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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Acid dye stock storage? on: March 04, 2014 02:36:42 PM
I've been hoarding lots of acid dyes and am in the process of mixing up some stock solutions but am running into a problem. I'm trying to find a cost effective way of storing the solutions. All the containers I tried from the dollar store were leaky (food containers and squeeze condiment bottles) and the bottles from walmart the lids kept popping off with the slightest amount of pressure. Glass canning jars while readily available in tons of sizes aren't quite as easy for transporting/storing. I'll be traveling to different shops in my area to teach dyeing techniques and need storage solutions that are airtight and sturdy plastic or even some form of light metal.

I usually mix up my stocks in 1 cup amounts so I've been debating using 2 4oz travel bottles (the ones approved for airlines) for each color and just sucking it up and using plumbers tape if I need it.

2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / I've developed an addiction... on: February 28, 2014 05:50:14 PM
To dyeing!!!! Smiley

Here's - whole bunch more random colorful goodness.

I actually haven't used the stove for any of these, just extremely hot tap water with no stove and both pre and post dye soaking in Eucalan. Someone on another forum mentioned tap water not getting hot enough to set colors without using a stove. Haven't had issues with bleeding or anything and even tossed the skeins in a lingerie bag with a new white tshirt that I hadn't cut or dyed for tshirt yarn yet and came out still perfectly white Smiley


The first 2 turned out eh. I should've dipped them a few more times to get more saturated colors. I like how the orange and blue one came out but the smaller mini skein turned out kinda gross looking. The sand/orange was all streaky and uneven almost making it look dirty :/ that one is going to be used for dishcloth scrap projects.

The second "batch" was inspired by an old navy argyle sweater I found in my closet from last year lol Turquoise and pink offset by darker more neutral steel blue and gray.

Third group is 3 skeins that used same colors but all dyed different ways or longer/shorter sections of colors or different color order.

3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Crockpot Dyeing Goodness:D **added 2 more photos** on: February 16, 2014 09:28:50 PM
These are a few yarns I've dyed in a crockpot using acid dyes:) the first one is "Rainforest", the second is "Berries and Cream", and the third one is "Macaw" thanks to a perfect suggestion from a fellow craftster! Cheesy

**I've added 2 more pics of Macaw since it's my favorite of the bunch. They show a small random crocheted strip to display what the worked up yarn will look like as well as what the skein looks like when rolled into a ball**

The first 2 were dyed on 100% superwash merino and the last ones were dyed on 100% merino (non superwash)


4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / first attempt at hand painting yarn:) on: February 07, 2014 04:05:00 AM
My first attempt at painting/dyeing yarn:) this is some random generic brand 100% cotton that I presoaked in room temp water for 30 minutes and then squeezed the water out. Used a tie dye kit and went for some "peacock"esque colors and made a small skein with longer sections of color and another with a more tie dye/variegated look.

I must say everyone is right about coloring yarn. I now want to experiment with everything from crushed berries to ink, to food color and icing paste, etc etc.

as if I needed another endeavor lol Smiley

Here's a pic of the finished and dried yarn (long color sections skein and the more tie dye variegated one is rolled into the ball)

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Fray" Quilt (kind of, sort of, not so much, but maybe?) *pic heavy* on: January 08, 2014 08:12:00 PM
I'm not really sure what to call this little gem lol

A friend of mine had a beautiful little girl back in May and asked if I could make her a quilt with black and white zebra and cow prints, solid lime, and solid hot pink.

Because it's so bright and "busy" I wanted to keep the actual construction as simple as possible so I simply sewed strips of 10 inch squares together and centered 5 inch squares on top.

I'm sure many of you watch DIY Dish with Kim and Kris. I sort of used an idea they had in Season 4 Ep. 9 of sewing squares onto one big piece of white flannel with the raw edges exposed to allow it to fray. I just sewed each square individually vs. sewing straight down the entire length and width of the quilt top. Once all the small squares were sewn to the larger ones i sewed the larger ones in strips, made my sandwich and quilt by simple stitch in the ditch, easy as pie.

I couldn't find the right flannels locally so I chose to use regular quilting cottons, a natural cotton batting with scrim, and a super soft but lightweight pink fleece for the back.

