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2911  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Monster Ninni Swap (SIGNUP 5/15/11-5/22/11 ; MAIL BY 6/13/11) on: May 15, 2011 03:48:24 PM
IN! You are all so excited to hear it, I know.
2912  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: May 15, 2011 12:33:44 PM
Very useful page on Walnut husks: http://www.phancypages.com/newsletter/ZNewsletter538.htm
I think I may have to bookmark it and convince my husband we need to go see his parents today or soon.
2913  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: May 15, 2011 08:51:30 AM
I love the barber pole affect, sometimes. Especially on singles, then when you ply it it gets even cooler.

I met someone last night at the Farmer's Market meeting who has an excess of Black Walnuts. Their husks are good for dyeing, right? I need to go look that up before I leave for the day so I can go steal some on the way home. And they sell rocks! I am so excited to make friends with these people. They even live 2 doors down from my in-laws.
2914  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Plush Monster Ninni Swap! on: May 13, 2011 10:33:55 AM
I'm down for this swap. I would like to do 2 and receive 2, one of my boy and one for my girl. If you want we could even do it how the Hoopla swaps handle 2: one person who wants 2 gets 2 partners who want 1 each?
2915  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum!! (SignUp CLOSED, Send 6/6/11) on: May 13, 2011 10:24:49 AM
Hooray Production Babies!

Oh noes car accidents!

Got dear bluebird's hoop started. Might need to ask opinion of one of our lovely organizers before I commence with the ______.
2916  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday-May 13 2011 on: May 13, 2011 10:20:35 AM
I love your singles. They don't even seem over-spun. I need to work on not over-spinning singles.
I agree that spinning colors is much more fun. I like seeing how the roving colors combine/separate when spun.

Here's my show:
The cocoons I told you about last week. Like I said, I need to work on my singles. And I need to read that article again before I try cocoons again. I'm so impatient. This is all from the raw fleece I cleaned:

I got some rovings from a shop on Etsy, Friends in Fiber, that were supposed to fade from light to dark through the whole roving... not as good as they looked in their store. Maybe if I had split the roving different it would have worked better. I plied the light end of the burgundy with the dark end of the blue and got 2 different colorways kind of. I wanted to try putting them together but I don't think I pull of the join very well on plied yarns so I decided not to mess with it. The burgundy is Polwarth and the Colonial Blue is BFL/Silk.


And I had some left over from both sides of the pink so I spun them together to get 28 yards of this:
2917  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Goblin in a hoop on: May 13, 2011 08:15:43 AM
I agree that sketchy pictures just beg to be stitched. I have an image of a naked Amazon woman I want to stitch but I am intimidated.  maybe this will be the encouragement I need?

I LOVE DOVER! I get their free samples each week. They have such good deals on their books. And they're all made in the USA. There are so many things that beg to be stitched from them. I am so glad you finally did what I've always wanted it. You inspire me.
2918  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum!! (SignUp CLOSED, Send 6/6/11) on: May 11, 2011 07:18:06 PM
I really like 4" hoops, that's what the Sea Song Bird was done in, but for my other hoop I am using an 8"er. The design I was going to use would have fit better in a 6" hoop but I was stitching it in this 8" because I don't have any 6"ers and I was just going to embroider the whole 8"es and crop the spots I didn't like, but I like I said I just scrapped that idea and this new one is going to fit BEAUTIFULLY in this 8"er, no cropping will be necessary! Oh geez, I am so excited for it!
2919  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum!! (SignUp CLOSED, Send 6/6/11) on: May 11, 2011 05:59:04 PM
Had my idea for Dearbluebird's hoops but I got started today and decided, nah, I'm no good at just doodle stitching. And the idea was too close to the other hoop that showed up in the gallery with the flowers on it. So I was perusing a site for a certain book publisher (won't tell which, so my Dearbluebird doesn't go and figure it out) and BAM there on the cover of a book is THE design I need to make for her. Well, I need to make it into all shades of ___ but still, it's perfect, and I don't have to go buy another hoop like I was going to have to for the other design. Yay! So I ripped out all the crap I had started stitching and now I am ready for blast off. After I take the kids for a walk. And maybe after they go to bed. Maybe.
2920  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum Gallery!! (Send 6/6/11) on: May 11, 2011 10:55:47 AM
Luck Dragon's hoop is beautiful! Now I feel sheepish over what I made.

The waves do have a name, but I don't remember what it is called. I don't even remember the site I found it on. I do know it was actually an outline stitch but I decided to leave a little more thread between to make it sag and look like "waves." Thanks for all the compliments!
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