Worsted Thread

Schematic drawing showing the difference between a soft, fluffy woollen thread, and  smooth worsted thread. Schematic drawing showing the difference between a soft, fluffy woollen thread, and smooth worsted thread.

Worsted thread is a smooth, fine thread spun from wool fibres, usually with a long staple, which have first been laid parallel by combing. The name is derived from the village of Worstead (Norfolk, England), where this type of thread and cloth was originally produced.

See also the TRC Needles entries on woollen thread and worsted cloth.

Sources:

  • BURNHAM, Dorothy (1980). Warp and Weft. A Textile Terminology. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, p. 192.
  • TORTORA, Phyllis G. and Ingrid JOHNSON, The Fairchild Books: Dictionary of Textiles, London: Bloomsbury, p. 688.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 26th June 2016).

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