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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Copying Colourways on: April 17, 2007 03:33:41 AM
How do people feel about deliberate copying of other people's colourways for personal use?  I've seen a few colourways that I like and would like to reproduce for my own use since I can't afford to buy the yarn/roving at the moment (or for several months actually.)

What about accidental copying? For example, I sat and made notes of a few colourways that I thought up myself and then while surfing etsy shops later, I found that my ideas weren't exactly unique.

Ultimately, is it impossible to avoid a certain amount of duplication?

2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Yet another dyeing question on: March 30, 2007 05:35:16 AM
I was making up dye stock using the Kemtex dyes the other day and I had problems with both the black and the navy. As soon
as I added water to the dye powder, it turned into a hard lump with
almost a toffee like feel. It made it really hard to mix and I'm not
sure that the dyestock is strong enough as a result. Has anyone else
experienced a similar problem? And if so, what's the solution?


ETA: Bugger! I spotted the new Dyeing board thread a few seconds after posting this. Can someone move this to the new board please?
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday - 30th March on: March 30, 2007 05:28:08 AM
Due to the magic of being in a different timezone to most of you, I am able to start this week's thread Smiley

I spun this as a traditional 3 ply from the handdyed Corriedale top I posted in last week's thread. It's really soft and bouncy and lovely! It took a few weeks to spin and as a result isn't quite balanced - when the hank hangs loose the yarn is a little curly.

Lemon and Lime

And the closeup with pen shot:

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Spinning from the fold on: March 24, 2007 06:26:52 AM
This is the result of my first attempts at spinning from the fold. The top was merino (from Wingham Woolwork, a UK supplier) which had it's colours arranged vertically. The colours included blues and teals, pink, burgundy and a pale green. I don't think the colours show up too well in the picture. I'm trying out new settings on my camera.

The colours IRL remind me of a Monet painting:

I found that spinning from the fold did help to retain colour separation. I did end up with small clumps left in my palm after spinning each length. I then spun that clump but the colours were more mixed.

I Navajo plied the singles, again to keep the colours separate.

I thought that spinning from the fold would be a very slow method but it wnet surprisingly quickly. It's still not as fast as spinning from the end of the top though.

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / DIY hackle - found a great tutorial! on: March 16, 2007 08:55:35 AM

This looks a great idea and for a fraction of the price for the real thing. I liked the use of a button for a diz too.

6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Squeaky Wheel - Lendrum DT on: March 15, 2007 11:39:28 AM
My Lendrum has recently developed an annoying squeak. A little investigation i.e. someone listening carefully while I spin suggests that the squeak is coming from the sealed bearing at the centre of the wheel. The problem is that I can't oil it because it's sealed. I now live in a different country (France) to when I bought the wheel and there's noone selling Lendrums here.

Anyone got any suggestions?

7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing to ask a question? on: February 06, 2007 04:46:07 AM
I have a question on dyeing and also thought it would be good to have a thread for everyone's dyeing questions.  Smiley

So, I've been dyeing top (so far all Teeswater which is a longwool like Wensleydale) and this is how I've been doing it:

  • Wet the wool in the sink
  • Put it on clingfilm and paint it with acid dyes
  • Spray it with a water and vinegar solution
  • Wrap it up
  • Microwave it for about 8 mins on full power- 800W
  • Let it cool then rinse it

The problem I'm getting is that the top ends up being very compact and almost felted on the outside. It makes it quite hard to separate into strips and produces quite a few little clumps. Can someone tell me where I'm going wrong?

I've just bought 2 kilos of undyed top in various wools and some more acid dyes (all 16 colours available in the Kemtex range) and before I get stuck in with the new stuff I want to improve the results I'm getting as this is my last fibre purchase for a very longtime due to budget restrictions!


8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Some more first yarns (several pics) on: November 09, 2005 12:34:26 AM
I just thought I'd show off my first yarns. It is pure coincidence that my first skein looks a lot like pink.octopus' first as I am in the UK!

I have a Lendrum folding double treadle wheel. My ultimate goal is to spin consistent yarns at the finer end of the scale, mostly equivalent to DK or 4 ply.

First skein - Wensleydale Long Wool from Ebay:

Second skein - another Ebay buy, white merino top that had been dyed with lots of splodges:

Third skein (to be plyed today) - some sliver from Ebay that had been dyed in short stripes of greens and browns:

I had my first lesson, last week, after which I plyed the second skein and spun the two bobbins for the third. I found the lesson has really helped. Unfortunately, I could only fit in one lesson as I have a 4 month old baby and will be moving to France in the near future.

9  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Source of Koolaid in the UK - found! on: June 25, 2004 07:34:12 AM
I saw this link in a newsgroup:


Now we can start dyeing with Koolaid!

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Intarsia charts on: May 25, 2004 06:24:30 AM
While avoiding work by trawling the net, I came across this site. It has lots and lots of charts for intarsia motifs. Enjoy!


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