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Choosing yarns for a weaving project. Guide to choosing warp and weft yarns, color, and how to evaluate yarns. Includes a guide on calculating how much yarn you'll need.
HANDWOVEN Fall-Winter 1979 (v.1#1) pg. 48

How to produce handspun variegated yarns that simulate ikat when woven. Includes instructions for spinning and weaving a lap robe and a vest, a shrug and a bog jacket.
HANDWOVEN Sep 1981 (v.2#4) pg. 65

How to spin yarns for weaving linsey-woolsey.
HANDWOVEN Nov-Dec 1982 (v.3#5) pg. 59

Understanding yarns. Covers yarn fibers, spinning, wool, cotton, linen, silk and sizes. Also gives tips on purchasing mill ends.
HANDWOVEN Jan-Feb 1984 (v.5#1) pg. 18

The warp/weft calculator for the Apple II computer. Program is written in Applesoft Basic and computes the yardage necessary for a given sett.
HANDWOVEN Jan-Feb 1984 (v.5#1) pg. 84

Tips on ways to use thrums (short lengths of yarn) as weft.
HANDWOVEN May-Jun 1984 (v.5#3) pg. 20

A guide to buying and using mill end yarns. Includes suggestions on how to test fiber content, for colorfastness of dye, and for shrinkage. Also includes names and addresses of mill end suppliers.
HANDWOVEN Sep-Oct 1984 (v.5#4) pg. 77

Suggestions from a production weaver on how to handle novelty warp yarns and minimize the problems.
HANDWOVEN Nov-Dec 1984 (v.5#5) pg. 26

Exploring the fun and fantasy of weaving with novelty yarns. Includes information on supplementary warps and double weave.
HANDWOVEN Jan-Feb 1985 (v.6#1) pg. 31+

Tip: Place drinking straws over warp threads to prevent matting and tangling when weaving mohair.
HANDWOVEN Mar-Apr 1985 (v.6#2) pg. 91

Fill-in-the-blanks form to calculate the amount of yarn you need to purchase for your warp and weft.
HANDWOVEN May-Jun 1985 (v.6#3) pg. 30

How to evaluate the properties of yarn to decide how best to use it. An accompanying article explains the general characteristics of linen, rayon, silk, cotton, wool, Lurex and novelty yarns.
HANDWOVEN Nov-Dec 1986 (v.7#5) pg. 51

How to incorporate an assortment of yarns in a project. Tips on taking differences in elasticity, diameter, texture and softness into account.
HANDWOVEN Mar-Apr 1987 (v.8#2) pg. 24

Tip: Spray sticky yarns, such as mohair, with "Static Guard" while it is on the warping board to eliminate sticking on the loom.
HANDWOVEN May-Jun 1987 (v.8#3) pg. 12

Using the yarn you've got. Suggestions for weavers on using leftovers creatively.
HANDWOVEN Sep-Oct 1987 (v.8#4) pg. 63

How to test yarns for lightfastness before using them.
HANDWOVEN Mar-Apr 1988 (v.9#2) pg. 28

An explanation of how rayon chenille is made and some of the "rules" for using it when weaving. Gives suggestions on using chenille as warp and weft, for washing chenille and for using it as fringe.
HANDWOVEN May-Jun 1988 (v.9#3) pg. 61

Tips on cost-controlled weaving. Suggests ways to obtain inexpensive materials and design considerations that show off fancy, more expensive yarns while incorporating less expensive material as warp.
HANDWOVEN May-Jun 1988 (v.9#3) pg. 64

Use warping board to block skeins of handspun yarn.
HANDWOVEN May-Jun 1988 (v.9#3) pg. 104

Spinning techniques for blending fibers and colors to create heathered yarn, tweeds or garnetted yarns, variegated or ombre yarns and interesting color blends.
HANDWOVEN Nov-Dec 1988 (v.9#5) pg. 67

Tip: How to wind two yarns onto a bobbin or quill more smoothly.
HANDWOVEN Sep-Oct 1989 (v.10#4) pg. 19

Tip: Use "Post-it Notes" on ends of yarn on cones to note quantity remaining.
HANDWOVEN Sep-Oct 1989 (v.10#4) pg. 19

Recycling thrums. Describes a method for turning short (4"-6") pieces of wool yarn into wool fibers which can be respun or felted.
HANDWOVEN Sep-Oct 1989 (v.10#4) pg. 42

Weaving with sticky yarns. Advice on handling brushed wool, mohair, acrylic and boucle.
HANDWOVEN Jan-Feb 1990 (v.11#1) pg. 49

Tip suggests a Rolodex file system for keeping track of a yarn collection.
HANDWOVEN May-Jun 1991 (v.12#3) pg. 18

