I’ve been following String Harvest on Instagram for over a year now and they always have the nicest and most unique yarns and fibers I’ve ever seen. So finally after months of “window shopping”, I finally placed an order. And of course I purchased some unique fibers that I’ve never tried before. There are more standard fibers available, but I thought I might as well get the hard to find stuff. Which I must admit has been really intimidating, to the point where I have had these fibers for possibly months now and only just made myself try them now (yikes). But wow they are beautiful.
So let me tell you about these fibers…
The first (and possibly my favorite) thread is a grey paper thread that is wrapped in maroon silk. I absolutely love the look of it. Just by itself this thread has texture and as I started to weave with it, I realized that the paper gave it a bit of stiffness. I played around with it and realized that if I left some ends dangle or made loops with it, it made a very beautiful and delicate volume.
The second thread I purchased is paper raffia, which is the prettiest jeweled toned blue. This one really threw me for a loop. I’ve never worked with raffia before and I’ve been trying to get used to what it will and won’t do.
The third thread I bought is a linen roving that is made in Italy. The color reminds me of a pale denim and it’s really lovely and soft. This thread was just like the wool and cottons I’m used to working with, but with so much more texture and depth. I really love it.
I plan on sharing what I’ve made with you this week, so hopefully I can get it finished and if not I’ll share anyway. I really love to work with new-to-me fibers because it really pushes me to try new things. I’m so happy with my purchases from String Harvest and will definitely be watching as more fun fibers are listed in the shop. If you’re looking for unique fibers, I highly recommend this shop (plus Cass, the owner, is such a sweet person).
Have you worked with any new fibers lately? I’d love to hear about your experiences. I had previously shared some other “different” fibers to weave with here, if you’re interested.
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