Tricks of the Trade: Weaving with Elastic Yarns

Loom Type Multi-Shaft Floor or Table
Author Giovanna Imperia
Format Article/Tutorial

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Active yarns can cause a woven cloth to be transformed completely during wet-finishing, forming pleats, bumps, furrows, and other wavy and unusual textures. Active yarns include fullable wools, highly twisted (crepe) yarns, some metallics, and elastic yarns—perhaps the most “active” of all.

With normal care, elastic yarn can retain its elastic properties for a very long time. In this short but information-packed article, you’ll get tips for weaving with these yarns, including winding from cones, warping, threading, and finishing.

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