Do-it-yourself chenille. How to make chenille yarns.
HANDWOVEN Sep-Oct 1992 (v.13#4) pg. 62
Added Info HANDWOVEN Nov-Dec 1992 (v.13#5) pg. 7

Yarn counts. An explanation of the numbers that identify a standard thickness and length per pound of yarn in a given fiber. Two-page chart lists a representation of yarns in a range of materials, sizes and yardages.
HANDWOVEN May-Jun 1993 (v.14#3) pg. 32, 70

Using cotton novelty yarns in weaving. Suggestions for techniques that will allow them to be used with little or no abrasion.
HANDWOVEN May-Jun 1993 (v.14#3) pg. 45

Yarncalc. Computer program written in BASIC that calculates the yarn quantities for a weaving project.
HANDWOVEN Nov-Dec 1993 (v.14#5) pg. 22

Spinning for busy weavers. How to combine handspun with commercial yarn as supplementary weft or pattern warp in a weaving project.
HANDWOVEN May-Jun 1996 (v.17#3) pg. 49

The measure of linen yarns. An explanation of the size number and suggested plain-weave setts.
HANDWOVEN Mar-Apr 1997 (v.18#2) pg. 50

Tip suggests using old pantyhose as wash bags for skeins of yarn.
HANDWOVEN Sep-Oct 1997 (v.18#4) pg. 25

A system for keeping track of weaving yarn leftovers.
HANDWOVEN May-Jun 1999 (v.20#3) pg. 20

Rule of thumb translates number of stitches per inch into types of yarn and number of plys. Suggestions on how to select and test substitute yarns for knitting and crochet projects.
McCALLS NEEDLEWORK & CRAFTS Feb 1989 (v.34#1) pg. 44

How to recycle yarn. How to unravel a hand knitted or crocheted piece, renew the yarn, and wind it into skeins.
NEEDLECRAFT FOR TODAY Jul-Aug 1980 (v.3#4) pg. 5

Controlling the size and texture of handspun yarn.
SHUTTLE, SPINDLE & DYEPOT #36 Fall 1978 (v.9#4) pg. 31

Novelty Yarns. How to create color and texture through experimenting with a variety of wools and in the dyepot.
SHUTTLE, SPINDLE & DYEPOT #47 Summer 1981 (v.12#3) pg. 33

Spinning fancy yarns.
SHUTTLE, SPINDLE & DYEPOT #53 Winter 1982 (v.14#1) pg. 17

The precise control of size and quality in handspun yarns.
SHUTTLE, SPINDLE & DYEPOT #63 Summer 1985 (v.16#3) pg. 12

How to control twist in handspun yarn.
SHUTTLE, SPINDLE & DYEPOT #64 Fall 1985 (v.16#4) pg. 26

Yarn count and sett. An examination of the concepts and computations. Includes a table of yardages of various yarn counts, formulas for determining estimated wraps per inch for given yarn size and a table of yarn count and sett for tabby and twill.
SHUTTLE, SPINDLE & DYEPOT #95 Summer 1993 (v.24#3) pg. 54

Weaving with chenille. An explanation of how to select chenille, plan a project, warping the loom, and tips on finishing the fabric.
SHUTTLE, SPINDLE & DYEPOT #103 Summer 1995 (v.26#3) pg. 25

Spinning for warp. An explanation of what makes a yarn suitable for warp and a technique for sampling twist.
SHUTTLE, SPINDLE & DYEPOT #119 Summer 1999 (v.30#3) pg. 56

Weaving and tailoring handspun yardage. Includes plans for a yarn blocker and a pattern for a blouson jacket.
SPIN-OFF 1978 (v.2) pg. 48

How to design yarn.
SPIN-OFF 1978 (v.2) pg. 53

Criteria for judging handspun yarn and suggestions on how to do the judging.
SPIN-OFF 1979 (v.3) pg. 8

How to extract Kudzu fibers for weaving.
SPIN-OFF 1979 (v.3) pg. 23

How to produce designer yarns. Instructions for producing slubs and spirals.
SPIN-OFF 1979 (v.3) pg. 54

How to create novelty yarns. Covers dyed, carded fleece, space-dyed roving, handspun/commercial combinations, space-dyed yarn, crepe, adding nubs, loopy yarns, and plying commercial yarns.
SPIN-OFF 1980 (v.4) pg. 50

Designing fabrics on the spinning wheel. How to spin a hard twist crepe. Includes information on spinning technique, fiber selection, setting twist, weaving crepe and finishing the fabric. Specifications for four fabrics included.
SPIN-OFF 1981 (v.5) pg. 42

