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« on: June 06, 2009 08:18:31 AM »

I'm new to spinning, so I'm not sure if this a fiber arts "do not discuss" topic...

Has anyone ever tried adding dryer lint to their fiber?  Maybe cut up as decorative neps?  I threw a load of dark blue and red towels in the dryer the other day and when I cleaned the trap there was a handful of eggplant purple lint.

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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2009 10:59:34 AM »

Nah, dryer lint is worthless. Because it's just tiny pieces and doesn't have any length to it, it won't spin well. I'm sure lots of people will tell you you can card it into a batt for texture, but it will just give you a lint-y yarn that sheds everywhere.

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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2009 07:42:10 PM »

Well, you can make paper with it, shred it, and spin that or add it in to other fibers, but it's really lumpy. Dryer lint tends to be nonfelting so it's really difficult to use as a spinning fiber. Now, lint from an all-wool load, that would felt into your other fibers. I've used my sweater shavings that way and it works pretty well as long as I full the yarn.

« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2009 05:50:02 PM »

i've heard of other people spinning dryer lint, but i've never actually done it. funny story, i actually thought about doing it too. i also got a beautiful purple lint from some of my towels!!! it certainly was alluring and i thought about it for a long time. BUT, i don't know about you, but when i clean my lint trap, it comes out with a TON of dust. i don't know, maybe that's just something weird that happens in my house, but that's the reason i never did it, i can barely stand to clean the trap BC of the dust. to me that also is foreshadowing how short those fibers are. i think the wool lint is an interesting comment though!

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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2009 06:30:47 AM »

I had some new red towels, and when I washed them I got the coolest red dryer lint. I carded into some batts for texture.  It spun ok..


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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2009 02:48:46 PM »

ya, it is.  I use it to kindle campfires and it really goes up in flames fast!  It's a nice way to recycle it for a one-time use.

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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2009 11:51:58 PM »

My biggest thing here is that if your lint is from anything you've worn, your dryer lint is going to be full of skin cells and yucky stuff.  Not exactly my idea of a great yarn.

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