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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Call for experienced spinners who would like to help with Learn to Spin 2010 on: July 15, 2010 08:28:21 PM
Hi fellow fiber buds! I've been talking to a couple of people, including lovely sweets4ever about getting the Learn to Spin in 2010 project back up until Jane Doe returns. Jane completed lessons: 1. source spindle and materials and 2. pre-drafting. They really got a lot of people spinning and excited. I think it really revived the boards for a bit! This time, we have the opportunity to get the project some space in the Craftster blog or Twitter. It would be great to attract more spinners to build the fiber art board community!

The remaining lessons would be:
3. spinning a spindle - (SewMamaLady)
4. winding off and setting the twist (froggyfibers)
5. spinning to ply
6. plying winding off and setting the twist (Belladune)
7. designing your yarn (Belladune)

Just because there is name next to a lesson does not mean we don't need your help!

I am a spinner, but I am only a little over a year into learning as well and I'd love for someone who really knows the ropes to jump in too! I'm going to school for art and I was following the lessons even though I have the basics of spinning down. I plan to help contribute and organize the lessons format to match up with how Jane was doing it. Material is what is lacking.  Cheesy Grin

Please PM me (sewmamalady) if you are interested in contributing. Any snippets of advice, material, helpful links, etc. would be awesome.

Thanks everyone! Happy spinning!

UPDATE: I am needing most help with lesson 5: spinning to ply. I do not spin to ply. lol I spin singles and am satisfied enough by that time to just use 'em. Wink
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Handspun Hats galore! on: July 03, 2010 12:29:11 PM
I went on a kick crocheting up some hats from a bunch of my handspun yarns. These are my first true complete projects that took some time from my handspun. Some of the yarn was spun on a wheel, some on a spindle. These are incredibly warm. The handspun really gives them nice thickness. They are all the same pattern, which I love. It's very easy and very repetitive, simple to memorize. On with the hats! Pattern, Divine Hat by Rheatheylia: http://www.rheatheylia.com/index.php?page=patterns&id=0

a blend of silver alpaca and natural color bamboo, it's shiny and warm, this one is equally warm but not as thick as the others

SSS white wool, some spun thick and thin for nice bumpy texture. I put in a little chain to size the hat because it's a little big for my head. Plus I like tying a little bow in front, it's cute. The edging and chain are done in bamboo.

This is a combination of fibers I got in swaps or from STS. There is wool, bamboo, firestar, alpaca, milk fiber, sequins and no telling what else.

Another combo of swap fibers. I know there is bamboo, wool, milk fiber, alpaca and firestar at least. The edges are bamboo.

Thanks for looking!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Weaving/spinning documentary on PBS World tonight... on: November 23, 2009 05:17:21 PM
I caught the last ten minutes of a program called "Weaving World" on PBS World tonight. It is rerunning at 11PM central time. It is all about Navajo weaving/spinning and way of life. Just the last 10 minutes was great. I don't know, I never catch any fiber stuff on TV. There was something about it that brought tears to my eyes. I just love fiber arts so much. It's changed my life and it's really lovely to see people who put such great value on it. It's worth watching if anyone can catch it!

There is also an Independent Lens special on right now that is about a girl running for the Navajo beauty pageant and she helps care for fiber animals and weaves as well.

Just thought I'd give a heads up!
4  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Navajo weaving on PBS World tonight... on: November 23, 2009 05:14:18 PM
I caught the last ten minutes of a program called "Weaving World" on PBS World tonight. It is rerunning at 11PM central time. It is all about Navajo weaving and way of life. Just the last 10 minutes was great. I don't know, I never catch any fiber stuff on TV. There was something about it that brought tears to my eyes. I just love fiber arts so much. It's changed my life and it's really lovely to see people who put such great value on it. It's worth watching if anyone can catch it!

There is also an Independent Lens special on right now that is about a girl running for the Navajo beauty pageant and she helps care for fiber animals and weaves as well.

Just thought I'd give a heads up!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / The weirdest things we could spin? A game! on: November 01, 2009 11:30:54 AM
A game if you will! Because I'm sick and bored. Plus, other boards start little games, why not us?  Cheesy Grin

I'm reusing this one, but I go with Elvis's $15000 clump of hair...http://cbs2chicago.com/local/Elvis.hair.auction.2.1222237.html

Somebody said Carrot Top hair before. I must admit, I enjoy the thought of that one. I think it would look nice in some novelty yarn, but Elvis's hair would make a nice strong yarn. Something for really getting some wear out of.  Cheesy Cheesy
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / A nice article on spinning singles... on: October 27, 2009 05:53:08 PM
I thought this was a great article on spinning singles. It even gives tips to spinners who are so experienced that they may need help relearning the art of spinning bulky singles, something I've heard a few people complain about. Wink

I love this blog though, it really gives out wonderful information!

