Weaving 20 Art Yarn Techniques

This video was the result of an experiment in weaving 20 different art yarn techniques on an Ashford "Sample It" Rigid Heddle loom with a 2.5 dent reed. I thought you would enjoy seeing how the yarns looked before & after they were woven, and my thoughts on the ease of weaving each technique. Some are much easier to weave than others. 

Working with Texture

Here are my tips and tricks for working around extreme texture art yarn. For this cowl I used one skein of about 30 yards of extreme thick and thin textured art yarn and about 15 yards of commercial yarn to show how I use a "patching" technique for if I end up not having enough yardage for my project. 

How to Set Handspun Art Yarn


  • Bowl of Warm Water
  • UNICORN Fibre Rinse or Beyond Soft
  • Handspun Yarn, Skeined and tied in 4 places


  • After your yarn is spun, wind it off the bobbin using a niddy-noddy.
  • Tie the yarn in 4 sections around the skein so it does not get tangled during the setting process.
  • Fill up a bowl with warm water and add 2 drops of Fibre Rinse (scented) or Beyond Soft (unscented) to the water.
  • Swish the rinse in the water.
  • Place the yarn gently in the water and let it soak for 5 minutes.
  • Gently remove the yarn from the water and hang in the shower or outside to dry.
  • To speed up drying time, use a salad spinner or spin-dryer to remove excess water from the yarn before drying.