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: If you see a project that you think is awesome and deserves to be a featured project, you can click the THIS ROCKS button to nominate it!
Total Members: 308,230
Currently Running With Scissors:
330 Guests and 6 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: 1 2 3 [All]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: The weirdest things we could spin? A game!  (Read 10572 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
SewMamaLady
Offline Offline

Posts: 1439
Joined: 10-Apr-2008

I heart handmade!!


View Profile available for personal swaps
« on: November 01, 2009 11:30:54 AM »

A game if you will! Because I'm sick and bored. Plus, other boards start little games, why not us?  Cheesy Grin

I'm reusing this one, but I go with Elvis's $15000 clump of hair...http://cbs2chicago.com/local/Elvis.hair.auction.2.1222237.html


Somebody said Carrot Top hair before. I must admit, I enjoy the thought of that one. I think it would look nice in some novelty yarn, but Elvis's hair would make a nice strong yarn. Something for really getting some wear out of.  Cheesy Cheesy
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Homespun gifts for your friends and family!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/shallwespinmydear
Will be posting more items soon. Check back!
SpecialKRJ
Offline Offline

Posts: 268
Joined: 13-Jun-2009

I want so much more than they've got planned


View Profile WWW
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2009 08:50:46 PM »

Is it pathetic that I read this and immediately thought of my Veela roleplaying character in Harry Potter who lives in the woods and spins her own hair?
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Nesse
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2009 03:37:37 PM »

my mum is saving the fur from our ovcharka for me to spin Grin look how big they get!!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

kwicz
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2009 09:23:19 AM »

So far I've tried cat fur, easter egg grass, tree bark, pills from sweaters, spider webs, and tent caterpillar webs, but not human hair yet! I think the weirdest thing that I've *wanted* to spin is algae. It's such a pretty green color, and some of it forms lovely threadlike structures.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Nesse
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2009 11:09:54 AM »

how do you go about spinning tree bark?
THIS ROCKS   Logged

kwicz
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2009 03:04:29 PM »

Well, I'm really just spinning the inner bark, and I peeled it off my mulberry tree prunings. I figured, if paper could be made from it I could probably spin it. I've spun the bark directly off the stick for twine, and I'm planning to soak a batch of bark to pound into the softer fibers used in making paper. I'm hoping that will give me something less like basketry material and more like yarn.  Tongue
THIS ROCKS   Logged

SewMamaLady
Offline Offline

Posts: 1439
Joined: 10-Apr-2008

I heart handmade!!


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2009 03:11:33 PM »

I have some bags of really natural looking spanish moss that won't sell in my STS shop. I think I may spin that. It would make a neat fake bird nest.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Homespun gifts for your friends and family!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/shallwespinmydear
Will be posting more items soon. Check back!
Thenutmeg2000
Offline Offline

Posts: 536
Joined: 25-Jun-2005

If sense were common, Everybody would have some..


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2009 09:14:35 PM »

I knew a few years ago someone here on Craftster did post that they spun up their hair. They said it was pokey and itchy and they were suprised I think. Hmmm let's see...this is a good game for ADD folks like myself....OOOO I know....I have this odd obsession with the idea of spinning wooly mammoth hair...yup..You know, they are always digging them out of the ice. I read about some scientists cooking some meat from one. Freezerburn after several thousand years?? They said it was good. Whatever, what did they do with the hairs? I assume they are bristly. How many spinners living in the last few thousand years have spun that up??? Sometimes I think I am way out there..lol
THIS ROCKS   Logged
sbanks156
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2010 12:34:21 PM »

How about dog hair? Bath the dog, cut the hair and then spin away.

I shave kennels and there is usually about 50 lbs of hair on the floor when I get done.
It just gets burnt. Sad
THIS ROCKS   Logged

SewMamaLady
Offline Offline

Posts: 1439
Joined: 10-Apr-2008

I heart handmade!!


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2010 01:22:54 PM »

Lots of people spin dog hair! If you're cool with that kind of thing, go for it. I personally am allergic to lots of dogs so I couldn't do it. This lady spins custom yarn out of people's dogs hair. http://www.spinningstrawintogold.com/ She seems to do really well actually. I met her at the DFW Fiber Fest.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Homespun gifts for your friends and family!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/shallwespinmydear
Will be posting more items soon. Check back!
Nesse
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2010 05:24:24 PM »

it's actually best to brush the dog instead of shearing it for spinning. but I guess it all depends on what you're going to use the yarn for. if you're planning to knit a bag from the spun dog hair, you probably wouldn't care much about the softness of the fiber, but if you wanted to make something as absurd as... say... knit dog hair jewelry! - you should brush the dog to get the softer fibers from the under coat.

it's all about the pros and cons Cheesy
THIS ROCKS   Logged

WMA
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2010 08:10:45 PM »

I have this odd obsession with the idea of spinning wooly mammoth hair...yup..You know, they are always digging them out of the ice. I read about some scientists cooking some meat from one. Freezerburn after several thousand years?? They said it was good. Whatever, what did they do with the hairs? I assume they are bristly. How many spinners living in the last few thousand years have spun that up??? Sometimes I think I am way out there..lol

If you're way out there then so am I because I think it would be really cool to spin up some wooly mammoth...maybe they would want to put it in the Smithsonian! Last fall I did a spinning (spindle) demonstration for the local historical society and decided to learn more about the history of spinning and talk about that while I spun rather than go into all the details of how to spin. I found this page in my search for the history and just loved this part "A figurine carved from the tusk of a wooly mammoth wearing a loincloth made of twisted threads was carbon dated back to 25,000 BCE, but it is difficult to determine if the threads in her garment were twisted or spun".  25,000 BCE!! The very beginnings of our obsession and the figurine's loincloth was probably spun from that wool mammoth's fur, lol. Do you think mammoths had a double coat? Imagine the size Furminator you'd need for that job, lol.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

tcmatteson
Offline Offline

Posts: 1586
Joined: 11-Jun-2009

Baby it's cold outside...


