Monday, June 22, 2009

Handspun Newspaper Yarn

From the always interesting, here's a how-to for lessening that pile of newspapers in the garage. Designer Greetje van Tiem shows how she spins yarn from sheets of old newspaper. When spun tightly and woven into a mat-like structure, newsprint becomes quite strong and durable. Greetje uses it to make things like this cool rug, and also room dividers.
Click here for GreenUpgrader's step-by-step tutorial to learn Greetje's spinning method. Check out the comments section too, as there are lots of good tips - crumpling the sheets first, for example, makes them easier to spin.

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  1. Fascinating! And perfect for throw rugs. Or for making what we used to call in Girl Scouts "sit-upons".

  2. How intriguing. And when the rug wears out, it helps start the next family bonfire!!


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