I hope this is o.k. to post here because I wanted to let everyone know what I stumbled upon on eBay. If I didn't already own a Pat Green I'm sure I'd keep this info to myself so I could snatch it up, but since I do I wanted to pass it on to others. I think it is at $125 right now which is a steal. I have no other info on it other than the link, so here it is:
So, I have a Deb's Delicate that I am still learning to use and about a pound of premium Sari Silk. I cut up the sari silk into 4 inch lengths and ran them through the carder which already had wool on it. The sari silk kind of bunched up and landed on the licker-in drum (and I only put a little silk on, so it was not gulping it in). So then I tried putting a few pieces on the large drum itself which was fine, I guess. But didn't look very pretty. I haven't spun from it yet, but am concerned that the silk sari threads might draft out more quickly than the wool.
Anyone have experience in using sari silk with drum cards? Any tips? And do you like the finished yarn it produces? At this point I'm not so sure I like sari silk in a batt and just might get rid of it. (the sari silk, that is, not the carder)
I know how to braid roving, but one of my friends recently received some that had a "loopy" type braid which allowed the whole chain of braided roving to unravel with just a pull at the bottom loop. By pulling the bottom loop, the next loop would come undone, then the next, and so on. This is much a much easier way to release a braided roving than the traditional braids. I searched for a tutorial on this "loopy" type of braiding, but could not find one. Does anyone know how to do this type of braid and have a link to a tutorial?
Here are some examples of what I am talking about, taken from etsy seller tisjewelart:
I just sent off my check for a Pat Green Deb's Deluxe, and I want to prepare for her arrival. I would like to buy the super thin, shiny, sparkly stuff that some people add to their batts. I would like to buy a *bunch* of it, so would prefer to buy from a supplier or whoever has low prices on the stuff.
First, can somebody tell me what this stuff is really called? Angelina? Glitz? What the heck is it?
Second, can anybody tell me where to buy some at the best prices?
I finally have enough money saved up to get a Pat Green and would like to do so this weekend at Estes. But then I got to wondering if I would have to pay sales tax on it. Anyone know? This will be my first wool market so I don't know how the tax situation works. If there is tax on that drum carder, forgetaboutit. I'll just order direct from Canada.
It's about time I do some plying with thread. I went to Jo Ann's today and bought a ton of thread. I don't sew, so I don't know the first thing about thread and just selected what I thought to be "all the pretty colors". So, I came home with polyester thread, rayon thread, a Trilobal Polyester embroidery thread (whatever that is), a metalic thread with a 60% Nylon Core and 40% Coated polyester, and probably some other stuff. Can I ply with all these?
And is there a type of thread that you prefer to ply with as a spinner? Are some better than others? What are your recommendations?
I've read some not-so-good things about R H Lindsay. So, before placing an order, I emailed them to ask if the item was in stock and available for shipment because I had heard that sometimes items are on back order. This was last week and they never responded. I then sent another email and again no response. Yes, this should tell me a lot about their customer service, but I am interested in a particular item at a good price. It's very frustrating not to get an answer from them regarding a very simple question which would give them business.
Has anyone had a good experience with this company? Has anyone just ordered online and the item arrived in a timely manner, despite lack of email communication? Or are they really all that bad?
I know how to dye wool, but have never taken on silk yet. I have 3lbs of Tussah roving that I am itching to dye up, but don't want to ruin it.
Is it any different than dyeing wool....soak in hot water, squeeze out excess, dye with acid dyes (I handpaint), and steam at 180-190 degrees for 25 to 45 minutes? Do I need anything else besides the Jacquard acid dyes and vinegar that I use?
If I need to do anything out of the ordinary from wool dyeing, please let me know.