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1  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: Beaverton / SW Portland get togethers? on: May 30, 2010 10:58:18 PM
Crystal -

I'm glad you asked!  The most consistent group I know of is the PDX Knit Bloggers... Mainly knitters, spinners, and a couple of fiber dyers.... and then there's me - never knitting...

This group meets weekly, and without fail is always about a dozen women.  They meet on Wednesday nights at the Whole Foods market (on 190th and Cornell - Tanasbourne area).  Officially from 7-9pm, but it isn't unusual to see people start showing up earlier.

I will be there this Wednesday for certain...  Currently I am trying my skills at rug hooking, however I do like to try different things...

Anyone is welcome!
2  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: Classes at Collage on: February 25, 2010 10:01:32 PM
Hmm.... I had heard of this place, but I didn't know there was so much going on!
3  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: Non-chain craft stores, where are they??? on: February 02, 2010 09:40:03 PM

... having just returned from another trip to the east side... Hollywood district this time....
4  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: Non-chain craft stores, where are they??? on: February 01, 2010 12:15:28 PM
Yes I am... I feel so far far away... *grin*
At least I have lots of reasons to go into PDX as compared to some of my neighbor suburbanites!

(Message sent to Tygermane...)

5  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: Embroidery floss in Portland? on: February 01, 2010 12:10:55 PM
There's a needlework store with an INCREDIBLE selection of embroidery threads about two doors up from Knit Purl...
Knit Purl is on 11th and Alder (downtown), and the embroidery store is on Alder (same block)

6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted Embelishment on: January 31, 2010 12:33:42 PM
I am fairly new to felting, but I had optained some wool sweater scraps at a fiber event, and I thought it would be fun to use them in a project.  I decided to use some of them to embellish (and cover the hole) in a vintage sweater.

Pretty basic concept.... just needle felt the circles onto selected parts of the wool sweater, and needle felt additional pieces as well.  Then added a few french knots for a detail trim...

This was a gift for my mother, and she really liked the result!

7  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: Non-chain craft stores, where are they??? on: January 30, 2010 05:32:37 PM
Don't forget about Button Emporium..  I've never been there, but I've heard it's fantastic...

And I would always include Scrap (www.scrapaction.org).  Not really a craft store, but certainly a place where a creative craftster can scrounge materials...
8  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: Other Portland Meetups on: January 30, 2010 05:29:21 PM
Hey Craftsters!... The West Side Sip-N-Stitch has now moved!
They are no longer meeting at Haggen's.  They are now meeting at the Whole Foods Market on Cornell Road on about 192nd.  Same Day and time (Wednesdays at 7pm - or earlier)

It's still the same very lively group of always at least a dozen women... Mostly Knitters.
However usually there are several spinning wheels out, and a couple of fiber dyers who bring fiber (Stitch Jones, anyone?)

I am pretty much always the one who is never knitting... aka the Never Knitting Crafter... *grin*, and I would sure like to see some other non-knitters showing up.

My current project is a hooked rug, and I just finished a computer bag...

9  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to weaving - which loom to get? on: May 31, 2009 10:04:25 PM
OK, I'm not an expert on all of these looms but I have done a bit of weaving, so I'll throw out my 2cents to get the discussion going...

Generally I think you would find the table looms to be bulkier than the Kromski.  Also, for rigid heddle weaving (Kromski) you would be pretty limited to the "over-under" weaving style.  With a 4 or 8 harness loom, your warping  options As well as your weaving options are much more extensive.  I think the overall warping would be much simpler on the rigid heddle, since the table looms are really just miniature "big looms".  One thing that seems to be nice about the Kromski is that you can find parts - specifically the rigid heddle itself to vary the weight/spacing of the warp.  I believe a lot of the table looms are so old that it could be hard to find parts (reeds) for them??

So, I guess the biggest questions are:

what would you find to be interesting about weaving?  Are you just interested in generating basic cloth?  Or are you thinking you would like to do some of the more sophisticated weaving patterns?

Is portability a big issue for you?  Or is this something you will be doing at home?
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Two pegloom rugs - lots of pics on: May 29, 2009 11:01:20 PM
Wow!  I didn't realize what loom type you were using until I looked at your flickr page (I had to search).  I've recently been researching these, because I think they are terrifically portable, and I would just like to try one out.  I also think it would be a good way to teach weaving to kids.

Thanks for sharing!
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