Do you have a stash of yarn you’ve spun and wonder how you can use it in a weaving project?
Or, do you have a project in mind and wonder how to spin the yarn so you can use it for weaving?
There are different challenges and rewards depending on which approach you choose to take.
If you start with yarn you’ve already spun – the yarn determines the project.
If you decide to start spinning specifically for a project – the project determines the yarn.
I think the second route is easier and more satisfying.
Maybe it’s because it’s easier for me to start with a picture in my mind of the kind of fabric I want to make – and then go do that.
Maybe it’s because I think it’s more satisfying to spin to a standard rather than just hope I have it right – and end up disappointed with the results.
Maybe it’s because I haven’t come up with the ideal project for all (any?) of the yarns I made before I learned how to control my spinning.
What about you? What’s your approach to weaving with handspun yarn?
Are you wondering where to start?
In upcoming posts, I’ll be sharing some of the things I’ve learned about weaving with my own yarns, and offering some tips about how you can start weaving with yours. Let me know what you think. What works for you? What would you like to know before you start warping your loom for handspun handwoven fabric?