Tips from five experts on finishing spun yarn.
SPIN-OFF 1981 (v.5) pg. 52

Tips on how to know if you're putting in the appropriate amount of twist in your yarn.
SPIN-OFF 1981 (v.5) pg. 53

Elements of yarn structure. Covers content, fiber preparation, twist, grist and plying.
SPIN-OFF Oct 1982 (v.6#4) pg. 46

Twist demystified. An explanation of the effects of twist in yarn. How to spin for a specific angle of twist and specific number of twists per inch.
SPIN-OFF Summer 1983 (v.7#2) pg. 25

Finishing mohair yarn and yardage.
SPIN-OFF Fall 1983 (v.7#3) pg. 62

Tips on winding a ball of handspun yarn to minimize yarn tension.
SPIN-OFF Spring 1985 (v.9#1) pg. 47

How to wind balls of yarn by hand, without a ball winder.
SPIN-OFF Spring 1985 (v.9#1) pg. 52

How to prepare handspun yarn for use on a flatbed knitting machine.
SPIN-OFF Summer 1985 (v.9#2) pg. 20

How to finish a handspun knitting yarn.
SPIN-OFF Summer 1985 (v.9#2) pg. 38

Various ways to determine how much twist is needed when spinning yarn. Describes two easy ways to measure twist. Includes tables of the standard amount of twist for ramie and linen yarns, silk and cotton yarns, and worsted and woolen yarns.
SPIN-OFF Spring 1987 (v.11#1) pg. 25

Tip: Use two plastic hangers for lightweight blocking of skeins of fine singles.
SPIN-OFF Winter 1987 (v.11#4) pg. 10

Tips on how to handle handspun silk yarn so that it doesn't kink back on itself.
SPIN-OFF Spring 1988 (v.12#1) pg. 11

Chart of Australian yarn-ply, needle size and knitting gauge for American knitters. Explains how to wrap yarn around a ruler to approximate gauge.
SPIN-OFF Spring 1988 (v.12#1) pg. 58

Weaving with handspun yarns. Explains evaluating the yarns, choosing a project, using handspun yarns as warp, washing yarn and fabric, dealing with yarn elasticity and combining commercial yarns with handspun.
SPIN-OFF Summer 1988 (v.12#2) pg. 44

Tip: How to block yarn in an microwave oven. Niddy noddy made from PVC pipe holds yarn under tension.
SPIN-OFF Fall 1988 (v.12#3) pg. 27

Judging handspun yarn. Suggestions on establishing classes for competition, the criteria used for judging and a sample judging form used by Patsy Zawistoski.
SPIN-OFF Spring 1989 (v.13#1) pg. 19

Tip: How to make a skein of yarn.
SPIN-OFF Winter 1989 (v.13#4) pg. 50

Tip on making egg-shaped balls of yarn with a pull-tail from the center.
SPIN-OFF Winter 1990 (v.14#4) pg. 18

How much yarn is enough? Estimating yarn requirements for knitting projects by (1) using the weight of a similar article or (2) calculating the area of the project. How to choose the right size knitting needles.
SPIN-OFF Spring 1991 (v.15#1) pg. 64

What's so good about beginners' yarn? Ideas on what you can do with it.
SPIN-OFF Winter 1991 (v.15#4) pg. 37

Crimp and curl go linear. A technique called linear programming and how it can be used to compute the cost of fiber invested in each skein of yarn.
SPIN-OFF Spring 1992 (v.16#1) pg. 70

Measuring yarn. Part 1. Length, weight and grist.
SPIN-OFF Fall 1992 (v.16#3) pg. 46

Measuring yarn. Part 2. Thickness. Counting wraps per inch and how to monitor the yarn thickness as you spin. Tip shows how to use a knitting needle gauge to select the correct needle size for a particular yarn.
SPIN-OFF Fall 1993 (v.17#3) pg. 54

Measuring yarn. Part 3. Twist. How to measure the angle of twist and count the twists per inch.
SPIN-OFF Winter 1993 (v.17#4) pg. 56

Tips for knitting with handspun yarn. How to estimate gauge and choose the appropriate needle size.
SPIN-OFF Fall 1995 (v.19#3) pg. 28

How to produce hand-designed yarn that incorporates a commercial yarn or thread in the spinning process. Emphasis is on how to incorporate "glitz" into hand- or drum-carded batts.
SPIN-OFF Fall 1995 (v.19#3) pg. 96
Added Info SPIN-OFF Winter 1995 (v.19#4) pg. 3

Tips for knitting with small amounts of leftover yarn.
SPIN-OFF Spring 1996 (v.20#1) pg. 50

