The use of coarse yarn in home textile and home decoration crafts has been around for many years and is still a popular choice for people wanting to ...
The use of coarse yarn in home textile and home decoration crafts has been around for many years and is still a popular choice for people wanting to create beautiful textiles, curtains, throw pillows, cushions and other decorative items. However, it is not only the choice of yarn that makes this yarn different. There are a range of properties that give it this unique fabric qualities. Some of these properties are highlighted in the common names of the different types of fibres, i.e. loose-end, wools yarn, merino wool and spun yarn.
It is one of the oldest weaving techniques used and has been passed down from generation to generation in Australia. The basic technique involves leaving long, loose yarn strands on a spindle (a spinning machine) whilst spinning them to produce long, narrow strips of yarn. Once these strips of yarn are spun into yarns by the spindle, they are woven into fabric through further processes including flat weave, back-and-forth wefting and even gluing. The end result is a beautiful fabric with variations in colour, texture, sheen and construction depending on the type of fibre used and the amount of processing done to the yarn.
The properties of Coarse Spinning Yarns make it ideal for artists and crafters who often work in tight spaces where it is difficult to stretch fabric or for jewellery makers who often work with small beads. This yarn is able to easily be worked into shapes and designs that would otherwise be impossible to create. Two of the most common uses for this yarn are for needlepoint projects and for opening rolls of fabric. For needlepoint projects, these yarns can be used as wefts to hold the thread line between wefts or as a spool to roll up fabric to use as a purse closure or as a headcloth. It is also possible to open fabric from a single knot by using a simple open-end spinning unit to weave the yarn into a closed pattern without the use of any needles.