What Do You Make with Your Handspun?

Handspun, handwoven, sachet.

I’ve been excited and curious about many crafts lately besides knitting, I want to learn everything about them, and if they have anything to do with fiber or cloth I want to spin for them.

Handspun, handwoven, sachet.

The two that are big on my radar are embroidery and weaving. Other crafts that are jumping up and down trying to get my attention are sewing, punch needle, and watercolor.

I want to be more methodical about some more than others. With embroidery I’m just jumping in, buying some gorgeous preprinted patterns to stitch, and every once in a while I’ll spin some yarn and stitch with it for part of the pattern.

Weaving is a different story. There is so much to know it’s almost paralyzing to me.

I want to read books, weave with commercial yarn and then spin and weave some more. I’m hunting for a local floor loom class too. Liz Gipson has got me covered for rigid heddle.

When I am unsure about something I can use research as a procrastination technique. I’m doing that with weaving right now. It’s a good one too, because I’m learning in my head, but I’m not making that connection to my hands, so when I finally sit down to weave I get frustrated because it’s not perfect or easy like it is in my head.

For me it always comes back to making the yarn. I don’t just want to make and embellish different types of cloth, I want to make the right yarn for the project I have in mind. I’m so curious about the different yarn constructions that behave the best for different crafts and cloth, Yarnitecture for everything. Even sewing. I want to make Sonya Philip’s perfect patterns, but really, not so deep down, I’m dying to spin and weave the yardage.

What do you use your handspun for besides knitting?

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

8 thoughts on “What Do You Make with Your Handspun?

  1. Louise

    Have you been in my head? I had been thinking something similar about Sonya Philip and some handwoven… I’m starting with some cushions I need to do first.

  2. Becca

    The other members of my guild got to me after 7 years and now I’ve started weaving. Some of the things they make are just downright intimidating but just playing around with the rigid heddle loom I borrowed is teaching me many things about what I like or don’t like in weaving, at least as far as I can go with the basic single heddle. The tapestry weaving I’ve been seeing lately really makes me want to try that next.

    I love that little sachet! Idea is now filed away…

  3. Nadine Foster

    On Ravelry, in the Looms to Go group, there has been a summer Weave and Stitch Along. It has been fun to have a guide to stitching on little woven squares (Zoom Loom) and hexagon shapes.

  4. bittenbyknittin

    I wove a tapestry sampler on my rigid heddle loom using commercial yarn I dyed myself. I really enjoyed tapestry weaving, so now I have a smallish tapestry loom and plan to use my homespun for that. I have also knit scarves and hats with homespun (ho-hum) and plan to knit a sweater cuff-to-cuff with BFL I recently spun. I took a class at Ply Away on spinning for weaving – that was helpful in opening my mind to a variety of homespun yarns to use.

  5. Laura

    Can we get more details on the sachet in the image? I think that’d be a great co-workers gift come Christmas.

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