Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spinning an Ephemeral Yarn

I'm so excited - my package arrived in the mail yesterday!  I love getting fun mail!  :D

Those of you who follow me on Facebook might know what I'm talking about (and if you don't follow me yet - join the fun!).  Last week I wrote on my FB page that I had ordered some newspaper yarn that I had seen on Pinterest (you can follow me there, too!).  I wondered how on earth someone could "spin" newspaper into "yarn" - and then my friend Lea found this tutorial (again from Pinterest, of course)!  I'm not a spinner so I'm glad it was for sale, already done for me.

And isn't it wonderful?  I love that it's made from Indian newspapers.  I have no idea what language it's in (Hindi? Bengali? Punjabi? Tamil?) but the script is so lovely.  I "unspun" a section of it to see further:

Maybe it's just me, but Indian papers seem to be more colorful than their U.S. counterparts.  :D

This is a perfect example of "taking the discarded and making it arted", although the creators of this yarn took it a step further and made a material from which other items can be created.  Brilliant!

Because I just got it yesterday, I haven't made anything with it - yet.  It's pretty chunky, so I think it would be perfect for weaving into a trivet.  I of course will also be trying different art projects with it - stay tuned!


  1. That's some cool newspaper yarn, Thanks for unrolling a bit of it for us to see. How did you order this?
    xoxo KIm

    1. Hi Kim! Glad you like it! :D Here is the link that I used to order (and it's on sale right now, too!):