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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / this is not as easy as you guys make it sound. on: February 22, 2009 07:49:54 AM
first: my wool is sort of in clumps. apparently i'm supposed to have locks? (sorry, another newbie, i know how annoying that is but how else does one learn? also, i don't  know what breed this is, if that matters.) if i am supposed to form this into locks, how do i go about that? the instructions i found for flick-carding (which appears to be what i'd do) assumed that the stuff would be in locks already. small bits. this is not easily going that way.

also: your VM (vegetable matter--fellow newbs, you will be searching through this entire board before someone defines this acronym for you, so there it is). you're supposed to actually be able to pick it out, it seems, from what y'all say. this appears to be in really tiny bits. like straw. small pieces of straw. i can't even grasp most of it (should i be using tweezers?) and when i can pull some out, a bit of fiber comes with. as in, by the time i pull out *everything*, i'd have nothing left to spin.

i'm sorry; it must seem like i need a strangely high level of hand-holding. if there's a tutorial already written about this stuff, just point me at it, or at appropriate google terms, 'cause i am just not getting it.
2  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / ruffly scarf on: July 14, 2008 09:12:20 PM
made of: black caron simply soft; grey paton's classic merino. inspired by some scarves i saw on a blog that i read regularly but whose name i cannot remember--if you know what i'm talking about, or if it was you, let me know. i want to credit the person who came up with using two fibers--one that shrinks and one that doesn't (the blogger used merino and tencel, if i remember right)--to create this ruffled effect.

i really would like some feedback, please, even if it is negative.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / sticky needles on: June 30, 2008 12:34:12 AM
so i have some rosewood needles--at least, they say on the package that they're rosewood; all i know for sure is that they're dark brown and pretty. anyway it's been quite humid around here for the past few days/weeks/good long while, and while all my bamboo needles are fine, my rosewoods are getting sticky. as if there's a thin film on them. if you know how wood gets when it's humid, it's sort of exactly like that.

so, what do i do? my immediate thought is sanding, but that might change the size, for one thing, and it might not permanently remove the problem, for another thing. should i just wait for winter to knit, like a sane person?
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / fair price of a woven thing on: June 30, 2008 12:08:44 AM
before you yell at me: i really do know that there is a crafty business thread. i really do. i promise. however, you guys are weavers. you know exactly what kind of time, skill, patience and material goes into this crazy stuff. so i figured i would ask you. if i'm wrong for doing this, i'm sorry.

so, if you were to sell a woven thing--say, a scarf, made of nice acrylic or cheap wool, about 5-6 feet long by perhaps six inches to a foot wide--how much would you charge for it? and how would you arrive at this figure?

next question: how much would you expect people to want to pay for it?

me, i figured i'd charge by time. six dollars per hour, one hour per foot (on a RH loom, i'm a bit slow, and i figured in setup time there, too). sounds fair, maybe? apparently not: an object which took me 6 hours to make (which was a bag, in fact, woven and fully lined and all) i'm told, should cost twenty dollars.


edited to add: seriously, guys, if this is in the wrong place or i've offended anyone, just let me know. i promise, i'll remove the post. all i want is your opinions.

also, i did look on etsy--which, according to a lot of people here on craftster, is usually underpriced anyway--and i saw scarves going for 70$. so i'm not really sure what to think. i'm just asking for help, i guess.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / if i've finished knitting a spaceship, is it still a UFO? on: June 25, 2008 05:00:41 PM
i've knitted BitterSweet's foreign exchange student ( http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/2007/08/31/foreign-exchange-students/ ).

modifications: i did fewer straight-plain-ol'-knitted rows on the head, because i thought i was going to run out of yarn (which i did, which is why his feet/butt/pants are a different color). also he has no feet, and i embroidered his jhonen-vasquez-alien-style eyes with something almost, but not exactly, entirely unlike satin stitch. there are yarn scraps filling his head (so he and i have something in common) and there's a plastic bag full of rice in his bottom.

his antennae are tapestry needles; i think he might be my new pincushion.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / peter max hat (imgs heavy with awesome) on: June 20, 2008 04:08:51 PM
i couldn't find a haberdashery category so here it is.

backstory: one summer a few years ago, my cousins and i made hats to commemorate, um, the summer. it was my aunt's idea. anyway that was the summer when i first read jhonen vasquez, and therefore my hat was covered with little flying bunny things and "moo!" and so on.

NOT AWESOME. anymore.

fast forward to last night, when we were watching the third batman movie. i saw two-face's top hat (the psychedelic side) and said "man i wish i had a hat like that." i say that about a lot of things in the batman movies. including adam west. anyway, fast forward again to this morning when i saw a poster advertising hoagies at a local stop-shop. the poster was done in peter max's style.

click click click.

if you look closely you can still see some of the non-awesome shining through.

specs: blank white craft store paint, google images search for "peter max", sharpie (which didn't work very well), acrylic paint and puffy paint for the outlines.

edit: i am sorry about the picture quality, really. my dad's camera is... not the best. but you get the idea, right? the colors are accurate, at least.... and if this post is posted in the wrong place, or if there is something else wrong with it, please, let me know.

edit again: peter max was an influential artist in the 70s, btw; if you've seen "Yellow submarine" or any of those old woodstock posters with the "quintessential 70s" font, you've seen his style. this hat is only meant to imitate that style; it looks like a cheap knockoff because it is, in other words.
7  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / stuff i have woven; the pic-mass-index of this post is like 85 on: June 11, 2008 09:07:12 PM
so, since i only have this camera for a limited time, and since i made a bunch of stuff before i had the camera, i'm going to sort of put it all in this post.

i was going to do this complicated thing where every week or so i would post a new picture as if i'd just made the thing in it. but i'm too busy making stuff for that.

so here's a bunch of stuff i have woven.

a bookmark using a pattern from the first issue of weavezine

a scarf in green and tan bamboo

a bag in suede yarn with a silk lining (i'm really proud of this one, i'm sorry)

white acrylic and chunky blue, which you can't really see because my beating and weft tension were all off, and also i sewed some of the chunky blue on in a swirly design

the first full-size scarf i ever made

prettier pictures of the leno lace i posted a while ago

a soft-mohair-with-glitz weft and a brown acrylic warp; also a shawl pin.

the end, thanks for your time.

EDIT okay, the pictures should work now.
8  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / leno scarves on: May 01, 2008 06:25:13 PM
so, it's my first time posting an actual post (instead of just a reply), so let's just hope i don't break the site or anything.

anyway, hey, i made some leno lace stuff, and then i scanned it.

this second one was dyed with kool-aid (lemonaide, orange and black cherry).

....i'm sure there's more information i'm supposed to be giving (like: i use a rigid heddle loom, and this leno was weaver-controlled) but i don't know what (else).
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