How is yarn made?

When you hear about yarn, have you ever wondered how it is made? Let’s take a look at what yarn is and how it is produced.
What is yarn?

Yarn is a word that describes a length of fibre. The length is usually made up of smaller individual threads that are entwined into a thicker thread, which is the yarn. Although most people think of wool when they hear the word ‘yarn’, it can refer to any fibre, even smaller cotton threads or thick rope. Yarn is almost always used to make or create something else, often by weaving, knitting or crocheting it into a piece of fabric.

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How is yarn made?

Yarn is typically spun using individual threads and finished in an S-twist or Z-twist. The spinning of yarn has been carried out on a spindle for thousands of years, although this is now typically done on a mechanical machine. Yarn spinning was one of the first-ever processes to be industrialised, thanks to the invention of the Spinning Jenny.

Traditional yarn spinning uses one type of fabric, such as wool or cotton; however, multiple types of fibre can be spun to create mixed yarn.

What is a ball of yarn?

When you hear about balls of yarn, people are referring to balls of wool. All types of wool, from mohair to cashmere and merino to cashmere, can be purchased as balls. If you buy a knitting kit, one or more balls will be included. You will find all types of knitting kits at retailers such as www.woolcouturecompany.com; what’s more, they make the perfect gift for a crafty beginner.

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As you can see, the process of spinning yarn can be traced back over many millennia and has developed over the centuries into an ever-faster and more efficient process.

Thomas Taylor

Thomas Taylor

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