-Luster/lustre – the sheen or shine of wool fibers due to the reflection of light off of the scales. Luster can be used to indicate how fine or coarse a fiber is; coarser fibers tend to have more luster.
In the last class, we learned how to evaluate a skein of handspun. One of the skeins was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The yarn was Bluefaced Leicester (BFL), one of my favorites. BLF has a natural luster and in order to accentuate the luster, the spinner used a cable ply. Look how shiny and beautiful this yarn is.
This is how the skein was cable spun:
- Ply a three-ply bobbin of yarn.
- Ply a second three-ply bobbin of yarn to match the first bobbin; make sure twist, direction, etc are the same.
- Now, ply bobbins one and two together in the opposite direction from the original plying. For example, if you plied S in the first two bobbins, ply Z in this step. You should end with a nicely balanced yarn.
I haven’t tried it but a cable ply is a special 6 ply which strengthens the yarn fiber, accentuates luster, and leave a smooth finish.