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« Reply #50 on: May 19, 2008 05:00:55 PM »

sugaree, newspapers are cheap paper.. the acid in the ink will eat the paper away eventually and newsprint is also weak as a paper itself anyhow; but for other papers ..i took a course in history once and we'd often research artifacts made of paper or fabric. interestingly the paper objects lasted longer than the fabric (clothing, etc.)... maybe it's because there is some sort of binder used to make paper

oh how totally cool!  what a great thing to do with old newspapers!  although.....do you think that after a few years whatever object that was knitted with the newspapers might start to deteriorate?  or perhaps the newspaper holds together stronger once it's spun into a yarn?

i'd love to see any project you create with it!
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« Reply #51 on: December 25, 2010 11:15:19 AM »

This is so full of awesome sauce! I can't wait to give it a try!

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« Reply #52 on: January 02, 2011 01:15:17 AM »

My Dad works at a newspaper. They have actually taken steps in the last few years (or so I have heard) to make the papers more biodegradable, in hopes that they can be more environmentally friendly. The newspaper industry plants more trees in a year than any other industry...they are highly "Mother Earth" conscious, and it has colored my whole personality to grow up with it. That said, my whole life, my family has been playing a game with coming up with ideas for recycling newspaper, because there has been a lot of it around. It has been wrapping paper, padding for christmas ornaments, protect-the-table shields, paper mache, woven into placemats, used in the garden to protect from weeds and as mulch (works wonderfully BTW, the hydrangeas adore it), it is incredibly absorbent and has been used to clean up spills, wash windows and floors, shredded and used as "pet mulch" in the ferrets and hamster's cages, and I even wove a basket out of it.

But spinning it? NEVER OCCURED. This is the coolest thing ever. I am going to weave a rug! My dad will LOVE THIS! To protect from yellowing, we have always dipped the finished product in a little white glue dissolved in water (think slightly thicker than paper mache glue), creating a lacquer-like finish. Good Housekeeping suggests soaking in a solution of Milk of Mangnesia and Club Soda (refridgerate solution for 8 hours, then soak paper for 1 hour and allow to dry). Avoiding direct sunlight helps.
« Reply #53 on: March 14, 2011 08:35:36 PM »

This is so awesome.  I made myself a drop spindle, but am a bit too intimidated (and broke) to get fiber to spin.  This seems like it'll be perfect for me to get the hang of the motions.

« Reply #54 on: April 26, 2011 09:02:01 AM »

This is great! I have been meaning to learn how to spin fibers but my wool allergy has made me assume I can't. I will have to try this. I have in my mind a crocheted waste paper basket. It would be perfect!

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« Reply #55 on: September 29, 2011 06:49:39 PM »

This is great!  I'm really glad you posted this as I'm dying to spin and have no other fiber in the house...but Do have some newspaper!
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