What is handspun yarn?
Before we get into the details of handspun yarn let us first look at spinning yarn in general. The spinning of yarn is a process where thread or yarn is made by drawing it out from lumps of fiber. The drawing process is done by pulling and twisting the fiber into long strands of yarn.
When early human civilizations started making yarn it would be done by hand, with a basic tool called a spindle. With the onset of hand-operated spinning wheels or charkha to automated industrial machines, the spinning of yarn has evolved.
So, we can say that handspun yarn is nothing, but yarn spun by hand using hand-operated tools or machineries like spindles or spinning wheels. If the yarn is made using semi-automated or fully automated machinery it is classified as machine or mill spun yarn.
Difference between handspun and mill-spun yarn?
The main difference as the names suggest is the process of how the yarn is made. One is done entirely by hand, with of course some basic tools and the other entirely by machines.
The second difference that’s quite distinctive would be the yarn itself. Handspun yarn being handmade is imperfect, and this rustic look gives it a unique character. Khadi is the perfect example that demonstrates the exclusive characteristics of handspun yarn.
Mill-spun yarn on the other hand is uniformly perfect.
Although in recent years there have been developments made to get ‘handspun like’ yarn from machines, which has been met with very little success for obvious reasons.
The third main difference would be the yarn count. In mill-spun yarn it is easier to distinguish the yarn count since machinery in the mill needs to be set to the desired yarn count output before it’s spun. This way yarn coming out of the mill will already have the count.
In handspun yarn, however, it is very difficult to distinguish the yarn count. Because it’s more of a free-style uneven, ununiform yarn. One solution that’s more or less accurate for handspun is a WPI tool. A WPI (wraps per inch) tool measures the thickness of yarn and helps in identifying yarn weights.
How much does handspun yarn cost?
These days hand spinning is more of a hobby or small-scale business that is starting to grow in popularity in recent years. Knitters, crocheters, weavers or makers, in general, take up spinning their own yarn because it gives them more control on the type of yarn they want for their project.
On the other hand, there are artisans who do not spin and are in search of handspun yarn and because of the inability to scale handspun production, it is usually priced higher than commercially produced mill-spun yarn.
The ease of customization is also more flexible with handspun yarn where spinners can incorporate certain elements in small volumes.
So, the demand, low production capabilities, and high customization potential make handspun yarn comparatively higher priced. But the most significant reason is the handmade aspect that always has greater value.
About Muezart Eri silk handspun collection
Hand spinning with a drop spindle is a tradition in villages of Meghalaya, the center of Eri silk. There is a predominant type of spinning practiced by weavers throughout this region which is the ancient slow method of spinning silk with a spindle or Takli.
The spindle is occasionally rotated by the right hand in order to wind the yarn on the spindle. Through this traditional method, an individual spinner can produce around 25-40g of yarn in a day.
Muezart partners with women spinners to produce a range of Eri silk handspun yarn that is suitable for hand knitting, weaving, crochet, or other crafts.
Eri silk being 100% natural is a great yarn for people who love to get their hands on knitting and crocheting projects all year round, whether you use the natural colour or naturally dyed yarns.
I love working with this yarn. Keeps me warm in sub zero temperatures.
I love my scarf woven in this yarn. It's incredibly soft and light.
Loving the work you guys are doing to promote this art form. The quality of the product is very good. Looking forward to more products from Muezart related to textiles.
It is a beautiful product to work with.. used it making a slouchy beanie.. came out perfect
Natural Eri Silk Yarn 15/3 | 100g
Excellent products , thank you!
I enjoyed weaving with this yarn and it made a really soft scarf. Love the drape too.
I was very happy with the yarn since I dint know what to expect. Loved the intent and the natural ways and ingredients used. I had a small glitch with unraveling one of the skeins, was extremely difficult. Other 2 skeins were smooth. I certainly dint know what to expect but turned out well. I will complete my project with this yarn and share a picture. Thank you.
The yarn is one of its kind.. thinking we can use in summer and winter too.
Once I start knitting don't feel like keeping my project down.
Every knitters def must buy and try ..
When we are putting our effort and time ..don't feel like buying a cheap yarn.. the silk yarn is a must try.
Thanks for the prompt delivery..and helped me out to clear my doubt in the pattern I purchased from you.
Texture is smooth and soft. Runs easily while knitting. Finished outcome is beautiful!
I enjoyed knitting and gifting scarves made from the silk yarn.
I am a HANDLOOM EXPORTER and I Tried tapestry for the first time, it's an amazing art, I am just hoggin into this since I get the delivery of this loom from you guys .. whoever is running this business it really inspires people including me.
It was just awesome , looking forward to your new new collections
This is a beautiful yarn of exceptional quality. I love knitting with it as it is smooth and doesn't make my hands hot as I knit. I am hoping that all my family will love the scarves I am making as much as I do. I also like the subtle colours.
If i could give more than 5 stars I'd definitely would. From how the loom was flat packed and easy to assemble ( which means its so travel friendly) to the softness of the yarsns, i was just very pleasantly surprised. I bought the small loom kit and now wondering to have gotten the medium to at least start with! But will get to that once i start weaving, learn and need a bigger loom for bigger projects! Slight delay in the product arriving but all the same worth the wait!
Team Muzeart, looking towards more variety and greater products! Well done guys!