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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday Sept 11, 2009 on: September 11, 2009 03:02:02 PM
oy, not that many yarns this week! well, good thing i've come by to post this week, as it's literally been ages! although, i only have meager offerings!

not a great quality pic, but it's the best i could get of this yarn. this is a dk weight yarn. spun from roving dyed by lynne vogel for her pattern (ripple) in the spring 2009 edition of knitty.the colors are very springy, but to me they very much look like the dry grass/fields of texas in summer; everything is dry as a bone from the 100 degree plus temperatures (everyday) and then the pops of light blue and pink in the tiny field flowers that spring up! this yarn literally looks like my backyard right now!

and here is the yarn overwhelming my poor ball winder! i wish you could better see it, but that ball is HUUUGE!!!

this is teased cotswold locks grown by the sheepies and dyed by the people at homestead wool and gift farm with one ply of natural merino. this is a really cool yarn. i also have a second, smaller skein of this, as all those voluminous cotswold curls wouldn't fit on one bobbin after i plied it!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday Sept 5, 2009 on: September 09, 2009 12:05:30 PM
gosh, mullerslane, your dyeing is so pretty! simple, yet highly pleasing!! maybe that's my problem with dyeing, i overcomplicate it! i just look at all those intricate rovings out there and my brain starts to hurt!! i've never had the best color sense! lol! it's not the dyeing process that is difficult for me, it's the COLOR MIXING!!!! AHHH, RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Kid 'N Ewe and Llamas Too festival information?? on: September 02, 2009 01:06:45 PM
i don't know about enthusiastic, i'm more like rabid!!! it's the only fiber festival in or close to the hill country (at lesat that i know about!!) and therefore the only one close enough for me to get to.... yes, i have fantasies of S.E.X. with DFW!!! maybe when i'm richer and my kids are older!! anyways, i'm really glad to see that there are so many here who are interested in going! maybe we should wear craftster name tags? lol!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: HANDSPUN ART YARN WORKSHOP IN CENTRAL TEXAS!!!! on: September 02, 2009 11:12:14 AM
hey, bet you guys though i'd forgotten about you, eh? unfortunately i had to scrap the fredericksburg plans due to some unexpected changes. BUT, i do have exciting news!!! we have booked the class for april 10th and 11th, 2010!! it will be in boerne, texas in the cypress meeting room at tapatio springs, right outside of san antonio.

here's what jacey has put on her website about it:

San Antonio, TX:
April 10th and 11th, 2010, 10am-5pm-ish
with a short break for lunch (pack it or buy it)
located at the gorgeous Tapatio Resort
$175 for the whole weekend, includes all supplies (except for whats listed above)
$100 for one day, includes all supplies (except for whats listed above).
20 spots available. If you want to stay at the resort, its around $100 a night, unless we get 7+ rooms, then its cheaper. So when you register, let me know if youre interested in possibly staying.

Right now Im taking $25 deposits to hold your spot and in Jan. Ill open up registration for full payments. Youll receive a detailed e-mail shortly after purchase and then a month or so before the workshop with more details than you could humanly need.

go to http://www.insubordiknit.com/workshops to see this original text, to hold a spot, or if you have any questions, please feel free to pm me here on craftster or email jacey through her website!!

see you in april 2010!!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Kid 'N Ewe and Llamas Too festival information?? on: August 23, 2009 08:36:55 PM
there's been sooo many problems this year with kid 'n ewe. the poor poor organizer, i've met her before, and she was so nice and helpful. basically the kendall county fair grounds association was using extortion techniques to raise the rent this year for the fiber festival (there have been some threads on ravelry about it, can't get to it now, may post a link later, my RANT is included in some of those threads!!)

BUT, from what i understand, it IS still on for this year. the organizer was really persistent in making sure it was going to happen, despite the overwhelming odds stacked against her. the threads on ravelry probably have more info and i haven't checked them for a while so.....
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Hackle on: August 16, 2009 10:25:51 AM
getting a super smooth dizzed roving will probably just take practice! like when you first started spinning, and tried to predraft a roving, the first time you most likely pulled a staple length right off!

your diz MAY have something to do with it. maybe you are trying to pull too much and it becomes hard to pull through the whole, then the effort in pulling makes a thin spot in the roving? if you're having trouble with the diz you have now, try something else! you can pretty much use anything! my first diz was a piece of rectangular wood that i had my grandfather drill two holes in, they were different sizes, but i can't remember how big??? but it worked fine!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - 10 July 2009 on: July 10, 2009 10:48:26 PM
Zucchero_Filato: LOVE LOVE LOVE your yarns! and so great to see some neeew faces *and such another great talent to add to this board!!* i love the aztec dream yarn! did you dye that roving yourself?? the colors are amazing and i love the bulky two ply!! and the yarn you spun for your daughter is sooo cute! love the colors and the wee little felt poppies!! finally, the PUNK yarn, simply gorg!! i'm a sucker for any yarn with locks spun in!!  Cheesy
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Lots of crochet sweets on: July 09, 2009 11:52:04 AM
that is so sweet *no pun intended!!* what a great auntie- and crafty- you are! and such a lucky little girl!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you sew a beaded applique? on: July 06, 2009 09:00:28 PM
well, i found this topic by searching on craftster, and i have to tell you, i'm wondering the EXACT SAME THING!! i have some really beautiful vintage sequin and bead appliques, and was wondering how to go about making them. i will give you my opinions *and these are not fact based, since i have as much knowledge about this topic as the original thread author*. BUT this is what i can gather about my vintage applique pieces.

the were made on some sort of mesh/netting, like an organza or fine tulle. and the beading is stitched right onto it! the only place that you can see the stitching on the other side is where there are some clear/pearlescent sequins. once the beading was finished, the applique was cut out of the base fabric, with no seam allowance, and no attemtps were made to finish the edges. it doesn't look like this applique has EVER been used, so i'm not sure if the unfinished edges and no backing material were part of the plan, or these appliques were simply unfinished. if you were planning in appliqueing it by hand onto fabric, you cut it out with an 1/8 in seam allowance *or however much you wanted* and then hand applique it using the needle-turn method, which i've done before and it isn't nearly as hard as you would imagine, i tought myself out of book!

i should mention that in some places there are beads coming off, or places where the thread has broken. BUT this piece is really old, maybe 20's, and my MIL got it in a big box of craft things at an estate sale, so there is no telling what kind of life it had, how people took care of it, what conditions it has ever been stored in *obviously, tossed loose in a box is not a great preservation technique* how much there is no backing, no felt or interfacing *which are suggestions i've come across on various other places around the web*. it also should be mentioned that some of the stitches are really long, where the original maker had sewed down as many as 7 beads in a single stitch *making it much easier for threads to catch and tear, and beads to flow*

if you didn't want to leave it without a backing, i also heard the idea of using a strong fabric glue to coat the entire back, but i can't attest to its success or failure. maybe you could practice a few techniques and see which ones work better, which you like, which wears better, etc.

i really want to try making some, so if i make any progress *or dire failure, i guess* i'll mention that! Wink
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: From Raw to Dyed, Uncarded Locks on: July 04, 2009 06:37:10 PM
yes, please, please, finished pictures of yarn when you get them!!!
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