Array Wool Weaving Yarn FAQs

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How much yarn is on the tube or cones?

We offer two put-ups:

  • 1 oz tubes - 210 yards. 
  • 4 oz cones - 840 yards. 

What epi is this yarn meant for?

This yarn is meant to be tapestry weft bundled in 3-4 strands, with a warp suitable for tapestries such as cotton seine twine sett at 8epi.

Multi-shaft weavers can use Array as a warp or weft with a recommended epi of 20-24. 

I’ve never woven tapestry before! Is this good for beginners?

Yes! If you are new to tapestry, we recommend buying our  Beginner Tapestry Weaving Bundle, which includes the handheld Saffron Tapestry loom, warp, 5 colors of weft, and an online Intro To Tapestry Weaving course by Rebecca Mezoff. If you’re looking to learn tapestry weaving, we highly recommend this as your path to getting started. 

What kind of multi-shaft projects is Array suitable for?

Array is made from hardy wool (primarily Corriedale and Columbia sheep) and may not be soft enough for most people to want to wear it next to skin. We recommend it for blankets, over the shoulder shawls (as opposed to scarves wrapped around your neck), rugs or mats, table runners, and wall hangings and other art pieces. The wide range of hues and shades makes it excellent for color gamps and double weave projects. 

Is Array available un-dyed?

Yes, the Natural shade is un-dyed and takes dye beautifully. However, please note that this yarn was designed to be package dyed, which means being dyed while on tubes in a dye house. Home dyers usually dye yarn on skeins, which gives the yarn more room to relax and get more bouncy. If you want to dye this yarn for tapestry weaving, we recommend that you test out a small sample first so that you can see how the yarn behaves with your dyeing methods. 

Is Array mothproofed? 

No. This was a hard call for us, as we knew that some customers prefer mothproofed yarn, and also that it would be easier for us to store in our warehouse if it was mothproofed.

We did a lot of research into various ways to mothproof yarn, and ultimately decided not to do so. Most methods of mothproofing yarn involve inserting an insecticide in the yarn during the dyeing and finishing process. These insecticides are not healthy for our waterways, and also remain on the yarn as the weaver works with it. Our company strives to make yarn in ways that are healthy to people and to our planet. 

Of course, this comes with a tradeoff, like all environmental decisions. Because our yarn is not mothproofed, it is shrinkwrapped, so that it is protected from pests during shipping and storage, and as it waits on your shelf before you weave with it. We recognize that the plastic in shrink wrap also comes with environmental concerns, and are researching other methods of protecting our yarn or using non-plastic shrink wraps in the future. If you have any ideas or suggestions for us on this,  we would love to hear from you!

Is Array yarn washfast and lightfast?

Yes and yes. The dye house we work with uses state of the art equipment and high quality Lanasol dyes. As with any natural textile, placing in direct sunlight can cause fading over time. Tapestries can be hung in indirect light, but should not be hung in direct sunlight.