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Yarn Preparation


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Yarn preparation

Before WW2 wool, cotton, silk were the basic yarns, with rayon or 'artificial silk' as the only man-made material. The yarn was wound onto cones and sometimes lubricated with oil, soap and water.

[Harrison Hayes Yarn Winding]

This photo of the Harrison Hayes factory shows cones with yarn wound onto them. Factories were producing 95% of knitted goods by the 1890s. Before the industry moved into factories like this one much of the work would have been done in workshops and homes and these types of working persisted on into the twentieth century.




Last updated: 22/06/02
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