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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Weaving on a Cardboard Triangle Loom - PDF Tutorials! on: May 04, 2008 05:49:59 PM
Hi All - i've been doing these for a little while now, and made up some instructions for a workshop i was teaching ... and i thought that i'd share with you all!

It's an easy and cheap loom to make, made from cardboard, straight pins, and duct tape, and makes a triangle scarf measuring about 34" x 34" x 48".

They take a few hours, but speed up once you've made a couple. The tutorials are written in PDF form, so please feel free to download and give them a try!

Building a Cardboard Triangle Loom

Weaving on a Cardboard Triangle Loom

Pictures ...
One of the shawls, on the spinning wheel (i take terrible pictures)








... i've got more pictures somewhere, but just can't find them.

<edited to replace two end pictures with the group shot pictures of several scarves Smiley>
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First spins & New wheel - lots o'pics on: March 24, 2008 05:05:16 PM
Sorry, this has turned into a much longer post than i meant to do, i tend to ramble on a lot!  A little leadup - a couple years ago, my mom retired and started an Alpaca farm, and we've been felting since our first shearing last summer.  Since then, we talked about it and decided that spinning would be great, and we're both starting a master spinner course this summer, so we can spin our own alpaca which is much more satisfying than sending it away to the mini-mill.

I figured it would be a good idea to actually learn how to spin before the course starts (so i dont sit there looking completely lost), so I picked up a Majacraft Mini-Gem portable spinning wheel a couple weeks back from Laurie at the Black Lamb in Port Hope, Ontario ... as well as a giant bag of different rovings to start learning with.

So, i took home my wheel and fibre, and i read the manual as far as it took to put together the wheel, and haven't read anything much since (however I do have a booklist that i plan to get after reading some of the posts here) - so, these are my first spins'n'plys, at least before I actually have to get down to some kind of proper technique  Smiley

OK! Fibre!

My first spin attempt, which came out rather lumpy in sections...





My second spin attempt, using a couple of the mini-free bags that laurie gave me





My third spin attempt, i decided to get ambitious visiting my mom last weekend, so I raided her stash of different coloured wools and used her carding machine to mix my own batt - 2 different blues, a purple, and two greens with little gnarls in it, as well as some purple tinged angelina -- these are the batts






... and the finished wool





And lastly, a heathery coloured spin, which i'm quite happy with the way it turned out




The end!
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted Items Mom Made... Had to Share (pic heavy) on: February 13, 2008 12:54:14 PM
A little while back, my mom got let go from her job, and decided that a change of pace was a good plan. So, she bought the farm and decided to raise alpacas for fibre - but didn't know what to do from there.  About a year ago, we took an introduction to felting course together, and shes taken off in leaps and bounds making stuff. 

We've gone the whole route of fibre processing, from shearing the boys in may, picking and cleaning the fibre, rounds of carding, through to the complete items.

So, I'm really proud of her and what shes done, and I just wanted to share some of her work  Smiley

A scarf -


She wet-felted this sheet, and the scarf is made from that.  She also hand spun all the tassles too.





A decorative table mat



Two different shawls







Several pillows







A funky grey hat






And the ambitious project from this week past, a 4' x 6 1/2' throw rug





Anyway, thats some of the things shes made -- hope you enjoy!   Cheesy
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Raccoons in a Truck on a Stocking on: January 01, 2008 06:42:49 PM
I was dumping out my digital camera tonite, and forgot that i'd taken all these pictures and wanted to share.

I made this stocking for my Boyfriend for christmas - he's in the process of refurbishing a couple of old 50s Dodge Power Wagons, and who doesn't love raccoons... especially when ones drinking hooch!  Its made entirely out of craft-store felt, and cost around $4 once all the supplies were bought  Smiley

(This is the size compared to my junker cell phone ... big enough for all kinds of goodies)


A close-up of just the truck...


Close-up of Raccoons 1


Raccoon 2


Raccoon 3 is hanging from the door that opens, and if you lift his tail theres a surprise Wink



And, heres a raccoon that I made out of left-over felt ... i think i might put him on a purse or something ...  hes about 8" across or so.



5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted Tree-Topper from Christmas on: January 10, 2007 11:16:58 AM
Hi All,

I haven't been felting long (since about November), but managed to make this little guy to put on top of my mini tree for christmas. Just finally got around to getting the pictures off the camera...





The eyes were felted in different sizes to give him that slightly stunned look  Smiley
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