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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber friday 5/18 on: May 21, 2007 03:49:24 PM
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rubysdaughter, ednathewitch, can I just say? Damn, I wish my singles came out that consistent!

I was thinking the same thing! How long have y'all been spinning? Do you have any 'secret tricks' for us beginners? 

I'm a self taught spinner and have been spinning for about 2 years now.   I guess I do a short draw method of spinning (at least that's what I've been told).  Since I never took a class it's just what feels right to me.  I can control the width of the fiber going on the bobbin by using my finger-pinch.  Some fibers are easier to spin consistent singles out of than others.  BFL and Silk are waaaay easier for me than Merino.  I usually end up plying merino to account for the slight irregularities.  I agree with ednathewitch that if you strip your roving or batts prior to spinning it is much easier to control.  I like to do that especially if I want a self striping single.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber friday 5/18 on: May 18, 2007 04:11:24 PM
Here's what I did this week. Yarn Pirate BFL roving in the Koi colorway.   About 202 yards of dk weight from 4.2 ounces of fiber.   I've got a review of the Yarn Pirate roving on my blog. 

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black and White Shopper on: May 12, 2007 11:20:29 AM
I'd say it was worth it to buy the kit!  Very nice work, I love the shape of the bag and  pattern of the fabric.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bright Flowers Bag on: May 12, 2007 11:16:33 AM
I always love everything you make!  I can understand making something just for the love of making them - I do it all the time too.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: More Hobos - Retro Celery, Citrus Squeeze (Set) on: May 12, 2007 11:14:37 AM
I love that the Hobos have just one handle.  It's a great style!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Another licorice dot and handmade flower on: April 27, 2007 02:05:43 PM
So cute!  May I ask what kind of interfacing you use to make it stand up so nice and straight? 
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 4/27 on: April 27, 2007 11:29:42 AM
Here's mine!  I wasn't sure how I wanted to finish this roving so I did a small sample skein andean plied.  I like the depth of the colors (I did a random dye job) once they rest on each other.   It's a 19 micron superwash merino and it basically spun itself.  I love how easy this stuff is to spin! 

I call it Andes Mint!  Green and white mint sandwiched by yummy chocolate
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Lazy Girl Backpack...Lots of Pics (8 to be exact!) on: April 26, 2007 10:26:34 AM
Very creative!  I could see the teens in my neighborhood toting it to the pool or the beach.  They'll love the summery colors.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / An applique Tote on: April 19, 2007 11:39:31 AM
I love Japanese pattern books.  This is inspired by From Quilters Studio.  I drafted my own pattern and applique.  I used fleece interfacing to give it more structure. The fabric yo-yo I used is authentic vintage from the 1940's.  I think it looks better in person, the exterior fabric didn't photo that well, but I like the hand crafted look of it.
Thanks for looking! Smiley

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pink and Girly, Soft and Fuzzy Messenger Bag on: April 16, 2007 09:30:55 AM
If I were 10 I would be the happiest (and most chic!) girl on the block!
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