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« on: September 13, 2010 07:07:11 AM »

I have spun sheep's wool, goat hair (mohair) and labordoodle (dog hair) with my drop spindles. I would like to try other fibers that are not on the beaten fiber path. So give me ideas will you.
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2010 02:55:41 PM »

I'm new to spinning, and all I've been able to get my hands on were some tiny amounts of wool for felting.

I'm getting an Angora bunny on Friday, and I'm super excited to learn to spin something as nice as angora. I'm sure it's going to be tough at first since it's so silky, but I think it will be worth it.

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2010 05:43:03 PM »

I must say I'm having a hard time thinking of fibers not on the beaten path...especially after hanging around the spinning boards for a while, lol. You name it and someone here has probably spun it or at least attempted to! Some of the fibers off the beaten path for me would be camel, yak, buffalo, quiviut, possum...mainly because they're so expensive. Also haven't tried milk protein fiber or ecospun (recycled plastic bottles). I have, however, spun several breeds of sheep wool (soooooo many left to try though, lol), alpaca, llama, angora, mohair, silk, bamboo, cat, dog, Halloween spider web stuff, milkweed fluff...um...I'm sure there are a few more, lol.

Check these out for other fun ideas...
'The weirdest things we could spin? A game!' http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326340.0
'am i crazy? adventures in alternate fiber' http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296906.0

« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2010 09:18:09 PM »

Possum? Like, play-dead-scary-sharp-teeth-under-your-porch possum? Their hair is so short though. Wow.

I've also spun plarn on my drop spindle, but that's not really unique anymore. I tried making paper yarn once, because I saw a really awesome window curtain project. I couldn't get it right, but I'm sure someone with more practice than me could!

"I don't care, I'm still free. You can't take the sky from me."

Current obsessions: Decoden and fairy kei!
Melonberry Mint @ Storenvy
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2010 07:25:49 AM »

I just heard about milkweed fuzz,  am tepted to try it and if my gauge comes out right do some lace.
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2010 05:16:32 PM »

nystitchwitch ... don't bother with milkweed fuzz ... it is very hard to spin, comes out like a rope when you use the correct amount of twist to hold it together and then (I've heard) becomes very brittle.

If you want to spin milkweed, use the fiber in the stalk after it dries.  That is my fall/winter project.


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