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I used alpaca as the warp thread on my Kromski and had a wonderful time. Of course, I still have most of a cone of alpaca warp left from that first use... Does anyone ever use warp thread for weft, and what do you make from it?
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From:altivo
Date:January 31st, 2006 02:39 am (UTC)
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Depends on the yarn. In general, I don't differentiate between warp and weft yarns when it comes to using them as weft. Whatever works. Some very soft yarns won't hold up as warp very well, true. And I do have some linen carpet warp that wouldn't be much use as weft unless it was as filling in a rep weave, but on the whole, sure. Try it, you may like it. Alpaca is generally quite nice.
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From:reedrover
Date:January 31st, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
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Despite raising angoras (goats), alpaca is my favorite natural fiber for spinning and generally playing with it.

While not a fabulous picture, this is a triangle shawl made from naturally black alpaca that I spun as a two-ply and then wove single strand on the triangle loom.
http://giantcricketfarm.gaean.net/images/SpinningWeaving/shawlblack2_present.jpg
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 31st, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Nice job. We need to get you weaving on four shafts. :)
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From:altivo
Date:January 31st, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
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That was me of course. I don't know why LJ keeps logging me off.
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From:reedrover
Date:January 31st, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
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No problem. I get that too, once in a while.

I have a four-harness loom sitting in the basement that needs an overhaul. It was free with the price of having to haul it from Pennsylvania. Now I need to take it apart, clean it, replace a warped (hah!) board, and then try using it.
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From:regolithfish
Date:January 31st, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
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I frequently use the same yarn for warp and weft. There's lots of lovely yarns out there that are suitable for both. But I do have things stashed away that are only good for one or the other. Some linen I have only for warp, like altivo mentioned, and I have some silk noil that just isn't a good warp. It's really a case by case basis, depending on the qualities of the yarn in question.

Oh, and what I make from it. You had asked that too. I've done some wall hangings with mercerized cotton as both warp and weft. Right now I've got a run of scarves on the loom with the same rayon yarn being used for both warp and weft. And I'm using that same rayon as weft in a small tapestry, on a linen warp. A lot of yarns are amazingly versatile.

Good luck. And that shawl was lovely, by the way.
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