Handspun yarn from a wedding dress #Fashion DIY#crafts#diy wedding#trash the dress Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jan 17 2008) Ariel findyourafterglow This Etsy seller took the "trash the dress" concept to a whole new, awesomely crafty level. From the Etsy listing: Handspun Art Yarn from my wedding dress — UpcycleBB Contest Entry — take something no longer useful and upcycle it to a higher purpose…One (1) 16 yr. old size 8 country tulle style wedding dress. Cut into long thin strips and scraps using sewing shears. Handspun into singles on a foot operated spinning wheel. Plyed on a drop spindle. No other material used. Transformed into 181 yards of useable art yarn. (Thanks for the heads up, Marie!) Ariel Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and the brand-new From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. To follow her latest work, join join The Afterglow, for exclusive access to essays, videos, online courses, and more. PREVIOUS Bold brides see red when it comes to wedding dresses NEXT Unity cocktail Show/Hide comments [ 4 ] I like the term "upcycling" Reply I am having a really hard time not tearing up my nice clothes and spinning them into something fun. Glad you liked it! xo Reply 181 yards? I need 300 lto weave a shawl or a lap throw. Maybe they should have used the grooms shirt and the veil in the process too. I think this is so cool. I turned my wedding gown into weaving yarn and wove it into a tapestry. I dyed the underskirt crimson red and left the dress and lace white and maybe to seperate yarns. That way I could interweave a pattern of the interior and exterior of the marriage. Make seen what is usually unseen. It pleases me that other textile artist are having similar ideas with their wedding dresses. Cate Reply I am about to do the same with my own wedding gown. I am nervous but ecstatic to turn my beautiful gown into a wonderful shawl for my 5 year wedding anniversary in May 2011. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.