We went to see the Blue Man group in performance.
At the end of the show,
they fired off special effects cannons
that launched paper streamers at the audience.
“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.
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
to get lots of twist.
I had to keep
fluffing the streamers
to keep them
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: