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« on: November 13, 2007 09:20:03 AM »

I know you can spin sari silk with a yarn or by itself. Is it possible to do the same thing with denim?
I purchased 53 pairs of jeans (varying sizes) at our church yard-sale and paid only a 1.00 (stuff it in a box for 1.00 yes please!)
I was thinking about the many ways to use the jeans: sewing, recons, aprons, purses, and then Spinning!
Any ideas? I have plenty to experiment with!
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2007 09:44:56 AM »

it seems like very thick strips of denim would not hold their twist as well as say, spun newspaper or some equally adventurous thing.

I would suggest shredding it and carding/blending with wool.....not so shredded you can't tell what it is, but maybe pieces that start out very thin  and have one large chunk in the middle of a long, thin strip...i think it'd be easier to spin that way...
make sure to post what you do!

[I think I remember pluckyfluff selling some batts with denim in them once.]
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2007 10:35:36 AM »

Why not experiment with it. Like you said you've got plenty to work with.
If I was in your place I would probably cut varying widths of jeans and play around with it. Add some wool or add some lace or spin really tight and ply with a thick thread.
I dunno, seems like you could have a lot of fun with it.
I have 3 or 4 pants legs that I cut off and i keep thinking it would be great to weave them into a funky scarf or something. The again, I don't know how to weave and don't have the equipment..... Maybe I'll play around with spinning jeans too.  Wink

(Of course, there is denim fiber sold commercially. Thats basically just jeans that have been shredded back down to threads. You can card with it or just add it occasionally for slubby numbby effects. You could probably do some work on the old jeans and end up with a similar fiber product. Seems like a lot of work though.)
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2007 10:57:42 AM »

I like both of your ideas. I can use a few legs to try things with and see what happens. I was thinking of strips or cutting it up into really thin pieces and trying to "brush" it with my cards (aka dog brushes).
I could always try distressing the denim a bit first with a brick or rock or something and see how that goes. Smiley
I"d welcome more ideas! I can't wait to try it.
What do you guys think a light or heavy spindle? I have both so I can try both...
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