Busting Myths about Tweed- is it itchy? March 18 2021
Busting Myths about Tweed!
Todays Myth Buster is all about tweed and the association of it being itchy?
So first we need to look back at the associations we have with tweed...
A lot of people associate Tweed with being the hairy coarse fabric their father or grandfather once wore in a jacket. This is likely to have been that of the traditional Harris Tweed which is almost a special case as most normal tweed cloth is now made from more prepared yarns with finer and smoother threads, so it's important to realise that there is a big difference between Harris tweed and that of Yorkshire Woven tweed.
Secondly we need to look at the production of the Tweed...
In the present day, we now have multiple varieties of different types and weights of Wool Tweed for example... Worsted Wool is prepared differently to Harris Tweed and in turn so is Yorkshire Woven Tweed.
Worsted Wool Yarn is prepared by combing individual strands to lie in the same direction and removing the smaller (hairier lengths) this makes the wool, finer, stronger and generally a tighter woven tweed... regarded as a high quality fabric.
Harris tweed yarn doesn't undergo this technique so the resulting spun thread and cloth are consequently a bit thicker, bit hairier(itchier) and appears to be bulkier even for the same weight.
Yorkshire Woven Tweed is somewhere in the middle, it is softer, thinner and finer than that of the Harris Tweed however not to the extreme of the Worsted Wool making it the perfect cloth for me to create my amazing accessories and clothing.
And finally when producing garments for my Tweedy customers I not only source the right Tweed fabric that is perfectly apt for its job, I also prevent the source of itching by creating a barrier with either a polyester fleece lining... in most of my accessories or polyester satin lining in my clothing.