All About Worsted and Woollen


This course includes:

  • 1h 39m 30s video content
  • PDF copy of course notes
  • Not Applicable
  • Lifetime Access
  • Student-only Forum
  • Access on mobile

All About Worsted and Woollen


The terms worsted and woollen are very important for creating the right yarn for the right project. If you aren’t sure you know what they mean and how they affect your yarn, this course will give you a solid foundation to help you broaden your skills.

What You’ll Learn

  • Different fibre preparation techniques.
  • Different spinning techniques.
  • How to decide which preparation and spinning technique to use for a particular project.

Skills Required

  • Working knowledge of spinning (advanced beginner or intermediate)

Course Description

When I first started spinning, I heard the words ‘worsted’ and ‘woollen’ in the context of certain characteristics of yarn, but I never really found a resource that truly described what the terms meant, so I continued in ignorance of how important the distinction was. It took several years before I understood what worsted and woollen truly meant. This course is what I wish I had had when I was starting out, a clear explanation of these fundamental concepts, which will help you spin the right yarn for the right project.

What You’ll Require

  • Spinning wheel or spindle
  • Fibre preparation tools (recommended)
  • Washed fleece (recommended)
  • Commercially prepared wool (recommended)

Course Structure

Introduction 16m 48s

An introduction to the instructor as well as getting on the same page when it comes to the terms ’worsted’ and ’woollen.’

  • Welcome to the course Preview — 03m 41s
  • It’s all yarn, right? 05m 34s
  • Defining Worsted 03m 58s
  • Defining Woollen 03m 35s
Worsted and Woollen Preparations 27m 51s

Discussing how to differentiate between worsted and woollen preparations, and why it matters.

  • Worsted Preparations 16m 10s
  • Woollen Preparations 11m 41s
Worsted and Woollen Spinning Techniques 16m 24s

Discussing the different worsted and woollen spinning techniques, and how they affect the end character of your yarn.

  • Worsted Spinning Techniques 07m 05s
  • Woollen Spinning Techniques 09m 19s
’Semi’ and why it means nothing 07m 02s

Discussing why saying a yarn is semi-worsted or semi-woollen provides no information whatsoever, and what to do instead.

  • Stop using ’semi!’ 07m 02s
’True’ Woollen and Worsted 27m 17s

Discussing the so-called ’true’ woollen and worsted.

  • The history behind the idea of ’true’ spinning 05m 21s
  • ’True’ Worsted Yarns 09m 12s
  • ’True’ Woollen Yarns 12m 44s
Conclusion 04m 08s

A brief wrap-up of the concepts covered, and ideas for self-study.

  • Conclusion 04m 08s

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This course includes:

  • 1h 39m 30s video content
  • PDF copy of course notes
  • Not Applicable
  • Lifetime Access
  • Student-only Forum
  • Access on mobile

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