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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / The Wedding and Graduation Shawl (artsy-fartsy pictures included) on: May 11, 2008 02:51:06 PM


A friend of mine is getting married in two weeks (a: eek! and b: it's a week after college graduation.  How's she's managing this is beyond me), and I wanted to give her a present that would last generations.  So I wove her a shawl! Her favorite color is (obviously) blue.



Bamboo, tencel, silk, and lurex (all approximately 20/2) woven in plain weave on a Harrisville 4 harness 36 inch loom.  The lurex was woven with another strand, since it's not strong enough to stand up in a warp by itself.  About 22 inches by 62 inches.



The drape on it is fantastic! It's basically weightless and really, really soft.



The most wonderful thing for me is that, when I graduated last year from the same college, a friend who had graduated the year before pulled me aside and gave me a ceramic bowl she had hand-turned and glazed herself at her new job in a pottery studio.  She told me that, no matter what expectations came out of a schmancy liberal arts education, you could be whoever you wanted to be and do whatever you wanted to do.  Fast forward a year, and I'm working in a fiber store, weaving, spinning, and dyeing for a living, and I'm exactly where I want to be.  I guess I just want to pass on the message to the next generation.  (Plus I live in Maine still and I get to do photoshoots on the beach!)



2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / ROUND 2--Altered Ancestors Swap on: April 28, 2008 09:10:37 AM
Post your altered ancestors here!

Original swap page:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238853.0

SEND-OUT ORDER:

FOR JOYOUSBOHEMIAN:
Send-Out 1: squirrelgirl.  2:  neverseenblue.  3: the_trademarks.  4:
crafty_dame.  5: lisateacher.
FOR LISATEACHER:
Send-Out 1: joyousbohemian.  2: squirrelgirl.  3: neverseenblue.  4:
the_trademarks.  5: crafty_dame.
FOR CRAFTY_DAME:
Send-Out 1: lisateacher.  2: joyousbohemian.  3: squirrelgirl.  4:  neverseenblue.  5: the_trademarks.
FOR THE_TRADEMARKS:
Send-Out 1: crafty_dame.  2: lisateacher.  3: joyousbohemian.  4: squirrelgirl.  5: neverseenblue.
FOR NEVERSEENBLUE:
Send-Out 1: the_trademarks.  2: crafty_dame.  3: lisateacher.  4: joyousbohemian.  5: squirrelgirl.
FOR SQUIRRELGIRL:
Send-Out 1: neverseenblue.  2: the_trademarks.  3: crafty_dame.  4: lisateacher.  5: joyousbohemian.


blue: sent
red: received
green: late, with communication
purple: late, without communication.  If you have a purple, PLEASE PM ME AT ONCE and let me know what's going on.

Send-Out Dates:
please send your ancestors'/vintage photo BY E-MAIL to everyone by next Monday, 4/14.  You will have TWO WEEKS to work on each picture, starting on the 14th, so the send-out dates are as follows:
1.  4/28
2.  5/12
3.  5/26
4.  6/9
5.  6/23
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Altered Ancestor--Round 2 CLOSED on: April 07, 2008 07:02:39 PM
So I was about two seconds too slow on the first round (which started yesterday--heehee), and since it's such a small swap, rackycoo said that it would be just fine to do another round alongside the first.  So, here we go! And do check out the original at: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238508.0

Swap name: Altered Ancestor Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: joyousbohemian

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 6, plus organizer

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

Age requirement? 18+

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: N/A

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 13 years old: YES

Details of swap:
In this very small swap, participants will email a photo of an ancestor (or just someone who's got a great look about them!) to each of the other 5 participants. Each person will then use the photo in a little work of art (no bigger than 6" by 6" on any one side), and mail it back to the sender. At the end of the swap, each person will have a set of 6 (you have to do one yourself!) altered images of their ancestor that they can frame separately or together.
...

