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2361  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Handspun and Handcrafts Swap Round 5 (SU through 1/20, SO 2/20) on: January 12, 2012 08:40:55 AM

That would be a yes to your silly question about buffalo fiber, btw.
2362  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: A topic of discussion: Art yarn on: January 09, 2012 08:54:15 AM

So what do we calls yarns that are fancier than plain yarns but not quite entering the realm of art yarn?
Handspun Wink
2363  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday January 6th 2012 on: January 08, 2012 07:31:56 PM
Nik, that looks like a very fall-inspired yarn. Tripping in the pumpkin patch... take that as you will.

Belladune is always inspiring. Weren't they starting those classes in the states somewhere? Isn't there one near me sometime? Maybe next year I will have to sign up. Forced into it! My husband has already told me I'm not going to Canada to do it with Belladune Sad so I have to find another.
2364  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Repair holes in wool sweaters, rugs etc with needle felting! on: January 08, 2012 07:28:02 PM
This is great! But I have a few questions. 1) Wouldn't it make the finished garment unwashable because of shrinkage?  2) What about the little hairs on the back? How does she keep them down?!
I like the idea of blanket stitching around them to make it look more like regular fabric or something. Especially on the elbows. Too cute! Hey, do I have any holy clothes I need to fix? Hey, would this work on the knees of my jeans?!
2365  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: I'm learning! on: January 08, 2012 07:24:39 PM
Thanks everyone!
Antidigger: The vessels could be a set but the first one isn't real flowers. I made them up as I went along. Maybe if I made one (or more) and put other Texas wildflowers on there that were found in my mom's yard it could be a real set. Ooh, now you're giving me ideas and inspiration. How dare you! I have enough to want to make. And besides, Mom's b-day is Friday so I don't have time to make more vessels!
Kaz: Thanks for the idea but if I punch it too much then I think it would made indentations that I'm not looking forward to. Some of the bluebonnet parts did that and the effect, while it could be cool if used correctly, might warp my final vision. On the solid balls I'm not bothered by it, I feel like it holds better, but on the vessels you can see the fibers poking through on the inside. The felting of the back idea from Belladune is an idea, but I don't know if it will hold them down as much as I want. Plus, I don't want to chance messing up and felting the front parts making it shrink and pucker. You might think that would be really hard to accomplish, but believe me, I could do it. Maybe I will just stick to fabric gluing it all down.
2366  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: stocking-needlefelted onto felt on: January 08, 2012 07:14:12 PM
I am loving the combination of needle-felting and embroidery. This would have a place of honor all year round if it came to me. I like how it's not all Christmassy but you can still tell what it is. Nice job!

Also, side note, I really like your new profile picture much better than the old one. It is much more flattering.
2367  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / I'm learning! on: January 08, 2012 02:02:35 PM
I don't remember what gave me the vision but I have this SUPER AWESOME vision in my head that concerns wet felting a bunch of vessels and needle felting them together and then needle felting embellishments on them. I've never felted anything at all. Well, maybe some rocks but that didn't count. So before I get this vision out of my head I first had to learn to felt. Vision's not started yet, but here are my learning adventures:


Then I bought a kit for needle-felting and the day it came in I made some balls for said needles:

Then I decided to try my hand at vessels, since I will need about 10 for my vision. I think I'm sending these to my Mom for her birthday because what the hell else am I going to do with them?
Smaller vessel with random flowers, no patterns or real flowers envisioned, just poking:

Larger Vessel with Bluebonnets, designed specifically for said Mother Ship:

I really like the abstracted bluebonnets on these and how they are all different. I tried the first with leaves and decided No, I'm not that good yet. RIP! Also, there are 6 on there but I figure it's already a heavy enough post so you can just image them.

And while I was waiting for the vessels to dry before I decided to try some panels:

And an experiment with some sparklies in the middle layer. Added too many sparklies. Didn't felt as well through as it should have. But like I said I'm learning!

Now to finish that Chevelle hoop and get on with my "vision" that I'm being so secretive about!

QUESTION: On the needle felted embellishments they are really easy to rip out. How do I stop that and make it permanent? With kids around I really don't want my work to be easily demolished. A little fabric glue on the back hold it in or is there something real felters do?
2368  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Handspun and Handcrafts Swap Round 5 (SU through 1/20, SO 2/20) on: January 07, 2012 08:46:48 AM
I'd like to join this one, but as I only spin natural (sheep) fiber in natural colours (I do dye sometimes but also only natural dyes, so no fancy colours) so I don't know if anyone would be interested...
Oh wait, I'm signed up as a spinner so I might not count but I thought I would voice that anyway.
2369  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday January 6th 2012 on: January 06, 2012 08:55:38 AM
Ooh, nice. Very comfy looking. It can be amazing how much yarn a project actually takes! I am always surprised, always!

Sorry, no contribution this week. *gasp!* I know, I've been felting instead of spinning. I'll post all of that soon enough, though.
2370  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Handspun and Handcrafts Swap Round 5 (SU through 1/20, SO 2/20) on: January 05, 2012 11:52:32 AM
I would like to join this swap, but I'm going to throw it out there to the group before I go ahead and do it.  The thing is, I only have drop-spindles, and I really like to spin but I'm not so great at it yet, and I end up with smallish uneven skeins.  But I have heard some people say that they really like the less experienced "art yarn" type quality- and I also make my own batts and have tons of different fiber available to mix in.   So if anyone is wanting to receive some smaller chunky random yarns- let me know and I will definitely join.  Otherwise I will hold off and my feelings won't be hurt a bit. Smiley
I think if you feel too uncomfortable with your yarns you could sign up as an other crafter and send some of your batts to your sninning partner as part of the swap. Just a suggestion. I'm so glad there are so many people interested already! I forgot to look: is there a cap on how many swappers?
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