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181  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: First yarn on my wheel! on: October 10, 2008 07:41:41 AM
Great color! I wish I could find a deal like that on a wheel...Lucky!
182  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 10-10-2008 on: October 10, 2008 07:19:31 AM
Yay! My first Fiber Friday!

My first! From dirty fleece to this...It was spun on a drop spindle I made and then I dyed it with Kool-Aid. It's only about 20 yds.

Poor Little No-Name

My second! This was spun from about 2oz. of naturally dyed (walnut and goldenrod) roving a friend gave me. This was also spun on my homemade drop spindle. It's about 93 yds.

Time To Make Banana Bread

183  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Getting the muck out ? on: October 09, 2008 05:07:23 PM
I recommend combs too. I also agree with mullerslanefarm about taking the time to really go through the fleece. If cost is an issue (combs are fairly expensive...from what I've seen around $70 or more) you could do what I do. Being new to spinning I don't yet want to drop the big bucks on equipment for a craft I may or may not love (I'm addicted and will soon be investing in a drum carder lol) so I went to the dollar store and got a few plastic wide tooth combs (2 for $1 yay!) I got the kind with a handle and they actually worked out quite well. I broke the handle off of one after a few weeks but they were cheap so I got some more. They definitely did the job of getting any VM out.

I remember reading somewhere what goes in the carder comes out of the carder...so if you put wool full of VM in your carder you get wool full of VM out of your carder. From my limited experience that seems to be true so that's why I recommend combs.
184  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Block dying ( I think thats what it would be called...) with wax on: October 08, 2008 12:16:37 PM
You could also check out dharmatrading.com...they have several different types of resists
More specifically
http://www.dharmatrading.com/resists/ and http://dharmatrading.com/batik/instructions.html
185  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Roving questinos on: September 29, 2008 04:05:28 PM
This forum (Dyeing: Discussion and Questions) has a great resource list stickied called "Dyeing Resource list: Threads listed on Craftster.org". Among the huge list is a thread for dyeing roving and a few different threads for dyeing different fiber (wool, cotton, etc) and also a few threads for dyeing with Kool-Aid. Good stuff Smiley
186  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: How many ounces?? on: September 26, 2008 03:49:41 PM
I'm new to spinning as well. I'm completely addicted! (So much so a group of friends and I are starting a 'Sheep to Shawl' type cottage industry in our area because one of my friends has a sheep farm which means plenty of wool, yay!) Anyway, lol, I was wondering the same thing and usually the only answer I found was 'It depends'...which is so true but I wanted at least a guess or an approximation (Thanks for the approximation mooshie!). I recently scoured the internet for an answer of some sort and found this:

Many people ask us the question - how much yarn will this knot of roving make?
That question is hard to answer, it depends on how much roving is in the knot, the fiber, how well it is prepared and how evenly you spin. But it is possible to approximate how many yards you can spin from one ounce of roving.
You can use this guide as a basic outline.
WPI means Wraps Per Inch. Wind your yarn around a regular wooden ruler and see how many wraps there are in each inch. I wrap several inches and take an average.
If you spin:
Worsted Weight Yarn {12 WPI} You will get: 56 to 75 yds/ounce
Bulky Yarn {10 WPI} 38 to 50 yds/ounce
Sport Weight Yarn {14 WPI} 75 to 113 yds/ounce
Fingering Weight Yarn {16 WPI} 119 to 150 yds/ounce
Lace Weight Yarn {18 or more WPI} 163 + yds/ounce
Very Bulky Yarn {8 or less WPI} 25 to 31 yds/ounce

I can't remember the site where I found it but if I can find it again I will give credit where it is due Smiley
187  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of dyeing you do? on: September 04, 2008 05:03:20 PM
I love shibori and have recently tried spinning...so I dye silk for the shibori and wool for the spinning. Soon I will try my hand at Nuno felting and see what I kind of fun I can have with silk and wool, at the same time!

The dyes I am currently using are called Tinfix Design, I believe made by Sennelier, a French company. The colors are so vibrant!! On both the silk and the wool! The fiber just soaks it right up...I don't know about other dyes, but when I rinse out my silk after steaming the water runs clear, no left-over dye. Tinfix is probably best suited to silk painting vs. vat dyeing, but I don't do either lol I use eye droppers or plastic applicator bottles to apply the dyes...I don't dye anything very large. Nothing larger than a 8"x54" scarf so far. When I do shibori I do a lot of arashi (pole-wrapping) and when steaming I've never bothered with wrapping the silk in plastic or newspaper (the blank stuff not the printed, although printed would work as long as it's not a 'fresh' paper). A friend asked if I was worried about the condensation inside the pot ruining the design when it drips but with the method I use the dye is practically set before it even gets steamed. Besides, I love happy accidents!

So far, except for some of my wool, I've purchased my silk, dyes and various tools/supplies from Dharma Trading Co.
188  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to buy Roving? on: September 03, 2008 10:01:07 AM
   I've just become interested in the wool process and spinning. I'm trying to start out inexpensive in case I decide I don't like it (no spinning wheel for me yet...yikes, they're so expensive!). I even made my own drop spindle.
   Have any of you ordered from The Sheep Shed Studio (http://www.thesheepshedstudio.com/Roving.html)? I'm thinking about ordering some of their mill end roving and maybe a grab bag (gotta love the fun and mystery of a grab bag!).

edit: LOL I just went back to the Discussions and Questions page and looked down a couple threads from this one...doh! Sheep Shed is discussed there...sorry
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