can be created from a continuous length of yarn by a number of
methods. Knitting and crochet require a minimum of
equipment and the materials are easy to obtain. The
finished cloth can be used for clothing, accessories or soft
furnishings - the definition of which is decided by the quality
of the yarn used and the pattern applied.
A more dense cloth is created on the weaving loom. It is
created by passing a yarn (the weft) under and over another
yarn (the warp) which is suspended across a frame. The
more complex cloth, is created on a more complex weaving loom
which incorporates a number of shafts to lift and divide
segments of the warp to create a gap (the shed) so that the
yarn, in combination with the weft, creates a pattern.
The image (right) shows a rigid heddle being used to separate
the warp threads.
The pages below give an overview of the knitting and weaving
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