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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / what kind of loom? on: August 15, 2008 08:47:13 AM
well I watched some you tube videos and saw some cool looms!!  this of course only made me want a loom even more!  but I saw several different ones. 
the ones I liked had pedals that controled the hedles, and seemed pretty cool, it looked like you could weave some pretty cool designes with these.  what kind of loom is that? 

then there were a couple that seemed pretty much automatic.  it looked like all the operotor was doing was pulling on a lever or something.  that would be cool if you wanted to make lots of woven fabric that was all rather simple I guess.  it was hard to tell if it could do designs or not.  it was rather large, and looked expensive!  but I'm also curious about what kind of loom this was cuz it was just cool! 

anyone know where I could find these types of looms, and maybe even lear more about them?
thanks!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / share your craft room/studio pics! on: June 22, 2008 07:42:56 PM
ok, so I don't currently have pictured to share of my craft room, because it's embarassingly messy right now.  But I'm working on getting it straightened up so I can take pictures, and post them.  so I was hoping the rest of you would like to share your rooms too.  Smiley 

I promice to post pics when it looks a little less like a bomb went off in there! 

can't wait to see! maybe it'll motivate me to get my room clean faster!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / anyone know how to make a quilt from strips? on: June 04, 2008 07:53:06 PM
ok, it's pretty sad that I can't remember how to do this, but MANY years ago someone (I don't even remember who it was) showed me how you can make a quilt using stips.  say you wanted to make a simple block quilt with all the blocks being 4"x4".  somehow you start with strips of fabric, sew them all together lengthwise, cut the strips into 4 1/2" strips (allowing for seams) and sew those strips together.  the thing is, there's some sort of trick to how you sew the first set of strips together because it makes a pattern of some sort, not just randomly placed squares that fall wherever once you sew them together.  I don't remember if they make diagonal lines with each fabric, or if this gives you a uqilt where there's one fabric in the center, and then that one is surrounded by another fabric and so on so that it kinda spirals out to the edge.  I just can't remember HOW to get the pattern.

anyone ever heard of making a quilt like this?  I have TONS of fabric that needs to get used, and this would be a quick way to use some of it.  I'd love to know if anyone has some info on this.
thanks!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / is there more than one Woolee winder? on: May 26, 2008 02:08:51 PM
so, I think that the woolee winder is really cool!  but I'm a bit confused.  I've read that you have to have the one that fits your wheel. then I've aldo heard that there's only one woolee winder, and that everybody just sells the same thing.  so I'm just thinking that IF DH decides that it really is a great idea for me to have one (like I think it is) then if they're all the same then I'll just order the least expensive place I can find it.  They all look the same to me, but I've never seen one in person. 

so, what's the deal?  all the same? or all different?  and where are good places to find one? I'll need about 4-6 bobbins to go with it too I think.  I mean heck, why have a new toy if you can't do what you want with it huh?  just wondering if there's a place that had a better deal on bobbins too? 

thanks!
5  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / questions from a non-weaver (yet hehe) on: May 22, 2008 10:37:09 AM
ok, so I like the idea of weaving because I have a LOT of yarn to use up b-4 DH will let me buy more, and it seems like weaving would help me use it up quickly.  But I'm not sure I'd enjoy it.  I need to do some digging around to see if there's a place near me where I can use a loom to see if I like it.  But assuming that I do like it (after all I like the idea of it!) what kinds of looms are out there?  I really think DH would only allow one loom in the house at a time, so I'd need to be really careful about what one I get, I'd have to pretty much love the thing! LOL  so what are the options?  and what are the +'s and -'s about each kind?  and where's a good place to shop around for these?

also, what can you weave?  I've seen pics of washcloths, towels, scarves, and blankets.  but these are all flat.  I may get bored with flat only items.  is it a cardinal sin to cut and sew hand woven fabric?  I've been sewing for 17 years now, and I think I could come up with some pretty cool things to make with hand woven fabric, but if it's going to "ruine" my weaving maybe it wouldn't be worth it?   I mean it'd be pretty cool to make jackets, and shirts, and heck maybe even re-upholster a chair in hand woven fabric!  is this allowed? 

oh one more thing.  I think it'd be really cool to one day make a rug or something out of handspun yarn. can I weave this? or should I learn latch hooking too?

thanks for your help.
(I knew I was in trouble! LOL )
6  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / hehe I may be in trouble on: May 19, 2008 07:20:53 PM
so last night I placed a nice sized fiber order (for me), and then realized that I have only used about 90yds. of my handsupn yarn.  not that I have a huge stash, and not that I'm in a huge hurry to use up what I have just yet, but the thought occured to me that maybe I would like to learn to weave on a loom some day.  and that it could be cool to weave w/ my handspun.  But honestly I know almost nothing about weaving LOL  this makes me think I could be in trouble.  I started my spinning idea with a simmilar thought.  it went something like this:
"I know nothing about spinning, I wonder how you do it?"
ask around on Craftster
"honey I want to order some fiber, it's only a few bucks"
make homemade spindle, and kinda figure out how to spin on spindle. I don't like my spindle. 
"honey can I order a wheel, it's not as expensive as you think it is, I found a great deal!"
wheel arrives, I love it!
"honey, I really like this wheel, I think I need more fiber.  and I want to learn how to spin every fiber type there is."
place pricey fiber order. 

LOL see!! it's the beginning of something big!  well, we'll see.  I'm still at the "I don't know anything about weaving" stage.  but who knows what could happen a few months from now!

so, how did you get started weaving? what kind of loom do you have? and how can I learn to weave so I know if this is an obcession I mean hobby I'd enjoy?
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / looking for a good source for angelina fibers on: April 27, 2008 07:21:29 PM
anybody have a favorite online source for angelina fibers?  I'm having a really hard time finding one.  thanks!
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / pretty in pink tank KAL on: April 08, 2008 12:34:04 PM
in the spirit of spring I thought it'd be nice to make something cool, out of cotton. so I'm casting on for the pretty in pink tank. 
you can find the FREE pattern here: http://deliciousstitches.blogspot.com/2006/05/pretty-in-pink-tank-pattern.html

so pick up some sugar n' cream or peaches n' cream, and cast on with me!
can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

P.S.
I'm using "rosewood" from sugar n' cream
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / first wheel spun yarn and hand dyed roving on: March 25, 2008 10:43:47 AM
I just finished this a few days ago, and am actually knitting with it now.  here's my first wheel spun single:


here's the 2nd single:


here they are plied together:


and here it is dyed up ready to knit:



then I blended 25% nylon 75% wool on my new drum carder and dyed this roving:

I'm hoping it'll be sock yarn someday.

what do ya think?


10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / first hand spun... what on earth can I make? on: March 20, 2008 04:04:58 PM
ok, so I'm dyeing my first hand spun yarn today, it turned out pretty much like most first hand spuns I've seen.  really thick some places, pretty thin in others.  it's a 2 ply and the 2nd ply though still imperfect is more consistent than the first.  Smiley BUT it's only about 90 yards.  what on earth can I make with 90 yards of unevenly spun yarn?  any ideas for patterns? it's gonna be purple. (it's soaking as I write this)  am I gonna need more to actually make something? 
anyway I'd love ideas! thanks!
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