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« on: May 01, 2007 06:18:43 PM »

I'm newish to craftster and also newish to spinning, but I know a lot of you on here are veterans and may be able to help me out.

I'd really like to make yarn from some japanese-style kozo paper that I made, and I was wondering if anyone has tried spinning with paper.  I've looked around online for tutorials, but I've only found the vaguest of information.  I'd appreciate it if anyone could direct me toward some good resources.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2007 07:57:21 PM »

Hmm, I've never heard of this. Any takers?
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2007 11:11:06 PM »

http://www.craftzine.com/blog/archive/2007/05/maker_faire_interview_with_jam.html
This interview mentioned spinning with old newspaper.
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2007 08:26:59 AM »

i've never tried or thought of this, but now?  this is what i'll be thinking about all day...  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2007 03:29:45 PM »

I'd never heard of this technique either, but then I saw this: http://aimeelee.net
What I've found in the way of instructions thus far is that you cut the paper into super-thin strips and dampen it to spin.  Since I'm so new to spinning, this sounds good to me, but I have no idea whether paper would somehow need to be treated differently during the actual process, etc. I guess really all you'd be doing is plying the strips together? 
I may just have to give it a go and see what happens ...  I'll make my attempt in the next few weeks, and if it's a success, I'll share the results.
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2007 05:24:17 PM »

I'd never heard of this technique either, but then I saw this: http://aimeelee.net
What I've found in the way of instructions thus far is that you cut the paper into super-thin strips and dampen it to spin.  Since I'm so new to spinning, this sounds good to me, but I have no idea whether paper would somehow need to be treated differently during the actual process, etc. I guess really all you'd be doing is plying the strips together? 
I may just have to give it a go and see what happens ...  I'll make my attempt in the next few weeks, and if it's a success, I'll share the results.

just guessing, but i'd assume joins would be done very differently...depending on whether or not wetting the paper binds it together enough that once it dries, it wouldn't fall apart.
you might look into pastes or some other bonding material.
[i'd suggest a few test drives with similar paper before using what you want to spin...it would be terrible to try spinning some lovely stuff and end up ruining it]
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2007 06:14:16 PM »

I'd avoid paste or other binding agents. I can totally see that becoming a giant, sticky, solid mess after spinning no matter how careful you were.

You could also start by trying to add it into a wool yarn, just catching pieces of the paper in with the wool as you went.
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2007 06:30:36 AM »

I looked at that link, and I don't think she's really putting very much twist in it.  I think she's basically just rolling in between her hand and her leg to put a little bit of twist in.  Think like, playing with your straw wrapper at a restaurant and twisting it between your fingers.
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2007 01:05:14 AM »

I'm with thebon. I was thinking of corespinning it somehow, though. let us know if you try it!
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