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1  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.

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinzilla 2014 on: June 30, 2014 12:38:16 PM

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!
3  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?
4  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



Thanks for looking!
5  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!

6  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!!!
7  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


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

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?



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


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


1. Belladune
2. meleriffic
3. honeyd
4. Rodelphia
5. Pollyprissypants
6. .:dollface:.
7. hazelly
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Spin some nuts on: April 01, 2014 01:36:13 PM

Nuts! Yarn!  two of my favourite things! Why not combine them!
 "But how?" you say.  "like this" I say:

What you'll need:
Nuts. Lots of nuts.
A thread of some kind (I used Crochet cotton)
A needle
Different types of yarn, spun or otherwise
A spinning wheel or spindle

Step 1- String your nuts
Step 2- Get every yarn hooked up to your wheel.

Step 3- Start spinning and when you get to your nuts, attach them thusly:

Here, we are coming to our nut:

And here, we are bringing the string up over our nut, and the body. of the yarn:

And then wrap the thread around our nut and the body.  of the yarn.

And lastly, bring the thread back in line with the main part of the yarn.

No you ask "Well, why not just string up my nuts in line, and not just skip wrapping my nuts up like that?"
Well, Because if you you string your nuts up in line, they hammock.  Nobody want a their nuts just hammocking.
See,  Not attractive.

This method helps your nuts stay snug. Everyone like their nuts snug and safe. Like this:

Side by side.  See. that left nut's a happy nut.  The right one will shift around all crazy like.  when the yarn is worked up.

So yeah, go forth, stick nuts in all your yarn.  You'll love it.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday March 14th 2014 on: March 14, 2014 09:53:52 AM
Hurray, more yarn!

These are all homework yarns, so all are 10 yards.
 First up, a lovely thick and thin, plied.

A three ply woollen spun from hand carded rolags, shetland wool from a lovely sheep named Trufle

A 2 ply 100% silk.

This one is a 2 ply cotton (yes, cotton!! yikes, this stuff is a nightmare to spin)

This is a 50/50 blend of Polwarth and silk that i blended up on my drum carder. It's dreamy. Soft, and smooth and just a little springy.  I started to spin it up a bit on the thick side, and was aiming for a certain TPI, but I could tell it wouldn't be a nice yarn if I spun it that thick with that TPI. So, I started over, and kept with my treadle counts and make lengths, but drafted thinner. They are the exact same TPI, but they are two totally different yarns!

On the left, the thinner, nicer hand yarn.  On the right, the thicker, harder hand yarn.

Currently on the bobbin, not Master Spinner related, but Golden Fleece related some golden pulled sari silk. It's almost like silk noil, but nicer.  

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Back at it, more cotton needs to be spun!  What have you been up to today?
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fibre Swap # whatever on: March 12, 2014 10:42:27 AM
We haven't done a fibre swap in a while.  Anyone up for something like that?  This may be cost prohibitive, but I wondered if we all sent a ziplock sandwich bag of fibre to each other (maybe to max of 4 people? or we could group it up how ever)  and keep one to ourselves, then we all mix and spin as we see fit, then share our creations?  Otherwise, a simple 3 point straight up fibre for fibre swap might be fun.
 who's in?
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