I'm hoping regular quilting cottons will still fray enough to give it that "shabby" look


6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My First Crochet Project!!! (Added another photo of a second hat :) ) on: December 09, 2013 06:59:49 AM
I started off learning to knit thanks to a friend I shared a craft bazaar table with. Then out of the blue I decided to learn crochet and I tackled this for my first project which i know isn't really a hard pattern but for my first project I'm still pretty proud Wink

Lots of cute tutorials and patterns on crafting sites, blogs, and youtube so if you're looking for a sweet little christmas gift for a little one or even make a larger one I'm sure you'll find directions for the perfect size for you!

I ended up using Berroco Weekend (the tan, blue, and orange) and Cascade Venezia Worsted (ivory color). I apologize for not having exact color names, I ended up tearing up the tags and throwing them away :s

Never the less...

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

**This is a photo of a hat I just finished tonight in a smaller size. Didn't want to create a whole separate post for the same hat so edited original thread to add the pic here Smiley **

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first ever knitted project!!!!!! on: November 24, 2013 09:11:33 PM
I'm normally a sewer/quilter but recently I shared a craft fair table with a friend whose knit hats and after seeing how adorable they were I wanted to learn. I worked on the basic things with a ball of yarn I got for dirt cheap at my local craft store. When I felt comfortable enough I decided to "go big or go home" and bought a pattern on etsy for a lace knit slouch hat. Before I realized the importance of stitch markers i kept losing my place and having to tear my work apart and restart and finally the 18th time was a charm! Not kidding, I started this that many times lol Smiley

So here it is, my vey first knitted project!

I used my teddy bear I've had for 25 years as my model because nobody was awake to help take a pic and its near impossible to get a good back of the back of ones own head :/


PS: pattern called for the ribbing to be done on size 5 circular needles (16") and the lace work to be done on size 7 (16") but i forgot to change over (I bought a set of the Denise Interchangeables) so everything was done on size 5. Pattern also called for 220 yards of any worsted weight yarn and I ended up using not quite a full hank of Casecade 220 Superwash. In fact I still had enough left to make a small newborn hat for a friend who's due December 12th Cheesy

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Chevron Baby Quilt :) on: November 14, 2013 08:59:14 AM
This is just a simple half square triangle chevron pattern baby quilt I whipped up over a few days of on and off work for a friend of mine who lives in another state expecting her first child, a little girl Smiley

I love how bright and fun it is! Admittedly as I was putting it together I didn't know how everything would look together but when taking these pics I thought it actually looked like it was clashing but in a good way that keeps things interesting Cheesy


9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lace Knitting chart question on: November 06, 2013 09:11:34 AM
So I've just begun knitting a couple weeks ago and after doig some simple things I wanted to try my first attempt at lace. I purchased a pattern on etsy and am a bit confused on how to execute.

I cast on my 88 stitches and did k1,p1 for several rounds and am ready for the lace work to start.

I'm confused about the "No Stitch" boxes. Would I just pretend they aren't there and make the first 11 stitches in the round the purl ones indicated on the chart and continue the round by making the 12th stitch that k2tog in the 2nd row and just keep going around and around?

I apologize if this is a stupid question, I'm a total newb still! :/

I've attached a photo from my phone of the chart

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Glimma! :) on: September 02, 2013 09:08:08 AM
Lately I've been on a quilting kick, in particular for babies since so many of my friends and family members are having little ones.

I saw a tutorial for this quilt pattern on youtube and was liking the simplicity of it and this is what came out of 2 days + 1 sleepless night Smiley A 41in.x41in. baby/toddler quilt for another special little one that I know Smiley

Fabric is "Glimma" by Lotta Jansdotter

I chose a simple navy blue/white dot print for the large borders and a yellow-ish brown/white dot print for the binding to keep the focus on the squares and circles in the center. I backed it with a gray fleece (spray basted and skipped the batting) and just quilted by simple SITD and I am in LOVE with how lightweight it feels yet how warm and snuggly it is. I will definitely be using fleece for more of my backs.

Enjoy (and as always, Happy Crafting!)

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