I'm giving wool warp another chance. Many Moons ago I tried it and I didn't like the warp. It had too much stretch. Well, not all wool warps are the same I'm finding out. In Spin Off magazine Fall 2004 I read an article by Sarah Swett about Lincoln wool for tapestry warp. She listed a source of Mill spun Lincoln via Kim Miller. I ordered a cone and some how it got tucked away and I forgot about it. I found it finally when doing some studio clean up. I thought I need to sample this now before I forget again. I pulled out my sample frame and around and around I went. At first I thought it was too thick for my weft yarn that I wanted to try out. Nope, I was wrong. I'm finding I can sett it closer than I thought. This is 8 epi and the coverage is wonderful and very forgiving and nothing moves. Wool on wool stays put and I remember another article where Sarah spoke about that. Well, let me say I love this warp, only there is bad news. Kim Miller isn't in business any longer so I can't get it again. This means looking for something similar or spinning my own. I really don't want to spin warp yarns right now. I have too much to do. So I've got a few options that I'm looking at. But I can say for sure I'm going to use some wool in the future. And while I was sampling I pulled out some new linen to try as well. I'll post about that when I sample it. Linen had always felt too hard on my hands before but this linen seems so much nicer that I think I might love it too. Let's face it warp yarns for tapestry weavers have come along way, there is so much more to choose from these days.
Here are a few pics for you. The warp, my new little batten, and a very loved tapestry bobbin that was given to me by a dear friend in Montana years ago. She has since passed away and whenever I use this special little jewel I always think of her. The only thing I know about the maker is he was Swedish and he made them for her in her homeland of Sweden. He also designed the frame loom and I had a Montana woodworker make it for me based on her design. I love that simple frame for sampling.