Just for fun, I thought I'd try my hand at spinning some rag-yarn.
I cut thin, long strips of fabric, and using a drop spindle, spun them as tightly as I could.
The result is something similar to twine, but texturally and visually, much more interesting.
I love the look and feel of it!
By the time I was done, I had a sweet little ball containing 50 yards of 1/8" rag yarn, which I can weave or crochet with, (I'd like to add knit with, too, but sigh, despite my attempts at friendship, knitting and I have never successfully hit it off).
Here's a little sample on the loom. It's a lot like just weaving with rags (long cut up strips of fabric that are pre-folded and ironed, or simply inserted flat in the open weaving shaft and pushed down by the beat of the heddle) however, their seems to be a nicer consistency and uniformity with spinning the rag strips first. And even though spinning is another step, it's also another chance to touch every inch of the work, to connect, to meditate, to contemplate, to slow down... all good stuff!
And here's a another scarf that I recently wove.
Umm, excuse me, but what is up with all these Autumn looking colors in the middle of glorious Spring? I truly have no idea why I seem to be creating from this color palette!
Who knew that when I picked this Spring inspired lime green, and paired it with a lovely deep fuchsia,
that the combined marriage of the two would result in such a Fall looking scarf?
Color is a never ending mystery, wonder and thrill!
Another thrill is how something so basic as plain weave, (over one, under one) can result in something that looks far more complex,
Simply due to how each yarn of each color is placed in the warp and the weft.
For more information on this scarf, please see here.
Have a great weekend, Everyone!!