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1  Wood Stove with tile hearth in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Belladune on: January 01, 2016 04:31:59 PM
In the fall, before the snow flew, my husband and I embarked on our first ever tiling project.  He's a Plumbing and Heating Journeyman, so the putting in of the wood stove was old hat, but not the tiling!
He did the majority of the work; the parts with the tile saw, and glue; I did the grouting.  The grouting was a nightmare!  The grout was old stock, and actually discontinued, so when I ran out after 3/4 of the tile had been grouted I died a little inside.... Thankfully there was a similar product by the same company in the color, and given I was only the left facing part unfinished, it didn't really matter, since you always get some difference wall to wall anyway.  I'm glad you can't even tell.

These circle tiles, while on sheets, were terrible to grout. some of the grout stuck to some of the tile, it sank a lot when it dried, so nothing is flush. It's a good thing we have a good vacuum.

The wall tile was much easier to grout. Washed right off. Aside from the previously mentioned curveball, it went well!

Here's the finished pic, before the first fire..

And one with a fire a blazing!

It's really nice to have, considering we are sometimes without power, and therefore without heat. We've been using it anyway, since wood fires at christmas and new years are cozy Smiley

Thanks for looking!

ha! the flipped pics look super stretched to me!  I have no idea why it did that!  Th bottom picture is the right proportions...
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2  Christmas ornaments in Felting: Completed Projects by Belladune on: December 02, 2015 04:52:56 PM
Here are just a couple I've done so far.  I'm working on a few more too.  A tree and a tree in the snow and a reindeer (that looks like a bear right now...)  I've sewn ribbons on the back for hanging too!

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3  Reversible wet felted wall hanging - 5-4-3-2-1 in Felting: Completed Projects by Belladune on: October 26, 2015 09:15:07 PM
This is my most recent piece of art!  Wet felted with resists to create the almost-holes, then machine stitched to add texture.  I created it with it being reversible in mind, and i'm so happy with how it turned out.  It's going to a Gala for a fundraiser for a cause near and dear to me.  I hope it fetches a good sum for them!

I entitled the price 5-4-3-2-1, because each of those numbers is represented in this piece. 3 groupings of 5 on the dark side (although one is cut off... in hind site I should have moved all the resists down an inch or so)  3 groupings of 4 on the blue side, 2 sides making 1 beautiful whole.

The individual pics of each, hopefully so you can see it better...

And lastly, a few gratuitous macro-esque shots (off colour, due to lighting and angle... but pretty in their own right!)

Thanks for looking!
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4  Re: Belladunes Spinzilla 2015 thread in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: October 12, 2015 12:23:11 PM
The big finish!!

That was fun! I'm looking forward to doing it again next year!
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5  Re: Belladunes Spinzilla 2015 thread in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: October 11, 2015 12:09:35 PM
Day's 5&6!
Filled all the bobbins, and plied up one pair!

Today's the last day, and I've already managed to ply all four of the small pink bobbins, leaving me with the naturally coloured one, and the big pink one (not pictured in this reply...) which will be navajo plied.
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6  Re: Craft My Playlist Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: October 09, 2015 02:17:18 PM

Stress no more, Crafty cool!! Everything made it, and in one piece!!
As not to inundate you with a million pictures, I made a photo collage!

And this is an everything together shot! 

I love love the tote!  And the art print will go on my bedside table, because waking up to the inspiring words will be fabulous!

Thanks so much Crafty_Cool! 
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7  Re: Belladunes Spinzilla 2015 thread in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: October 08, 2015 09:57:08 PM
Days 3&4! 

So far so good.  Apparently I can get about 5 ounces spun per day.... This is why I love Spinzilla, it's a reminder that every moment is a spinable moment.  I've also learned that I really do love my Ashford traveller best. (until I spin something crazy with bits and bobs...)
Day 5 should bring at least 2 more batts (4oz+ total) and hopefully some flax! I'll post what I get done again!
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8  Belladunes Spinzilla 2015 thread in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: October 06, 2015 10:15:06 PM
So, I'm amazingly crazily busy filling bobbins this week!! I don't think I've spun quite this much all year... at least, not in full skeins...  So I thought I'd start a thread for progress this week!  Is anyone else spinning for Spinzilla?