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
joyousbohemian
lisateacher
crafty_dame
the_trademarks
neverseenblue
hannabear
squirrelgirl

SEND-OUT ORDER:

FOR JOYOUSBOHEMIAN:
Send-Out 1: squirrelgirl.  2:  neverseenblue.  3: the_trademarks.  4:
crafty_dame.  5: lisateacher.
FOR LISATEACHER:
Send-Out 1: joyousbohemian.  2: squirrelgirl.  3: neverseenblue.  4:
the_trademarks.  5: crafty_dame.
FOR CRAFTY_DAME:
Send-Out 1: lisateacher.  2: joyousbohemian.  3: squirrelgirl.  4:  neverseenblue.  5: the_trademarks.
FOR THE_TRADEMARKS:
Send-Out 1: crafty_dame.  2: lisateacher.  3: joyousbohemian.  4: squirrelgirl.  5: neverseenblue.
FOR NEVERSEENBLUE:
Send-Out 1: the_trademarks.  2: crafty_dame.  3: lisateacher.  4: joyousbohemian.  5: squirrelgirl.
FOR SQUIRRELGIRL:
Send-Out 1: neverseenblue.  2: the_trademarks.  3: crafty_dame.  4: lisateacher.  5: joyousbohemian.

blue: sent
red: received
green: late, with communication
purple: late, without communication.  If you have a purple, PLEASE PM ME AT ONCE and let me know what's going on.

Send-Out Dates:
please send your ancestors'/vintage photo BY E-MAIL to everyone by next Monday, 4/14.  You will have TWO WEEKS to work on each picture, starting on the 14th, so the send-out dates are as follows:
1.  4/28
2.  5/12
3.  5/26
4.  6/9
5.  6/23

Please let me and your partner know when you send out.  In addition, you are more than welcome to send out early; just keep in touch and let me and your partners know what's going on. 

People's preferences:

JoyousBohemian:
size: no real preference.
theme or color scheme: just no really silly stuff, please.  I'm open to most anything, as long as it's respectful!
thickness: go wild!

lisateacher:
size: creator's choice
theme or color scheme: nope!
thickness:

crafty_dame:
size: variety is great, though probably not too small - so maybe at least 1 side at least 4"? (ie, not as small as an atc or anything!)
theme or color scheme: nope! i generally like dark images, but i'm cool with a more vintagey style as well
thickness: i'm super cool with thickness, and tend to have issues doing "paper only" - i MUST add other stuff! how does everyone feel about thickness?

the_trademarks:
size: 6" by 6", I really want them to be all the same size
theme or color scheme: Nothing that comes to mind. I just want it to be pretty and not creepy.
thickness: whatever thickness people want to make.

neverseenblue:
size: 4x6 or 6x6 would be fine I think a variety would be fun
theme or color scheme: I dont have any particular themes in mind, but as for color I really like brown/green, brown/blue combinations.
thickness: Thickness is not a problem for me.

squirrelgirl:
size: I like that 6x6 size
theme or color scheme: my family is Hispanic so any Mexican influences or themes would be nice.
thickness: different thicknesses are okay

I'll be sending out everyone's addresses and e-mail addresses shortly. 
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / why don't giraffes do drugs? [needle-felted giraffe; pic chubby] on: February 14, 2008 07:27:46 PM
because they're naturally high! hee hee. 

y hello thar!


This is Aethelred the Unready, (bonus points if you get the geeky British history reference) so named because he sold before I had taken any pictures of him and I had to quick snap pictures at the sales desk as he was getting rung up.  He was entirely needle-felted, with pipe cleaner armatures in the legs and neck. 


a good shot of his manly proportions


booty shot for tha ladies

I work at a fiber store (hence the selling him bit--I got paid to make him! Eeeee!), so I just grabbed stuff from the bins to make him, and don't really remember what I used.  I'm sad he sold, though! He's sad too, see:



Godspeed, Aethelred.  Godspeed.