Very small projects. What to do with small amounts of handspun yarn. Suggestions include (1) buttons, (2) miniature baskets filled with skeins of yarn for Yule tree ornaments, (3) knitting needle pins, (4) tiny mittens, (5) headbands, (6) needle holders and (7) greeting cards.
SPIN-OFF Spring 1996 (v.20#1) pg. 56

Making skeins of handspun for competition.
SPIN-OFF Spring 1996 (v.20#1) pg. 128

Tip describes recarding and respinning yarn thrums.
SPIN-OFF Summer 1996 (v.20#2) pg. 111

Novelty act. A look at beaded novelty yarns and how they are assembled.
SPIN-OFF Spring 1997 (v.21#1) pg. 41

An easy and accurate technique to compare the thickness of two yarns and to check yarn while spinning to maintain consistency.
SPIN-OFF Summer 1999 (v.23#2) pg. 48

Tip: Hang skeins of yarn from a fish stringer.
THREADS #8 Dec 1986-Jan 1987 pg. 8

Tip: How to splice yarn ends instead of using knots.
THREADS #10 Apr-May 1987 pg. 10

Tips for avoiding common problems when weaving with textured novelty yarn.
THREADS #15 Feb-Mar 1988 pg. 14

How to design yarns that incorporate exotic fibers along with wool. Explains the design process for both handspun yarns and for blending commercial yarns.
THREADS #24 Aug-Sep 1989 pg. 52

Tip: How to wind yarn into a center-pull ball without using a mechanical ball winder.
THREADS #26 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 12

Designing knitwear with spring and summer yarns (cotton, linen, rayon and blends.) Advice on developing a design, creating a swatch, and a look at specific yarns and their characteristics. Includes pattern for knitting a sleeveless shell using rayon ribbon yarn. It has slipped-stitch cables on front and back and an armhole ribbing that give a mock capped-sleeve effect.
THREADS #33 Feb-Mar 1991 pg. 34
Added Info THREADS #38 Dec 1991-Jan 1992 pg. 6

Advice on a storage system for yarns and fleece.
THREADS #34 Apr-May 1991 pg. 12
Added Info THREADS #36 Aug-Sep 1991 pg. 4

How to make a foolproof yarn ball that pulls from the center without tangling.
THREADS #36 Aug-Sep 1991 pg. 22

A technique for making loosely wound yarn balls.
THREADS #37 Oct-Nov 1991 pg. 20

How to remove the kinks from used yarn.
THREADS #41 Jun-Jul 1992 pg. 22

How to divide one skein of yarn into two equal balls.
THREADS #49 Oct-Nov 1993 pg. 16

Tip suggests using a hand-held electric mixer to unravel a knitted sweater.
THREADS #52 Apr-May 1994 pg. 14

Tip on recycling the yarn from better quality knitted sweaters.
THREADS #54 Aug-Sep 1994 pg. 4
Added Info THREADS #56 Dec 1994-Jan 1995 pg. 4

All about mohair boucle. An explanation of its characteristics and a simple pattern for a boucle jacket to knit.
THREADS #54 Aug-Sep 1994 pg. 42

Tips on straightening unraveled wool yarn.
THREADS #55 Oct-Nov 1994 pg. 4

Simple yarn balance for estimating yards per pound of unmarked yarns.
THREADS #59 Jun-Jul 1995 pg. 10
Added Info THREADS #61 Oct-Nov 1995 pg. 10

Kasuri-like-effect weaving. Creating handspun yarns that will resemble Japanese resist-dyed Ikat when woven.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #22 Fall 1981 (v.6#2) pg. 18

Texture with handspun. Creating color and texture in handspun yarns that can be woven into a multicolored jacket fabric.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #22 Fall 1981 (v.6#2) pg. 20

Yarn count system charts and formulas for converting from the old indirect count to Tex count.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #23 Winter 1981-82 (v.6#3) pg. 28

How to evaluate a yarn for use in rugs.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #23 Winter 1981-82 (v.6#3) pg. 44

A look at factors to consider when planning a weaving project using handspun yarn. Tips on weaving yardage for a matching dress and jacket.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #30 Fall 1983 (v.8#2) pg. 21

A guide to Bradford and English yarn count systems.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #30 Fall 1983 (v.8#2) pg. 52

Yarn design. Experiments with black wool, variegated carded wool and white wool spun and plied in various ways.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #46 Fall 1987 (v.12#2) pg. 38

Suggestions for beginning machine knitters on how to determine how a specific yarn will perform.
WESTERN KNITTING MACHINE GUIDE (WKMG) #34 Jan-Feb 1990 (v.6) pg. 22