This is my "what I plan to spin" picture.  I've already strayed bit from it, because I wanted to spin the ply for the single batt to the left...

This is day 1's progress... Maybe 5 ounces? It's a start anyway!

And day 2. I finished filling bobbin 1of 2 of the linen wool blend. I'll probably spin the rest tomorrow!

Anyway, I have copious amounts of bobbins, so I won't be plying right away, but probably by Friday.

If anyone else is spinning for spinzilla, let's see those yarns!!

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9  Learn to Spin - Lesson 6 - Yarn design in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Belladune on: September 16, 2015 12:52:36 PM
Wow! Yarn Design! That encompasses quite a few topics!  I'll start with the most important aspect of yarn design: Your fibre choice and preparation!

Fibre choice:
Everyone loves some next to skin soft merino wool.  But did you know that not all wool is created equal, and not all yarn needs to be next to skin soft? Next to skin soft yarn does not wear as well as a coarser, less crimpy fibre.  Wensleydale and Lincoln wool make wonderful rugs.  So, with that in mind, what is the end use of your yarn? Toque and mitts? Well, you'll want that lovely merino or even BFL (Blue Faced Leicester).  Heck, you don't even necessarily need to spin wool. There's Alpaca, cotton, bamboo, and silk, just to name a few.

Fibre Prep:

There are many preparations available to hand spinners today.  Commercially processed types include, but are not limited to: Roving, Sliver, and Top.

Roving(semi woollen preparation) is created from carding, and pulling the fibres into a long, rope like package. Fibres are not aligned at all, and there is a slight twist in the rope. There is a lot of air in this fluffy preparation.
Sliver (semi worsted preparation) is an intermediary step from roving to top.  The fibres are more aligned, but not of similar lengths. They are often smaller in diameter and not as dense as combed top.
Top (worsted preparation) is a  combed preparation that leaves almost only all the longest fibres, and it leaves them in parallel alignment.  This is the most dense form of commercial prep.

There are also many hand prepared options as well. They include, but are not limited to: hand carded rolags, batts,  hand pulled rovings, and hand combed top.

Hand carded rolags (woollen preparation) are made on hand cards. The fibre is out of alignment as much as it possibly can be.

Batts (semi woollen preparation) are fluffy sheets of fibres, often blends of different fibres, that have been prepared on a home sized drum carder. The fibres are not aligned. There are many, many ways to spin a batt. Truth be told however you spin it works perfectly. It'll make yarn if you put twist into it and draft it out.

Hand pulled rovings (semi worsted preparation) are generally made with a hackle. the fibres can be more aligned then not.

Hand combed tops(worsted preparation) are less dense then commercially preped tops.  They are, however, similar to the commercially preped tops in that all the short fibres are removed and fibres are aligned. 

Adding twist can be done in a few different ways, and it directly affects the type of yarn you end up with.  There is an infinite spectrum of Worsted to Woollen yarns. Lets explore the most worsted and most woollen types of yarns.

True Worsted yarns by definition are worsted spun from hand combed top. Let's explore what exactly worsted spinning is.  When you are drafting your fibre out to allow twist in, you create something of a triangle shape. In worsted spinning, you do not allow the twist to travel past where you are pinching off and pulling out the fibres.  You smooth the fibres down, squeezing any air out of the resulting make of yarn.  This produces a dense, heard wearing, and smooth yarn.

True Woollen yarns are spun from hand carded rolags. Woollen spinning is the opposite of worsted spinning in that you allow the fibre into your drafting triangle, and you do not pinch out the air.  The air and the misaligned fibres are what give woollen spun yarns their characteristic fluffy and fuzzy nature. Woollen yarns are also a lot warmer then worsted yarns.

The in betweens are any mix up of prep type and spinning style. Spin a worsted preparation with a woollen draft, and you will get a lighter, less dense but still durable yarn.  Spin a woollen preparation with a worsted draft and you'll still get some of the fuzziness, but your yarn will be dense.

