A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Please remember to SEARCH before asking a question that may have already been answered. Thanks!
Total Members: 315,694
Currently Running With Scissors:
546 Guests and 15 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
 on: Today at 12:05:06 PM 
Started by geekgirl1000100 - Last post by curiousfae
that travel theme is excellent! i think i might want to try one like that.

and that HP page is amazing! little pieces of art in each pocket. hedwig is beautiful. i sure wouldn't mind seeing the individual pics if you have a few.

 on: Today at 11:45:05 AM 
Started by gypsysoulrose - Last post by gypsysoulrose
So, I'll pop up to the first post first, then get into more of the questions in a bit.
The first hoop looks like it's just simply looped.  I would imagine it is somewhat felted, otherwise it would just fall apart with little effort.  (Someone comes along and pets it a little roughly... A kid or cat bats at it...) The second definitely looks like a thick and thin hand spun yarn.  It can be a bit tricky to achieve that regularity at first, but with practice it's not so difficult...
The first one looks as though it was made of WOOL TOP.  Roving and wool top are similar, but only because they come in long rope like structures. That's the only thing they have in common.  You'd want the wool top, with the fibres all running parallel for that same look. The roving isn't nearly as smooth, since the fibre run every which way.
For blending colors, you can do that successfully on a set of combs, but the trick is here, that when you do this, the fibre is a lot lighter and less compact than you get from commercial top. Which then would be even more prone to just simply disintegrating if you looked at it the wrong way.  Your best bet for adding color is to either dye it, or buy it in many colors, strip it into thin bits lengthwise and layer them as you like. 
As for the dyeing, even koolaid or wiltons gel food colouring works well.  You get unpredictable results, but they are safe for any pot, and a good place to start.  As soon as you get into the acid dyes (Best for protein fibres) you have to have special pots, and a lot more safety equipment. (gloves, masks, aprons, etc..)
Hopefully some of that is helpful Smiley

Yes! That was all super helpful! I've purchased some roving, because I wasn't too sure exactly what was used in that top photo. But I didn't get too much of it. Maybe I'll mess around with it while I get started. And I'll get the wool top as that gets used up. I might have to resort to already dyed top until I get more familiar with the material. Then I can start trying to dye some of my own.

The bottom photo, did the artist just take the wool & spin it tighter in some places? Is that why it looks the way it does? That seems like a lot of learning to do! Not to say that I couldn't learn, but I think I might me a long ways from that. But it's a goal to set for myself in the future!  Cheesy

By the way, thank you so much for your help! I really do appreciate it. And I'm glad I didn't spend too much money on the incorrect material to use. That was a close one! Lips sealed

 on: Today at 11:38:49 AM 
Started by roler - Last post by roler
Thanks so much, everyone!  It sounds like several people are thinking of doing something similar; I can't wait to see the results when you do!!  And we have such a creative community to swap with here for the patches! XD

Hahaha, "needle, thread, and Netflix" describes an awful lot of my crafting days. They just go so well together!

I'm thinking of maybe doing a couch cushion for my next TM patch project, but only put patches on one side.  That way all the patches will be on display most of the time, and if I ever want to use it as an actual pillow I can flip it over and use the plain side. Does that make sense?  But I might also just do a wall hanging, since I'm so afraid that anything that gets handled a lot could put too much wear on the pretty patches!

 on: Today at 11:32:38 AM 
Started by audio - Last post by roler
That is awesome!!  And the colors and contrast of the minion-themed background are super pretty!  Fantastic job! Smiley

 on: Today at 11:28:42 AM 
Started by roler - Last post by roler
Thanks very much, everyone!

 on: Today at 11:27:21 AM 
Started by amy22 - Last post by roler
That's incredible, and absolutely recognizable! Lovely tribute!

 on: Today at 11:25:21 AM 
Started by rscowtown - Last post by Violayne
I received a great package yesterday! I will post pics tomorrow. Smiley

 on: Today at 11:17:14 AM 
Started by PerfectlyBohemian - Last post by Immaculata
Really nice! Love the fabrics!

 on: Today at 11:14:37 AM 
Started by Wildfyre - Last post by phoenixfiredesigns
Wow! The Grand Canyon. Cool!

(I didn't realize you guys didn't have White Castle in Virginia. I know they have them in NY; I used to eat it as a kid on summer vacation when we went up to Long Island to see family. I thought it was more common "up north" in general. We don't have them down here in Florida.

We went over to WDW yesterday for a few hours. Hatty got a quick peek at Tigger yesterday. He was leaving and walking off from his meet-and-greet but I ran up real quick and snagged a quick shot. Tigger was playing with a mini Tigger plush and making it dance  Cheesy and then waved when I held Hatty up for a shot:

 on: Today at 11:05:11 AM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by P_E_S_T
I claim emilywilde for a mixed media themed ATC
Im from a little village called Newick in Sussex in the UK. I am a psychotherapist and avid craftist (not quite trained enough to be an artist, not neat enough to be a craftstman) I love anything with a deep and meaningful content.

My themes;
Quotes about well being
Fairy tale quotes
Maiden, Mother, Crone
Spirit animals
Emotions without form
Female form
The four elements (air, fire, water, earth)
Prayer flag turned ATC
Stitched and Sewn
Adult versions of faery Tales

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

How-To Videos
High Street Edit: 2 Outfits from Primark
How to Style a Pinstripe Dress
The Better Way to Tie a T-Shirt
Lady Gaga and Her Dog Are Launching a Fashion Line
For Some J. Crew Fans, a Disappointing Spring
Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Vermicomposting
It's a bad week to be a seal...
Flower Power!

Comparison Shopping

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2016, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.