Yes, you can use your handspun linen singles for weaving. Weavers for thousands of years of history did. You can too.
Most linen warp is spun from the long, luscious flax fibres called line. These make for strong, shiny, and fine yarns. When wet spun by an expert, the yarn is smooth. All these qualities make it perfect for warp and weft.
But what about poor tow? This often discarded fibre is described as hairy and weak. Not suitable. A waste of time and space.
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Being a advocate of the underdog, I decided to learn to love tow. I wanted to discover if Tow's reputation was unbreakable, or if maybe different techniques would make it strong enough for warp. So I spun up a bunch of tow, playing with different techniques and discovered there is no reason for tow to be hairy or fragile. It's all in the spinning. Which is to say, how tow behaves is entirely up to the spinner. You have complete control.
Here are a few tips and tricks for weaving with handspun linen singles - tow.
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