Paintbox Recycled Ribbon Yarn Review

A recent and very welcome new addition to the recycled yarn market is this ribbon yarn from Paintbox. It’s a lightweight super chunky weight (#6) woven ribbon/tape yarn made from recycled materials in a gorgeous range of beautiful solid and metallic colours. It’s close rivals with similar products are Hoooked Ribbon XL and Wool and the Gang Mix Tape Yarn along with some other smaller brands.

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It comes in a 250g tightly wound compact skein and has approx. 120m (131yds). Recommended hook size 8mm.

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Ecofriendly Credentials

Made from 100% recycled materials (80% Cotton 20% Polyester) from off-cuts from the fashion industry that would otherwise go to landfill.

So top score for being made entirely from waste fibres and I give a big round of applause for Paintbox (and the other yarn companies) buying up waste fibres to turn them into yarn.

Recyclable wrapping! I’m delighted to see it’s yarn band is paper! It didn’t come wrapped in plastic either, so big green tick for this.

Being a mix of cotton and polyester it’s not biodegradable but ethical disposal of the finished product at the end of it’s useful life would be possible through rag bag schemes so it may be shredded and recycled all over again.

First impressions

Smaller than I expected, but heavy! It’s packed really densely though so that’s how they’ve made it quite small. Yarn ends are easily findable to work from either inside or outside. The colours are lovely and accurately reflect what I saw on screen.

The yarn is surprisingly soft and silky with no stretch. It is softer than it’s counterpart from Hoooked (review being written too, I’ll add the link here).

I really love the feel of this when working with it.

Although it seemed heavy in it’s ball, it’s actually works up very light. Much lighter and easier to work with than t-shirt yarn.

What to make with it?

It’s perfect for chunky makes like:

  • bags
  • rugs
  • coasters
  • table mats
  • cushions
  • throws
  • belts
  • jewelry
  • wall hangings

Due to it’s softness it will be lovely to wear and will work on scarves and shawls and using a large hook it’d have great drape and will work up super fast too. It will also work well for clothing too.

What it’s like to work with

Lovely to crochet with, it glides effortlessly through your fingers.

There was only a little fluff transfer onto my clothes in working with it. I often wear black trousers so I notice this!

It pulls down easily if you make any mistakes.

It gives amazing stitch definition. Check out the stitch detail on the Totally Textured Tote pattern (coming soon).

Totally Textured Tote – Pattern coming soon

It’s versatile, using smaller hooks will produce a sturdy fabric that’s perfect for bags. While using larger hooks will result in a more drapey fabric that’s ideal for wearables.

There were a just couple of tiny variations occasionally in thickness throughout any 1 skein, but it was barely noticeable.

Dyes were even throughout the skein and seem well set on all the colours I’ve used. There was no transfer to my skin. I haven’t done a wash test.

Quality/Cost

Very good value for extremely good quality at £8 (UK) for a skein, it’s cheaper than it’s main big brand competitors AND it’s often on offer, so it’s worth subscribing to my newsletter because I’ll send you an email whenever I spot offers on any recycled yarns.

Pros

  • 100% recycled
  • Soft & silky
  • Very easy to crochet with
  • Great stitch definition
  • Fun to work with
  • Works up very quickly
  • Easily available
  • Good value

Cons

  • it’s not plastic free and biodegradable due to polyester content. You can use a Guppyfriend wash bag to wash finished items (and all clothing with plastic fibre content) in to prevent microplastics shedding into the water.
  • A little tricky to weave in ends. Use a very blunt large eye needle.

Where to get it?

Exclusively through LoveCrafts.com

Buy Paintbox Recycled Ribbon Yarn

Overall View

I’ve no problem confessing… I LOVE this yarn! I’ve already bought quite a few balls and there will be many more I’m sure.

You’ll be seeing a few designs coming soon using it. I have a gorgeously textured tote bag pattern just going to my testers using 2 skeins in contrasting colours, and there’s more patterns in design for this yarn so do follow on social media and subscribe below to make sure you catch the launch offers and tester calls.

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I hope this is a helpful review, I’d love to hear if you’ve tried it too and all about what you made.

2 thoughts on “Paintbox Recycled Ribbon Yarn Review”

    1. Jan from The Crafty Therapist – Inverness Scotland – I'm an Eco Crochet Designer and Natural Therapist striving to tread more gently on Mama Earth. I live in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, with my husband and three boys, along with our big fluffy cat. We strive to be as plastic free as possible and reuse whatever we can. I even reuse bread bags by turning them into Plarn (plastic yarn) to crochet bags with! I have a tutorial on my blog on how to make plarn and plan to publish my bag patterns. I mainly use natural products, recycled and eco friendly yarns that don't harm the earth, where-ever possible.Through sharing my experiences, on my blog and social media, of using greener yarns and products and designing crochet patterns using these yarns, I hope to encourage you to consider eco friendly choices too. Not just for crafts but for all our everyday buying decisions too. You can find my crochet patterns on my blog, Ravelry, LoveCrafts and published in Happily Hooked Magazine.

      Yay, that’s great to hear, thank you!

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