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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Simple landscape on: June 06, 2015 07:35:56 PM

This was just a vision, that started with handmade felt. I made the green grass and blue sky out of wool (and hot water and agitation), and then stitched the flowers with a combination of backstitch, daisy stitch (I don't think that's the proper name, but you make daisies out of it. It also makes cute leaves) and french knots.  The cloud is couched embroidery thread. I used a gold filament to secure it.  And then I painted the frame to match!

Hope you enjoy!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / mmm batts on: May 26, 2015 12:05:24 PM
My friend started raising angora bunnies!! It's absolutely the best things since sliced bread. More fluff for me!
This batt is 75% BFL and 25% angora bunny. It's dreamy.

And I made a great big pile of these ones, but they are just merino wool, and the colors are layered. So, depending on which way I roll them, you either see the dark grey, or the aqua.  There's also a light grey in between them.

I've been sneaking in 30minutes to an hour everyday to play with my drum carder, so watch for more!!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / A couple big Skeins of handspun <3 on: May 23, 2015 07:41:50 AM
Two big skeins, that I haven't measured yet, but I started with about 8 ounces of fibre.  I dyed the merino top, and it felted up a bit, so I ran it through my drum carder

Here are the yarns:

This is what it looked like in batt form (there were lots of them, but these are two good examples:

And a little update on the yarns I posted last week.  This is how they look now that I'm knitting them:

I'll give it it's own thread later, once it's finished.

Thanks for looking!

(gah! I don't know why they are sideways!!  They aren't on my computer...)
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Meet Agatha and Enri on: April 12, 2015 07:32:39 AM
These two were made for Alwaysinmyroom in the Geezers Alive and Kicking swap.  Their bodies are both fully needle felted, and their jackets (well, Enri's shell) are wet felt. Agatha also sports a black jumpsuit.  She's jointed, so she can be posed a little bit.

Here's a look at what she looked like before i added her hair and put her arms and legs on.

Thanks for looking!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Paleo friendly Apple Cake-ina-Cup on: March 10, 2015 09:08:32 AM
I've been having mad cravings for cake or cookies or muffins lately, and seeing as my body detests grains of all kinds I was glad to see a post by The Paleo Mom on Facebook for a paleo version of the mug cakes you see all the time.

I adjusted the recipe just a tiny bit to my liking by adding just a pinch of baking soda (gluten and corn free, of course) omitting the nuts (why add more nuts when you're using almond flour? jmho) and chose to use maple syrup instead of honey. (the first 4 times... the 5th time I used honey, and it seemed to settle on the bottom a bit, making the bottom a weird texture... maybe I didn't stir it enough.) 
I've also learned that you need to be sure to use a larger mug... But it sure does kick those cake cravings right in the bum!

Link to original recipe : http://www.thepaleomom.com/2013/09/cinnamon-apple-2-minute-mug-cake.html
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Moar Dyed Scarves on: December 04, 2014 08:12:52 PM
Lets start with probably my favourite....

This one's striped the long way, It's a little hard to tell in these pics I notice now...

Triangle Shawl:


Worn as Scarf:

real shibori! folded like crazy, and was selective on where the dye went.

Wear it like this:
Or like this:

And one more for tonight.. This one I knotted and threw in the dye bath

These scarves are so cozy...
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / So many scarves.... Super picture overload... on: October 17, 2014 08:00:19 PM
I've decided I love doing this. Not more then spinning yarn, but it does provide a rather satisfying break from that when my legs go numb.....

This first set is 100% 19 micron merino wool. I start with pre-felt, and roll or fold or scrunch the scarf before dyeing it. Sort of like willy nilly shibori.  (vs. real shibori dyeing)

These two found new homes before they got the fancy photo shoot. But you can see the patterning on the black/grey/orange/red one was STUNNING.

These one's use the same technique, but they are 80% merino wool and 20% silk.  The different pre-felt acted a bit differently then the 100% wool, leaving these ones way longer and skinnier. But still lovely.

I'm sure there will be more... I do have another 15 meters of the pre-felt to play with after all.... >.>
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / 4kgs of merino on: August 15, 2014 06:28:19 AM
Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

I have A LOT of undyed merino. 8 KG's to be honest. Or that is to say, I had 8kg's of undyed merino. Now I only have 4.  Amazingly, it only took me an afternoon of intensive dyeing (between lunch and supper, and I still had supper on the table at a reasonable time!!) to do all this. 

Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

This one is kinda pretty.  If you like green. I'm not a fan, but hey! some people are!
Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

this yellow grey muddied. I know why, and I half expected it too, but maybe not so badly.
Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

This was the last one I did. by that time, I was getting lazy, so I took my 2 remaing balls of wool, and pushed dye with a syringe into the centre, then soaked the out side with the other colour.  Looks pretty neat!
Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

These one's were kettle dyed, I LOVe the peachy one
Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

This last one was hand painted
Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

there's between 8-16 ounces of each colour.  So much colour!!Which is your favourite?

9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday August 15, 2014 on: August 15, 2014 06:13:45 AM
Hurray Fibre Friday!

Two yarns, both merino, both not set. (hence the crazy curls in the single!)

Fiber Friday August 15 2014 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Fiber Friday August 15 2014 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

My level 3 final project yarn, BFL/Silk 80/20, ~323 yards hopefully enough for a short pair of socks. It's indigo dyed. it took oddly, with some darker spots then others.

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

I also dyed some scarves that day, and half wonder if it was the scarves that killed the indigo vat sooner then it should have.
Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

I also did a bunch of acid dyeing, but I'm going to save that for it's own post on the dyeing boards.  What have you been up to lately?
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday July 4th 2014 on: July 04, 2014 06:06:49 PM
Happy 4th, my American friends!

This monstrous amount of yarn is finally finished!

Yarn things- July 3 2014 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

3lbs of merino! spun bulky, and yielding about 600 yards.  That's like 200 yards per pound! Chunky chunky stuff!

At Fibre Week, in Master Spinner level 4, we had a dye day, these are the results!

Fibre week 2014. Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Fibre week 2014. Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Fibre week 2014. Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

We played with acid dyes! mixing up primary colours, and got the rainbow and a gradient of colours.  the only colours I didn't get a picture of was the gradients done by taking the yarns out in timed intervals.

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