7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Can't delete favorite projects from my profile. on: October 26, 2009 10:54:45 PM
Hi there! I've been having this issue for a long time now. I can't delete certain projects from my favorites. There are a few of them that have no pictures that I tried using the red "x" to get rid of. The page refreshes and they are still there. This has been going on for months I guess. I'm not sure why I'm just now saying something.  Roll Eyes

Any ideas as to what this is? Maybe my browser? I'm using Windows Vista and Firefox (latest version)

8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Alright, I have a LOAD of Ashford Traveller questions. I need help! on: October 20, 2009 04:00:04 PM
Since I got my wheel, I've had tons of questions. I decided I'd build them up before I asked in several areas. I would really appreciate the help, as I know you guys are so smart.  Wink I originally wrote out a huge post with questions, but I had a browser error and lost it all. I got irritated and decided to ask again on a day where I felt like doing lots of typing.

This is the post where I introduced my wheel to Craftster: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=286740.msg3731324#msg3731324  Just for reference, you will also see that MLF answered a few questions I had, but I'm going to retouch on those.

My wheel, which is a double drive/double treadle/scotch tension, only has one spring on the brake band. I have questions about this. What is the purpose of both of the springs and why would the lady who sold me my wheel only have one on it? When I got it and she demonstrated spinning on it to me, this is how it was. It seemed like it was exactly as she always spun on it. So I'm a bit confused. I'm ordering replacements, but I need to know, can I spin on my wheel with this issue or will my wheel explode on me at some point? I don't want to be covered in a pile of angry Ashford ashes because it got mad that I'm missing a spring. Is this the reason I feel like I'm riding a cycle at the gym when I spin sometimes? Also, can I get these little springs at a hardware store or are they very specific Ashford made springs?

My next question is about the fact that you can use this wheel as a single or double drive. Er, what? You can see in the picture how my drive band is placed. Is it wrong? Should it be in some sort of weird figure eight? Or am I currently using it as a single drive? Why does this matter? I realize that this link at The Woolery gives a great description of single/double drive. But I'm still really confused. The Woolery seems to suggest that buying a single drive is the best way to go. There isn't much of an explanation as to why. I have read otherwise on here, people suggesting double drive. (I'm assuming for the versatility?) So if anyone wants to weigh in on this, agaiiiinnnnn, please do!!

(There is also a member of the Craftster Facebook Fiber Artists/Spinners Group (unofficial) who is wondering what to get. I foolishly told her I got a double drive/double treadle and love it without really knowing what to suggest. I don't know anything about wheels, my point was more that I love my wheel so I'm sure she'd love the same. lol)

Next question, how do I know what's right when I adjust the Scotch tension knob. I feel SO silly asking that. I guess I've just been adjusting it to what feels right. (which also I assume is a problem because of my springs Huh) I know these things depend on the type of yarn you are spinning, but going from a drop spindle, where you control the thickness of the yarn with drafting and specific spindles/techniques, this is confusing!

My last question has to do with finishing the wheel. I want to refinish it. I believe that the lady who sold it to me may have smoked, as all the items have a yellow tinge to them (papers, boxes, wheel, etc.) Will taking a light bit of sandpaper to this baby mess up her integrity? I don't want to do something stupid, but I'm not fond of the color. It's too orange for me. I want a very natural finish, clear, not yellowish/orange. But I can live without that if I have to. However, the lady used graphite lubrication on it. She said when she bought the wheel, that's what they suggested using at the time and that since then, they've changed that recommendation to straight up oil. She kept using the graphite and vasoline. So there is lots of black on the wheel. It looks like someone took a drawing pencil to it on some parts. The wheels groove is black and causes the band to turn black. I don't really like this. It looks dirty. Can I get this off? If it was finished before she ever lubricated it with the graphite, it shouldn't have sunk into the wood correct? Or is this something that I'm sort of just stuck with? It's my only complaint about the wheel.

Wheeeewwwweeee....That was long. If you were kind enough to read through it all, thank you and if you're kind enough to weigh in, you're my buddy forever.  Wink Happy spinnin'!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday - Oct 16, 2009 on: October 16, 2009 02:17:19 AM
This is the first time I've started Fiber Friday! I'm running an unofficial Facebook group for Craftster fiber artists and I wanted to send a message out with a link to Fiber Friday!

So I have bobbin pictures instead of finished objects. But I just got a "new" (to me anyway) Ashford Traveller and I'm SO excited so I want to share again, seeing as I've already showed off in other threads. Wink

Several different yarn singles here:
Green = Nesse's hand dyed romney from STS
Pink/purple = the noodle princess's batts from a handspun & fiber swap
orange/red/white = The Fiber Lady bamboo and a fantastic batt from penguino that I hand pulled into roving. Came out GORGEOUS. I added firestar and love it.

Basket of hand pulled roving, same as the roving I did with penguino's orange batt in the last picture:

And because why the heck not, look at this AWESOME swap package from CamOovas. I'll be felting away when my next test is out of the way!
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / A fun Facebook group/fan page for Craftster fiber artists... on: October 13, 2009 08:08:54 PM
This is a sort of a repost, and if it needs to be deleted that's fine but I wanted to let all the fiber artists know that:

We'd been talking about doing a Craftster spinners & fiber artists (unofficial) group on Facebook in another thread. I made sure it was okay with Leah and went ahead and started a group. So if any of you are addicted to Facebook and would like to join a group dedicated strictly to Craftster fiber artists, please join!


We now also have a fan page! Join up to receive updates and links on your wall!

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