A few months ago and by accident I stumbled upon my local spinners and weavers group, thinking I was going to my yoga class I realised I'd turned up on the wrong day when I saw spinning wheels in the hall instead of yoga mats! It was actually one of those happy accidents - divine alignment, for some time I had entertained the idea of spinning with tea bags and of course after seeing the spinning wheels in the hall made me even more determined to give it a go. I received a warm welcome when I eventually went back to introduced myself and to chat about my ideas. It was suggested to bring some tea bags in the following week - armed with sewn tea bags the following week I was given my very first spinning lesson. All inspired and eager I purchased my own spinning wheel from one of the ladies in the group took it home and started spinning!
It's certainly a slow process, each tea bag is emptied, cut into four strips and sewn on my treadle sewing machine into one long strip - one tea bag yields half a metre (50cm)!
Preparing tea bags for spinning...
Spinning action, it takes hours to sew the tea bags and minutes to spin them.
All spun on the spools, these two spools would approximate to 100mtrs in length.
A tiny ball from one spool.