I have been spinning now for about 9 years. I started with a Schacht drop spindle and later obtained a few other spindles, including Turkish spindles and one Russian supported spindle. I have since purchased and refurbished an Ashford Traditional Spinning wheel, but I continue to use my drop spindles as well. As much as I love to spin, I enjoy using my handspun yarn in projects that much more! Today, I am weaving with my handspun yarn. For this weaving project, a scarf, I will be using some singles I spun on my spinning wheel. The fiber is a wool/tussah silk blend from Paradise Fibers in the color ‘Oriental Jade’.
This is approximately 437 yards of single ply yarn. I had already plied these singles and completed about two thirds of the scarf. But, I needed to ply the last bit of yarn. For this, I used my Handy Andy plying tool from Nancy’s Knit Knacks and my large drop spindle. Great tools make plying a quick and pleasurable process!
Once my yarn was plied, I was ready to finish my weaving project. I am using my 15″ Schacht Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom and have warped in 25 slots and holes. My scarf is a simple weave with lace detail at each end. I am still fairly new to weaving. So I did beat each pick a little tightly, therefore, the drape is not exactly as I would have liked it to be, but it is still really nice. I think my Mom is going to love it!
It was possible to use singles as the weft and plied yarn as the warp, but I elected to use plied for both, and I am very happy with the finished result…my first handspun woven scarf! The lace detail is called Brooks Bouquet. I am linking to a helpful video by Patty Anne demonstrating this simple technique. Thanks for reading my blog post about weaving with handspun yarn. I hope you’ll give it a try!