How to Make Yarn Wrappings for Woven Fabric Designing

Various yarn wrappings

When I weave or knit, the first thing I do is to make yarn wrappings. Because I love this process I usually forget about time and just keep making many of these.

Yarn wrapping is a piece of card with threads wound around. It helps play with different colours and proportions when you design multi-coloured warp or weft. It also works for creating multi-colour stripes on knit fabric. Making this card wind saves you your precious materials and time.

card winds for designing warp and weft
Finished yarn wrappings

Basic method of making this yarn wrapping is obviously easy – you place a strip of double-sided tape along the back of a piece of card which is about 4cm (1.5″) wide.
But I found it tricky when I use an oiled yarn. Because of the grease on the thread, it doesn’t stick to the tape well. So instead, I’ve tried it in my own way and furthermore, you don’t need the double-sided tape (it might be too easy to explain… but I do anyway).

By the way, I wind every thread of yarns I have on a wooden chopstick. So that it’s easier to try as many as yarns on a small table rather than taking out large cones of yarn off the shelf each time I want to try a new yarns. And I like to place those sticks in order and spread them around like I do with coloured pencils.

Colourful yarn chopsticks in order
Yarn chopsticks in order
Yarns wound on chopsticks
Yarns wound on chopsticks

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Sample Weave: Plain Weave Checks

Woven sample

Here’s my sample weaving project with rigid heddle loom. I tried to do things systematically and first thing I did was selecting yarns and made several yarn wrappings to find colourways I like. Then I warped the loom with one stripe design and started weaving with seven deferent weft stripe designs.

 

Yarns
From top left: 50% cotton 50% polyester Luminous Pink, 100% lambs wool Persimmon Orange, Tender Shoot Green, Ocean Wave Blue, Hyacinth Violet, From top right: 100% lambs wool Vanilla Ice White, Moon Struck Grey, Gardem Glade Green, Ecru Olive Green, Desert Palm Brown

 

weaving process on rigid heddle loom

woven fabric close-up

woven fabric on rigid heddle loom

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Colourway experiment and yarn wrap

I’ve been looking for nice colourways and thought, I could spend a whole day doing this.

And I also tried knitting using one of those colour combinations but it ended up a disaster, which will be another story… so for now, please enjoy the colours I picked up and hope you find any combination you like?

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New yarn and new colour

Last week I received a box full of colourful yarn to be added to my colour palette and for my experiment of new colourways.

It’s so exciting to have a variety of colours and just looking at it makes me so happy. I love to feel the depth of colour on yarn and the richness that printed fabric cannot always have.

You will probably see my knitted fabric in more vibrant colours soon!

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Old Wool Winder

Wool Winder

I’d been looking for a wool winder and have finally found one I really like. It’s an old/used Silver Reed Jumbo Winder and I like the size and colour.

I find winding yarns addictive and also kind of therapeutic, I’m pretty sure some of you agree with it :)

Jumbo Winder