A Yarn to Tell

Iris Keeper of the Rainbow

Due to needing whole pages for participation in the HAED Challenges, I'd skipped ahead and completed page 4 and 5 on Iris.  So I've gone back to finish working on page 3.  The confetti has again gotten the better of me though and I've not yet gotten the page finish I'd hoped for! At this stage it's not looking like I will finish my yearly goals, but I'll keep stitching anyway!

Previous progress:

Some more progress:

Current Progress:

 T- Shirt Yarn

I took a short break from stitching this week to work on a crafty side project. I've been making t-shirt yarn! A visit to several local Op Shops supplied a fantastic range of different coloured t-shirts to cut up. After washing them all I laid them out on the floor and there ended up being 29 t-shirts:

T-shirt yarn is an awesome way to recycle used or old t-shirts lying around.  Not to mention any money spent at local Charity Shops goes to a great cause! The plan is to use the t-shirt yarn in a creative project, but you'll have to wait and see what it is! The yarn will be part of my Christmas present.  So I can start working on making the project after Christmas. From what I've read usually T-shirts without side seams are used to make the yarn. However, most of my shirts had side seams. This meant in order to create continuous strips of yarn I had to cut in a spiral (by cutting off all the seams, rounding the corners off and cutting in a spiral), rather than the quicker method of folding the shirt over and cutting strips.

I had 29 t-shirts and also found an old pair of pink pyjama pants in my wardrobe to chop up too!  So other clothing items can also work.  Larger sized pieces are generally better because more fabric will obviously give you more yarn!  I was more concerned about focusing on getting the colours I wanted than being too concerned about sizes though.

It's amazing how so many shirts can condense down into such a small pile of yarn! I have no idea how much yarn will be needed for the project! I can always make more if I run out of a colour though and it wouldn't be surprising if it all got used with the project I've got planned! :)

So I'll get back to my stitching for now and fingers crossed on the yearly goals... I would really love to achieve them!

Happy Stitching! xxx




Comments

  1. Confetti is such hard work, I take my hat off to you for sticking to it... it looks so nice!! Not much left, come on you can do it!!!

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    1. Thanks Ingrid😊 I've still got the Queen of Spades page to finish and another page to do on the Phelan piece as well!

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  2. I just looked up that chart on the site and wow...that is full of colors! Looks like you will have tons of confetti. I am interested in seeing what you do with the t-shirt yarn. I have never seen anyone use it before.

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    1. Yes! In the next row of this design the confetti gets heaps more intense than the first row! It will be exciting to get stuck into making the t-shirt yarn project :D

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  3. Iris keeper is really coming along. The detail in the butterflies and the rainbow changes is beautiful but the confetti is extreme. Good luck on finishing up this page.

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    1. Thanks Rebekah! Hope you're going well with your J Wall piece too :)

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  4. Can't wait to see what you do with that T shirt yarn!

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  5. I'm looking forward to starting the project! Thank you! :D

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  6. Iris is amazing but I can see why the confetti is hectic. You're doing really well though so keep at it. Wow I have never heard of t-shirt yarn. I love the amazing colours you have come up with. I can't wait to see how this project turns out.
    xo Alicia

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  7. Since posting I've figured out the project will most likely need more shirts.... It will be quite a large creation! So there are even more colours now❣🌈❤️ Iris is taking a short break for the moment but I intended to come back and power through the last bit of confetti! Thanks Alicia!

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  8. I have to say I'm very intrigued by this project! I love all of the rainbow yarn and your progress is amazing!

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  9. Great progress on your stitching. The colors of this work are awesome.
    And your project makes me curious.. What a creative idea.

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    1. I'm looking foward to revealing what I'm going to make! Thanks Natascha😃

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