I get asked quite often how I make denim yarn, so I thought it would be a great topic for my first tutorial on my new blog! Here are a few examples of the pieces that usually catch people’s eye!
Almost one year ago I was brainstorming what to make and enter in the contest at Carolina Fiber Fest. I was trying to come up with something that would blow the judges mind. I figured they would get a bunch of scarves and shawls… and I am sure they would be beautiful and made with heart. But I wanted something totally different. I went through a lot of options and finally decided to test out crocheting with different kinds of material. Things that weren’t traditional. I thought about grocery store bags and a few other things, but finally decided to try denim. I watched some tutorials and it seemed pretty easy. We went to Goodwill and bought a few pairs of jeans. I took them home and washed them before diving in to make yarn. I will be honest. It was not very smooth. When I went to Goodwill I just grabbed jeans that looked good and were kind of the same color. Now I know better! And so will you, so you won’t make the same mistakes I did!
The seams were the biggest issue! Some jeans have a single stitch seam made by a regular sewing machine. These are NO BUENO! When you cut them into strips, there’s only a few tiny little threads hold the seam together. Then when you try to crochet with it they just fall apart. In the beginning I thought it was a fluke and was hand sewing them back together. But then they all started falling apart and I was super frustrated. I learned that you need serged seams because they have more strength and won’t fall apart on you. In my video I will show you examples of each.
Once I got the seam thing fixed I started crocheting. I learned that stretch jeans work so much better than the more traditional denim that is stiff. I learned a whole bunch of other things about what jeans I like working with and I shared all of that in the video below. I also learned that you should never go to Goodwill and try to shoot videos on senior citizen discount day. It was so crowded and so noisy! And I am a quiet little bird, but I tried really hard to be loud enough to be heard over the people sorting through the loud, noisy bin of random golf clubs. Ha!
I hope you love working with denim yarn as much as I do. Whenever I bring my denim yarn creations to shows they get a lot of attention because they are so unique. I would love to see what you make with it, so please tag me when you post them!