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Tools & Tips for Classic Rug Wool

Classic Rug Wool Tools & Tips

Make the most of your Rug Wool with these tips and favorite tools!

DYE

Available in over 90 colors, the Signature Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool also takes dye beautifully – try Wash Fast Acid Dyes for rich, colorfast hues.

 

Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool

WEAVE

Weavers love the durability and heft of this three-ply yarn. To weave a sturdy weft-faced piece you’ll want a strong warp that you can weave under a lot of tension with a very firm beat. We recommend setting your warp at approximately 3-5 epi (ends per inch) tabby, and using either a wool or linen warp. Area rugs and saddle blankets will hold up for years due to the strong, long-staple wool fibers in this certified 100% New Zealand wool, and the colors stay amazingly vivid.

 

Soft Finish Linen Warps 8/2 thru 8/5 Yarn Soft Finish Linen Warps 8/2 thru 8/5 Yarn
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We recommend using a ski shuttle with the Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool. Ski shuttles will let you wind on plenty of this bulky yarn, and because of the smooth bottom your shuttle will still glide nicely through your shed. Especially for wider pieces, this is preferable to a stick shuttle. Using a shorter stick shuttle can be helpful if you plan to incorporate narrower sections of color using a tapestry technique.

 

Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool

 

Leclerc 27" Ski Shuttle  Leclerc 27" Ski Shuttle
Leclerc 18" Ski Shuttle  Leclerc 18" Ski Shuttle
Schacht 24" Ski Shuttle  Schacht 24" Ski Shuttle
Schacht 18" Ski Shuttle  Schacht 18" Ski Shuttle
Harrisville 19.5" Ski Shuttle  Harrisville 19.5" Ski Shuttle
Dovetail Woodworks 14-18" Ski Shuttle  Dovetail Woodworks 14-18" Ski Shuttle

Stick shuttles are available in even more lengths – see web for more!

 

Leclerc 28" Stick Shuttle  Leclerc 28" Stick Shuttle
Schacht 24" Stick Shuttle  Schacht 24" Stick Shuttle
Harrisville 12" Stick Shuttle  Harrisville 12" Stick Shuttle

Since the Rug Wool is so heavy and evenly spun, it doesn’t tend to tangle easily, however good skein management from the outset makes every project easier as you work. To wrangle heavier yarns we recommend using a wooden (not plastic) swift, and a larger ball winder.

 

Wooden Umbrella Swift  Wooden Umbrella Swift
Maine Made Cherry Swift by Tom Siske  Maine Made Cherry Swift by Tom Siske
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Or save when you buy the ultimate winding combo – makes a fantastic holiday gift for your favorite weaver!

 

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Even on a rigid heddle loom rug wool can yield some great results. Liz Gipson’s book Weaving Made Easy - Revised and Updated uses our Rug Wool in her beautiful Simply Striped rug, which she also has video support for. (I’ve shared this before, but I can’t recommend her Yarnworker videos highly enough. Check it out here!

 

Weaving Made Easy - Revised and Updated  Weaving Made Easy - Revised and Updated

KNIT/CROCHET

Planning to knit or crochet? On its own, or felted, the Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool is a surprisingly versatile material! You’ll want to use the right tools though, and be patient – even though the super-bulky gauge stitches up quickly, the weight can be harder on your hands and wrists.

 

Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool

If you plan to felt your piece, remember to go up a few needle or hook sizes so it has room to shrink in to the desired size. Felt it as you would any wool item by putting it in a sink, tub, bucket, or even the washing machine. Use warm to hot water with a little detergent and agitate it thoroughly and evenly. Then toss it in the dryer and you won’t believe what a dense, strong materials you can create. This technique makes a great bath mat or area rug, and is also a great technique for making containers like a strong little felted bowl or tray!

Knit singly on a US size #9 – #15 needle, as shown in the All Down the Line - Rug Wool Knitted Jacket Pattern Download. Or on a #15 or #17 if you’re using it doubled, as in the Knitted Rectangular Rug - Pattern download. Crocheters should use an M-13 to Q hook, and can also work the yarn doubled or tripled, as in the Crochet Rug (Felted) - Pattern download.

 

All Down the Line - Rug Wool Knitted Jacket Pattern Download  All Down the Line - Rug Wool Knitted Jacket Pattern Download
Knitted Rectangular Rug - Pattern download  Knitted Rectangular Rug - Pattern download
Crochet Rug (Felted) - Pattern download  Crochet Rug (Felted) - Pattern download

Strands & Samples

Need more than just a sample card, but not a full skein? Individual 55″ strands are available in all our colors. Rug hookers love the ability to mix colors affordably, and at only $0.55 these are perfect for accent work.

 

Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool

From bold and bright, to earthy heathers, and deep jewel tones… preview and choose your colors from a helpful sample card of each palette, or get the set of all four sample cards to see the full range of colors.

 

Sample Cards Halcyon Rug Wool 4 card set  Sample Cards Halcyon Rug Wool 4 card set

There’s no limit to what you’ll use this one-of-a-kind wool for…

Stock up now, it’s only on sale until Friday!

 

 

Related items of interest: • Our yarnsSuper Bulky weight yarnsWool yarnsWarp weight yarnsLinen yarnsWeaving EquipmentMulti-Craft EquipmentWeaving BooksKnitting PatternsCrochet Patterns

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