Introduction to Fibers for Non-BFA Students Fall 2009 All About Yarn Yarn is a continuous length of interlocked fibers, and is the basic building block of most fiber arts (weaving, knitting, crochet, embroidery, etc.). Yarn can be produced either by spinning or as a filament. Filament yarns are single strands of fibers, although they may be plied. Most filament yarns are commercially produced because it is not possible for the home crafter to create it; however, silk is a naturally occurring filament yarn. We will be spinning yarn in class. Spinning means twisting fibers together in order for them to stay together. We will use wool, as it’s the easiest fiber to learn to spin because it has natural little “hooks” or scales in the fiber that help hold it together (it’s actually the same process that cause hair to form dreadlocks!). Most animal fibers (wool, camel, cashmere, angora rabbits, lamas & alpaca) have these scales, including dogs and cats, so if you have a furry dog or cat you may want to brush out their fur and try to spin it! Cotton and other plan
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