Spin paper streamer from Blue Man into yarn

We went to see the Blue Man group in performance.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

At the end of the show,

they fired off special effects cannons

that launched paper streamers at the audience.

I thought:

“Ooooh …. all those pre-cut strips of paper!

Perfect for spinning! ”

So, after the show,

I scooted down to the  floor,

and asked the guy who was sweeping up

the streamers if I could have some.

“I’m a spinner and weaver and I would love to make them into yarn!”

He looked at me like I had just sprouted a  second nose.

He muttered something inaudible and handed me an armload of the streamers.

 photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

I wondered how it would be to spin

the streamers on my spinning wheel.

Usually, I spin paper with spindles.

I was amazed and


Spinning the streamers

with a spinning wheel

is very do-able!

You have to use a

very long draw,

and it’s good to

over spin

to get lots of twist.

 photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

I had to keep

fluffing the streamers

to keep them

from interlocking

with each other.

I developed a rhythm

in which I would spin

with one hand controlling

the spin, while the other

hand scrambled madly

for the next streamer.

I made a little YouTube video of it.

I have started working with one of the projects that I am making with the streamer yarn, and will post about it when I am further along with it.

Here’s the video, which shows how I join the streamers:

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    • Tammy

      Noreen – what a great story! Blue Man Group is pretty cool; how wonderful that you got to see them.

      I bought some tissue paper at the dollar store and have been having a blast spinning it. I have a gorgeous drop spindle that was made by a lady who does stained glass work. It’s really too heavy to use even for plying, but it’s perfect for spinning paper. I just let the spindle spin on my thigh and the weight is perfect for paper. I used my trusty paper cutter and cut the strips into one inch pieces. anal of me, I know.

      Once again, you’ve inspired me to try something new and fun! Thank you for the wonderful ideas!

    • http://www.lifeatperiwinkle.blogspot.com Fran

      That’s fantastic Noreen ! Can’t wait to see what you make of the yarn….or is that parn ?

    • barbara

      Oh, I hope what you make will be blue; seems so appropriate. Maybe a blue clown!!

    • Tammy

      Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Hi Tammy
      I am so pleased that you have found the perfect use for your gorgeous spindle! Yay!
      I am delighted that I inspired you! Whee! Happy dance!
      and thank you for the Happy Thanksgiving wishes! I love Thanksgiving.

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Hi Barbara
      Nope, the first project stayed white, and it’s a Unicorn- and there’s a reason for it….
      I blogged about it:
      I am thinking about blue for the next piece…. LOL! all shall be revealed!

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Hi Fran
      LOL, I think I’ll stick with calling it paper yarn…. parn sounds too close to being yechie! LOL

    • Swapna

      Oh Noreen it is an another idea ..I don’t know why it is blue or some thing …thank you .

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Hi Swapna
      Are you confused about why I keep talking about Blue men? LOL!
      The Blue Man group is a theatrical troup that does clever shows with loud music and lots of technology. Here is a link that explains them:
      :D Noreen

    • Ruth Temple

      O, Noreen, this just makes me so happy; both the music (I haven’t seen them yet. wonderful?) and nabbing up the spinnable goodness, and your enjoyment of the spinning in the photo and video here!
      Love the things you’re making of them, too.
      Mostly mostly? Thank you for sharing the smiles!

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Thank you so much, Ruth! I am so pleased that you are enjoying my blog! That makes my heart sing!

      LOL… I have to admit that I wasn’t intending to come away from the Blue Man show with any souvenirs, so I keep laughing about this unexpected and ongoing series of magical little upcycled paper creations! Interesting souvenirs indeed!

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