Thanks for the advice! And Star, you're PMed. You guys know that if I get fleeces and actually like cleaning them and making them into something cool, then the next eventual step is probably going to be a drum carder. At this point, I think that's about the only piece of fiber related equipment I don't already own...
First, I combed up some roving balls of a bunch of different hand dyed fibers (they had wool, viscose, ramie, silk noils, soy silk, sparkle, alpaca, nylon, and mohair in them).
Then I made yarn!
It's a corespun handspun, which means it was crazy light and fluffy. There were mohair locks and noils and other weirdness sticking out all over the place, too.
Yesterday, Travis and I put a ridiculously long warp on the loom and I started weaving. After about 3 hours, I was like, "I don't care how long it is, I'm done." The finished scarf turned out being 6" wide by over 9' long.
(Notice in the above picture, I'm rocking my dyeing clothes. I normally don't wear glam disco scarves before embarking on a big dye day)
The scarf, being 12 million feet long, is kind of hard to photograph at once, but you can kind of get the essence of it from these pics:
Thanks everyone! There are a ton of fantastic yarns this week. Love Citrus Surprise, Bon fire, Tiger Tails and Bubblegum, and pmpknpunk's black and blue Loop.
luxx, I think I'm going to weave a scarf with the In the Garden wool/seacell yarns. I'm debating whether or not to try using the 2-ply without the beads as my warp. I'm kind of scared, since I've never used handspun for a warp before, but I need to try it sooner or later. The beaded yarn will be the weft, regardless, and I'll probably use the nav ply as fringe.
As for the other wool/seacell skein I did, it's so damn snuggly and soft I just want to wrap myself in it, so I think I may grab another braid of two of compatible roving from Dianne next time I see her (in about a month at the little fiber fest up by Cleveland), spin some more singles, and maybe try to knit a sweater. I've never knit a sweater before, so I'm not sure how much yarn I should have. Would a pound be good? I'm thinking I'll need more than just the 8 ounces I already have.
I spun up another skein this morning, too! This is called Dark Rainbow, and is from wool I dyed in April, I think. 191 yards, 4 ounces.
Yep, I got to go to the Fiber Fest in Wooster last weekend, and while there, I bought a bunch of roving (mainly from Dianne at Creatively Dyed - woot, Dianne! http://www.yarnsforever.blogspot.com/) and some other misc. fiber. So, after having not spun for about a month, I'm back with a vengeance, baby!
First, I had to get some yarn I had spun a while ago off my bobbins. I left these both as singles, because I was afraid they had lost some of their twist from being bobbinized for so long.
So, here's Dribs and Drabs (194 yards, 4 7/8 ounces, spun from misc. wool bits that I dyed and had no plans for):
And here's Bisongrass, which is from some wool I dyed a while ago - 280.5 yards, 4.5 ounces:
Now we get to the new stuff! Dianne sells these gigantor handdyed roving braids full of awesomeness - they're 8 ounces a braid, so that's a lot of spinning fun. I'm calling these my 'In the Garden' series. The first one I spun was a wool/seacell blend, and it wound up being broken down to 3 skeins. The first one was plied together with white cotton thread that I strung orange and green glass beads on. It's 278.5 yards/5.25 ounces:
Next is the simple 2-ply (185 yards/3.125 ounces):
And finally, I was able to ply this wee little skein of navaho plied extras:
Then, I started digging through the alpaca fleece I had bought. I think I have something like a pound and a half of it, so I've got a lot to play with. The alpaca's name was Jericho, and his fleece is described as a "rose grey," so as an experiment, I combed together these fiber balls:
The fiber balls contained Jericho's fleece, handdyed wool, soy silk, and sparkle, and a touch of undyed camel down.
Here's the resulting Rosegrey yarn (in the first pic, it's reclining on a bed of the Jericho fiber, so you can see what I was originally working with). 140 yards/3.75 ounces.
And then yesterday, I got out my other wool/seacell roving braid from Dianne, and spun an uber-skein! This is called Desert Dust and is 8.125 ounces/374.5 yards. It's incredibly soft and shiny.
So that's my goodness for this week. Let's see what you've all got!
RobinLynne, those photos are amazing! And Luna, I love taking flower pics like that. Half of the time, the flower isn't in focus, but who cares - it's digital!
Here's some new pics taken in my yard:
A knife my husband bought for me :
And finally, a few pics from my recent film developing FAIL. I think I wound up overdeveloping the film because the negative strip came out almost entirely clear. Oh well. It just teaches me to pay more attention to my temps and times. Anyway, with the magic of photoshop, I was able to salvage a few images from the end of the roll:
Well, I hope this helps: the machine I'm using is a Bernina activa 125, and I bought the needle punch accessory kit for it a few years ago. It doesn't seem to have a number on it, like the other Bernina feet, but it's a bit more of a bigger production than just swapping out feet. You have to replace the stitch plate, and the actual felting foot has 5 needles on it. Anyway, the felting kit cost (2 or 3 years ago) about $125, but that may have changed since. Here's a pic of the foot in action:
I do know the felting kit doesn't work on all machines, so definitely talk to a Bernina dealer and make sure you can use it before you get one. Actually, I'm looking at the instructions, and it says it can be used on all activa models, all virtuosa models, and artista 165 and 170. So, I guess if you have one of those, you're good.
The replacement needles are kind of expensive, too - about $10 (I think, maybe a little less) for a pack of 5.
Despite the cost, it's a fun toy, but I'd only recommend it if you were going to be making a lot of felt (or if your Bernina is a spare sewing machine), because of the pain of having to switch out stitch plates and really cleaning out the bobbin area before you do any sewing on it again. There's a ton of lint produced by doing this.
I had busted out my Bernina with the felting foot attachment the other day, and after making some more felted fabric, I had the idea to try making fake fur. It actually turned out to be pretty easy. All I did was lay a layer of roving down on some scrap wool, and felt along one edge of it. After that row was done, I layered another layer of roving down that overlapped the first, and felted the edge of that.
I just kept doing that until the whole piece of fabric was covered. Here's what the back looks like (and yeah, I know, my rows aren't straight):
Anyway, when it was all done, I had a nice fake fur pelt.
I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, although I had a notion to make more fake fur so I could sew together a Village People-esque furry vest. In the meantime, though, I'm mainly just throwing it on my dogs so that they can play Musk Ox.
More developing! This time I loaded Arista.edu 100 speed film in my Ansco Rediflex. It only takes 620 film, so I had to respool the 120 film on a 620 spool. After a few pictures I realized that things were going horribly wrong, so I yanked the film out of the camera and respooled it again, and plopped it into the Argus 75:
Today I developed the film. I'm happily surprised that any of the shots came out - about 1 or 2 frames wound up being exposed beyond saving, and due to the weird folds in the film since it got crunched up in the Ansco, some film developer managed to not get rinsed out, which kind of sucked. However, I did get some useable pics.
All of the pics are from scanned in negatives, and then photoshopped to one extent or another:
And finally, here's the one double exposed pic I got - the courthouse picture was taken using the Ansco Rediflex, and the phonebooth/graffiti pic was taken with the Argus: