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Erin, the amazing Art Teacher!

July 19, 2010

Some of you might have known that up until two weeks ago, Darn Good Yarn was not my full time job. Yes, I did work way more than 40 hours a week at the yarn helm but I was also working two other jobs. Unfortunately, I have lists of blog ideas/posts that I’ve promised to myself and others to post and alas life gave way and I wound up with notebooks and notebooks full of “love letters” to me!

Well, this post (forgive me Erin) was inspired by our own Erin Mapes. You know her! She’s one of our very talented featured artists and you should go and visit her etsy store: erinmapes.etsy.com

Instead of me re-telling you the story, read about the touching project Erin did:

I used some of your recycled sari silk in an art project with one of my classes earlier this year (I’m an art teacher here in DC). One of their classmates was shot and killed one weekend, and we wanted to do a project in his memory. So I created a mobile structure out of bent wire hangers that I wrapped in sari silk, and I gave them each a long piece. They had to cut a shape out of stiff paper and write a wish or thought for this boy, Oscar, then attach it to the string and hang it from the mobile. We put it up in the room as a memorial, and it’s still hanging there now. I attached a picture of it below. The light’s not that great, so it doesn’t look like anything spectacular, but the kids really enjoyed making it, and they LOVED the yarn. They thought it was the coolest thing in the world and were all asking to take pieces home with them, lol. So thanks for having such a shiny, colorful yarn to brighten up my students’ day. :) ~Erin

And here is a picture. It’s fantastic that all of the students could come together and create something so beautiful and touching for such a difficult subject.

Recycled Silk Sari Mobile

Kathy’s Quilt Shop in Prince George British Columbia

July 19, 2010

Have you been to Kathy’s Quilt Shop or her fantastic website: http://www.kathysquiltshop.com/ Go visit now!

Not only does this great shop carry Darn Good Yarn but she also has a wonderful array of classes and everything else crafty that will fill up your supply drawers quickly! If you’re driving through or a nearby resident of Prince George BC you should poke your head in to say hi!

Here’s the store info:

Kathy’s Quilt Shop

1260 4th Avenue, Prince George, BC V2L 3J4, Canada

250.960.1021

Want a map? Click here.

And they have great hours! 10-5 Monday- Saturday!

From the website: Every Thursday is Community Play Day.  As always, we feel donated quilts should have the same good quality fabrics that you’d use in your own quilts.  What you make represents you.  You’re worth the best and so are the recipients of our donations, whatever their circumstances.  We have a big box of donated fabric you can use while you’re here.  Come and work on a community project (there are many needy people out there).  You’ll never know how good you feel until you try.

Check out this great video too!


Make a tassel already!

July 18, 2010

Have you noticed that here at Darn Good Yarn we’ve become a little nuts about our sari ribbon. And oh the varieties! Check them out here!

Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon Tassel

This one I love! I was futzing around thinking about making a nice tassel. So, I did! I also beaded up a little strand of lime green seed beads and tied them around for extra embellishment. It was the perfect finishing touch. Use these to tie back curtains or tie around a pillow or you can just hang them on over guest hand towels– the possibilities are really limitless. Just don’t be afraid of color! Make a smaller one and use it as a pull on a light or a fan. Or you can make a mini one with a long tail and turn it into a bookmark. What a great gift!

For the tassel pictured you’ll need:

You’ll need 1 100g skein of Darn Good Yarn’s Around the World Sari Ribbon. You can also substitute this skein with the variety of other sari ribbons Darn Good Yarn carries. They come in solids, mixed prints, eye-lashed, and silk varieties.

Scissors

CD Case or heavy cardboard that has the same dimensions (this determines the length of the fringe of the tassel so you can make it as long or short as you’d like)

Optional:

Fishing Line

Seed Beads

Instructions:

1) Wrap the yarn around the CD case (or heavy duty cardboard). Do this until it bulks up to your desired “poofiness”. For the tassel pictured, it was about 25 times.

2) Cut  the remaining ribbon

3) Take  a 7 inch piece of ribbon and thread it through one side of the loops. You need this because you can use this ribbon to attach it to whatever you had in mind. Make it longer if you say had curtains that were very bulky. If you are having a tough time getting the ribbon through the loops, go ahead and go to step 4 and then carefully go back to this step.

4) Slide the recycled sari ribbon off the CD case.

5) Cut another piece of ribbon about 6 inches in length. This will tie the tassel together. So, tie it close to the top of the loops you just passed that ribbon from step 3. Make a neat and tight square knot for this part. this is especially important if you’re not going to add additional embellishments. You can tuck the ends of this ribbon underneath this band to make them lie flat.

6) It should really look like a tassel now! But you must cut and trim the bottom loops. Make sure to get them all and arrange the recycled sari ribbon so there is equal poofiness.

7) Go ahead an embellish as you see fit. Get funky! Try beads, buttons or leave it as is.

