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What is "Heather" - Definition & Explanation

A yarn that is spun using pre-dyed fibers. These fibers are blended together to give a particular look. (For example, black and white may be blended together to create a grey heathered yarn.) The term, heather, may also be used to describe the fabric made from heathered yarns.
Yarn that is spun together using pre-colored (different colored) fibers, which are blended to give the desired effect.
In clothing, heather refers to interwoven yarns of mixed colors producing muted greyish shades with flecks of color (i.e., heather green.)
Blended fibers combined to create a vari-colored effect; eg heather gray. Heathered fabric typically contains 3 fibers: cotton, polyester or rayon.
A subtle multicolored effect produced by commingling yarns or spinning blended fibers of different colors together.
A misty coloration which is achieved by twisting more than color together for additional color interest or more than one fiber type for textural interest. Examples: TLC Heathers and select Lion Wool Ease.

Some other terms

Some more terms:

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