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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where's the tatting at? on: October 31, 2008 11:44:58 AM
I am pretty much wondering if you could "tat" with yarn to make a scarf as I think this flower thing would make a cool scarf in a nice soft yarn

Check out blog entry with a needle tatted scarf made with merino sock yarn.

Joanne
2  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Twill with a rigid heddle on: June 26, 2008 11:52:53 PM
There is a book about multi-harness weaving on a rigid heddle loom. 

THE XENAKIS TECHNIQUE
For the Construction of Four Harness Textiles
David Athanasios Xenakis

I haven't read this book so I can't tell you about the technique.

Joanne
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lendrum wobble on: June 14, 2008 04:30:57 AM
I noticed you have the flyer on the lowest/slowest ratio, since slowing down helped the wobble, try using a higher/faster ratio.  I know that is much easier said than done - my foot has once speed so I adjust the ratio to the amount of twist I want.  I rarely use the regular flyer, for most of what I spin the fast flyer matches my foot speed better. Roll Eyes
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dyeing viscose top on: June 11, 2008 08:38:04 PM
I immersion dyed some viscose top in the same dye bath as some cotton and some ramie using Procion mx dyes.  All 3 dyed beautifully.

Joanne
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dying stained crib sheets? on: June 11, 2008 08:36:20 PM
Dyes are transparent so they won't cover the stain.  If the stains aren't too dark, a uneven dye job like low water immersion dye might make them less obvious.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lendrum wobble on: June 11, 2008 08:11:53 PM
After months of saving, I finally ordered my dream wheel- and it seems to wobble!  gah!  It's a Lendrum Folding double treadle.
I have a Lendrum single treadle.  I managed to bump off and lose one of the little plastic/rubber round things on the bottom of the wheel.  This will make the wheel wobble, I just put a small newspaper type ad under the spot where the little round thing should be.  I rarely think about looking for another one except when I am spinning.  Before I lost the little round thing, my wheel didn't wobble. With the newspaper under the wheel it doesn't wobble.

Joanne
7  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: questions from a non-weaver (yet hehe) on: May 23, 2008 09:06:44 PM
I took a class last month with Daryl Lancaster, the person interviewed in the weavecast episode Kbird mentioned.  She brought clothes she had sewn with handwoven fabric.  I would see if there is weaving guild in your arey.  My guild owns several looms that members can rent.  I second the recommentation to look for a used loom.  One good thing about buying a used loom is they hold their value well.  When looking for where to try a loom, check the school districts community education classes and any local colleges/universities.  If the college/unversity doesn't have a textile program, check their lifetime learning program if they have one.

Joanne
8  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: I got some yarn at a yard sale...and a LOOM! on: May 22, 2008 10:08:36 AM
This reply is a bit late but...  If you can find a number that looks like a serial number, email Tom Beaudet (t.beaudet@verizon.net) who provides technical advise in the US (NAYY).  When I bought a used Nilart (floor loom) last year he was able to tell me my loom is 30 years old.  I don't know how sturdy other Leclerc looms are but I expect mine loom will outlive me.

Joanne
9  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Is it possible to teach yourself how to weave? on: May 22, 2008 09:56:12 AM
It is possible to learn from books and dvds.  Learning to Weave is a great book, it is frequently recommended on the 2 weaving email lists I belong to.  I recently bought Peggy Osterkamp's Warping The Loom: Back to Front dvd, it is a great dvd and shows the warping process in detail.

Joanne
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: hehe I may be in trouble on: May 22, 2008 09:47:34 AM
See if your library has Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler/Reading (older copies).  Also check for weaving classes in your area - call the yarn stores around you to see if they know of weaving classes or a weaving guild.  The beginning class I took included rental of a table loom.  It was a great way to learn about weaving without buying a loom.  4 years later I have 2 floor looms and a table loom.

Joanne
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