There are so many different types of yarns available today. weaversbazaar has chosen to focus on providing background and technical information about the yarns we sell.
Worsted wool is the result of a very specific way of both preparing and spinning wool fibre. You might like to read this article 'Why Worsted?' which appeared in The Journal in Summer 2013. Worsted wool, because of the way it is made, is particularly suitable for tapestry weaving weft.
weaversbazaar has fine, medium and heavy worsted wool yarns available in various weights (counts). The table below provides a summary and our glossary gives an explanation of what 'counts' means.
Our mixed fleece Fine 18/2 yarn is made from long staple fleeces originating in both South America and New Zealand and is spun in India. Our Medium and Heavy yarn are spun in Europe, from a mix of Australasian Corriedale and Leicester Crosses. Our single fleece Medium yarn is also spun in Europe, from 100% Blue Faced Leicester fleece.
18/2 NM (2/16 WC): 2ply yarn wpc/wpi:18/48. epc/epi: 9/24.
**9.5/2 NM (2/8 WC): 2ply yarn wpc/wpi:13.5/35 epc/epi: 7/17.
8/2 NM (2/7 WC): wpc/wpi: 13/34 epi/epc: 6/17.
**7/2 NM (2/6 WC): 2ply yarn wpc/wpi: 12/30. epc/epi: 6/15.
6/2 NM (2/5 WC): 2ply yarn wpc/wpi:9/24. epc/epi: 5/12.
**5/2 NM (2/4): 2ply yarn wpc/wpi: 9/24. epc/epi: 5/12
**weaverbazaar has commissioned these worsted yarns to an exacting specification on twist and overall quality. They are designed espcially with tapestry weavers in mind but are perfect for all types of textile activity.
The epc/epi data is typically for a plain or tabby weave and is aproximate.
Our nettle yarn comes from Nepal. The nettle plant is called 'Allo' and grows in mountainous areas. It grows to over 3 metres high. The stems are retted (rotted) and the resulting fibres are spun into yarn by women using elaborately carved drop spindles.
The nettle yarn is not plied, has a high twist and is very textured. Although it feels quite harsh initially, through handling it very quickly softens. The natural nettle yarn takes dyes really well as you can see from the selection of six coloured balls of nettle yarn on the left.
50g of nettle yarn will provide approximately 114yds/ 104m of yarn.
The tapestry on the right is called 'Celebration' and is woven in nettle yarn by Jane Brunning.