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« on: February 20, 2008 05:51:48 AM »

So I know a lot of us have Lexi's books, Intertwined and Handspun Revolution. 

Last FF, we talked about having a thread where we could show off the yarns we've done inspired by her techniques. 

So...  here's my first try at coils, grannystacks and super granny stacks.  I had plied with thread before..  but adding the all the coils and grannystacks were Super FUN!!!




I also got one of her sparkely rainbow crazy batts..  it's HUGE!!  I can't wait to dive in!




So what have you tried?

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2008 06:00:50 AM »

The colours are amazing. I never saw these books, but when you tell about it it makes me very curious.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2008 06:13:16 AM »

The colours are amazing. I never saw these books, but when you tell about it it makes me very curious.  Smiley

Intertwined just came out, so you can get it on amazon.com.  I got the last copy at my local barnes and noble.. so you can even find it there.   Handspun revolution is "out of print" so you can only get it thru her website.  http://www.pluckyfluff.com/yarn.html

They are really amazing books with techniques for creating really unique art yarns and crazy batts.  Intertwined also has a bunch of fun patterns for using art yarn.
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2008 06:33:17 AM »

Beautiful!  What's the fiber content of of the yarn?  It looks really shiny.  I really liked how you photographed it on the swift, too.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2008 06:38:05 AM »

80/20 merino/tencel.  It's soft and squooshy.. but the tencel adds a bit of shine. 

I really want to try the super coils now Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2008 06:51:22 AM »

I'm in love! That yarn is gorgeous, great job!!
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2008 09:10:10 AM »

Thanks for the information, but I think I'll try to improve my spinning skills a bit more before I try more difficult things..  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2008 11:01:56 AM »

Here is my plying with thread from the book!
Thick and thin-Cupcake icing

and here is one with the book!

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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2008 07:48:58 PM »

Oh my, yummmmmmmmm!  I have her book sitting next to me, but I'm still a bit intimidated.  I so LOVE what you did, it may just inspire me to give it a go.
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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2008 09:17:46 PM »

umm yeah, i got a little carried away and made this:



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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2008 09:20:21 PM »

oh and I ordered her first book and got myself on the list for her vancouver workshop thanks to you, jazzturtle!
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« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2008 07:30:09 AM »

oooo NoodleP.. I saw that yarn on flickr..  totally drooled for it!!  I LOVE the sequins!!!  aren't they fun!!  Did you wrap with the sequins, or spin the fiber around it?

oh and I ordered her first book and got myself on the list for her vancouver workshop thanks to you, jazzturtle!

oooooooooo.. a camp!!  SO FRICKIN JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I really want to go to a camp!!

Her first book is great.. simple instructions... I actually ordered "the spinners companion" and "spinning designer yarns" from amazon, since "handspun revolution" didn't have the instructions on spinning with a core yarn...  just the wrapping and candystriping...  apparently spinning with a core yarn is pretty common and both of the other books have instructions on that...  (the other one's aren't by lexi.. but the spinners companion is written by spin off mag, and is out of print. .so if you can find it for $25 go for it!)
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« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2008 09:47:31 AM »

Thanks!
I cut lengths of sequins about 5" long and took some off each end so there was a bit of string and spun that in and then wrapped the sequins around.

I also got "Spinning Designer Yarns" but I haven't looked at it much....it arrived with Intertwined and well, Intertwined just totally upstages it!



oh and I ordered her first book and got myself on the list for her vancouver workshop thanks to you, jazzturtle!

oooooooooo.. a camp!!  SO FRICKIN JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I really want to go to a camp!!


I know, I can't believe my luck that she is coming to Vancouver!! Grin
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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2008 02:04:32 PM »

So I tried another couple techiniques...  This book is SOOO fun!!!

The wrapped yarn is great!! I really like it so much more than I thought I would.  For this I used a scrap batt, and white cotton thread for the wrap.  I called it Carnival.




Today I tried the Super Coils.  It was really fun once I got the hang of it. I still need practice.. I hold my plying thread too tight and it tended to get twisty...  It still turned out ok though!   I made the Coillier from Intertwined..  however I didn't pay attention to how long it was *suspossed* to be.. so I just kept coiling..  an entire bobbin's worth!!  I could have made *2* coilliers.. but I wanted a super long funky one.. so  instead of just doubling it up on itself..  i doubled it.. and let it twist..  and then I doubled that.  The twist wasn't as tight in places.. but it was tight enough..  so I took some thread and stitched it together every 7 inches or so..  so it was sure to hold, and the thread was a dark blue and just slipped between the coils.. so you can't even see it.  I put a few beads on the one end.. and I think it looks great.  You can wear it as a belt, a long necklace, a scarf, a choker necklace, wrapped in your hair..  I can't wait to make another one!!  I'm kinda bummed this one has to go to the art gallery!!  I want it for myself!
The yarn is called night blossom, it's merino, mohair, camel, faux cashmere and sparkle








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« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2008 08:27:03 AM »

Well I loved my first supercoils experience so much I just had to do it again!!  I wanted a supercollier like the one I was taking to the art gallery (the first one I made)  but I wanted one that was a bit crazier.. and I knew a really crazy one would also be great at the gallery..  so I finally spun up my Lexi Boeger batt that I'd been holding onto for the perfect project..

