Spinning weft yarn for weaving fulled wool fabric
Summer finally arrived yesterday (literally; that’s often how fast seasonal changes occur around here) so I’m now working outside whenever possible. I’m spinning singles wool yarn for weaving fulled wool fabric on the floor loom in a couple of months.
I have 19 3.5 oz skeins of 30+ year-old Danish and Swedish two-ply DK weight wool weaving yarns in my yarn stash. I bought them secondhand from two different weavers in hues of royal purple, lavender, turquoise, forest green, teal, jade and seafoam green. I think they look great together.
My plan is to make a striped warp using the yarn; I will calculate how to max out the warp length based on threading the full width of my 36-inch floor loom at a fairly open twill sett (around 12 to 15 epi). This will be my next floor loom project after I finish weaving the lavender huipil fabric
For spinning the weft yarn I have three 4 oz teal merino or Corriedale braids secondhand from another
spinner (she can’t remember which breed they are). I purchased the 1 ½ lbs of purple merino top new. I’m spinning the singles to be approximately the same thickness as the two-ply yarns. I will wind the singles directly onto weaving bobbins; commercial weaving yarns are never washed before winding onto cones for sale and I want the shrinkage to be similar for he width and length of the finished fabric. The idea is to allow the handspun yarn to rest and dissipate twist energy so that when I finally start weaving the fabric I’m not weaving with energized singles.
When I finish weaving the fabric, I want to full (partially felt) the fabric heavily. I don’t know what the finished fabric dimensions will be; I don’t have experience fulling handwoven fabrics. My vision is to make a full length, lined coat that would double as a robe. If I have leftover fabric, I could make a sweater or vest.