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« Reply #50 on: May 11, 2007 07:06:10 PM »

Isamax: How do you make felted fiber and what do you use it for?

First, I spun a wool single worsted weight or bulky and plied it with thread.  Next, loosely tie(weaving in and out) with cotton yarn or something that won't felt every four or five inches.  Make sure to mark you ends, I use a different color.  Kiss it for luck (honestly I did this) and throw it in the washer as you would for felting anything else.  Check it often.  I do let mine go through the spin cycle to help the drying along.  The first skein I made did not have a thread binder and pulled apart when I tried to separate it after felting and the last one I felted to long and was impossible to pull apart.  The two pictured are the ones that turned out.  Lastly,  cut the cotton yarn and slowly but firmly pull the yarn apart where it has felted together.  I didn't get yardages before felting but I'm guessing I lost about 50%-60% of the yardage.  It is a lot of work but I think its worth it.  The final yarn is so light and lofty.

As to what to make with it,  I haven't really thought about it yet.  It would make a warm cozy hat I'm sure.  Any suggestions?
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« Reply #51 on: May 11, 2007 08:07:41 PM »

wow everyones yarn and roving look great this week!
Boulderbliss- i love the art yarn and its puffy balls
patchworkarmy- that roving spun up beautiful, i love the colors!!!
i wish i could say that i had something to show for this week, i need to get spinning!!!

« Reply #52 on: May 11, 2007 08:18:51 PM »

so, these pics are pretty bad because I slept the daylight away... I'll try to get better ones when there's some sun.

This is the last of the superwash merino that I got from hoxierice.  I call it limegrass.  It mostly is a thin fingering weight, done with reeeeeally thin singles and then navajo plied.

This one is itchypeach because it was murderously itchy on my skin while I was spinning it, but not so much after it was spun.  Mysterious.  It's about a sock weight.

This is some of spunky eclectic's wool blend in atomic melon.  It really is retina searing and I fear for my eyes everytime I look at it.  It's really soft and sproingy and comes in at a thick and thin sock weight. 

Everyone has such beautiful yarn this week!  I love the Sh*t bowl, though it has a very unfortunate name.  The granny smith coloured roving that SlickMariaVic dyed makes me drool with wanting to touch.  And thank you isamax for the minitut on how to maked felted yarn because I was really curious after seeing what you'd done.  Soooo beautiful everyone!

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« Reply #53 on: May 11, 2007 10:15:13 PM »

oh man... those are my favorite colors, actually. baby blue and brown. I looooove it, and it looks so wonderfully soft. What is it?
Thank you so much! Actually, it may be hard to tell in the pix, but it's a mint green and brown. It's my mint chocolate chip yarn! I'm gunna boucle it later tonight might put in some sequins, too. clear just for some shine. It's actually sheepshed roving that I dyed. so mohair and wool mix. Still have some left but I need to get more! funnnnnnn stuffffff! =0)
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« Reply #54 on: May 11, 2007 10:16:44 PM »

aaaw, mint green is even better! It definitely looks baby blue on my moniter, though (but yesterday I realized how off this moniter tends to be. I have two moniters and the color is off on both of them)

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« Reply #55 on: May 11, 2007 11:21:15 PM »

Wow!  Everyone's stuff looks GREAT!!!
I am taking some time off from spinning in anticipation for my WHEEL to come!!!!!

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« Reply #56 on: May 13, 2007 08:23:09 PM »

I loooove the yarn this week! Patchworkarmy I have been dying to see the mint chocolate chip spun up. what a great yarn!

« Reply #57 on: May 14, 2007 04:48:13 AM »

I totally had something to post this week and I completely spaced it, I hope no one minds a little happy monday fiber instead!

I did this a couple weeks ago actually, but it was for a swap and my partner finally got it, so here are pictures!

You know, everytime I think I get a decent picture, I get on here and realize I still haven't gotten it down.  But these aren't too terrible, I guess.

Two skeins.  I took some brown and white mill ends from sheep shed and dyed them pink to get sort of a pink and (pinkish) brown.  One is plyed with brown thread strung with seed beads and flower sequins.  The other one is the leftovers, plied together, once I got tired of fiddling with beads and sequins!

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« Reply #58 on: May 14, 2007 05:03:11 AM »

Yeah I realized to get it look like boucle Id have to reeeaaally overply it. I think i was trying to ply too fast because some of the thin spots are extremely underplied.

Next up.. navajo plying. I need a wheel, desperately. I want to navajo ply soooo bad...

when you guys are doing boucle style yarn, are you just plying once with thread, or twice?
« Reply #59 on: May 14, 2007 06:45:18 AM »

When I do boucle I over spin it before I ply with one thread. I find the weight of the plying thread does make a difference as does the angle you are plying the threads from.

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