Tools + Supplies

Published on August 7th, 2008 | by Kelly Rand


Yearn Worthy Yarn: Tencel

tencel yarn Don’t forget! The next Carnival of Green Crafts will be August 9th at BlogHer. Send in your submissions now.

It’s not often that you come across a different type of fiber found in your yarn. There are only so many animal (alpaca, bison, musk ox, etc.) and plant (linen, cotton, etc.) based yarns. So I was pleasantly surprised when I happened upon tencel.

Tencel is made from wood pulp that is spun down to make the fiber. The process boasts environmental claims as the pulp that is harvested comes from tree farms that are continuously replanted and the spinning process uses non-toxic solvents.

As a yarn tencel is strong and durable. It resists wrinkles and can hold a shape. It also has the look of silk and carries a nice warm luster. It is a washable fiber and dyes easily and weavers like to use it for these qualities.

You can find 100% tencel at Halcyon Yarn. They offer it in a variety of colors on mini cones and 1 pound cones. But tencel is most often found in yarn blends, either with cotton or wool. Cascade Yarns offer a 50/50 blend of pima cotton and tencel.

My favorite, though, is One Planet Yarn and Fiber’s blend: Radiance. Radiance is a super wash merino wool/tencel blend. The result is a lightweight wool that is soft and can be worn virtually year round. Their variegated colorways are simply wonderful. I especially love beach, ember and snapdragon.

Etsy also had a wealth of spinners using tencel in their blends. A quick search here found a plethora of yummy yarns and batts using some percentage of tencel to create wonderful blends and colorways. If you have the urge to check out this plant based fiber, I highly recommend finding a tencel blend here.

More Fiber and Fabric:

[Image credit: Halcyon Yarn]

Keep up with the latest in the world of green crafts by signing up for our free newsletter. CLICK HERE to sign up!

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

About the Author

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting. Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.

4 Responses to Yearn Worthy Yarn: Tencel

  1. Carolyn Slack says:

    I would like to know if I can spin sock yarn with Tencel? Do I card it into, say, merino and spin from the rolags? Thanks

  2. Carolyn Slack says:

    I would like to know if I can spin sock yarn with Tencel? Do I card it into, say, merino and spin from the rolags? Thanks

  3. Carolyn Slack says:

    I would like to know if I can spin sock yarn with Tencel? Do I card it into, say, merino and spin from the rolags? Thanks

  4. Pingback: Feelgood Style | Sustainable fashion reporting, organic beauty tips, DIY projects + tutorials, + natural product reviews.

Leave a Reply

Back to Top ↑

  • Let’s Connect!

  • Popular Posts + Pages

    How do I reuse...?

    The Crafting a Green World guide to choosing green art and craft supplies.

    Green Crafts for Kids

    DIY Ideas for Home

    Green Holiday Crafts, All Year Round

    Do you love toilet paper roll crafts as much as we do? Today we’re sharing 50 projects that you need to see!

    We’ve rounded up 25 incredible DIY crafts and activities that will make you rethink the average disk. Click through each link below and be inspired!

  • Back to Basics Ebook

    We are thrilled to have a project in Jen Gale’s guide to mending. Get your copy here!

  • Search the IM Network

  • The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by, and do not necessarily represent the views of Sustainable Enterprises Media, Inc., its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.