Saturday, April 21, 2018

DIY Yarn from Old Tees with Frau Fiber

Last week I finally had my first Frau Fiber experience!
It was GREAT!
I'm all excited about turning reject garments into yarn that I can use to make new fiber creations.
(I'm leaning toward weaving).

The event transpired at the California African American Museum coinciding with the Shinique Smith exhibition Refuge (more on that, if I can find the time). Some people upcycled tees into tote bags. I made yarn.

Here's how:
Cut off the hem. Turn tee inside out, fold so you see both seams (if you have side seams).
Cut across the tee through the seam CLOSER to you. DO NOT cut the other seam.
Closeup of cuts.
Pull tee apart so you can see remaining seam spine. (Some did this on their arm).
Cut DIAGONALLY from one cut to the next across the "spine".
This will give you a continuous strip of "yarn".
Pull the "yarn taut to get it to curl (only works with jersey. Not interlock, I discovered).
The "yarn"!
 Do the same process with the sleeves, or cut in a spiral after you cut off the hem.
My tee yarn and leftover bits.
I also did the same with lounge pants:
One leg's worth of yarn.
Two balls of yarn and the leftover bits.
Here's the start of what I'm making (pay no attention to that cat):
He's lying on a stripe that will match nicely. It was in a random pile in the living room and caught my eye.
Linking with Catherine's #SaturdayShareLinkup
Shelbee's Spread the Kindness

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Blogger Meetup at Poshmark Live LA

On Thursday, March 22, I met up with Rena of Fine-Whatever.
We attended the Poshmark Live party at the SLS Hotel. It was a low admission fee ($10) and we went hoping to learn some new tips for selling out of our Poshmark Closets.

Small bites were offered on trays, we made a toast with these guacamole-filled trumpets:
There was going to be a pep talk with Poshmark's founder, Manish Chandra, in one of the ballrooms.
I planted myself in a chair (still freshly gimpy from my vacation fall) and passed the time sketching.
Most of my muses are in the blurry background!
[photo by Rena]
The talk was very, um, peppy. (Yes, I'm a jaded ex-corporate worker bee).
Was it worth it? Well, I guess it was worth $10.

Spending time chatting with Rena was, of course, priceless.
We both admitted guilt of impulse buying off the site -- there are flash sales that encourage this sort of thing.
Here are some of my failures (mostly fit issues) that I'm now reselling:
Don't ask about the Brown Shoe Obsession. I have no explanation for you!
It's not all bad buys, I HAVE found some great items on Poshmark --
shoes (Fluevogs even), scarves, Lularoe items.

Links to our Closets (sorry, US purchasers only) (you may have to sign up to see items):
I sell lots of weird vintage garments and accessories, many that I got from friend Larry's stash.
I also have a boatload of earrings and necklaces yet to list that I made in the '80s, from vintage glass beads.
Rena's Closet (Finewhatev) is more practical (like Rena herself!).

Linking up with Patti's Visible Monday.

Are you on Poshmark? Leave your Closet Name in the comments!