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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

So What is T-Yarn and Plarn?

Happy New Year to all

Upcycled Owls
2010 has arrived and the trend of being resourceful recycling and upcycling will continue to gain popularity.

According to Wikepedia "Recycling involves processing used materials into new products to prevent the waste of potentially useful materials." 

Upcycling on the other hand involves re-using non recyclable materials and finding a new purpose for them.

One of the ways people are creating upcycled items is by making yarn from T shirts; so T-yarn is simply yarn made from T shirts.  You can learn how to make this type of yarn here.

Fabric can also be used to create yarn.
Take a look at some upcycled items in this site : Sosorosey
She creates upcycled trivets and bowls from pillowcases.  Pretty clever lady.

To make plarn you simply use plastic bags.  Here's the link showing step by step how to make plarn.

A great resolution this year would be to continue to craft and create using materials we already have around the house.  In the process you will join the many who are working to decrease the amount of waste.  Some of the Stitch in ladies are already doing this.  Rita's gnomes outfits are made from upcycled wool.  She gets her wool from Goodwill.  Consider using ties made out of wool to create small softies as the one in the picture above.


1 comment:

RecycleCindy said...

Thank you for the mention of my recycled crafting site in your post. Your group looks like a wonderful bunch of people who love to make things for others who really need them. That is so wonderful! Best wishes on all your ventures and I hope that you will enjoy some of my recycled patterns.