With the basics covered, some more exciting ways of sprucing up your yarns involve plying with thread, adding beads, plying at different angles, core spinning, coiling...  plying an over plied yarn on itself gives you a cabled yarn. Add bits of fluff or fabric between your plies.

And then there's colour! Play with colour combinations. Spin one colour after the other, and ply that singles with a solid coloured singles.  What about wrapping one color of fibre around a singles to make clouds?

The possibilities really are endless! So go forth, create yarns! It doesn't matter how you do it, so long as you are putting twist into fibre, you are making yarn!

Lesson 1 : Source your tools
Lesson 2 : Drafting
Lesson 3 : Spinning
Lesson 4 : Plying
Lesson 5 : Skeining and setting the twist
Lesson 6 : Yarn design[url]
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10  Learn to Spin - Lesson 5 - Skeining and Setting the Twist in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Belladune on: September 16, 2015 10:34:02 AM
Lesson 5 - Skeining your yarn and setting the twist.

Alright! Now that we have our yarn plied, what next? It's time to skein and wash. What you will need is a niddy noddy, or some other something to wrap your skein around.  Your arm would work well. the back of a chair will work. You can also up end a chair and wrap all the way around all 4 legs. Any of these methods will work. 

A simple tutorial for a niddy noddy, by k8kre8s:

Okay, so you've made yourself a niddy noddy, but how does one go about using this thing? Honestly the best way to show is a video.  I've found a great video for you to watch, produced by the Woolery.

Now that you have your yarn onto the niddy noddy (or your arm or a chair or what ever device you are using to skein) you must loosely tie your skien, so that it does not tangle when you take it off and soak it to set the twist.  Tie your skein in at least 4 places using scrap yarn.  Make a figure eight, or multiple figure eights if you've got a large amount of yarn.  Don't tie these ties tightly! you want to leave room for the twist to redistribute itself.  Another tip is the finer your yarn, the more places you want to tie.  Fine yarn loves to tangle.

Set it!
There are a couple ways to set your twist.  The first being a nice warm bath.  This method is best for wool.  You don't want it so hot you can't put your hands in comfortably, but you also don't want it to be cool either.  a dash of wool wash is a good thing to add to this step, because you've added the grease in your hands, any dust or dirt that was floating about, and any number of other things you don't want in your yarn.  Leave it in this water for at least 20 minutes. The second warm bath for your yarn is clean water with a tiny glug of vinegar.  The vinegar helps to remove the residual soap, and doesn't harm the wool. Leave in this bath for another 20 minutes.  It takes 30 minutes for the wool to be come completely saturated, and the twist will settle and redistribute itself fully the longer it's in the bath.  Both baths should be roughly the same temperature, or you risk shocking the wool and fulling your skein.

You could also steam your skeins.  You do this by placing your skein over a pot of full rolling boil water.  Use a couple wooden spoons as handles though, you don't want to scald your self!  This method works best, and is quite fun to watch when you've got a skien of silk.

Also, fulling and thwacking!! If you are to spin your yarn woollen (which I'll address in the next instalment - yarn design) you'll want to full and thwack your yarn. This involves a hot soapy wash, and an icy cold rinse, no shortage of agitation, and whipping your skein on a hard surface (counter, tub side, table) rotating the skein in quarters.  This process fluffs the fibres up, and evens out the twist in a woollen spun yarn.

Fun Fact!  Wool will hold 30% of its weight in moisture and still feel dry!

Dry your your skein either by laying it flat, or hanging on the towel rack.  If you choose to hang, be sure to rotate your skein. The weight of the water will stretch out the yarn, and you want this to happen as evenly as possible.

Another fun fact on setting your twist, some will advise that you hang and weight your yarn. This isn't always the best idea, as it gives a false impression of the yarn. Once knitted or crocheted or otherwise turned into something, the fibres will go back to the way they want, and not be stretched out. This may make your garment/item an undesirable shape.

Who knew there was so much to setting the twist?!

Lesson 1 : Source your tools
Lesson 2 : Drafting
Lesson 3 : Spinning
Lesson 4 : Plying
Lesson 5 : Skeining and setting the twist
Lesson 6 : Yarn design[url]
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