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15 wpi
Size:  Medium

Sample #15


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Sample #15
Fiber:  Flax
Weight of Skein:  67 grams

Appl: #1600203
Type: Tow Rovings
Length: 70 Yards

Spinning Equipment Used: Flyer Wheel, Ratio 15:1|
Direction of Twist:  S
# of Plies: 3
Finishing:  The yarn was washed and dried on a yarn blocker, the yarn was balanced and needed no further treatment.
Technique:  First Z twist singles were spun.  These singles were wound into tight balls and placed in butter tubs full of water.  The lids of the tubs were split for the singles to thread through and tension created. Control in plying was achieved with these very wet singles.
Uses:  This very strong smooth yarn is ideal for rug warp but beautiful enough for table runners (warp and weft).

Preparation for Spinning:  First I pulled off fiber lengths from the roving.  Next I combed through this with wool combs removing all small nips and short fibers.

Reason for Choice of this Sample: This roving was inexpensive, easily obtainable, superior to other tows I found, with fewer nips and longer staple.  The very white nature of the roving makes it conducive for dyeing.

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I should note here that the tow was first pulled through heavy hand carders to remove the noils.  The singles were spun wet.  It was also necessary to put weights on the bottom of the butter tubs to keep them from tipping over.   The slit in the butter tubs not only tensioned the yarn for plying but helped remove excess water from the thread.  The singles were kept completely saturated while plying. Therefore, it was necessary to do all the plying at one sitting and remove the plied yarn from the spool at once.  This yarn inspired me to work more with linen for Chinese Knotting.
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