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  • in reply to: Thoughts on 2.1.5 – Sett discussion part 2 #157071
    Jessica
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      I’ve downloaded the file, but it’s only 3 pages long, and you mention pages well beyond that. Should I be going back to a handout from last year? The 3 pages are purely about plain weave, not twill or other structures.

      in reply to: Episode 7: Tell us what you think :>) #33302
      Jessica
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        As a spinner I would quibble a bit about the remarks about mill-spun and handspun yarn.  They are not categorically different.  When we look at any textile made before the 18th century, and many in the 18th and 19th centuries, all yarn used was handspun and had the same range of qualities (pretty much) as current millspun and handspun yarn.

        When a spinner talks about a worsted yarn being harder, it doesn’t mean that it is rough or hard, but rather that it is harder than a woolen spun yarn made from the same wool would be.  The softness of a yarn, its luster, etc. comes from the interaction of the fiber itself and how it is prepared and spun.  You always work within the range of possibilities of the fiber — woolen spinning cannot make a rough fiber soft, and worsted spinning cannot make a matter fiber lustrous, but worsted spinning can really bring out the luster of a lustrous fiber.

        in reply to: Episode 3: Tell us what you think :^) #30725
        Jessica
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          I plan to stay a member, but if for some reason I didn’t join again next year, would I still have access to the first year’s lessons?

          in reply to: Look where we all live & Introductions #29798
          Jessica
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            Hello!

            I am Jessica/Jekka, currently living in Charlottesville, VA.  I have an 8 shaft Mighty Wolf that I acquired maybe 12 years ago, and took a week-long workshop at Webs when I acquired it (I lived in the Boston area then).  So far I’ve only been using 4 shafts.  I’ve been weaving longer on rigid heddle looms and learned to spin about 25 years ago, when I lived in Berkeley.  I also knit. crochet, sew, and know how to make Idrija bobbin lace.  I am in the process of reacquainting myself with my loom, as I lived in China for 4 1/2 years, where I built myself an inkle loom from PVC and did some backstrap weaving to deal with missing my loom (I had spindles and an electric spinner, so spinning was easier).  I am looking forward to trying Jane’s techniques; I love where she puts the raddle.

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