bay Alpacas
Rocky Bay Alpacas is situated on the NE coast of the North Island of New Zealand. This site provides a wealth of information on raising alpaca as a cottage industry.

Snow Drift Farm
Take a llama trek in Cape Breton, NS. They also offer mohair and llama fibre processing services.

Wool-N-Wings
Wool-n-Wings goal is to breed llamas to preserve the pure llama line.
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Alpaca Spinning: aa061197

Have you had the pleasure of spinning or weaving with alpaca yet? If not, you’re in for a treat.
Alpaca was treasured by the Inca royalty. When the Incan civilization ended, the llama and alpaca populations diminished. South America has revitalized the population and recently has allowed alpacas to be exported.
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An average adult alpaca weighs about 100 – 175 lbs and their life span is about 20 years. They are timid and gentle creatures, making them wonderful as pets (if you have the space for them).

Alpaca fiber is stronger and warmer than wool, yet lighter. It comes in over 20 natural shades and is soft as cashmere. It has a high lustre and takes dye well. Alpaca is popular for use in sweaters or clothing as it does not have the itchiness of wool.

Alpaca fiber can be processed easily as there are no guard hairs and doesn’t contain lanolin. It can be used alone or carded and blended with wool, silk or cotton.

There are 2 types of alpacas and can be identified by their fiber characteristics. TheHuacaya fiber is crimpy and quite dense. The Suri fiber is straighter and more lustrous.

Alpaca and Llama Yarns
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Tables of Metric Conversions: aa050597

Metric Conversion Tables

English Metric
1 in. 2.54 cm
.39 in 1 cm
1 ft. 30.48 cm
1 yd. (3 ft.) .91 m.
39.4 in. 1 m.
1 oz. 28 gr.
1 lb. 454 gr.
2.2 lb. 1 kg.

Worsted Wool Yarn Conversions

Size/Ply =(560 x size)/ply YPP
1s (560 x 1)/1 560
16s (560 x 16)/1 8960
16s2 (560 x 16)/2 4480

Cotton Yarn Conversions

Cotton Count
Size/Ply =(840 x size)/ply YPP
1 (840 x 1)/1 840
6/2 (840 x 6)/2 2520
8/2 (840 x 8)/2 3360
10/2 (840 x 10)/2 4200
12/2 (840 x 12)/2 5040
6/3 (840 x 6)/3 1680
8/4 (840 x 8)/4 1680
8/6 (840 x 8)/6 1120

Linen Yarn Conversion

Lea (Nel) =(300 x lea)/ply YPP Nm Tex
meters/gram gram wt. per 1000 m.
No. 1 Lea (300 x 1)/1 300 .6 nm 1659 Tex
No. 4 (300 x 4)/1 1200 2.4 nm 420 Tex
No. 8 (300 x 8/1 2400 4.8 nm 165 Tex
No. 10 (300 x 10)/1 3000 6 nm 165 Tex
No.12 (300 x 12)/1 3600 7.2 nm 138 Tex
No. 16 (300 x 16)/1 4800 9.6 nm 103 Tex
No. 20 (300 x 20)/1 6000 12 nm 83 Tex

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Other Conversion Charts

Table of Setts

Crochet Hook Sizes
A table for conversion of crochet hook sizes: metric, US and UK.

Knitting Needles
A conversion table for UK, US and Metric knitting needles.

Reed Conversions
Table of metric and Imperial measurements for reed sizes.

Weaving Pattern Books

Rug Weaving Techniques: Beyond the Basics
Concise instructions and explanatory diagrams techniques for plain weave, twill and block weaves.
UK: Rug Weaving Techniques

The Woven Bag: 30+ Projects from Small Looms (Writers Digest Guides)
Each bag is created using small looms, such as potholder looms, frame looms and knotted mesh looms.
UK: The Woven Bag

Handwoven Laces
Hand weavers can use a loom to quickly produce lovely lacy fabrics. The loom-controlled textures depend upon groups of threads that work together and do not reveal their full effect until the cloth comes off the loom.


Hand weaving pattern books

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Sheeps Wool Fibre: sheepswool

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Wool
Not all wool is rough and itchy.

Woolen and Worsted
What is the difference between woolen and worsted yarns?

Apple Hollow Farm
Apple Hollow has a wide selection of looms, spinning wheels, yarns, fibres and weaving tales to amuse including Shetland, Highland and designer wool yarns .

Borgs Weaving Yarn
Sweden’s Borgs Vavgarner has a wide range of weaving yarns: linens, wools, cottons in 1000’s of colours.

Cornerstone Fibres
Angora blends, Romney wools, for the handspinner or have it spun for you.

Falkland Sheep & Wool
A truly delightful site, filled with lovely wools and lots of info about this unique region of the Falkland Islands.