View Profile WWW
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2010 06:16:38 PM »

I just found a youtube video of some girls spinning toilet paper in a rather ingenious way- using a screw driver! Check it out!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Crafter turned Soaper
Been away from Craftster for far too long Sad I miss this crafty community!
Simple & Clean Soapery on FB
Simple & Clean Soapery on etsy
mullerslanefarm
www.mullerslanefarm.com
Offline Offline

Posts: 2553
Joined: 02-Nov-2007

Fiber Enabler


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2010 07:35:09 AM »

Nesse, that dog is Wonderful!!!

I think the only non-fiber things I have spun are platic bags and that artificial spider web stuff you can get at halloween
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Cyndi

http://www.mullerslanefarm.com
Our Lessons in Homesteading
Thenutmeg2000
Offline Offline

Posts: 536
Joined: 25-Jun-2005

If sense were common, Everybody would have some..


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2010 05:30:21 PM »

Cyndi, I also read about that same thing you saw with the beads too whilest doing some research for a college paper a while ago. I love odd facts so that sort of thing amuses me to no end. Glad to know I am not alone in the wooly mammoth thing. I am also assuming largely that they probably had double coats as well. I wonder if their babies were shorter stapled and lower micron counts...maybe the next bizzare time I run across a university studying them I might email them and ask them those questions. I am going to have to also guess at some point that ancient folks did spin it or give it a trial and error go at it. Hmmm...
THIS ROCKS   Logged
scarfish
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2010 10:32:35 AM »

I'm so glad i found this thread!!! I'm new to spinning and worried that i was crazy! at a garage sale i bought a scarf that was made of braided, slightly felted roving. i figured that i could just pick off the top part and use what was left, and that has worked so far, but then i was left with all this fluff that looked like dryer lint (which i thought was kinda pretty!) it was a pretty big pile and i started wondering if i could spin that too. i used some pretty string i had laying around and started spinning the leftover fluff, and to make a long story even longer, it worked!!! I'm even prouder of my fluff yarn then i am of the original yarn! i was worried people would think it was weird so i kinda kept it a secret, but i should have known that a fellow craftster would understand! plus now I'm inspired to try even weirder stuff!!! Grin thanks.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
mullerslanefarm
www.mullerslanefarm.com
Offline Offline

Posts: 2553
Joined: 02-Nov-2007

Fiber Enabler


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2010 10:42:10 AM »

You sound perfectly normal to me!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Cyndi

http://www.mullerslanefarm.com
Our Lessons in Homesteading
scarfish
« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2010 10:15:10 AM »

thank you Grin
THIS ROCKS   Logged
frankeknitter
« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2012 09:49:06 PM »

I've always wanted to spin milkweed silk or beech tree fluff, its everywhere in Michigan and it  looks so pretty
THIS ROCKS   Logged
mullerslanefarm
www.mullerslanefarm.com
Offline Offline

Posts: 2553
Joined: 02-Nov-2007

Fiber Enabler


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2012 08:39:25 AM »

Go for it, frankeknitter.  You'll need a real tight twist on the fluff ... because it is such a short staple and because it is so silky.  I've not found them to work well on their own, but they are great mixed with other fibers.

I'm about to embark on retting and spinning Spanish moss to be woven into Civil War era horse blankets.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Cyndi

http://www.mullerslanefarm.com
Our Lessons in Homesteading
jexxican
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2012 01:16:05 PM »


I'm about to embark on retting and spinning Spanish moss to be woven into Civil War era horse blankets.
This sounds so exciting to me! You WILL post on FF, right?
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them."
- G. K. Chesterton

A clean house is a sign of a wasted life.

It's much more fun, this growing down. -RIP Uncle Shelby-
mullerslanefarm
www.mullerslanefarm.com
Offline Offline

Posts: 2553
Joined: 02-Nov-2007

Fiber Enabler


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2012 10:28:44 AM »

But of course!

I have 6 large garbage bags fulls of Spanish moss right now.  I'm still doing research on how to properly rett this.  From what I can gather so far. it will be like composting the moss to help get the cuticle off, then processing like flax.  Then to spin it and weave it.  From the original samples I've seen (and there are not too many since they are bio-degradable), they are twined together instead of a tabby weave.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Cyndi

http://www.mullerslanefarm.com
Our Lessons in Homesteading
nikschaf
« Reply #22 on: April 18, 2012 03:43:24 PM »

Ooh, I can't wait to find out how it turns out!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Threads you might like:
Pages: 1 2 3 [All] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Scrap Busting Artwork
Let's Monkey Around!
Meatless Monday: Lemon Cornmeal Waffles

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

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.