June 2019

The Wool Journey Part 16 and postscript: Labelling

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9 June, 2019 - 18:55 | Sue Blacker

To be honest, labelling is possibly even more complicated than actually making yarns.  And of course we cannot spin yarns about our yarns.  Well, we can and do in describing the concepts, ideas and thinking behind designing a yarn, but not when describing the dimensions, weight and composition!

Also labels full of technnical information are not particularly photogenic, though we do try our best with Blacker Yars ballbands.

For semi definitive information, please refer to https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/513963/BIS-16-193-textile-labelling-regulations-guidance.pdf, although it specifically says one should read the legislation and that it is only guidance.  Your local Trading Standards people are generally knowledgeable and helpful.

The Wool Journey Part 15: the final package and packaging

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2 June, 2019 - 18:25 | Sue Blacker

One important thing about this whole Wool Journey is that basically we have described getting from the sheep to the yarn, with various options along the way.  However, a yarn is still actually only an incredibly versatile raw material, ready to be made into something!

The options for wool yarn are huge: from lace ring shawls to heavy, hard-wearing carpets or fire-fighter clothing, from natural coloured to amazing dyed shades.  So here we are only just preparing a pack of yarn for the amazing further journeys.  Even so, each kilogram of spun single yarn may go through up to 7 further processes to get it ready to leave our mill.

We already mentioned cones in part 14, as the way in which single yarns are almost always packaged.  Cones have the advantage of density and carry a large quantity of yarn in a relatively small volume.

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