Halcyon Yarn
Mail-order handknitting, machine knitting and weaving yarns. Spinning fibres, silks, wools: corriedale, coopworth, romney and domestic wool tops and rug-hooking kits are also available.

Hawks Mountain Ranch
Naturally coloured Icelandic sheep’s wool is their specialty.

Harrisville Yarn
Harrisville wool tweed and Shetland yarns. Available on cones for machine knitting or weaving and washed skeins for handknitting.
Louet
Louet has a good selection of wool yarns, suitable for blankets, woven cloth or delicate lace.

MacAusland’s Woollen Mills Ltd.
This family-owned spinning mill produces wool yarns in several weights: 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 ply.

Oriental Carpet Pile Yarns
Handspun long staple wool Ghazni from the northwest frontier highlands of Pakistan.

Peace Fleece
Peace Fleece is committed to helping historic enemies cooperate and prosper through trade. Peace Fleece offers yarns made from Russian/American, Israeli and Palestinian wools, suitable for knitting, weaving and rugmaking.

R & M Yarns
R & M has an ever changing selection of mill-end wool, cotton, rayon and acrylic yarns, suitable for machine knitting and weaving.

Spring Creek Organic Farm
Award winning organic Romney fleeces are raised with spinners, handweavers in fiber artists in mind.

Sugar Bush Hollow
Sugar Bush Hollow is a mother and daughter cottage industry that caters to all fiber enthusiasts. You can get Angora wool, Cormo fleece, and llama fiber or if you don’t spin yourself, they can spin it for you.

Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Company
At Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool ranch, the sheep are raised in a predator-friendly atmosphere. Happy lambs growing happy wool.
Weavers Loft
Weavers Loft has a wide range of wools and spinning fibres: merino wools, angora, cashmere, silks, alpaca and other gourmet delights for the handspinner.

Webs Yarn Merchant
Webs is a mail-order supplier of specialty weaving yarns ranging from rayon chenille, to mohair and wool blends.

Wool Qualities
Why wool is good for you.

Yarn Barn
The Yarn Barn has lots of wool, rug yarns, cottons and linens in addition to their weaving equipment.

The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn
This covers almost every sheep breed in the world — from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom to the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats, camelids (such as alpacas, llamas, and vicunas), bison, horses, musk oxen, rabbits, and even dogs.
UK: Fleece and Fiber Source Book

The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn
Everything you need to know from set-up to finished product in order to create distinctive yarns for use in knitting, weaving, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, and macrame.
UK: Whole Craft of Spinning

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Flax and Linen: flaxlinen

Borgs Weaving Yarn
Borgs Vavgarner in Sweden has a varied selection of weaving yarns, including tow and line linen yarns from 4/1 to 60/2 weights.

C. L. Blomqvist
Beautiful cottolins and tow and wet-spun linen yarns directly from Sweden.

Camilla Valley Farm
Camilla Valley Farm, located north of Toronto, Ont, has Belgian and Irish linen and cotton blends.

Eurolinens West
Flax is an extraordinary fibre, simple, exclusive, comfortable and environmentally safe. This page explains the processing of flax from growing, harvesting, and spinning to the care of your finished garment.

Flax Craft
Virginia Handy, Log Cabin Crafts has written a new book that covers the growing and processing of the plant for linen and the use of the fiber in spinning, weaving, and related crafts.

Mangling
Kerstin Froberg demonstrates how linens are mangled in Sweden.

R and M Yarns
R & M Yarns has a wide selection of mill-end wool, cotton, rayon and linen and acrylic yarns, suitable for machine knitting and weaving.

Rauma Lace
An excellent and detailed historical article about linen lace-making in Rauma, Finland.

Robin and Russ
Robin and Russ is always a great source for weaving yarns including linen. Their site is being worked on, but a catalog of their products can be ordered.

Yarn Barn
The Yarn Barn has lots of wool, rug yarns, cottons and linens in addition to their weaving equipment.

Weaving Books: Handwoven Lace and Linen

Linen from flax seed to woven cloth
Learn about flax cultivation, processing and spinning, natural and synthetic dyeing, and weaving and finishing linen cloth.
UK: Linen from flax seed..

How to weave linens
UK: How to Weave Linens

Reflections From A Flaxen Past : For Love of Lithuanian Weaving
Flax tools and faces from archival photographs; textile images and patterns.
UK: Reflections from a Flaxen Past

Handwoven Laces
Hand weavers can use a loom to quickly produce lovely lacy fabrics.

A Joy Forever: Latvian Weaving
Historic Latvian household textiles along with contemporary projects.

Huck Lace
All about Huck lace weave structure.

Lace and Lacey Weaves
86 Lace & Lacey Weave projects.
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