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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / So many scarves.... Super picture overload... on: October 17, 2014 08:00:19 PM
I've decided I love doing this. Not more then spinning yarn, but it does provide a rather satisfying break from that when my legs go numb.....

This first set is 100% 19 micron merino wool. I start with pre-felt, and roll or fold or scrunch the scarf before dyeing it. Sort of like willy nilly shibori.  (vs. real shibori dyeing)











These two found new homes before they got the fancy photo shoot. But you can see the patterning on the black/grey/orange/red one was STUNNING.





These one's use the same technique, but they are 80% merino wool and 20% silk.  The different pre-felt acted a bit differently then the 100% wool, leaving these ones way longer and skinnier. But still lovely.









I'm sure there will be more... I do have another 15 meters of the pre-felt to play with after all.... >.>
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / 4kgs of merino on: August 15, 2014 06:28:19 AM
Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

I have A LOT of undyed merino. 8 KG's to be honest. Or that is to say, I had 8kg's of undyed merino. Now I only have 4.  Amazingly, it only took me an afternoon of intensive dyeing (between lunch and supper, and I still had supper on the table at a reasonable time!!) to do all this. 

Before!
Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

After!
 
This one is kinda pretty.  If you like green. I'm not a fan, but hey! some people are!
Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

this yellow grey muddied. I know why, and I half expected it too, but maybe not so badly.
Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

This was the last one I did. by that time, I was getting lazy, so I took my 2 remaing balls of wool, and pushed dye with a syringe into the centre, then soaked the out side with the other colour.  Looks pretty neat!
Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

These one's were kettle dyed, I LOVe the peachy one
Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

This last one was hand painted
Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

there's between 8-16 ounces of each colour.  So much colour!!Which is your favourite?


3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday August 15, 2014 on: August 15, 2014 06:13:45 AM
Hurray Fibre Friday!

Two yarns, both merino, both not set. (hence the crazy curls in the single!)

Fiber Friday August 15 2014 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Fiber Friday August 15 2014 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

My level 3 final project yarn, BFL/Silk 80/20, ~323 yards hopefully enough for a short pair of socks. It's indigo dyed. it took oddly, with some darker spots then others.

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

I also dyed some scarves that day, and half wonder if it was the scarves that killed the indigo vat sooner then it should have.
Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

I also did a bunch of acid dyeing, but I'm going to save that for it's own post on the dyeing boards.  What have you been up to lately?
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday July 4th 2014 on: July 04, 2014 06:06:49 PM
Happy 4th, my American friends!

This monstrous amount of yarn is finally finished!

Yarn things- July 3 2014 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

3lbs of merino! spun bulky, and yielding about 600 yards.  That's like 200 yards per pound! Chunky chunky stuff!


At Fibre Week, in Master Spinner level 4, we had a dye day, these are the results!

Fibre week 2014. Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Fibre week 2014. Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Fibre week 2014. Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

We played with acid dyes! mixing up primary colours, and got the rainbow and a gradient of colours.  the only colours I didn't get a picture of was the gradients done by taking the yarns out in timed intervals.

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinzilla 2014 on: June 30, 2014 12:38:16 PM
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Team Craftster, Anyone?

The D/L:  (that's Down Low, just incase you didn't know Wink )

Basically it's a week of Spin until you drop, and as much as  you possibly can.  It's October 6-12. It's a way's off, but if I register our team (which needs to happen before the 15th.)

There seems to be a few things I've got to look into to make this happen legitimately... I didn't notice them before... But I'll get the deets straightened out!


Team Craftster Spinzilla 2014 Roster
Belladune
Meleriffic
Rodelphia
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday June 13, 2014 on: June 12, 2014 08:17:30 AM
Well. Sure, It's only thursday. But the way I see it is that we've had plenty of Fibre Friday's on a Saturday, so why not a day early if only to make up for the flip flop of days previously?

Let's start with this one.  This one is a glorious distraction from what I really should be doing right now. a big, bulky 4WPI 2 ply.  Merino and silk.


This one, is what I needed a break from. cobweb weight silk. 60WPI, 2 ply. My hands still hurt from this one.. Wink


2 ply tussah. Not to sure on WPI or any of that jazz, but it needs to be finished.  It's in tiny skeins because it was spun primarily for the dye day at Fibre week this year.  I apparently spun way to much...


I'm not sure if i've shared this one, so forgive me if I did. These are samples that are "fail's".  They are supposed to be a specific TPI, WPI and angle of twist. But they aren't. There's about 2oz here, which will eventually turn into a hat called  'In Pursuit  of Perfection"




So that's about it for me lately. What about you?
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fibre Based Jewlery on: June 06, 2014 12:27:19 PM
I had the idea to make jewellery out of yarn, but for a while I couldn't get my head around how to do it, and get the results I was after.  One day, it all clicked, and here's the results.  Beads, silk wire, thread and a couple finding. They are pretty stunning, if I do say so myself. Wink

 









Necklaces:




Thanks for looking!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fibre Swap-May2014 - Fluffiest gallery ever on: May 15, 2014 08:02:34 PM
We have senders! whoop whoop!


9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Saturday? Sure. Why not. on: April 26, 2014 12:31:26 PM
Friday disappeared! I don't know how that happened!  I swear it was there last week, but this week, friday was non existent in my life.  Does that ever happen to anyone else?

Enough nonsense, Yarn!

Neon Traffic light - wool firestar and cotton core


Galactic yarn. black wool (unknown breed) merino, silk, polyester and sparkle



Homework samples (Master Spinner stuffs)

Navajo Spindle spun Shetland, and Quill wheel spun Jacob.

Tahkli spun and plied cotton.


And currently on the jumbo bobbin, white merino. This one will end up being 7WPI, so bulky bulky! it'll be 3 ply.  I just wish I had the overdrive head for my aura so I could ply it without cutting it... I'm aiming for at least 500 yards.  I sure hope I get there!


What has everyone else been spinning lately?  And just incase you missed it, there's a fibre swap for all us fiberistas.  You know you want to trade great fibres!  

p.s. I have no idea why those pics are so small... sorry!  Fixed!!!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fibre Swap-May2014 (signups Apr.20-Apr.30/SO-May21) on: April 20, 2014 08:35:44 AM

image cred: me! belladune Smiley

GALLERY!!


Swap name:Fibre Swap-May 2014
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Belladune
Sign-up date range: April 20-April 30, 2014
Date to send item by: May 21, 2014

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):24 (lets aim high!! lol)

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? n/a

Additional Age requirement? n/a

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
This is a fibre for fibre swap! Be it roving or top or batts or locks or clouds, we will be swapping 4oz of fibre. I'm not putting a fancy fibre vs wool option, let's just send our partner something they will love to receive.  You may discuss with your partner what types of fibre you'd like to send. The fibre should be prepped by you, in some way. Be it dyed, carded, picked, faux-lag'd, rolags, or any other fibre prep you can make with the tools at hand!
Any extra's are to be discussed between partners, and are definitely allowed!

To keep lines of communication open, I'll be asking weekly questions.  Please respond to them promptly.



If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: Belladune

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap Fibre Swap-May 2014
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name & Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

What are your favourite fibres?

What types of preps are your favourite (batts, top, clouds etc.)?

Colors! Which do you love?  Which could you live without?

What kind of tools do you have to prep your fibres?

Allergies?

Allergens?

Anything you may want to add that I've missed?



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

1. Belladune
2. meleriffic
3. honeyd
4. Rodelphia
5. Pollyprissypants
6. .:dollface:.
7. hazelly
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