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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / About carding on: September 09, 2007 09:49:37 AM
Sorry if this topic is not in the right place... I'd like to card some wool for drop spinning and wet felting, no big amounts of wool, just to mix colors... My problem is simple : I can't afford buying hand carders right now. I was thinking about using those dog brushes (which looks carders much alike, but maybe I am wrong with that ?). What do you think of it ? Has someone tried this ? Thanks for your advices.
22  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / my favourite brooch on: September 09, 2007 03:10:42 AM
I needle felted this brooch last winter and can't get tired of it ! Sorry, the pic is a bit blur. My camera is not so good with close ups.
23  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Kool-aid color card !!! on: September 08, 2007 05:20:05 AM
Longing for trying Kool-aid dyeing, I've just found a website selling Kool-aid from the UK (great for European crafsters, isn't it). They have a color card for dyeing wool !
Maybe you already knew it, but I hope this can help ! Bye bye from sunny Paris where I am going to visit an american grocery store to see if they have any Kool-aid to try it right away !  Wink
24  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / My first Wilton's dyed yarn on: September 07, 2007 12:16:51 PM
Hi !
Yesterday I went to get some food coloring in a restaurant supplies shop. I was ready to buy any coloring they would had, just to try... And what a surprise ! This shop seams to be the sole Wilton's retailer in France ! Weren't I lucky ?

So this is the result of my first yarn. It was a skein of 100% wool, not very soft but a good quality, natural white. I Did the hot pot method. The firs result was ugly : I put yellow, orange, pink, burgundy and (I guess this was the color which spoiled everything) violet. The result was a dirty looking rosewood hue. I was very disapointed, so I just rinse the skein and overdyed it right away with orange and christmas red.

I call it Sicilian orange ! I'm very pleased. I'm going to knit a small scarf out of it (this is only 50 g of yarn, I'm not sure I can much with it).
Thanks for commenting !  Smiley
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Do you use a turkish spindle ? on: September 06, 2007 10:00:14 AM
Hello !
I'm a newbie. I've been reading so many things (blogs and so on) about hand spinning since about 2 months, that I decided to give it a try ! I do felting too, so I already have some rovings. Last week I ordered a drop spindle (Ashford top whorl, quite cheap), I'm so eager to get it ! The site where I bought it had a turkish spindle too (about 20 euros), which seemed to be great. It was hard to decide which one to buy, I took the cheapest, in case I am not talented for spinning after all ! But the idea of the yarn ball sounds nice... What do you think of it ?
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