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21  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / rainbow scarf! on: March 16, 2009 05:39:22 PM
I've a rigid heddle loom, 18" across.  It makes me swear, because increasing the tension on it pops the staples out of the wood, and causes me endless problems, but now that the warp is off, I can final fix that by setting the thing with screws.

This is my first *real* project on it!  I'm sure the next will go better.

Anyway, the scarf:


That's my excuse for the dumb selvage problems.  Even so, I'm excited about my scarf!



24 epi, on a 12 heddle (which I had to saw down from the 24" one, the maker of my loom doesn't make one for the 18", at least, not that I could find?)


The story behind this is that I went to a weaving discussion on Friday, where the woman presenting had this wonderful rainbow towel, although it was twill, which I can't do with this loom, and the same day another woman had given me some 8/2 cotton she was destashing, and suddenly, I found myself with the colors to fake a rainbow!  So, Friday night I wound the warp and warped the loom, wove all weekend, finished last night, and washed it today.  And on Tuesday, I'll show it to the women who inspired me, so awesome.

two yards of warp (which was a little short) - all 8/2 cotton
I'm using two yarns per heddle... pink/red, orange/peach, neon yellow/mustard yellow, teal green (only green I have!), two shades of blue that are pretty much the same, light purple/navy blue
24 warp ends of each combination (although, the orange has 26)

weft is red, orange, mustard yellow, teal green, darker blue, purple


22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / anyone interested in a weaving yarn supply swap? on: March 11, 2009 09:13:05 AM
(I also posted this to the weaving discussion board.)

You know how it is, you buy a cone of yarn, it costs the earth, and it lasts for ages and ages.

My idea is simple, you tell me what you have, I match you with someone with a similar stash, and you wind off balls from your cones and exchange.

(wool people with wool, cotton with cotton, 8/2 with 8/2, 10/2 with 10/2, and so forth)

For instance, I have mostly 8/2 cotton, so I'd get someone with mostly 8/2 cotton, and we send each other pictures of our cones (I have only 7, I'm a bit new at this, so that would be our upward limit, if she had more, then we'd pick the colors we'd like from the other stash, and wind off approx. 100g balls (or 50g - or whatever you and your partner decide). If she likes only four of my colors, I pick only four of hers... and so forth.   And we'd all get more colors in the yarns and sizes we use the most.

How about it, guys?
23  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / anyone interested in a weaving yarn supply swap? on: March 11, 2009 09:05:28 AM
I'd post in the swap ideas folder, but it's you guys I want to talk to!

You know how it is, you buy a cone of yarn, it costs the earth, and it lasts for ages and ages.

My idea is simple, you tell me what you have, I match you with someone with a similar stash, and you wind off balls from your cones and exchange.

(wool people with wool, cotton with cotton, 8/2 with 8/2, 10/2 with 10/2, and so forth)

For instance, I have mostly 8/2 cotton, so I'd get someone with mostly 8/2 cotton, and we send each other pictures of our cones (I have only 7, I'm a bit new at this, so that would be our upward limit, if she had more, then we'd pick the colors we'd like from the other stash, and wind off approx. 100g balls (or 50g - or whatever you and your partner decide). If she likes only four of my colors, I pick only four of hers... and so forth.   And we'd all get more colors in the yarns and sizes we use the most.

How about it, guys?
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / small art quilt swap? on: March 09, 2009 10:21:47 AM
I mean, small as in size, not in time put in, of course.  Cheesy

I'm thinking... 1-2 feet square as the limits, and any shape welcome.  (that is 12x18 inches is fine, or a 14" circle or what have you.)

And maybe a partner provides 5 themes from which one is chosen?

What do you think?
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / It's finally spring! Let's make scarves! on: March 01, 2009 05:12:12 PM
well, it was snowing today.  And here, it's not spring yet.  We're still under that icy wind coming down from Chicago.

Anyway, the point is that I am sick to death of my 10 foot long recycled sari silk scarf because it gets shut in doors and it is too narrow, leaving half my throat exposed, and keeps getting its tassels tangled in my chair at work.

So, I bought some roving (urban collection, in Falkland) from beemiceelf on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5656087
spun it up into sport weight to fingerling weight yarn (you know, based on my mood at the time)
Then I knit it up, without setting the twist, in something resembling this pattern: http://www.ilgaleja.com/free_pattern.html


though I did not knit in the round, I just cast on a ton of stitches on a circular needle and knit back and forth.  And after an inch or so, I didn't think I had enough stitches, so I cast on more as I went... then when I got to the green side, I did some short row shaping to mimic those cast on bits.

in progress pic:

rav link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/astormorray/beech-wood

awesome.
26  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Grant Lee Buffalo - Mockingbirds - in chunky little houses on: March 01, 2009 10:42:19 AM






The song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1ED5n3rcFc
The inspiration: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=290479.0

I had heard it was a song about the results of an earthquake.  And I'd been thinking about joining the chunky house swap when the thoughts collided.  It's actually quite literal, the first verse is house 1 & 2, and the road between them.  House 3 is verse 2, the bridge is road 2, the last verse is the dream house and the flag. And the whole place is covered in birds.  The tree was more inspired by the magazines I was looking through to find some of the pieces for collage - I came across a trove of identical eyes.

