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131  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday, November 4, 2011 on: November 04, 2011 11:16:58 AM
Wewt!  What's everyone been up to this week?

all lined up by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

The red and orange are from the sheep I got to help shear!  So fun to beable to take it straight from sheep to yarn!  I might ply them together, or just ply them upon themselves.

Dorset Cross by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Dorset Cross by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

This brown/blue one will be plied with a single of the brown, hopefully by the end of the weekend.

Wool with wool coccoons by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And this is silk I've been working on for months.... I keep getting distracted.

Silk by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And this is some yarn from the sheep I helped shear, as well.  It's for a project for the farmers!  The skein on the left was plied by me, and the skein on the right was plied by my son.

Dorset cross by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Anywhoo, Happy Fiber Friday!

132  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felting Challenge time! EXTENDED! Craft until Dec. 20, 2011! on: November 02, 2011 05:24:05 PM

Okay, Folks!  You voted and our theme is Winter Holiday!  Winter Holidays include but are not limited to: Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Yule, etc.

The rules:

  • One (1) entry per person
  • Needle or wet felt something pertaining to our theme
  • post it in the entry board within the the time frame of December 2- 10 20th!  *Extended!*

The prize will be announced soon, I'm just hashing out the details!
The prize!!!!!  Our very own Zombie_Queen is donating 4 oz of undyed alpaca from her beautiful fiber shop Arachne Fiber Arts

Voting will take place from the 10th- 17th!   Dec 20th - 30th

Best luck, and I can't wait to see what beautiful creations you all come up with!
133  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Felting challenge theme vote! on: October 23, 2011 04:11:12 PM
** If you want to suggest a picture for 'Inspired by a picture', Please post it or a link here! ***

Time to vote for a theme for the upcoming Felting Challenge!  What would you like to felt?
Basic details:
Craft time: November 1- December 1
Entry time: December 2- December 8
Vote time: December 9- December 16

Can't wait to see your choice!
134  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday October 21, 2011 on: October 21, 2011 12:15:59 PM
One tiny skein.  That's all I have pictures of because, for some reason, the battery didn't charge on my camera.  I'll share more once the battery charges.
It's much more green in real life.... if my battery doesn't go wonky again, I'll replace it with a better photo.

Here's a better pic of color:

Boggy by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Happy Fibre Friday!  
135  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Victorian Gothic Tiny Book on: October 02, 2011 08:31:37 PM
I think this probably fits here best...

I made this book for Ramona Q in the One tiny Book round 2 Swap.  She had Victorian Gothic on her list of themes and I knew I had everything to pull that off.  It was really fun to make!  I was inspired both by Teesha Moore, and the crazy quilting style of Sharon B at Pin Tangle. 
Front and binding:

All the pages before assembly:

Thanks for looking Cheesy
136  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The purse that took 2 years ;) on: September 26, 2011 10:54:20 AM
I've had this fabric for nearly 2 years.  I bought it specifically to make a purse. But I just recent got the chance took the time to make it!  It's a bit bigger then I wanted it to be (I made the pattern myself, and I still couldn't see just how big it was going to be Roll Eyes )  But it'll still fit everything I need it too.  And I plan on making a matching wallet.  Now just to take that time too!

Just a bag I made by Belladune, on Flickr

just a bag I made by Belladune, on Flickr

Inside of the bag I made by Belladune, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!
137  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Just some yarn I turned into a bracelet on: September 14, 2011 04:16:13 PM
I spun this yarn from a little chunk o batt that was a sample in a package I received.   I wrapped it around my wrist and decided it was to gorgeous to knit, so now its a cuff Smiley

Sometimes yarn should just be yarn. Smiley
138  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Solar dyeing fun on: September 10, 2011 05:51:38 PM
I've taken advantage of the last few hot days of summer by dyeing scarves and wool!  Just acid dyes and sun and something to dye.  Easy peasy!

Beautiful silk scarves drying on the line by Belladune, on Flickr

Some of my favorite outcomes by Belladune, on Flickr

silk scarves in the wind by Belladune, on Flickr

pile of bright color by Belladune, on Flickr

And the wool:

complete pile of dyed wool by Belladune, on Flickr

It was great fun, and really easy, all things considered!

139  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Spun Summer Shrug (pic heeeeaaavy) on: September 01, 2011 07:56:34 PM

Bee and beehive detail by Belladune, on Flickr

I had the inspiration to make yarn a while ago, and the Inspired by nature theme of this months challenge gave me the incentive to make it!   I bought the batt I spun this from at Fibre week back in June, and knew it had to be the yarn.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a pic of the batt!!! Sad  The flowers are needle felted by me. They and the bee and beads and the locks are spun directly into the yarn itself.   I knit it up on size 17 needles using knit, purl and what I think are drop stitches (I can't remember the name, but I know how to do em!!) Once I felt it was long enough I bound off and blocked it.  Once it was dry I stitched the end seams to the top seam, and voila!  A beautiful shrug!  And after all that wordyness, pictures!
The yarn itself:

Spun summer by Belladune, on Flickr

Knit up and blocking:

spun summer- Knit up and blocking by Belladune, on Flickr


Rose detail by Belladune, on Flickr

Pansy detail by Belladune, on Flickr

Bee and beehive detail by Belladune, on Flickr

Worn by me:

Spun summer shrug by Belladune, on Flickr
(ignore the face I'm making... my photog was my 6 year old)

Spun summer shrug by Belladune, on Flickr

spun summer shrug by Belladune, on Flickr

Also you'll note that there are daisies and another bee in the yarn.  They unfortunately didn't make it onto the shawl.  But the yarn is sitting there awaiting the moment it becomes a brooch. a giant spun summer brooch.  Smiley 
Thanks for looking and don't forget to vote for your favorite entry!
140  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Learn To Spin - Lesson links on: August 31, 2011 08:14:19 AM
Lesson 1 : Source your tools
Lesson 2 : Drafting
Lesson 3 : Spinning
Lesson 4 : Plying
Lesson 5 : Skeining and setting the twist
Lesson 6 : Yarn design[url]
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