With the wonderful and unique yarns that Darn Good Yarn offers, we often get to see that yarn used in unique ways! Sharon of Abingdon, Virginia put her very own spin on her Darn Good Yarn purchases. In more ways than one.
She sent us this picture of her great project, a beautiful table runner she made as a gift for her new daughter-in-law.
In this project, she used about 9 skeins of silk sari ribbon in bridal white and a purple/turquoise mix.
When I first saw this project, I had no idea how it was made. I emailed Sharon and she let me in on the secret. She wove it on her very own traditional peg loom. Now, I consider myself pretty die-hard in my fiber appreciation, but I had never even heard of it. She had anticipated this, and sent me this helpful picture:
Now, of course, I want one of my very own. You get to weave without a giant intimidating loom! I plan on looking one up soon. But Sharon didn't just weave her ribbon, she put her own "spin" on the fiber - with her Ashford Country Spinner II spinning wheel. She described her spinning for me: "I spin custom yarns, mostly for my mother, who is a weaver. My yarns are different than traditional yarns, not really artsy with bling, but more raw and natural as I try to keep the integrity of the locks and fiber intact. I spin mostly Alpaca and Sheep wool – I try to use the local farms as much as possible." She spun the ribbon just enough to put a light twist into it, and added her own turquoise and purple merino wool with the ribbon in the center. Here's a closer look at her work:
Have these gorgeous hues inspired you to get out your spinning wheel? Darn Good Yarn has roving and batts for spinning!
Sharon definitely thinks outside the box when it comes to fiber manipulation. She told me all about her newest project: "My newest venture is spinning the silk and fabric from old weddings gowns into a useable yarn for brides to make a shawl, purse, or keepsake blanket. There are so many wedding gowns in attics not being used! I try to balance the spinning between work, my horses and my chickens. :) Although, if I could, I would spin 24 hours a day!!!"
I fully agree with her there. She said she would welcome any questions about her spinning projects, peg looms, or custom orders. Just email her at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Marissa, Darn Good Yarn blogger