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A Nest of Hand Plied Hemp Yarn

Written on June 27, 2011

Today I”m showing a recent acquisition from my recent trip to Japan: a basket full of hand plied hemp yarn.  I love it.
I’m not sure where in Japan the hemp fiber was grown and plied.  Hemp was grown throughout Japan, so this collection could hail from almost anywhere.Just wonderful–and a real reminder of everyday life in old Japan.

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  1. Comment by velma:

    lovely, lovely lovely

    June 28, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

  2. Comment by Ulrike:

    it looks really wonderful, and I wish I was experienced enough to spin hemp. But in time … practice makes perfect.
    Only a short comment on terminology.

    ‘Plying’ is what is done when you have two or more spun threads and twist them around each other. The craft that comes before plying is ‘spinning’. I think I can see that the balls of yarn are single thread yarns. So definitely no plying involved.

    And even hemp is spun. The only fibre you don’t spin is silk when it comes directly from the cocoon. It is ‘reeled’ then and you might call it plying when you spin several threads of silk together. But usually even this process is called spinning.

    July 5, 2011 @ 3:00 am