Hand spun repurposed yarn made from an unwanted bedsheet - 20 metres in length - Yarn weight: 5 Bulky
In a world of dwindling resources, inhabited by many people with dwindling finances, up-cycling, or creative reuse, makes beautiful, perfect sense.
If the up-cycled items started life as dull, mundane or disregarded, and were transformed into something more substantial and beautiful- so much the better!
Lisa has taken worn out cotton bed-sheets, pillow-cases, and (amazingly!) twists of discarded newspapers, and worked them into helical, chunky weight skeins of 2 ply yarn, that can be used to knit/crochet/weave, in any number of art and craft projects. What a satisfying second life for a tabloid newspaper!
For each skein she has chosen colours that sing together, and the resulting, richly textured spirals could also be worn as decorative 'jewellery', bracelets, garlands, or necklaces.
Or the yarn can be unwound and used as decorative twine, for wrapping gifts and presents, used in the garden to tie plants, used to make curtain ties etc.
The helix is a naturally occurring form with a satisfying complexity. The double helix, whereby one spiral weaves into another, is the shape of our very DNA, and spirals commonly appear in the shells of molluscs and gastropods, and in ancient Ammonites.
Taking a broader view, Galaxies, like our own, can have a helical or spiral structure.