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Recycled Sari Yarn Makes Sorry Warp

October 29th 2011 in Looms, On the Loom, Projects, Yarn

I’ve had some recycled sari silk yarn which I dyed back in June.  I hadn’t been too sure what I was going to do with it.  I almost tried putting it on my rigid heddle last weekend; I’m glad I didn’t.  Right before I started warping, I took a real close look at it and realized it would not do real well for warp — there was way too much differentiation in thickness of the yarn.  Also, it’s a bit “sticky” — Ok, a lot.

Tonight I put it on a frame loom to weave as a cowl in one piece — no sewing.  I’d woven a Moebius strip that way 2 winters ago, as a trial/proof of concept.  From that experiment, I found that the plain pvc was way too slippery; I added the curlers after.  The curlers help hold the yarn in place, however when advancing it, they don’t stay in place as well as I might like. Also, it being a loop, differences in width will likely be very noticeable — I need a “small” temple.

My main complaints about the sari yarn for warp are that it’s really thin in places; I’m afraid it will break.  Also the yarn has clumpy bits — granted, they add character, but it still makes it more difficult to use as warp.  And the stray fibers like to stick together.  A lot; it can be really hard getting a decent shed.

As of now, it’s about halfway woven — in about 2 hours.  I can’t complain about that.  I can’t tell as yet how warm it will be; I expect fairly, but I don’t know.  Still an interesting experiment. I’m glad to have worked with some sari yarn — I’ve got a good bit more (already coloured and it looks like a much finer spinning, albeit a bit more stray threads coming from it) which I plan to use to make a coat for my daughter by Winter Solstice.


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“Recycled Sari Yarn Makes Sorry Warp”

Did you make your loom? I have a floor loom and would like to make scarves too, but don’t want to devote the loom to that.
Instead of curlers, what if you used foam, like what you would use to insulate pipes or those floaty tubes that kids play with in the pool? They are bigger, so maybe they wouldn’t slip off the PVC as you move the cloth around. Also some have a hole in the center and you could insert the PVC through it before making your frame.
Anyway, I like the process. It does pay to check the tencel strength before you start the project…

I don’t have a website yet…I did start my own blog…djwhitneydesigns.blogspot.com that’s my latest project.


This frame loom I made to create cowls and moebius scarves without a seam — it’s not my normal loom.

The curlers actually work pretty well — they don’t slip/turn unless I want to advance the warp, and they do a pretty good job of keeping the warp spaced properly. The pipe insulation would let the warp draw in quite a bit more than the curlers.

It’s still interesting, though. This was the 2nd thing I’d woven on it (the first was a moebius strip); each time has some improvement!


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