My Material Prep
The preparation of my materials is the key ingredient to creating truly one-of-a-kind pieces. Because I don’t buy brand new materials it’s virtually impossible to recreate the exact same creation more than once!
This means you’ll never be caught dead wearing the same outfit as someone else, you’ll never have to worry about giving (or receiving) duplicate gifts and NO MORE FASHIONABLE SHEEP! YAY!
Below are the 4 steps I take to prep my materials that become my one-of-a-kind creations.
1️⃣ HUNTING & GATHERING
Second hand stores that sell vintage and other preloved treasures are my playgrounds. Here I’ll rummage to find balls of yarn or woollen garments that I can make into yarn. I don’t usually buy online because I like to get a sense for the fibre by feeling and touching.
This collection process can take years to complete depending on the piece I’m trying to create and how quickly I can find what I’m looking for. Planning is key and a touch of luck 🍀 doesn’t hurt either!
Whether it’s a ball of yarn or wool garment it all gets unravelled into bits of “string” which will then be upcycled into one of my weird and wonderful creations!
By unravelling the garment it doesn’t degrade the original fibre content.
👉Here are some action shots
All the yarn gets cleaned. Balls of yarn are unwound and knitwear gets unravelled. They're made into hanks and soaked in a vinegar bath for a few days. Then hung out on the washing line to dry.
Last step and probably the most important is measuring out all my new materials
Armed with my trusty scale and measuring tape I meticulously measure the length and weight of my “new” yarn.
The measurements are recorded and attached to the yarn along with the fibre content if known.
Once I’ve collected enough yarn I can start to bring my designs to life 🎉