No Knit, No Crochet Free Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon Inside Scarf

July 17, 2010

Recycled Silk Sari RibbonWhen I’m on my way to yoga sometimes I like a little extra something for my outfit aside from my pants and shirt. I was staring at a pile of samples this afternoon and I started playing with our fantastic Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon.Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon

I came up with a super quick no knit, no crochet Cowl/Scarf. This quick craft project is also easy and fun to do with a child as it requires just the skill of braiding and having fun with the textures.  I find there is such beauty in yarns that it’s sometimes nice to just display that fact on it’s own and that’s where the inspiration came from for this scarf. All you need are three lengths of about 5 feet of Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon . I used my arms length to measure this. You may want more or less depending on how many loops you’d like around your neck or how long you’d like it to drape.Recycled Silk Sari Yarn

I first knotted the three ends together.Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon I then loosely braided the Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon together for about 7 inches, then knotted it off. I then jumped about 4 inches and put another knot in the ribbon, braided the remainder and tied to the end to make a loop.  Recycled Silk Sari YarnYou don’t have to loop it. You can just knot both ends and where it as a long slinky scarf that’s perfect for summer. And that’s it! This yarn is so darn rustic and funky and artsy, I wanted to make a simple items that shows it off and I think this does a lovely job doing it.Recycled Silk Sari Yarn

A variation I did with the ribbon was cut my favorite sections from the Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon and then tie them back together so that way I could make sure I got all of my favorite colors in the piece. I can’t wait to wear it out! you Buy the Sari Ribbon By Clicking HERE!REcycled Silk Sari Ribbon

What do you think?

I love a bargain!

July 15, 2010

Have you been following my antics on Twitter? You really should. Ready to write down my user name….drrrrruuuummmm roolllll….. “darngoodyarn”. Woah baby cakes! Original!
But I have made a friend on Twitter (awwww) Check her out: www.twitter.com/spinndiva and if you need some cool ass patterns check out the antics here: http://ramblingdesigns.blogspot.com/p/patterns.html

But we’re not here to talk about patterns today, I wanted to point you to this awesome blog post about the power of thrift stores, upcycling and sewing! Behold the power: HEY CLICK ME!

MMM hmm. Pretty cool eh?

Click here to visit Rambling Designs

Click here to visit Rambling Designs

My Favorite Free Pattern Sites

July 15, 2010

Nicole at the Recycling Center!

Nicole at the Recycling Center!

OK, I admit it. I’m addicted to free patterns. I love printing them out and thinking oh I’m going to do this one and that one (and yes, one day I will…girl scouts honor). But my great friend Beth just reminded me that I need to tell everyone my favorite sites to get some cool free patterns from.

If you don’ t know, I’m a knitter, so my crochet list might be limited but if you have a favorite LEAVE A COMMENT! If it’s good I’ll put in the post with “props” to you.

Let’s all work together to make this an awesome resource for us cheepies/budgeters/thrifties/savers!

Knitting

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/index.php (My fav!)

http://www.knitty.com/

http://ravelry.com (OMG!)

Crochet

http://theartofzencrochet.blogspot.com/ Super Creativity Going On Here!

http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/

http://ravelry.com (OMG!)

www.allfreecrochet.com (Thanks Tweeter: @AllFreeCrochet)

Now it’s your turn… Help Me Help US!

Basket Handles with Felt Notions Balls

July 15, 2010

How creative is this? Catherine, owner of  http://www.bazaarbayar.etsy.com sent me over this picture showing off how she made these crafty-as-hell basket handles. You can see shew sewed the notions balls together. They are very easy to push a needle through. Think of all the fun possibilities. Maybe you have a little dresser that you make handles for out of the felt balls. The possibilities are endless.

Felt Notions Balls Nepal

Check out our collection of Whimsical Notions by clicking on the picture below:

Felted Felt Notions Balls

What is LaShell up to?

July 14, 2010

I love LaShell. Have you been to her Etsy store recently? Go here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/designtalentedone

Look at what she’s been doing with our Recycled Silk Sari Yarn

I’m making a cute sweater

July 12, 2010

Nicole's Recipe a la Banana Fiber Yarn Do you know how diet people tell you that when you want to lose weight you should tell everyone around you so that you are held accountable? Well, I’m hoping  that same idea works for me; that is, showing you what I’m making will help me get to my finish line of making this super cute shruggy sweater out of my own recipe of Banana Fiber (which you can get by clicking here). I just started it and aside from knowing it’s my own “brew” of banana silk fiber yarn, I am so in love with the lush shiny nature of this it. I also love the little bit of lumpiness that comes with working with the banana silk fiber yarn. It just reminds me that there was a person at the other side of the creation of it not a big ol’ machine. It’s so soft too! And since I’m incredibly tough on my clothes, I know the banana fiber will hold up to my test and my washer! Nicole's Recipe a la Banana Fiber Yarn Nicole's Recipe a la Banana Fiber Yarn

Use that Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon!

July 12, 2010

I love giving presents and I really love wrapping them. When I was little, I remember sitting with my mom before Christmas and meticulously wrapping presents and creasing the edges. As I grew up, my wrapping style changed a little and I got a little more artsy and starting “coloring outside of the lines”.

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I wanted to share with you how a gift I recently gave looked when I wrapped it in simple tissue paper and then used the Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon. You can check out the whole category of my Recycled Sari Ribbons by clicking here

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