Spinning Equipment Used:
Flyer Wheel, Ratio 24:1|
Direction of Twist: Z
# of Plies: 1
Finishing: This yarn was washed in very hot, soapy water with much
agitation. The water was changed many times, it took a number of washings for the
water to run clear when rinsing. The yarn was reeled on a yarn blocker while still
wet. Extra moister was squeezed out between my fingers as it was reeled. When
it was dry it was removed from the blocker. Even though it is still stiff, there is
not sizing in the yarn. It will become more supple as it is used in the future in a
Technique: The fiber was spun with one hand controlling twist and
diameter and the other hand was used to keep everything wet. The fiber was misted
and a wet sponge was on hand for keeping the fingers moist. the towel kept
appropriate tension on the long fibers. The flax was spun from the flower end.
Uses: This yarn would be most suitable for delicate lace weaves.
the smoothness of the thread would show the definition of the design, yet it is
strong enough for warp. Crocheted lace shows off very well in the linen and would
make an heirloom piece.
Preparation for Spinning: A finger
thickness of the strict was removed for the whole. Holding this portion in the
middle, it was brushed with a wool carder from center to end. IT was turned over the
other end was brushed thus removing any tow, tangles and breaking the linen down finer.
This portion was then spread on a terry towel lengthwise and the sides of the towel
were folded over the linen.
Reason for Choice of this Sample: This was the best quality linen I
was able to obtain. Better quality once existed by I have not been able to obtain