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61  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Needlepoint canvas Vs Aida cloth on: November 07, 2012 01:36:31 PM
Okay.  So what I'm wondering is  can you use aida cloth for needle point, or is that a nono?  Or viseversa, can you use needlepoint canvas for cross stitch?  In my head, they are basically the same.  They both have an open weave, so why not?
62  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Judith Mackenzies Studio was by fire on: November 02, 2012 08:17:25 AM
This is a tragic event.  Judith has lost so much.  Pretty much everything.  Not to mention the fibre arts community that has been affected by this too.
They've started a page where you can donate items or dollars towards the rebuilding of her studio. If you can, please help.  


63  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Midnight, A felting challenge: Enter Nov23-Nov30 2012 on: November 02, 2012 08:10:07 AM
As per your votes, our challenge theme is Midnight!

The Rules:-
 Create a felted piece or series of pieces relating to the theme: Midnight!

-You can use any felting method you'd like. Be creative!

-This challenge is open to all Craftster members.

-Each participant may enter one project.

-It has to be a current piece. It can not be something that you have already made and posted.

-Post your Felting during the period of November 23, 2012 through to November 30, 2012.

-Voting will be posted from December 1, 2012 through to December 7, 2012

-On December 8th the winner will be announced

How to post your project:

Go to: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=468.0

Create a New Topic and post your project there

-Name your project something memorable, starting with "Midnight Felting Challenge: ....."

-Post pictures: from different angles and close-ups that help us see what you made clearly

-Post the story of your project, that could be your inspiration, how you made it, something to let us know how your project came to be.

-Please don't beg for votes.

And now the good part! 

The Prize:

There are two wonderful prizes that will go to the winner!
First is a 3oz selection of random fibres from my own stash!  All will be clean, some will be unprepared, and some will be prepared.

Selection of fibres for Craftster felting challenge. by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
Image not an depiction of what you will recieve exactly, but there will be some of that in there!

And second, there is a a reading of your choice from Sulis Tearooms!  You can indulge your curiosty and maybe gain some insite into a situation with these readings.  *

*Should the winner of the challenge be adverse to the readings, this prize will be awarded to the runner up, and going down the line until someone is interested in this type of thing.
64  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Vote For a Felting Challenge theme! on: October 19, 2012 06:59:35 PM
This poll will be open for 7 days!  What do you want to see done in felt?
65  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fibre Swap Fall 2012- Gallery on: October 17, 2012 05:17:44 PM

We have a keener!  A package is on it's way!  Let's keep our eyes peeled!

Sending late with communication
Feedback Given
Contact Organiser immeadiately (please don't make me use this one Wink )

Eclectic Dreamer > Indigo Roses > Sarahj2001 > Eclectic Dreamer

Breabadair > <Jexxican

Rodelphia > < RhymeswOrange

.:dollface:. > < Belladune
66  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fibre swap fall 2012 Sign up Sept.29- Oct.5, 2012 on: September 29, 2012 06:29:12 PM


Swap name: Fibre Swap fall 2012

Craftster member who is organizing this swap:
Sign-up date range: September 29th, 2012 to October 5th

Date to send item by: October 29th, 2012

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? Everyone welcome!

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:

- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES

- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:

- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES

- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES

- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES

- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES

- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
It's been a while, 
let's swap fibre!  Either fibre for fibre, or Yarn for fibre and Fibre for yarn.  Which ever option would please you more.  We will also swap one small crafted item related to fiber crafts.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:


Name of swap

Craftster username

Email address

Your real name & 
Mailing address including the country

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Favorite colors:
Favorite fibres:
Least favourite colors:
Least Favorite fibres:
Would you like to swap Fibre for Fibre? 2 oz fancy, or 4 oz wool?
Would you like to swap Fibre for Yarn? Which would you like to send (fibre or yarn)?  2oz fancy or 4 oz of wool?
What types of crafted items would you like to receive/can you make?
Anything else you may want to share with your partner or the organizer?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. Belladune
2. .:dollface:.
3. jexxican
4. RhymeswOrange
5. Rodelphia
6. breabadair
7. sarahj2001
8. indigo_roses
9/ Eclectic Dreamer
67  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Self Portrait Spin Challenge: The beautiful MOI! on: September 28, 2012 01:43:05 PM
This is my challenge entry!!  I've used singles to show parts of me and plied them together to give a whole picture.  I love the colors purple,blue and pinks, and wear them often.   
There is a white and colorful/sparkle corespun single to show that.  It's also full of texure, because I love texture.
There is a black and colorful single that shows that I love to wear black too.  It's thick and thin.  Then there is a Hazel type single that I blended from a few different colors, to represent my eyes.  This one is steady, smooth and constant.
And there is the woolen spun single that represents my hair.  Which is naturally a mousy brown and a bit frizzy.  But I love to add color to it, so it has locks of purple spun into it.  (which I wish my hair had purple in it.... One day!)
And I auto wrapped it in my favorite color of time, Purple!
Oh!  And there's not much of it, because there's not much of me!!  Cheesy

Here are some terrible night time pictures of the singles I spun.  Just so you can see them alone, and point them out in the finished yarn.

So there you have it.  Me in Yarn form!
68  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday - September 28, 2012 on: September 28, 2012 10:56:02 AM
I get to start!

I've been up to a lot lately.  Check it out!  spun thick and thin, then plied with black thread and blending filament.  You can't see it in the pic, but the filament makes it sparkly.

Coils by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And a soft spun thick and thin merino single

Thick and thin Merino by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

A core spun batt that was sadly a bit felted a bit so I kinda hate this yarn.  It's not at all what I wanted it to be.  And its over twisted, so I might use it in a plied yarn sometime.

Core spun mess. by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And this was spun on a drop spindle!  I'm not that big a fan of drop spindling, but this was homework, and I think I'm redoing this one.... it's got issues.

Spindle spun goodness. by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

These two are woolen spun from carded rolags.  I altered my carding method, and I much prefer the one on the left.  I'll be carding my rolags this way from now on.  These were also homework.   That I'll be redoing.

Woolen spun from Hand Carded rolags by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Who else has been spinning this week? 

69  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Soundtrack of my life Challenge on: September 13, 2012 04:00:33 PM
Everybody has a song (or 10 or more) that really resonates with them,  ones that go way back, ones that made you realize something life changing,  ones that you hear and take you back to a particular time and place, etc.  Why not a challenge to create something that represents that song, and possibly what it means to you.  We could all share links to the song we crafted as well, as not everyone may have heard of the songs that struck us.
70  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Scrap Happy Scarf -RRR Challenge 2 on: September 10, 2012 11:13:43 AM
Be prepared for a bit of picture overload!

Scraps Scarf by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

I've been wanting to do this FOREVER.  This challenge finally gave me the kick in the pants to do it!  I've been saving the scraps, pieces that are edges of fabric, or long strips that would indeed be suitable to some sort of scrap quilting, but I'm not much of a quilter.  A Spinner I am, and spinning was my goal here.  I cut any pieces that were wider then 1/2 an inch down to 1/2 an inch, and got to spinning.

Scraps for yarn by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
Obviously, I could make a lot more of these....

This is the only shot of the yarn I've got, as I didn't actually skein it, I just knit it straight off the bobbin.

Scraps Yarn by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And a few different shots of the scarf, not modeled:

Scraps Scarf ziggity zag shot by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Scraps Scarf, length shot. by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And one more modeled by me Cheesy

Scraps Scarf, take 2 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

It was knit in a simple 6 stitch drop stitch pattern, using single drop stiches and double drop stitches.   It's surprisingly warm, and comfortable!  It will go into my fall wardrobe for sure!
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