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#511789 04/11/09 06:10 PM
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This is the spot for our April Virtual Guild discussions.

I must apologize for not starting a Virtual Guild tread for March. I missed the meeting of the face-to-face group that we are paralleling here due to snow and it simply slipped my mind.


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Hi Llyn,

Life does get hectic and we all forget. I really enjoyed your finishing article this week. Very appropriate material, thanks again!!

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another question Llyn,

I noticed you said in your "Finishing Yarn" article, that you wet finish the yarn in a weaving project after the article is woven. What exactly keeps the yarn from shrinking after woven?

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Hi Nikki,

Why, nothing smile That's the idea. The yarn fulls (shrinks) after it's woven into cloth. Yarns are stretched while held under tension for weaving so washing them with an eye towards restoring the fibers to their natural state and elasticity becomes a moot point as all that washing the yarn has accomplished for the handle of it comes undone by the tension needed for weaving. Elasticity is not a desirable thing in weaving yarns, especially not for warp yarns as it makes even warp tension difficult to achieve and maintain. Woven cloth is never considered "finished" until it is off loom, inspected for errors, had the errors corrected, and been wet finished.

The other thing is that if the yarn is finished before weaving, then the woven cloth will not full up and finish as nicely as it will if woven with unfinished yarns.

There is a book (I don't have it) called "Magic In The Water" by Laura Fry (self-published, limited edition available from laurafry.com)which discusses wet finishing of woven textiles.




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