Your Yarn in Action! Beaded Yarns!
Each time we challenge you to spin a particular type of yarn for our Your Yarns challenge in Spin-Off magazine, we save the yarns that are submitted and have appeared in the magazine. We invite individuals or organizations to make things with the yarn, then we auction the items made through eBay's giving works program and donate the amount of the winning bid to a fibery charity. This is Your Yarn in Action. If you're interested in making items for Your Yarns in Action, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This auction raised $250.48 for the American Textile History Museum
A note from the winning bidder, K. Hayes: "I received the Tapestry Box purse today…it's absolutely beautiful and incredibly inspiring. I can't wait to make more beaded yarns of my own! Thanks so much for this great opportunity. I look forward to seeing more Interweave auctions!"
A Note from the Artist
Joanna Gleason wove the beaded yarns featured in the Spring 2005 Your Yarn! department into a beautiful soumak tapestry purse, titled Tapestry Box.1. Gleason comments, “Inasmuch as no one knew what would become of their beaded yarns, it’s a testament to us all that such a wide variety of yarn weights, plies (or lack there of), tiny beads, medium beads, and great big beads could be worked into ‘something.’ I used every yarn featured, slightly moving the beads to guarantee they all made it to the face of the weaving. I hope that those who spent their time and energies in the spinning of the beaded yarns are satisfied and gratified by their use in the weaving.”
About the American Textile History Museum
The American Textile History Museum, beneficiary of this auction, is an independently operated not-for-profit institution that depends on private support. Originally founded in 1960 as Merrimack Valley Textile Museum in North Andover, Massachusetts, the American Textile History Museum is now housed in the historic 150,000-square-foot Kitson Manufacturing Company building in Lowell, Massachusetts. The museum’s mission is to tell America’s story through textiles with a collection that spans topics in textile art, factory architecture, textile production, technological invention, labor history, industrial organization and everyday life in mill towns. Museum President Michael J. Smith points out that “the record of fibers and textiles in the United States opens new insights into our history. We are pleased and proud to preserve this record in our institution and tell this wonderful story.” Currently, the museum is embarking on a cost-cutting and endowment-building program. “The first step is a proposed sale of our building in historic downtown Lowell with provisions for leasing back the space used for exhibitions, educational programming, and collections storage,” says Smith.
A note from the American Textile History Museum:
Thank you and your generous readers for the donation to the American Textile History Museum. We are very gratified to know that you all responded to the auction with such interest and enthusiasm. The funds will aid in our efforts to serve the public, most especially our dear friends in the fiber arts community.
A detail of the Your Yarn Tapestry Box 1.
About the Yarns
More than 50 Spin-Off readers donated the beaded yarn for this beautiful handwoven purse.
Yarns were donated by:
Peggy Ann Bass
Donna Jo Copeland
Karen Estock McCann
Lelah Jones Olender