And I looked
At my big ball of string,
And I said,
NOW I will find
A thing of some kind –
Some GOOD kind of thing
To do with my string!
-Marion Holland, A Big Ball of String
Sorry, I took a break…was spending too much time in front of my laptop, and the intense narrative was wearing me out.
I started an embroidery, yesterday, instead. I am trying to find ways to use as much of these massive industrial spools of acrylic yarn and (the smaller spools pictured) Japanese rayon filament, as I can!
I’d like to do something surprising and beautiful with all of it…not just make a zillion pom-poms, y’know? Something along the lines of jeweler Melinda Young‘s Take A Ball of Thread project…quite an exciting prospect, actually, and I can’t wait to tryout all my other ideas using the thread.
The rayon filament is especially beautiful…it is untwisted, and has the high gloss look and feel of the sort of untwisted silk thread used in Japanese embroidery. Not really surprising when you consider that rayon was originally manufactured as a cheap alternative to silk, after all.
These days rayon (or viscose, as it is called in Europe) is made from the cellulose found in wood (making it a vegan silk, and good choice if you’re bothered by the way silkworms are harvested…unless it’s Ahimsa silk, of course—also known as Peace Silk— processed from cocoons without killing the pupae inside) and I seem to recall reading somewhere that rayon is a by-product of the paper manufacturing industry (along with artificial vanilla essence!) Because it uses naturally occurring polymers, it is neither a true synthetic fiber, nor a natural fiber…a it is semi-synthetic fiber.
Maybe it is finally time to take up crochet, weaving, or knitting. Or I might dig up that old kumihimo stand my mom gave me years ago, learn how to use it, finally, and make braids?