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11  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What can I do with a chess game with missing parts ? on: January 27, 2008 09:27:14 AM
I bought a lovely glass chess game in a thrft store years ago. Without opening the box to check if everything was there. Of course it was the only box left. And of course pieces were missing. I often use the board as a tray. But the pieces are stuck in a box. They are too nice to be just thrown away, but I am tired to see them useless (I live in a tiny flat...). I was thinking about glueing them in a sort of sculpture, but I would rather do something more useful ? Any idea ?
12  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / A very stupid question about spinning wheels on: November 23, 2007 03:08:05 AM
I am very curious about odd things... I read somewhere in a recent thread that it brings bad luck if you don't give a name to a spinning wheel ? Just like for boats ? It that a wide spread superstition ? Where does it come from ? What's your wheel's name ? Hope we'll all have some fun with my silly question !  Smiley
13  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / My little needle felted teddy on: November 20, 2007 06:56:06 AM
Let me introduce my new little friend. He's 3.5 inches high and wears proudly an orange scarf to fight november weather.

I already love him !
14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Help ! Can I put my single on another bobin to ply ? on: November 14, 2007 02:45:35 PM
I need an advice ! I was spinning tonight, very happy but careless ! So I spun fast all my batch of fiber on the same bobin, stupi me ! As I am a beginner, my yarn needs plying. I don't want to try a navajo plying because I don't a too thick yarn. My idea is (would be) to put half of the single on a second bobin. Is it possible or will my single be ruined ? I assume I don't thread the yarn in the loop of the flyer. What do you think ? Thanks !
15  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dye-along ? on: November 14, 2007 07:36:18 AM
I just wanted to know if the monthly dye-along is dead.
If I am not wrong, there aren't be messages about it sinc august...
Could we imagine some sort of ressurrection for  it ?
Bye bye !
16  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first handspun yarn ! on: November 13, 2007 02:05:59 PM
It took me time to go over my fear of the fiber (got my wheel last month, but I didn't get the trick till I saw a real person spinning 2 weeks ago) !

This is my first almost decent yarn. It's merino, spun sunday and monday, plyed yesterday, and then dyed with wilton's food coloring. I am not very pleased with the color. Maybe I'll overdye it and then post it a second time on the dyeing board ! LOL !
17  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Feltalong #13 Wet felted Lattice scarf (tutorial included) on: November 06, 2007 09:06:56 AM
Hi everybody ! As promised, I wipped up a little tutorial for the lattice scarves
I assume you have some basis in wet felting, so I spare you the setting of the work place.
Let's go !

As the scarf will shrink quite a lot, please take care of working on a large table.


First lay out 3 or 4 long strands of wool roving (mine were about 1,20 meter long, about one yard and one foot) leaving some space between them (10 cm or about a hand width).


Lay the horizontal bands of wool across this backing.
You can place these tufts of wool as you like: straight, curvy, circular, etc
just take care that they lay flat on the backing strands.
You can leave space between them or make them more intricate.

3 -

When you're ready, pat gently the wool down with your dry hands.
Fold the net over the wool, and sprinkle the wool with hot soapy water. (as hot as you can stand it with your bare hands)
The wool must be wet through (but you dont want the water running on your feet !).


Then gently rub a bar of soap over the wool.
Working with both hands, gently rub the wool with a circling movement.
Be careful not to move the wool.
After about 10 minutes, the scarf will be felted enough to be turned over.
Repeat the process on the other side.


When the scarf is felted (you can pick it up all in one piece without fearing it tears appart),
place it in a rattan blind to full it.
Roll it for several minutes. Then rinse the scarf and let it dry

Here it is !  
And now the scarf, modelled :

You can trim the borders if you want it neater, and iron it.
For myself I like its wild look !
Have fun and feel free to ask if there is something you don't understand.

When you create yours, be sure to show it off in our gallery
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Moulin rouge ! A dancing zetti turkey on: November 06, 2007 04:23:36 AM
So this is my first (finished) ATC ! A sexy turkey dancing at the Moulin rouge...

The background is cut out of an eggbox. I painted it with watercolor. I found a nice old engraving of a realistic turkey, put some golden highlights on it, the pin-up girl was riding a bike (you can imagine that her skirt was not pulled down on her knies ! lol), but now she wears a nice little pointed hat cut out of a second turkey to make it match with the body. I drew the leg in the same eggbox cardboard as the background, and the petticoat is paper lace. 
I enjoyed so much making it. Now I am on the tracks for ATC !
I hope that my little turkey from Paris will make you smile.
19  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / alpacca spinning ? on: October 18, 2007 02:21:27 PM
I will have the opportunity to buy some raw alpacca wool on sunday at a yearly farmer market. But I must e-mail the lady if I want some, so she doesn't bring it if I don't. Iam very new at spinning, had my wheel last week and what I have spun until now is awful. As I am a bit cheap right now, I am wondering if it is sensible. Should I wait a bit ? If I buy some, which amount do I need to knit let's say a small scarf ? Thanks for your advice.
20  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I've just bought a spinning wheel on: September 28, 2007 01:05:02 PM
Hi ! I'm not sure this post has sense. I just wanted to share my excitement with you all. The subject is clear : I have just bought right now a Louet S1O on Ebay, without thinking too much. Hope it is not a big mistake. The price was less than 1/4 compared to a new one. All I was thinking was that the plain wheel is ugly (LOL) instead of considering my flat is tiny and already full of craft supplies.
Well now, it is done and I am very anxious to get it (it will come from Germany, I live in France). Do you think I am hopelessly crazy ? 
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