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January 19, 2011

I’m loving one shuttle weaving, it’s going so quickly I could start a production line. Never fear!

The weft yarn on this towel is handspun, 50% recycled blue jeans blended with new cotton fibre. It keeps the colour with dark flecks and occasionally a little spot of red. Which, I think comes from the labels on some jeans. This fibre came as a nicely prepared sliver and was fairly easy to spin on a drop spindle. 

The same type of fiber that I have recently started spinning is poorly prepared, it is almost like dryer lint, and is difficult to spin. I have hand carded it with some silk fibre, spun it on my wheel and plyed it with 20/2 cotton. this has resulted in a very textured yarn.

The yarn at top left is the weft and the center ball is the textured 2 ply.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2012 11:09 am

    I have a huge amount of this given to me and I was thinking maybe it would be better for paper-making as the fibers are very short. But I love your results!

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  2. January 19, 2011 5:47 pm

    did you order it thinking you were getting the same fiber prep? how frustrating. it looks like it would be fine…i wonder if it that nasty denim that has 2 percent lycra? i hate not being able to find jeans that fit me made from 100 percent cotton.

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    • January 19, 2011 6:31 pm

      the fibre came from 2 different sources. I knew it was different and it was almost given to me. Just didn’t know how different it would be to spin. I really like the texture and will weave with it when I eventually finish spinning.

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