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / a steampunk swap, anyone? on: October 29, 2007 11:27:55 AM
Okay, so I admit it: hi, my name is Bristol, and I'm obsessed with steampunk.  For those of you who don't know what it is, wiki has a good run-down here --
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk -- "The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely usedusually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era Englandbut with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy." 

So does anyone want to play?
6  UNITED STATES / Maine / looking for willing knitters, spinners, and weavers and warm hearts in Portland! on: September 28, 2007 06:14:52 PM
The Portland Fiber Gallery (next to North Star Music Cafe, across from the Eastern cemetery on Congress Street) is celebrating Weavers and Spinners Week next week by hosting a fiberthon! We're pulling out aaaaall the spinning wheels and warping up most of the looms (well, I'm warping them up, anyway) and inviting everyone we know to come play.  All the articles of clothing and blankets we make within the week will be donated to the charity Afghans for Afghans (www.afghansforafghans.org), who is sending out a shipment on the 12th to an orphanage near Kabul.  We're going to be open Tuesday-Thursday 11-5, Friday until 8 (First Friday art walk!), and Saturday and Sunday, the major marathon days, from 9 to 9.  You also get a free gift certificate for a cookie or a drink at North Star! Hope to see you there!  Tell us that Bristol (that's me!) sent you!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / writing knitting patterns so that other people know what the heck you mean? on: September 11, 2007 06:43:15 PM
I'm teaching a class at work (I work at a fiber store) and I need to be able to distribute the knitting pattern I'm teaching.  However, every time I try to write it, I'm pretty sure that the darn thing makes absolutely no sense.  I have someone who will test-drive the pattern for me, but I'd rather figure out how to make it a little more comprehensible before making her go through the pain of deciphering it! So, how do all you accomplished people write patterns that other people can understand? Any tips and tricks?
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I have $15 eBay dollars--do I buy fiber or carders? on: May 25, 2007 05:29:02 PM
So here's a dilemma I'm currently facing.  Someone gifted me 15 dollars on eBay, and I'm torn between buying some sari silk fiber to spin, or investing in some hand carders.  The former fits my budget exactly, while the latter are more expensive, but would be a better longterm investment.  Help me!
9  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / the FAAAAHBULOUS rug-weaving I've been doing--holy cheese it's image crazy! on: January 18, 2007 08:46:21 PM
So this past summer I apprenticed at the Portland Fiber Gallery in Portland, Maine, my hometown.  I came back from school this past semester dying to weave, and so whipped out three rugs during my winter break.

Here's the first one I made, which is about 3 feet by 5 feet and made entirely from fabric in my mom's quilting stash (the brown is the center, contrary to the proportions of the first picture):

and a close-up of the weaving:

And artistically arranged on top of my cat:


The second one I made was for my boss at the Fiber Gallery.  She gave me the yarn, told me roughly how much she wanted of each color, and then left on vacation for a week and let me design the pattern myself.  The yarn is a mohair/wool blend by Wilde and Woolly, and the rug is about 3 feet by 7 feet.
See, you can kind of see my cat in this picture (he's the lump on the right):

first closeup of the stripes:

second closeup of the stripes!


The third rug is what I like to refer as a floor sweepings rug--it's some yarn we wanted to get rid of at the Gallery, and some strips left over from my rag rug, and the warp that was left after I finished my boss' rug.  About 3 feet by 4 feet:

Close-up:


Thanks for looking! It was a great way to spend winter break!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / And that's the end of the story. . . on: October 31, 2006 02:26:51 PM
So remember this skein from two Fiber Fridays ago that I was trying to decide what to do with? To ply or not to ply?

(A visual reminder)

Well, after some consideration, I plied it with itself.  Here are the results!

The skein in all its plied glory.

Scale shot, with a fortune cookie fortune:


It's worsted weight, spindle-spun and plied, Kool Aid-dyed, and about 125 yards.  Now, what to do with it?
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