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sheeshakaye
« on: March 17, 2012 11:06:23 PM »

So I had a crazy idea while cleaning out my closet the other day. I found the prom dress that my grandmother made for me my junior year.  It's a huge purple confection that I have never worn again (nor ever will, as I've lost about 40 lbs since high school) I've seen what several of you talented people have done with sari silk and recycled sweaters, and I think I'd like to try to use the dress fibers to spin into yarn for a gift for her, if it's even possible. I think the dress is silk blended with something or other, its been so long that I have no idea what it's made of.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Am I nuts? Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2012 07:13:19 AM »

you are not nuts.  I think it's a brilliant idea.  I would start by chopping it into managable chunks, say about 3"x3" or even 4x4, and just pull it apart.  It is going to feel very labour intesive, so rent a few movies, put on a pot of coffee (or get your favorite bevy) sit back and shred.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2012 06:46:01 PM »

Thanks for the input (and encouragement)!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2012 10:01:28 PM »

no problem! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2012 02:36:44 PM »

Belladune's idea is a good one!

You can also make it into the rough equivalent of a tee shirt yarn, by cutting a long spiral strip all the way up. Then you can either spin it solo and use it to ply with a wool single, or you can spin it together with some roving/batt/what have you. I know that Intertwined (http://www.amazon.com/Intertwined-Handspun-Patterns-Creative-Revolution/dp/1592533744) has a project called "spiral cut dress" that is similar to what you may be thinking of.

Good luck!
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It's bad enough wasting time, without killing it.

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