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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / RIT dyes on: July 10, 2005 10:15:52 AM
I recently experimented with Rit dyes on my yarns.  (I'm still saving up for my all-natural dye kit, so that leads to experimentation with cheeper products Tongue  )

The colors I got were exquisit, however, I fear that the dyes will come off on my hands as I'm working (someone told me they tried to dye a piece of clothing with it, and the dye rubbed off onto their skin.)  Has anyone else used these dyes for yarns before?  Any advice/experiences would be appreciated!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Rolags? on: June 07, 2005 05:40:18 PM
I bought a trillion pounds of unwashed wool, and I'm in the process of cleaning and carding it.  It's good quality wool, but I like to work with different types of wool, and get different kinds once a week.  What would be a rough price to ask for hand washed and hand carded wool?  I'm looking to sell it on ebay. 
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / First batch of cleaned wool!!!! on: June 06, 2005 07:25:18 PM
I'm pretty excited.  I just cleaned my first batch of "raw" wool, and, let me tell you, it was an experiance!

Okay...it wasn't that big of an experiance, but it was fun!  And my hands are so soft from all of the lanolin on it!  LOL  I think I actually got it clean, with a small amount of felting on the non-shorn (am I describing this correctly?) side.  Pictures to come...just wanted to let you guys know the newest chapter in my life of spinning.  Has anyone else found this to just consume their life?
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Help! How does this thing WORK?!?! on: May 25, 2005 11:39:29 AM
okay, So I got my babe spinning wheel (double treadle production) yesterday...And i have no idea how it works!  I get the twisting part, but how does it wind onto the bobbin?  The only way I could get it to work is to do a little bit, and stop the flyer (Is that the right name for it?  the thing with hooks on it) and let the bobbin run by itself.  Please help!  I despratly need to spin tonite, and my hand is getting tired on my hand spindle.  Tongue  Maybe there's a site that will show me the proper way to do things (I've been to joyofhandspinning, and it didn't help me all that much with this problem)  Thanks in advanced!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I'm finally going to get a wheel... on: May 16, 2005 09:14:45 PM
After months of handspinning on my wonderful little collection of hand-spindles, I've decided to purchase a wheel.  This is the wheel I will be ordering tomorrow morning:

http://www.babesfibergarden.com/BFG92001/proddtb3.jpg
http://www.babesfibergarden.com/BFG92001/bpsm0199.htm

Has anyone spun with one of these wheels before?  I'm not really sure if this is a great wheel...But I feel that it will be.  Any advice for a newbie wheel spinner?

I'm pretty excited to be getting a wheel.   Cheesy
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinnning novelty yarns? on: May 02, 2005 07:55:00 AM
Okay, so I know how to spin fibers into my very own yarn now...but what about those awesome yarns I see people hand spin with the ribbons and other funky stuff spun in?  How does one go about spinning these into your yarns?  Everytime I try, it just looks like tightly spun ribbon.  Any suggestions?
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Everything from Alpaca to Yak! (In NYC) on: April 23, 2005 01:23:35 PM
I began spinning about a week ago, and had a very difficult time finding a store that carried spinning fibers.  I called, and called, and called, and heard a lot of different reasons why they didn't carry any fibers...UNTILL TODAY!!!

It's a nice little place in brooklyn called The Yarn Tree, and it is truely amazing.  The woman there (I wish I had caught her name!) was extreamly helpful in helping me pick out fibers that were easier to spin for beginners, and for the type of spindle I had.  They had books on spinning, and magazines.  They also hold classes.  (I was also able to see a photo of the sheep from which my wool came.)  There was also a very nice doggy that sat in the window, and greeted you as you walk in.  I'm sooo glad I found this shop, and wanted to share some of my wisdom, just in case any of you are having the same problem finding shops that sell fibers.

The website is http://www.theyarntree.com 

I believe you can also purchase fibers online via this website.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Casting Resin When You Can't Find It In Craft Stores on: December 22, 2004 08:27:56 PM
I've searched high and low for resin since reading a few posts about resin jewlery (first time poster, long time reader Tongue ) and a lot of people just can't seem to find casting resin at most places, including me!  (I ordered it online one time...but who can afford that every time they want to craft?)

I've tried everything...modge podge glue (didn't work for setting items in it)
Automotive Resin (Worked well for practicing, but was hard to work with, and impossible to get to dry clear)

A new craft store opened near me, and I figured I'd take a look and ask if maybe they had any.  Of course they didn't, but I did find a little gem in the rough while wondering around for hours (like we all do at the craft stores!)

It's called "EnviroTex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish"  And it works just like regular resin!  It's meant to be put onto items thick, so that it can seal a table, chair, etc.  But let me tell you...Easy to work with, affordable, and, best of all...the bubbles rise to the top, so you just blow on the surface about 5 min after pouring and NO BUBBLES!

I can't wait to post some pics of my new resin projects!  Let me know if anyone also has used other things for resin casting.
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