I am going to attempt my first go at linen. I've decided to put on a cotton warp, and use linen for the weft. I have heard that some people spray the weaving or soak their bobbins before weaving. In my mind, I can't see how the moisture would be great for the reed or the metal rod in the shuttle.
Is that something that anyone has tried, and if so, did it make a difference?
Thank you in advance,
Hi Liza, I have never had the need to do that. Linen is more wirey than most yarns so I find it easy to control if I draw out the weft yarn before I throw the shuttle. If you don’t, it over spins on the bobbin. Try drawing out the width of the weft, ish.....everything is an ish.....and then throw. I demonstrate that in Season 3 where I’m weaving with linen. Don’t fret....linen kind of gets a bad rap out there and all we need to do is adapt our technique to its wonderful personality.
I absolutely adore linen, so I have a feeling once we understand each other, we’ll have a long and beautiful relationship! So, it seems , yet again, “don’t believe the hype!”