Sunday, 17 April 2011

Recycling scraps of Liberty silk fabric into handspun yarn...

I've been going to an evening sewing class in Ulverston for the past few months and some of the ladies there have been making clothes from gorgeous Liberty silk fabric.

There were lots of fabric scraps left over after cutting out the pattern pieces and I couldn't bear to see them go in the bin (I can't bear to see most things going in the bin, let alone lovely silk fabric!). So, I explained that I'd like to try and make something from the scraps and they were kindly saved up and given to me.

The one on the left is called Jacob Pop A and on the right is a variation of Liberty's Bourton paisley-type print (both 100% silk!)...
Scraps of two Liberty print fabrics

The obvious thing to do (obvious to me anyway...) was to cut the scraps into strips and try spinning a yarn from them. Here's some of the Bourton fabric cut into neat little strips...
Liberty Bourton fabric strips 1

I included the Bourton selvedge as it was a nice cream colour, like the background of the print, which I thought would make a nice bit of a stripe in the finished yarn. The Jacob Pop selvedge was white, which didn't lend itself to being incorporated with the rest of that yarn, so I've saved it for something else.

I spun the yarn by wrapping the fabric strips around a core yarn, overlapping each new strip and tucking the ends in as I went along. I was pleased with how the Bourton yarn spun up...
Liberty Bourton fabric yarn mound

Liberty Bourton fabric yarn close up strands

But the ends of some of the strips had a habit of coming unwound, so when I came to spin the Jacob Pop fabric, I decided to let a pink thread wrap around the outside of the yarn, which secured the fabric strips nicely...
Liberty Jacob Pop A fabric yarn

Skein end Liberty Jacob Pop A fabric yarn

Both yarns are knitting up well, although the Jacob Pop is slightly easier because there is no chance of the fabric strips unravelling (which is fiddly to sort out mid-knit!).

Liberty Bourton yarn knitted up...
Knitting with Liberty Bourton fabric yarn

Liberty Jacob Pop yarn knitted up...
Knitting with Liberty Jacob Pop A fabric yarn

There should be enough of each yarn to make a two nice little knitted bags to give back to the ladies who generously donated their scraps to me! :)