How do dif­fer­ent yarns brush up?

Ex­per­i­ment to see what e ects you can cre­ate

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As ever, dif­fer­ent fi­bres bring dif­fer­ent qual­i­ties to your project, and it’s just the same with brushed fab­rics. With a lit­tle bit of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, you’ll find that dif­fer­ent yarns cre­ate a dif­fer­ent sort of fuzzy ef­fect when they’re brushed. Whichever yarn you want to use for your amigurumi toy, al­ways make a swatch with it and prac­tise brush­ing it. We brushed the bottom half of each of our swatches so you can com­pare the look. Here’s what to ex­pect from the dif­fer­ent fi­bres:

1 Acrylic yarns tend to be quite fi­brous and al­ready feel fairly fluffy. Brush­ing just en­hances this fuzzi­ness re­ally quickly, so go slowly and care­fully to avoid cre­at­ing more fur than you want. Just a quick brush will cre­ate a fine haze, or you can keep brush­ing for a re­ally thick fuzz that will hide any stitch def­i­ni­tion. 2 Wool yarns are also fairly fi­brous to start with, so they’re quick and easy to fluff up, espe­cially if the spin is looser rather than tighter. A quick brush cre­ates a sub­tle haze, while slightly more brush­ing pro­duces a lovely fuzz with the stitches just about still vis­i­ble. You’ll find that quite a few wool fi­bres get stuck in the brush, so you just need to work lightly, keep check­ing and be care­ful not to pull out too many fi­bres dur­ing brush­ing.

3 Cot­ton yarns might not seem that fi­brous, but they brush up re­ally well and cre­ate a beau­ti­fully soft fur ef­fect. A quick brush gives a sub­tle fuzz, but you can build this up grad­u­ally and keep brush­ing un­til you have a fan­tas­tic life-like fur ef­fect – the fur even has a nap, so make sure you do a fi­nal brush in one di­rec­tion. The stitches are usu­ally still vis­i­ble though the fur ef­fect does ob­scure them.

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