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21  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Noro-like Color Changes on: June 18, 2007 10:23:09 PM
I've seen tutorials online that show how to make self striping yarn, but I was wondering if any of you wonderful dyers out there had tips on how to dye a yarn with long color changes? Im trying to use a pattern from a retro knitting magazine for an entrelac sweater vest. Ive knit an entrelac scarf before with noro with wonderful results, but the gauge called for in the pattern is way too small, and Im always up for cheaper alternatives. Thanks!
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheting fabric together on: June 15, 2007 09:21:41 PM
I've seen some importy type purses that look like fabric that was edged with crochet and then crochetted together. I was wondering if you could recomend what stitch to use? Any info would be helpful!
23  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / DIY Recycled Silk? on: May 31, 2007 11:13:04 AM
My boyfriend's mother is a bit of a packrat and has given me a garbage bag filled with vintage silk scarves and clothing. I was thinking of ripping up some of them and using it for fiber, just like sari silk. So far I've only tried destroying one scarf and its quite difficult. I was wondering if any of you have tried making your own recycled silk and if so what tips do you have on creating the fiber?
24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Setting Twist W/ Synthetic Fibers on: May 06, 2007 08:30:13 AM
I just spun a few hundred yards of very fine weight singles from fake cashmere. I believe the actual fiber is made of nylon. Because they are singles I want the yarn to retain its strength without plying, so I was wondering if such fibers could be set in their twist. I know they dont have any memory as wool, but I was thinking maybe if I used boiling water it would lightly melt everything into place?
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet for pillows on: April 20, 2007 11:03:05 AM
I'm new to crochet and would love to make some nice edgings for a pair of pillowcases. I bought an old book on edgings from a thrift store and some of them are crochet right into the fabric through premade holes. Is there a way to make the holes into the fabric yourself without it coming out sloppy? Or do you guys recommend that I go with an edging that is made separate and sewn on later? Much thanks-Maria
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Worlds Ugliest Sweater!-Opinions Needed on: April 07, 2007 07:49:00 PM
In June, a local gallery is putting on a fiber arts exhibit. I'd really love to try to enter the ugliest possible sweater into the show. I would like it to look almost as if a grandmother started knitting it for one of her grandchildren and went completely senile about halfway into the process  Grin Soany comments, suggestions, opinions, what have you on what constitutes a VERY ugly sweater would be greatly appreciated. Fiber, puffy sleeves, uneeded bobbles, bows, etc. Much thanks!-Maria
27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Jewelry Display Ideas? on: March 23, 2007 09:30:30 PM
I've been making a bunch of beaded orchid brooches for a local orchid/bonsai shop recently. There is going to be an upcomming orchid show and she wanted me to make even more to sell there. I think they would really pop out against a black velvet background, but I'm not sure what type of display to create. Do you guys know of any tutorials out there or have any advice you could share on good jewelry displays for brooches?
28  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / How to make "unearthed" beads on: March 12, 2007 02:27:09 PM
I found a link to this gallery of polymer clay work
http://www.rubarbdesertdesigns.com/beadgallery.html
and she had quite a few beads with alot of surface detail that I really loved.
http://www.rubarbdesertdesigns.com/2006/unearthed.jpg
Im new to polymer clay so I was just curious how to produce such a look. Would you make a base bead and just create little snakes and apply them to the surface? Should the base bead be raw or baked? Much thanks!

29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Video Game Character Pics? on: March 11, 2007 10:07:38 AM
I've seen a buch of posts on crafster with finised objects ranging from coasters to sweaters using the old (8?)bit video game graphics. Does anyone know where to find the pictures people use?
30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Question about Jumbo Flyer on: March 02, 2007 02:42:57 PM
Just curious...I have an Ashford Traditional and am really thinking about getting the complete jumbo flyer kit. Thing is I dont neccesarily want it for spinning chunky yarns as much as I just want to be able to spin a relatively large amount without stopping. Right now I can only get about 50 yards per bobbin. Would the ratio of the jumbo flyer make it more difficult to make worsted or smaller weight yarns?
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