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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Cheap Fabric Shops in Melbourne on: April 20, 2011 08:03:20 PM
Try Rathdowne Remnants in Victoria St North Carlton (just off Lygon) too.  Excellent range of natural fibre materials.
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Shopping online on: April 20, 2011 06:51:40 PM
This is a great list - also with the Aussie dollar as is now . . . online shopping from overseas is WELL worth it!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: tensioned, handmade lazy kate - the quick, $15 version on: October 08, 2009 04:24:55 AM
I bought a Majacraft Rose just over 12 months ago and have NEVER regretted it (except I do regret not getting enough time with her!).  My husband is into computers and had just bought himself a "new" old one from eBay and I could justify the money as never having to buy another wheel again either (except I already had two . . . Cheesy)
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Grocery bags. HELP!! on: August 29, 2008 01:56:55 AM
Putting the fabric there will also help to keep your iron clean in the event that it doesn't work and the bag melts . . . Sorry to be a party pooper, but I suspect that unless you're using a REALLY low temp on your iron, that it won't work that well.

But I hope I'm wrong!  Good luck and I'd be interested to see how it turns out as well.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Embroidered Owl Clutch on: August 29, 2008 01:52:24 AM
I'm not a huge fan of clutches, but I really like this one.  The embroidery is really neat, do you do lots?  Also, did you top stitch all the fabric squares too, because they are so straight! lol

I like the brown with the blue as well.  Good job.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finding an appropriate chair for spinning on: August 25, 2008 03:44:27 PM
But I can't just sit there watching a movie twiddling my thumbs!  I've gotta spin!  Know what I mean?

I hear you - I'm always spinning or knitting while watching tv.  I think it drives my DH a bit mental sometimes that I can't just sit still.  But I will confess, occasionally I will do the ironing while watching a movie too.  I think that bothers him more!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Acid Dyes in a Crock Pot? on: August 25, 2008 03:40:29 PM
Can anyone tell me: When using the solar cooker (or the crock pot, for that matter) for handpainted rovings (that are wrapped in cellophane), do I still need to put some water in the bottom for steam? It seems like it should work more like the microwave method, which, if I understand it correctly, doesn't require that bit of water in the bottom.

If I tried it in my crock pot with no water, what's the worst that could happen? I'm learning on cheap mill ends, so ruined wool is no big deal to me.

Ruined wool may be no big deal, but without the water, you'll short circuit your crock pot and then it won't work any more!  From a crock pot cooking pov, you should never turn it on without it being roughly 1/3 full of liquid.  This is because of how most of the elements are set up in them.  Don't worry, the liquid won't simmer like it would on the stove, so your fibre shouldn't felt, but it gets sufficiently hot for a sufficiently long period of time that it will set the dye.  You may need to set a plate or something on top of the cellophane wrapped fibre so that it stays submersed in the hot water though.

With a solar cooker, I don't think you would need the water, because it would be like baking a fish in aluminium foil, it would stew in it's own juice so to speak.

Let me know how you go, I've never tried tried dying either way!
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Aarrgghh! My boy doesn't like this wetfelted dragon! on: August 23, 2008 01:48:59 AM
Oh, but I love him! Cheesy
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - August 22, 2008 on: August 23, 2008 01:14:25 AM
the band on the bobbin - I've never seen anything like it.  (looking again)
  It's a stretchy rubber/plastic thingy.  Apparently, they're supposed to last about 10 years or so, but I bought a spare one when I bought the wheel too, just in case.  Kind of like the bands that you would use on a drum carder (or the one my mum has, anyway).

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Is that the Majacraft Rose (I guess the rose gives it away).  Beautiful!!
  Yupp, it's the Rose model.  I didn't like the Suzie as much, but it was still a gorgeous wheel too.  I would highly recommend majacraft to anyone interested in a new wheel Cheesy
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - August 22, 2008 on: August 23, 2008 01:05:27 AM
Tazzsangel, that's really even for a first plying attempt, good job!
Sewknitter, congrats on learning to navajo ply.  I ply most of my yarns this way as it means there's no left over bits of single around my house Cheesy
Cloudlover, (and other dyers) I assume that you chain the roving after it's been dyed, right?

These are all beautiful, people.  I need to experiment more with colours and stuff in my dying.
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