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Darn Good Projects from Darn Good Yarners

January 12, 2014

Here at Darn Good Yarn, we love getting pictures and stories of projects Darn Good Yarners have created using our many products.  These are a couple we wanted to share!

Some gorgeous projects that caught our eyes are by a husband and wife team of Larry and Julie.  While they both have day-jobs, they both are dedicated and talented crafters on the side.  Larry makes lovely wood-turned vessels – you can check them out on his blog here.  I took a wood-turning class myself once, and absolutely loved it.  I did discover that: a) wood shavings get EVERYWHERE when you are working, b) I would have gouged a line through my own nose if it wasn’t for the very important precaution of face-shields, and c) people who can make a balanced, evenly-walled wood-turned vessel are amazing craftsmen and artists.

Julie is a very talented quilter with a great eye for color and pattern.  I’m still sleeping under an amazing quilt my mom made for me when I left to go to college, so I have a soft spot for a great quilt.  She has a fantastic blog where you can avidly follow her latest creations here.  (As a quick aside, did you know Darn Good Yarn has great sari fabric you could use for your own quilting?  We do!  Check it out here.)

This crafty team joined their wood-turning skills and fiber skills to create some unique and interesting work!

Julie told me all about her process: “Larry had turned a thin-walled (about 1/8th inch thick) hollow vessel from a box elder log, but hadn’t done anything else with it.
I had recently ordered some of DGY’s newspaper yarn, intending to use it instead of ribbon when wrapping gifts.  Then a light bulb moment happened.
I finished the interior of the vessel using Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk (red) chalk paint and a coat of her dark wax.  Then I settled in and started wrapping the exterior with DGY’s newspaper yarn.  I started at the bottom; soaking the yarn with thick white glue then pressing it onto the vessel, applying pressure until the tacky yarn stayed in place.  Slowly, I wound my way to the upper edge.  As the glue dried, it hardened the yarn and created a clear durable finish.  Late Breaking News has gotten rave reviews from all who have seen it in person.”
Using a similar method with Mod-Podge and 2 skeins of our Blender Live Wire Sari Yarn, she also created this beautiful piece:
Julie had some other great ideas to share using this same technique: “Re-purpose a boring clear glass florist’s vase to create something unique.  Wrap the exterior of a chipped or worn bowl (display with seasonal fruit or holiday items).  Re-purpose and wrap a sturdy box to create storage for magazines or books.  Wrap a wreath form, then decorate.”  She also said she uses her own Darn Good Yarn stash for: “…wrapping gifts.  I’ve even used some to tie special ornaments on our Christmas tree (think ‘tying your shoe laces’).   Fabulous colors and textures!”  Thanks, Julie and Larry!  We love your work!
Want to share your own unique Darn Good Yarn project with us?  Email me, Marissa, at marissa@darngoodyarn.com or Maggie at info@darngoodyarn.com.
Happy Crafting!
Marissa :)

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