All About Yarn

Your yarn choice can make or break a project; by the end of this workshop, you should be able to make informed choices that give you a satisfying weaving experience and fabulous finished cloth.

  • Learn about ply and yarn weight (thickness), and how it affects your finished cloth;
  • Discover how to identify those "mystery yarns" in your stash;
  • Control variegated yarns;
  • Decide whether or not a yarn is warp-worthy;
  • Use your knowledge of yarn structure and fiber to better plan projects;
  • Understand how finishing affects different fibers in the final cloth.

About Tom Knisely

Tom Knisely

Tom Knisely has been teaching handweaving for more than forty years. In addition to teaching, Tom weaves professionally and is a frequent contributor to Handwoven magazine. Voted Handwoven Teacher of the Year, Tom is renowned among his weaving students for his kindness, good humor, and seemingly infinite knowledge on the subject of weaving. He teaches at the beautiful Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center in York Haven, Pennsylvania.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Overview

    • Welcome

    • Introduction Video

    • About Your Instructor

    • Technical Support

  • 2

    Understanding Yarn Construction

    • Yarn Construction

    • Yarn Construction: Key Points

    • Plies & Twist

  • 3

    What IS That Yarn?

    • Mystery Yarns

    • Identifying Mystery Yarns: Key Points

  • 4

    Yarns for Warp & Weft

    • Warp & Weft Yarns

  • 5

    Space-Dyed & Variegated Yarns

    • Space-Dyed & Variegated Yarns

  • 6

    Yard Size and Reed Size

    • Project Planning

    • Project Planning: Key Points

  • 7

    Getting a Finished Fabric

    • Video Lesson

  • 8


    • Master Yarn Chart