“Bam!” Spinning and scrapbooking collide! “You got scrapbooking supplies on my yarn!” “No, you got yarn on my scrapbooking supplies!” Well, I guess they are just two great crafts that go great together!
Sarah recently asked what I do with leftover yarn on my spinning bobbins. I showed her how to Andean ply what remains to get as much yarn as you can from your spun singles, but here is something else that I do with leftovers – I turn them into “ribbon.” I make a thicker yarn by turning leftovers into yarn with multiplies of plies and then use it as ribbon on gifts or to tie around some of the Etsy packages that I send out. I think it would also be good for hair ties for little girls too and of course, embellishment on scrapbooking projects.
Here is one that I recently made starting with one green single, one pink single, and some paper flowers from Prima Marketing:
I had some leftover green singles on a bobbin and I spun some pink to match (both singles starting out spun in the clockwise direction). I strung some coordinating paper flowers on the green single as it had been hanging out longer and was deadened and not twisty anymore. I put the 2 bobbins on my lazy Kate and plied them together counterclockwise with extra twist every so often letting a flower go into the yarn. Then I wound the 2 ply off the bobbin onto my hand to Andean ply it back together spinning clockwise this time with extra twist into a 4 ply. I repeated it once again plying back counterclockwise to make a balanced yarn with a final ply tally of 8. Since this yarn has paper flowers and I’m just using it as ribbon for wrapping packages, I did not set the twist or anything like that.
There are so many different ways to spin up multi-plied yarn and so many different flowers and other embellishments to add, that there is no end to what you can come up with!
I actually have another post to write a little later, I do wish the sun would come out as this is NOT good photo-taking weather. The sky does seem to be lightening up a little bit. Mavbe there is some hope? Anyway, just in case I don’t get back again today, have a great one!