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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to weaving - which loom to get? on: August 03, 2009 06:58:19 AM
This is already some time ago, I just wanted to thank you again and tell you that I'm proud owner of a Kromski Harp since last weekend. it's still to be assembled, and I'm really excited to see what I can do with it.
For the 8 shaft loom sadly is no room in our current appartment, but I still have the possibility to get it. But I thought it would be good to start with a rigid heddle loom and get some experience first.
2  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to weaving - which loom to get? on: June 05, 2009 02:02:54 AM
Thanks for the answers!

Well for the beginning I think a rigid heddle loom would be just fine, since arty handspun doesn't show so much sophisticated patterns and spimple woven things will be the first I would start on. But who knows, maybe I like it so much that I want to do more advanced stuff and then I would have to go for a better loom anyhow. And the 8-shaft loom my friend offers is cheaper than a new rigid heddle. I'm just wondering if I can also do simple things (like over-under) with a 8 shaft-loom, if the process of weaving is similar or even maybe more comfortable / faster and if the accessories are easy to get.
I think I'd rather do it at home but I'd prefer it if the loom is not too big and heavy because there's not so much space around and already taken by spinning wheel, fibers, my drum carder, yarns and stuff.

My friend is a very advanced weaver and I hope to get some start-up hints from her, she's just not very available. I also trust her that the loom per se is ok, she said she even used it recently. I wouldn't know what to pay attention for in a loom anyhow, since I have zero experience in weaving on a loom.
3  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / New to weaving - which loom to get? on: May 28, 2009 06:14:11 AM
Hi there and sorry if this already exists. I'm a spinner (artyarn and also some vanilla) and I want to go into weaving. I just did some card weaving before, no loom. I have been thinking about it for a while and my choice would have been a Kromski harp, 60cm. Because it`s foldable, I like Kromski and it already has the shearing opportunities.
Then a friend said that she knows someone who offers another rigid heddle loom (swiss brand (arm or something like that), neither ashford nor kromski) for free, or she herself would sell a 8shaft table loom for a quite good price. So I totally don't know what to do now. I don't really know much about table looms and what the advantages or disadvantages to rigid heddles are. Are there also kind of heddles in different sizes, for different yarn thickness? Is it faster or better to spin with a shaft loom? What equipment does one need for a table loom? What about double width/circular weaving? Soemwhere I read that 8 shaft looms would be a bit advanced for beginners, 4 shafts would be better. Could one convert a 8-shaft to a 4-shaft, or use just 4?
And could one use the Kromski or Ashford accessories like combs or a second heddle set for a different brand of loom? I read that one could use Ashford heddles on a Kromski, but I don't know how this is for a different loom, which maybe is 10 cm bigger.
Can someone give me some advice please? Thanks a lot!
*putting some free virtual cheesecake in the round*
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 8-1-08..!! on: August 02, 2008 02:32:19 PM
I've been lazy for some weeks - we've moved to another appartment and I didn't feel at home enough for spinning yet, but now I got my comfy chair, loads of new fiber and a pair of hand carders and I'm baaaaack!

Here's what I've been doing lately:

Warp Speed:

Sense & Sensibility:

Natural Gold (2 shades of onion skin dye):

The Lone Tree:

And last but not least: Tartan

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday - 27th June 2008 on: June 28, 2008 11:02:41 AM
Oh so many pretty things!
dragonflyducky, the sheep yarn is just great!
And I love the day at the beach, the magic paintbox, Johnny jump-ups and chocolate rainbow. Fiber friday is great! I so want to do more spinning and dyeing and everything!

I had a go on black merino fiber with corespun colored stripes and glass beads:

And another Corespun "Spiderpig"

I started the "Blueberry Frozen Yogurt", but ran out of the blue sewing thread, so it's still on the bobbin.

And this is silk yarn, the first time I spun mulberry silk (the white one) which ist just amazing and gorgeous stuff.

The yellow silk is tussah silk, dyed with onion skins. I'll knit a scarf of it and attatch the green fabric stripes (which is real sari fabric) and the tiny bells afterwards
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday - 20th June 2008 on: June 20, 2008 03:34:34 PM
Sooo, I've been busy the last week. I had another dyeing session, it's mostly easter egg dyes and some Koolaid and Ashford dyes:

I hoped to get brown and a nice vibrant green, but it didn't work out. But this is nice, too.

And I spun 4 yarns, the first is Maraschino Cherry, my first corespun (thanks to that great video!) from pink merino and white Angora/Wool blend with red wooden beads:

The second is a Gothic themed yarn which goes with the Northanger Abbey projects from ravelry's Jane Austen group. It's black and red merino and other black & red stuff like bohemian glass beads, crochet flowers, ribbons and organza fabric and and old black veil:

Then there is a single yarn from handpainted merino/silk blend in Lemon/Lime/Orange color:

And finally "Clafoutis aux cerises", handpainted merino in violet/pink-ish and yellow-ish with dark red fiber nubs:

7  EUROPE / GERMANY / Re: Basteln in Raum Heidelberg/Mannheim? on: June 18, 2008 01:28:40 AM
I'm an ex-Heidelbergerin and I know of 3 yarn shops in HD itself, and there are some more around outside. In HD and MA there is a craft shop chain "Idee" or something like that. Another great shop in HD just closed.
As for meetings, I just know the knitting meeting in HD, organized through ravelry.
8  EUROPE / GERMANY / Re: Zutaten fr Kosmetik im Internet bestellen - wo?! on: June 18, 2008 01:07:04 AM
Es gibt einen guten Online-shop fr solche sachen:
9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / EUROPE / Re: Any Swiss here? on: June 17, 2008 05:42:28 AM
I'm from Germany but just moved to Geneva. And I'm really struggling to get craft stuff, especially on a low budget. I couldn't find a decent fabric shop yet, but I found a small shop which sells only beads, there is a craft shop in the Rue (?) de Dancet, and of course COOP which is quite nice. I also get some stuff at the flea market, there are always 2-3 people selling beads and an interesting lady selling old fabric, buttons, lace and stuff.
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday the 13th June 2008 on: June 16, 2008 02:25:26 AM
Teetante, I LOVE the pompoms or whatever you spun into Calendula.  My first thought was "marigolds!"  But close enough

I was thinking about call that yarn marigold, but that's rather tagetes, isn't it? I don't like tagetes that much, they smell funny, but I loooove calendula. Thanks for the praise, they are pompoms from handspun yarn, made with a pompon-maker like this one, they come in very handy. I also did a dandelion yarn with it:

But I didn't wash it yet, I hope the pompons don't shrink or get ugly.

So you watch Star Trek while doing the fiber arts?  I almost ALWAYS have on a season of the X-Files.  Or the LOTR trilogy.  Or Star Wars Episodes 5-7.  How much nerdier can I get?

Oh I also watch movies or a series while spinning or knitting.Bollywood movies or period films (Cranford or North & South is so great!) or other long stories, and I'm also through with DS9 and Stargate, and at the moment I'm watching Sex and the City. The last time I hat a go on tablet-weaving, I was watching the complete Star Wars...
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