Yarn, Fabric, and Fiber Trivia for National Trivia Day

I love learning random facts, but I especially love sharing what I have learned. What better day to share some of my random fiber knowledge with you than on National Trivia Day? So here is a list of fun facts and trivia about yarn, fabric, and fiber.

  • Scholars believe that knitting was invented in the Middle East. This is bbased on the direction that knitters work their stitches in. English speakers read and write from left to right, but knitters work from right to left.
  • Knitting is considered to have originated in the Arab world, and from there, spread with the Crusades into Spain. The term “to knit” wasn’t added to English until the 1400’s.
  • Queen Victoria was a prolific knitter until her death. In fact, the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901) saw an explosion of all sorts of handwork, including knitting, which coincided with the development of trade with the woolgrowers.
Fun Facts and Trivia about Yarn and Fiber, Queen Victoria Knitting
Queen Victoria was a prolific knitter
  • Flax is the earliest known natural textile fabric, dating back to at least 5000 BC.
  • Flax is used to make linen.
  • Archeological evidence shows cotton and wool were used to make natural fabrics around 3000 BC and silk was in use in China around 2500 BC.
  • Some of the oldest examples of yarn are over 7,000 years old and were found in Switzerland.
Fun Facts and Trivia about Yarn and Fiber
Oldest examples of yarn are over 7,000 years old
  • China is still the largest maker and exporter of silk in the world.
  • Woolrich Woolen Mills, a Pennsylvania company, started producing Buffalo Check Plaid in the mid-1900’s. Rumor has it, the person who designed it had a herd of buffalo. Leading to the Buffalo Plaid moniker we use today.
Fun Facts and Trivia about Buffalo Plaid Fabric
Buffalo Check Plaid
  • When Richard the Lionhearted was captured in 1192, Cistercian monks paid their part of the ransom to the Holy Roman emperor in 50,000 sacks of wool, which was a full year’s clip.
  • Spain’s wealth during the middle ages was based on the fine wool produced by local Merino sheep which were protected by a powerful council of shepherds. In 1809, Napoleon’s invasion of Spain led to Merinos being exported to other lands.
  • Angora yarn is created from wool from the Angora Bunny 
  • Mohair yarn is created from the wool of Angora Goats.
  • Cashmere yarn is created from the wool of Cashmere Goats.
Fun Facts and Trivia about Yarn and Fiber
Angora, Mohair, and Cashmere yarn
  • Evidence shows sheep first being domesticated about 10,000 years ago. Selective breeding over the millennia has led to close to 1,000 different breeds worldwide today.
  • Clothing and other items made of wool have been found throughout much of the ancient world, from 3,400-year-old Egyptian yarn to fragments of textiles unearthed in boggy Siberian graves dating from the first century BC.
  • Evidence of woolen clothing dates as far back as 5,000 years ago in Iran.
  • Sheep were introduced to North America in 1492 with Columbus’ arrival. There are now over 50 different breeds in North America. 
  • Texas alone has over 7000 sheep farms.

Do you have any fun facts or trivia about fabric, fiber, or yarn? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.

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