Paper Yarn

After seeing the work made from paper yarn yesterday by Paper Phine, I began doing some research. I really think that I would like to try to make some. The weaver in my just can't resist anything resembling yarn, and to think that I could both make something to weave with and recycle at the same time has me pretty excited.

Yarn created from old newspapers made by Greetje Van Tiem. Van Tiem says she can make twenty yards of yarn from each newspaper page. She calls the project Indruk.


Here are some instructions on how to make your own paper yarn, all you need is a drop spindle.

  • Fold a single standard sheet of newspaper in half, then fold it in half again. This should be one side of a newspaper spread, not the full-sized double spread sheet.

  • 2
    Cut the folded newspaper into strips that are 1/2 inch wide. Make your cuts along the width of the paper, not the length.

  • 3
    Unfold one strip of newspaper and twist it into a yarn formation with your fingers. Simply pinch both ends and twist tightly until the newspaper holds its twisted shape. This will be your leader yarn; tie it to the drop spindle just above the whorl for a bottom-whorl spindle and just below the whorl for a top-whorl spindle. Bring the extra length of the yarn around the whorl and through the hook in the spindle.

  • 4
    Use the spindle to add twist to the newspaper yarn. To do this, spin the spindle clockwise (or in the same direction that you originally twisted your leader yarn). Pinch the newspaper strip and as the twist reaches the pinched spot, slide your fingers up and pinch again.

  • 5
    Stop spinning when you have approximately 3 inches of newspaper strip left. Wrap the extra twisted paper yarn around the spindle's shaft to make room for making more yarn.

  • 6
    Pull off a new strip of newspaper and pinch the end of this one together with the 3 inches of untwisted paper from the last strip. Hold these two pieces together and spin the spindle again, allowing the twist to secure the two strips together. Repeat Steps 4 through 6 for the rest of the newspaper strips. When you're finished, unwind the yarn from the spindle and it will be ready to use.

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