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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Converted shirt to shorts on: July 03, 2009 04:36:43 PM

See this shirt? It fits funny, not flattering in the least. The elastic bunches up higher than the waist should when you move around leaving you lookingodd.

S0 I converted it to a pair of shorts, using the elastic as the top, and the bottom edges as is so I didn't have to sew more hems.

(More on how I did it and the tutorial I used on my blog entry http://www.microfemme.com/2009/06/converting-a-shirt-to-pj-shorts/  )

I intended them to be Pj's, but have been wearing them around the house when I am working too.  Quite comfy!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spider Web Shawl from Victorian Lace today on: February 18, 2007 08:53:03 PM

Spider Web Shawl from Victorian Lace Today
Half Hexagon size-  about 900 yards
Yarn- Helen's Lace in "watercolors"
Needles- size 6
Notes- This shawl was a pretty easy knit, I got pretty bored with the pattern repeats in the end, but it blocked out much better than I expected it to.

I actually thought it was pretty ugly</a> before it was blocked.

3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Turmeric dyed and spun yarns on: January 31, 2007 05:13:09 PM
Turmeric dyed and spun yarns- I have been having too much fun dying with some natural dyes recently.  The turmeric produces a bright, mustard yellow and is set easily with vinegar.

Fiber colors before spinning- wool, mohair, and cotton warp yarns all dye well.

Using a sample of the dyed wool spun in to a woolen 2 ply, I made a french press cozy  with turmeric yarn as a stranded knitting accent.

Turmeric dyed wool, plied with soy silk (SWTC's infinity)

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / French press cozy with needle felted accents on: January 31, 2007 03:47:08 PM

Inspired by Hello Yarn's French Press cozies, my French Press needed one too! The yellow yarn is handspunturmeric dyed wool.

Accents of wool needle felting, which I have been having way too much fun with lately. A magnetic snap holds the handle flap down- I wanted to be able to carry mine around without distorting the knitting. Bigger Picture here:

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Handspun yarn Hat on: November 10, 2006 07:55:50 PM
Handspun yarn Hat

Name: Handspun yarn hat
Yarn: 70 yards single ply Bulky handspun
Pattern: my own
Notes: the hat is a fast knit- it was done inside 2 hours of class (and thats with notes, discussion, and a movie).  Yarn is a blend of wools with stripes with mohair and Angelina blended in.  I left some twist in to make it a somewhat unconventional energized single for the hat (see how stitches lean to the side). 

6  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Card weaving and a rug class! on: November 10, 2006 03:44:45 PM
So, what do you do when a teacher tells you they are saving you a spot in a class, even though you arent a major in that field?  A class you really, really want to take, a class that is really hard to get in to (go interviews, teacher has to pretty much know you and portfolios/sketchbooks!), a class that is only offered once per year. A class that this might be the last time it is offerered*. And most importantly, a class that <b> only accepts ten people a year</b>. Add to that that I would just be in, she already knows my work and wants me in the class since she knows its something I am interested in.

Well, if you are like me, you accept, duh!  And make the rest of your schedule fit around it- Ill have seven + straight hours of classes several days a week, which should be fun in addition to the anthropology classes Im taking, this class is really time intensive. 

O yea, and what is the class I guess would be your most important question?

I get to design a rug.  Not a small bath matt size rug. O no.  We are talking a custom (probably 7x10 + ) rug for a client that sponsors the class.  A rug that is handspun, hand dyed, and hand woven to my specifications for the client in Nepal in workshops that have been carefully selected by the teacher. Continuous warp, hand knotted everythingyou get the picture!  The class is also a business relations class for artists, so its awesome I get to take a class that applies so well to what I do even though I am not an art major.

* Revolution in Nepal makes the rug industry unstable and the country problematic for touring there and the teacher goes to oversee the rugs being made.

I also learned how to card weave yesterday- Ive read and researched it before, but when I found out my weaving instructor knew lots about card weaving, had traveled to Peru to learn about it (and other traditional techniques), well I had to learn how to do it!  She was really excited to show me- practically dragged me down to her office to find me a book and some cards, and wellnow I have a new addiction!

My card weaving is not so pretty yet- Im using a rather random rug warp and need to work on my tension (who am I kidding, my tension is always bad!).  I just find it fascinating that you can get something that looks like a twill, and even do double weaves, with a series of cards (as many as you can hold, or you can tension them on a loom), and that card weaving has been done for centuries and centuries.  Ancient Egypt, China, Russian, so many places have versions of card weaving, using cards made out of materials local to them- wood, bone, ivory, hides, even playing cards can be used when cut down.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Structural Wire Shawl on: August 18, 2006 06:52:50 PM

This shawl was completed as part of a project to incorporate metals in with my textile background. The assignment was to make a rather crazy fashion accessory (and boy does this ever fit). Simple lace patterns throughout the top and a variety of natural and synthetic fibers add texture to the metal base. Fine gauge copper wire was used in most of the shawl to change the flow of the fabric in to a piece that is more structured with very little drape (an effect I am not overly fond of as I like drape in my shawls).

To read all about this shawl, please visit it's gallery page (where there are more pictures):
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Copper handcuff/torture style in black finish on: August 16, 2006 05:56:53 PM
This peice is made from ONE 6x6 peice of copper, all cut with a jewelers saw- no peices are dropped out, etc, the entire cuff is connected.

Black patina for an antiqued finish.  An unusal peice for me since I work mostly wih fiber, but interesting.  The peice actually fits my wrists (5.5 inches)- though I wouldn suggest it (without some help), as it is designed as a torture peice.

There's a really large pic of it here:
9  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Eyepillow/heat pad stuffed with rice on: August 06, 2006 10:38:02 PM
This is a small- eye pillow size- heat pad, stuffed chock full of rice that has been encased in the recycled sleaveof a ragged sweater in the inside to make sure the rice couldnt work its way out of the woven fabric.

The fabric is a blend of lots of misc. fibers, some handspun (my own, see the sig line) in mostly two plies or 2 plies, and some cottons and novelties.  Just a basic weave structure since it's pretty busy by itself.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Handspun handknit socks in purple and green with fairisle on: August 06, 2006 10:34:52 PM

Handspun and knit socks

Pattern: basic sock pattern with a fair isle top (2x2 12 rows 3x1 6 rows)
Yarn: Handspun dk from http://www.midnightskyfibers.com
Yards:10 yards CC1 (blue at top), 1 skein green, 2 skeins purple- most of the second skein didnt get used since these are pretty short socks.  skeins are 50 yards each.
:content: wool
notes:  the roving for this yarn looked like this: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23/midnightskyfibers/whatispin1.jpg before I made it in to yarn, but obviously in the boysenberry colorway.

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