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.
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 is 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.
None of the weaversbazaar yarns is subjected to mothproofing treatments at any stage in their production. In the UK this is now the norm since more stringent regulations were put in place in the 1990’s. Initially, it was found that the effluent from factories engaging in mothproofing treatments was contaminating waterways and killing off insect life. Much stricter regulations were put in place on the quality of effluent and a large number of the chemical agents previously used were withdrawn. Together these two significant pieces of legislation brought the practice of mothproofing to an end in the UK for yarn manufacture and thereby made a large and positive contribution to the safeguarding of the environment. For those that handle yarn in the UK, chemical treatments have been replaced with moth traps, scent deterrents and physical barriers such as bags, which, when managed properly, are very effective. At weaversbazaar, we use all three approaches.
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.
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
**weaversbazaar has commissioned these worsted yarns to an exacting specification on the twist and overall quality. They are designed especially with tapestry weavers in mind but are perfect for all types of textile activity.
You can select how you would like your worsted yarn wound:
Tubes (25g/0.9oz, 50g/1.8oz & 100g/3.5oz), Hanks (50g/1.8oz & 100g/3.5oz), Cones (100g/3.5oz,150g/5.3oz,200g/7oz,300g/10.6oz,400g/14oz,500g/ 1.1lb & 1kg/2.2lbs)
The epc/epi data is typically for a plain or tabby weave and is approximate.
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/1.8oz of nettle yarn will provide approximately 151yds/ 138m of yarn.
The tapestry on the left is called 'Celebration' and is woven in nettle yarn by Jane Brunning.
We offer 12 colours in silk
2/30 NM: 2ply silk yarn wpc/wpi:18.5/50. epc/epi: 9/25.
2/9.6 NM: 2ply linen yarn wpc/wpi:13.5/35. epc/epi: 7/17.5.