The houses are cut from scraps of mat board.  The grass is tissue paper.  The ground is this fantastic super thick cardboard that came into my life as packing material.  Collage bits are from magazines, origami paper, colored paper from old fliers, wrapping paper.  The road and the tree are covered in recycled brown paper packing material (or in the case of the road - grey).  The tree roots are twist-ties, wrapped in paper.  The birds are a handcarved stamp made expressly for this project.


sketch and stamp.

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close up of open door. this house is handmade paper (by me) the heart stamp is one I made in high school, one of which is in the door of the right house.


Yeah, so this was lots of fun to put together!  My first real challenge entry.   I can't wait to see other people's work!

Oh, and the final pictures were taken in front of a movie screen, with the sparkly white stuff on it, so that's why they look... odd. Cheesy
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / collage memory game cards on: February 21, 2009 03:04:59 PM
I made these memory game cards for my daughter (2 1/2)

They're on wooden cards, which she likes to clatter about, around 3"x4", that I got for 4/$1 at Hobby Lobby.

Anyway, it's fun.  I was intending to make 24, but in the meantime, she lost one in the staircase (it's an old house) so, I had to make a second penguin.









I tried to take pictures with natural light, but it's a cloudy, snowy day, and they look
weird.  :/

The paper comes from magazines, catalogues, two children's puzzlebooks, my huge assortment of paper (wrapping, tissue, colored paper from school, etc), origami paper, some stickers, stamps, and a few things (the birthday cake with candle) I was forced to draw.  (The roosters are my favorites.)

Any idea how I should seal them?  they're already getting a bit frayed, and I haven't even got my daughter to play by the rules, yet.  Cheesy
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / round robin/ "telephone" with mystery theme swap? on: January 24, 2009 08:09:35 PM
Here's the idea:

Start with, say 16 people, divide them into 4 groups of four.
Everybody comes up with a list of ten themes (ie pattern, color, animal, robots, pirates, whatever Wink) and they're divided up by relative compatibility of taste.   And to get a good mix of different kinds of crafts, of course.

Person A gets a theme, the name of person B, and using that B's wist/posts, what have you, in combination with the theme, makes 1 medium item, sends to B.

Person B, when they receive the item, then gets person C's name, has to guess the theme, and with C's tastes in mind (again from stalking) makes 1 medium for C, and C does the same for D (again having to guess the theme) and D makes 1 medium for A.

Then we all post to the gallery and giggle.

I know, there are issues:
- it would be a long swap - at least two months, probably more.
- it would be impossible to angel. (although, if people take pictures before they send, it would ameliorate any lost-in-transit issues)
- you wouldn't be able to post anything you worked on until your groups first person received.

and maybe there are others?  (I'm sorry, I'm not up on all the swap rules...)

Some women in my local fiber arts group did something like this last year and it was amazing what they came up with.

I just thought I'd throw it out there.  Smiley
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / ugh, what should I do with this? my immense crocheted nightmare. on: January 12, 2009 08:09:28 AM
Um, so, like six years ago, Thanate taught me some of the basics of crochet, and I latched immediately onto the double crocheted circle.

And then I thought, why not use them to make a picture, like pixels?

Which I still think is a good idea, had I but picked a better picture.


*shudders*

It's about 50 inches square.  And it's hanging, because my mom hung it, I was keeping it folded up somewhere, in the hallway.  It is over 1600 circles, hand sewn to a plastic mesh - the sort you put around plants to keep animals out of them...

It took me about 6 months, 2/3 of the time to crochet those circles, the rest to sew them on.  At 25 I thought it would be awesome to have a giant picture of a girl with a gun (it's a girl... there was supposed to be a second phase of the project where I put in details, but by the time I got it all sewed on, I just wanted to be done, so that never happened).  At 30, I ignore it.  And when I do think about it, I think I'd better change it or get rid of it, because now I have a kid, and I don't want to explain to her what I was thinking when I made it.   Roll Eyes  At least not until she's old enough to have these sorts of ideas, as well...

so, um, suggestions?  What can I do with 1600+ crocheted circles?  Roll Eyes
30  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / toddler sailor suit! on: November 03, 2008 12:21:57 PM
So, I'm not entirely sure what my daughter went as (whether she is a Victorian child or an actual sailor) or why, but somehow, she had to have a sailor suit.  Not because she wanted one, but I did.

And why not for Halloween, because I don't sew well enough for everyday usage.  :/  I mean, yet!  Wink

It's from a pattern, Simplicity 5982.  I altered... well, I did the trim differently, did trim the insert so that it looks striped, and did a single bar on the back (my modern take on the middy) instead of the classic box outline.  (actually, she picked out this wide ribbon, when the pattern wanted a very narrow one, and I went with it, and I like it, because it looks more "costumey").  I wanted to do long sleeves and long pants, but I failed with the pants, because I read the pattern wrong, so they're long shorts...  So, because I couldn't decipher the pants directions and had to redo them several times, so in the end, the shirt was easier...  Roll Eyes


the day it was completed.   I mean night, late, late at night.

In action:

she's eating candy, of course, in this picture.  Wink


and the back.
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