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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap FOCR (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 7/2/08) on: June 26, 2008 01:44:36 AM
Got my pals name & addy.  Going to be a good girl and not stalk and hunt them down.  At least that's the plan as things are busy here.... Although, if I finish what I'm working on maybe I could spend 1/2 an hour.... Smiley  Hope whoever gets my gifty likes it or at least can find it a good home! Smiley
 
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap FOCR (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 7/2/08) on: June 25, 2008 07:38:00 AM
Edel, I love your bag.  Worth the wait! 

I can't believe there are still places in Ireland w/o internet connection.  How do people manage with out it.  I doubt I could survive if I had to give it up - in fact, I would rather give up chocolate than do without the internet!! Smiley

Can't wait for the draw! 

BTW, is the 'Show images only' thing a new feature? If not, I've spent many unnecessary hours on Craftster trawling through post after post after post... Either way, it's a great feature.  Just wish I had noticed it sooner.  Thanks for posting the pics in one post, it was really helpful!

3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap FOCR (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 7/2/08) on: June 23, 2008 01:42:51 PM
..yes, pomegranate seeds.  That's the one! 
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap FOCR (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 7/2/08) on: June 23, 2008 11:55:07 AM
I love the variety of crafts and items on offer in this swap. It'll be fun to see what mr mailman brings me! Smiley
 
Here's my contribution.... a necklace featuring a cluster of beads.  I began this a few weeks ago and finished it off this morning.  



The beads are a selection from my craftbox and are mostly glass.  I used gold coloured wire and coordinated cord & findings.  Some of the red beads have a golden glow to them - definitely not orange, but rather a juicy shade of red!

I'm not a jewellery maker by any stretch of the imagination and most of my tools and materials are quite basic.  But I like this type of thing myself and have one in shades of blue/turquoise and silver wire.

I hope it will be ok for my swap pal.  Thanks for letting me play!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make Me a Journal Swap on: April 23, 2008 11:10:22 AM
WOW! Thank you for putting this tutorial together. Will definitely have a go when I make my next journal. x
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make Me a Journal Swap on: April 22, 2008 12:55:33 PM
Love it!  What a sweet thing to do. 

I do like the 'button-hole' binding and must try it sometime. 
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make Me a Journal Swap on: April 17, 2008 07:11:58 PM
Gorgeous Journal & lunch box you've received photog_in_plaid.  I love the colours & the attention to detail!  The fabric looks like it's been decorated by hand with fabric markers... has it?

The journal you made with the exposed spine is very elegant!  I really like the simplicity of the design and the clean fresh colour scheme.

Edited to Add: Here's a sneaky peek at the journal that I sent to Karia last week.  More piccies when it has been delivered....

8  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Re: Make Me a Journal Swap- 2 ANGELS NEEDED on: April 01, 2008 09:32:09 PM
PM sent.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make Me a Journal Swap on: March 22, 2008 04:03:41 PM
Great cover! Love the detail!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: First 'proper' spindle spun skein on: March 22, 2008 03:59:26 PM
You definitely should give it a try again!   Sometimes a 'time out' can help. 

I am slowly making contact with other spinners here on the Isle of Man and some of the ladies who have wheels said they couldn't get on with a spindle.  I told them I was self taught and they were even more amazed.  I guess it's horses for courses! Thank God for the internet, that's what I say.   

I use mainly commercially prepared wool that comes in long thin batts.  I've tried drafting the wool in different ways and it's amazing how different the final handspun looks by changing the way you use or prepare the wool (I'm sure there's loads of tech. terms for this so excuse my 'noobi-ness'):

1) using a long strip torn from the main batt and just spinning directly from it without pre-drafting it is how I started and I use the park & draft method with this. The yarn produced is fairly even in texture & twist.  But it's very slow;
 
2) as above but pre-drafting and teasing the wool slightly before spinning makes it easier to just spin-spin-spin. But I find the wool isn't as strong and I end up with a thin yarn with lots of 'fragile' sections;

3) spinning lengths of wool (6 to 12" long), folded over my index finger gives me a thin and very strong yarn.  I'm not sure if this is what's called 'spinning in the fold' but the wool is literally spun from my finger in a kind of 'V' shape, if that makes sense...

When it comes to knitting with handspun, I don't know how the wool will behave.  I can't bring myself to actually knit with the wool yet as it's just so darn pretty to look at!!!  One of these days though I'll get past the marvel of it all and actually USE my handspun!

I hope you give it another try and remember, just enjoy it.  Do share your progress with us. xx
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