3 oz of all sorts of wools, locks, fibers, sparkles..  It was crazy!

It spun into 2 bobbins, which I then Supercoiled..  I'm getting much better at not holding the plying thread to tight.. It wasn't getting nearly as twisted this time.



I made 2 colliers from 2 bobbins of coils.. each bobbin had about 25 feet or so of coils..



The first I did the like my first one.. I doubled.. then doubled again.  It's really chunky and cool!  It's about 5 feet.. so it's more like a scarf.  I put some wooden beads on the end to finish it off, secured it with a needle and thread in a few places and voila..  This one is going to the gallery with the first one I did..



This second one I made from the Lexi batt is ALL for ME Smiley  I wanted it to be really long, so I just doubled it..  put a pretty blown glass bead and a copper wrapped crystal at the end and secured it with a needle and thread in a few places..  I love it so much!!  It's sparkley and funky!  I think I'm going to wear it to my bridal shower!!




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« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2008 07:30:10 PM »

the coils look amazing!!
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« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2008 04:02:47 AM »

Wow, you are just coiling away!  Cheesy
I have decided that my coiling will in the future be contained in 'normal' 2ply yarns, I have done too much coiling and it takes way too long for me...

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« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2008 12:07:04 PM »

I just got her book the other day, and I played around with some thread plying.  It came out kinda messy, but I like it anyways, it has a lot of texture



I had never heard of spinning with a core thread before reading this, I'm going to have to try that one out as well. 
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« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2008 02:57:16 PM »

Those coils are amazing!  I have the book too and I keep wanting to make one of those but I haven't had time.  Maybe this weekend.
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« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2008 01:20:14 PM »

I just got my copy yesterday (thank you birthday money!) I also got 'spinning designer yarns." They both have a lot of similar techniques but Intertwined has PICTURES. LOTS AND LOTS OF PICTURES. And some project ideas. DID I MENTION THE PICTURES??? Yah, I'm feeling inspired. I also just busted my weaving loom out of storage so I was just ga ga over the woven vest. I only have a bout eighty gazillion other things to work on...........
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« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2008 12:28:22 AM »

I was playing with thread plying and granny stacks tonight... It's a lot of fun...
so much more freedom than trying to make the "perfect" looking yarn  Tongue

The black is really hard to see but the brighter colors stand out Smiley


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I adore those first two photos.  The colors are just amazingly beautiful.
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They're all so pretty! Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2008 11:50:43 PM »

Wow, I'm loving all these yarns.
I've been reading "handspinning for knitters" and it's also got a section by lexi on how to use your craziest yarn in awesome ways.
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Wow, Noodleprincess, that brown yarn is so beautiful!
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« Reply #25 on: June 02, 2008 08:31:38 PM »

I almost bought Intertwined today, but I traded it for a book on knitting since it just made me want a wheel that much more...

Is Handspun Revolution worth the cost? I'm sure it's a beautiful book, but I'm very strapped for cash these days, so I don't want to spend almost $40 on a book I might not read. Intertwined looked very interesting and enlightening, so I'm sure I'll get that one eventually, but I don't know how to take a look through Handspun Revolution.

Jane Doe: That book sounds very interesting, but I couldn't seem to find it on amazon.com. Where did you get your copy?
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« Reply #26 on: June 02, 2008 08:57:39 PM »

thanks ticklemepink  Smiley that yarn has become doll hair!

bees_knees, to me it is worth the cost just for the beautiful photos, but for practicality I think Intertwined covers almost everything that is in Handspun Revolution. I was kinda surprised when I recieved my copy of Handspun Revolution because it's so tiny compared to Intertwined! I still love them both and look through them all the time.

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« Reply #27 on: June 02, 2008 11:36:56 PM »

Thanks for the info! I'll be sure to keep an eye out for some extra cash, though. One can never have too many craft-related books, right? *eyes buckling bookshelves* Right??
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Believe it or not, it was in my local library here in Australia!
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« Reply #29 on: June 03, 2008 09:01:14 AM »

Believe it or not, it was in my local library here in Australia!
I could scan the cover to help you find it if you like?

That would be great, thanks! Or if you can find a link to it online, that'd work, too.
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« Reply #30 on: June 03, 2008 12:17:00 PM »

Believe it or not, it was in my local library here in Australia!
I could scan the cover to help you find it if you like?

That would be great, thanks! Or if you can find a link to it online, that'd work, too.

at this point you can only get handspun rev. at a reasonable price from lexi herself, at the pluckyfluff website (www.pluckyfluff.com)  From her it's $36...  And the last time I was on her site (last week when I ordered one of her crazy rainbow batts) it said she was almost out of them.    It's considered out of print, and I never saw a copy for less than $150 on amazon.    Then when you order it from her, you can also order one of her crazy rainbow batts that are totally FANTASTIC!!

I think it's worth having both books, since there are techniques that lexi talks about in handspun rev. that she doesn't cover in Intertwined.. like spinning with sequins, making loop yarn, spinning elastic core yarns, making shag yarns,  making felted flower yarns and making her "cotton ball" yarn
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Believe it or not, it was in my local library here in Australia!
I could scan the cover to help you find it if you like?

That would be great, thanks! Or if you can find a link to it online, that'd work, too.

Here it is!
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Thanks! You rock! Now to see if they have it at the library...
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Congrats!!

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