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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 2.20.09! We love Fiber, yes we do! on: February 21, 2009 09:39:09 AM
*peeks into thread* I haven't posted here in FOREVER!  I've been spinning, but not as much as I used to and I never photograph it once it's done... but THIS week, I got my act together!

Cupid & Psyche, spun from Hobbledehoy batts, plied with clear thread, thick & thin with random coils:


Mrchengarten, spun from my Falkland roving, a worsted/light bulky self striping single:


Smiley

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday November 7th 2008 on: November 07, 2008 09:25:13 PM

Does anyone know of a good resource for learning how to best achieve vibrant colors using Jacquard Acid Dye? 

When I use them, I mix them up with just vinegar, once in a while I'll add a drop of water but I just use vinegar only. I get such strange looks when buying excessive amounts of vinegar at the supermarket haha!

Also I let mine steam forever, I want to be sure that color is in there.

LOL me too!  I usually by 5 gallon-jugs at a time... once the manager of the grocery I always go to struck up a conversation with me re: all the vinegar I had.  He was pretty amused when I told him it was for.  I'll bet he thought I was going to pickle something. 

Here's another tip: to get the nasty vinegar smell out, I rinse the roving at least twice- I use Kookaburra wool wash in the first bath, and then rinse with clear water the second.  That wool wash makes the roving smell DIVINE! 
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday November 7th 2008 on: November 07, 2008 01:25:52 PM
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Does anyone know of a good resource for learning how to best achieve vibrant colors using Jacquard Acid Dye? 

I use Jacquard dyes one of two ways: either painting the roving (like how you did in that picture) or dyeing solid colors in a pot.  When painting, I use hair dye applicator bottles from the beauty store- 8 oz ones- and use about 1/4 tsp of dye and then fill the bottle full of vinegar.  The amt of dye powder can be varied depending on how dark/light you want the color.  I tend to use at least double that amt for blacks and reds.  When I dye solid colors, I do about 6-8 oz at a time in a large pot full of water, and add 1-2 tsp dye powder and a splash of vinegar.  It takes some experimentation with different colors and different amounts of dye to figure out what you like!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Would any lovely craftsters be able to identify this wheel for me? on: September 22, 2008 06:19:35 PM
If they mean "it spins" as in the wheel goes around when you give it a push, that's one thing.  But if you want to make yarn, it will need to spin, have a flier, preferably some bobbins, a drive belt and a brake/tension mechanism...

I have no idea what "brand" of wheel that is, or if there are parts available for it.  But unless you can figure that out or the owner has them on hand, I would consider it as a decorative piece.  Old/cheap wheels seem great when you come across them, but if they need special parts or any kind of restoration or repair, you will pay for them in both time and money the cost it would to get a new wheel or a more modern second-hand wheel.  I bought an older Ashford Traveller as my first wheel, and it was missing some parts and had some wear- but I did it because I knew Travellers are like Hondas of the spinning world, and it would be easy to get parts for and get advice on how to fix it.  Just my two cents Smiley
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 9/19/08 on: September 19, 2008 07:33:24 AM
OMG, ok, I'm going to try Navajo plying this weekend.  That yarn is just too beautiful. 

I have done next to no spinning this past week, due to being busy with house cleaning and stuff.  But I carded a ton of batts on my new Strauch Petite last week and finally got pics of them.  I did some more last night, it is SO addicting!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fiber question on: September 17, 2008 07:50:47 PM
Hmm... I guess it depends on what your definition of "cheap" is, and what you're looking for.  Brown Sheep mill ends (read the thread at the very top of this board) can be purchased by the POUND for super cheap- and you can spin them as they are, or dye them with kool-aid in your microwave (probably the cheapest dying method out there!)  Etsy also has a wide range of hand-dyed stuff- just search supplies, hand made, spinning and then sort by price to find something in your range- maybe a sample pack or something like that! 
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday September 12 on: September 12, 2008 08:43:10 AM
Happy Fiber Friday, everyone!

Cloudlover, I love that Dead or Alive batt (anybody else have Bon Jovi belting in their heads?  Cheesy)!  And the resulting yarn is super yummy.

Haha, you're the second person that's mentioned Bon Jovi in re: to the batt, but it's actually inspired by Dead or Alive, the 80's band responsible for the song "You Spin Me Round!"  Mohawks and spandex, anyone? Wink
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday September 12 on: September 12, 2008 05:53:59 AM
Hooray for Halloween yarn!  I need to try supercoils sometime soon...

SO, this past weekend, I bought a drum carder at the WI Sheep & Wool fest.  I really can't stop talking about my trip there!  Here are the two yarns I've spun so far using my own carded batts!

Summer Squash batts- merino w/ bronze sparkle:


Yarn, plied w/ gold thread:


Dead or Alive batt, containing merino, falkland, wool ends, sparkle in various colors and a pinch of silk noil:


Yarn, spun as a single, thick and thin:


I'll post more batts on the board when I get a good setup to take pics... the ones I carded the past two nights are quite glamorous Wink
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - September 5, 2008 on: September 09, 2008 07:46:13 PM
Lamina, those are BEAUTIFUL pictures! Yarn and books, two of my favorite things!
CL, those are the books I recommended to you...........

I wrote down that recommendation back when you gave it to me, then promptly lost it and busied myself with starting a small business and crap, so I was too busy to read anyway!  BUT fall is the season for vampire books.  Wink  And the pictures make me want to read them even MORE now!!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - September 5, 2008 on: September 05, 2008 11:09:20 AM
Lamina, those are BEAUTIFUL pictures! Yarn and books, two of my favorite things!

I shouldn't be on here, I should be packing for Sheep & Wool fest, but I've neglected FF for far too long.  Here are just a couple of the skeins I've finished recently.  I'm getting really bad at photographing stuff- I blame the shorter days & lack of natural light Sad

"Dead But Dreaming", spun from my new R'lyeh colorway, this one in Falkland wool:


"Echinacea", a bulky fluffy slightly fulled Falkland single:


I promise to post more next week!
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