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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Union loom #36 on: September 14, 2010 11:35:41 AM
Hello weavers! A visitor from the spinning boards here, lol. I know a little about weaving (very basic) but not much about looms. I've got some questions I hope you can help me with.

Ok, so a friend just offered me a Union Loom #36 for free. (I assume it's in decent shape but don't really know yet.) I'm having a hard time finding any information online about it. On to the (numerous) questions...
1. Anyone know anything about this type of loom and how to operate it? And/or how to get my hands on an instruction manual (I'm assuming it isn't coming with one)?
2. Does the "#36" indicate 36 inches? If so, is that 36 inches of weaving width or the entire width of the loom?
3. Are there harnesses involved, heddles, or any of those other words I'm vaguely familiar with? Lol!
4. Does anyone happen to have some pics of one of these looms?
5. Can you point me in the direction of a good book/blog/video that would help me?
6. Am I right in thinking that some looms are better for certain projects than others...such as, one loom might be better for weaving a rug while another might be better for weaving fine fabric for clothing...? If so, is the Union Loom better for a certain type of project?
7. If any of the parts needed to be replaced how hard would it be to find replacements? Are looms sensitive creatures or will they last a long time without too much pampering/fixing? I like a piece of equipment that will last forever as long as you talk nice to it and keep it clean, lol.

I'm kinda having a hard time deciding whether to take this loom or help its owner find another good home for it. On the one hand, a free loom! Who says no to that? On the other hand, I don't really have the space for one and am trying not to take on any other crafts. But I am a spinner so weaving would be something else I could do with my yarn besides knit it. But I just got my first spinning wheel and that's taking up room (minimal, but still). I could go on but you get the picture I'm sure, lol.

Thanks for any info you can provide!
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / I would love to be able to create something like this but... on: April 28, 2010 07:21:20 PM
...I'm a novice felter. So I'm not sure of how to go about felting a piece like this.

So this is a pic scanned from a magazine (not sure what mag as a friend sent me the pic). The piece is by Claudy Jongstra, who does some beautiful, amazing work!! Check out her site if you're not familiar with her... http://claudyjongstra.com/ So after seeing the picture and looking at her site I'm inspired and would love to play around a bit with the wool I have and see if I can get something similar. I know the basics of felting and nuno felting but not much more than that. In the description it says she uses cotton gauze and raw silk in addition to the wool so I would assume nuno...but how would I get those lovely fluffy bits and locks without felting them down into the rest? Getting the locks and fuzzy bits on the edges I can figure out but I really like them throughout as well. Any ideas on techniques I could try?

3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday February 5, 2010 on: February 05, 2010 02:19:34 PM

5pm here and no FiberPorn?!?! Egads, I hope you're all just saving it up for one big bang this evening! lol

With that said, I only have one to show off today, lol.
I got the roving from The Arts at Eagle's Find on Etsy. It was called Olivine in the Rough, it's a wool blend and I had to have it (not to mention 1 lb. of mill end rovings and 1 lb. grab bag from SSS, another 4oz. of dyed falkland roving from The Fiber Denn (Etsy) and an 8oz. bag of random fibers/colors etc from another Etsy seller...ok, I went a little fiber happy). It's got this gorgeous sheen to it...each fiber looked almost metallic as I was drafting it. Excuse the flash pics but all the snow we're getting today is completely blocking out the sun!
Enough chatter, on to the pics...
The roving and the roving after drafting (just another look at drafted fiber for those following along with the Learn to Spin 2010...

I did Andean plying (using a paperback book instead of my hand). It was my second time with Andean plying and I think I quite like it because you don't have any leftover bits of singles.

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday - November 6, 2009 on: November 06, 2009 06:31:26 AM
Hello all! Happy Fiber Friday!

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted on a Fiber Friday much less started one! I only have one photo but 3 yarns...

Ok, from left to right:
Poor little squishy no-name - 136 yds, 3.6 oz. of soft squishy Rambouillet from roving that I dyed with Tinfix acid dyes. 2-ply...one single is various light greens and the other is various blues. I still have a couple ounces each of the blue and green roving that I think I'm going to corespin.

Au Naturel - 85 yds. 3.6 oz. of some natural color wool that I got in a grab bag from Sheep Shed Studio a while back and finally carded it up on the drum carder. Once I had the single spun I decided I wanted to try Andean plying but was afraid it would be too much yarn to wrap around my hand so I used the paperbook with a pencil in it method...it worked quite well! http://rosemaryknits.blogspot.com/2006/08/andean-plying-bracelet-simplified.html

Naughty and Nice - 195 yds. 5.3 oz. Rambouillet from roving that I dyed with MixAde. Nowhere near as good as Kool-Aid, I used 3 different flavors...strawberry, cherry and black cherry...they all turned out nearly the same color with not enough difference in them to really tell them apart. I'm sticking with Kool-Aid from now on...their flavors come in different colors, lol. Anyway...I carded the reddish-pinks with some white then plied it with some black crochet thread.

Now, on with the fiber porn!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday - Aug. 7, 2009 on: August 07, 2009 07:20:17 AM
10am and no fiber-y goodness?!! What's a girl to do!? lol

I haven't posted any yarns for a while...I haven't had much time to spin! It's been a busy summer and yet I feel like I've been busy doing nothing =/

So here are my contributions this week...

My first corespun! 143 yds - I got the lovely cormo roving at the Maryland Sheep and Wool fest, put it through the drum carder with some green and purple sparklies and some uncarded white tencel and spun it on a crochet thread core. Spun on a dropspindle...one of these days I'll have a wheel...

Next up... 215 yds - this is also spun from some lovely cormo roving I got at the Maryland Sheep and Wool fest...also put through the drum carder with some gold sparklies! As I was spinning I added in some novelty yarn and made my first attempt at coils. Plied with a dark green thread that has a pretty sheen to it.

6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday - December 26, 2008 on: December 26, 2008 11:30:24 AM
Hello all! I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! It appears everyone has been busy this week...just not busy spinning lol

I spun and dyed this one last night once the guests were gone and the house was quiet. Grape Kool-Aid dyed, 160 yd single...this will become a pair of fingerless gloves/armwarmers for a friend. It's a more purple compared to the pics...the pics look a bit gray.

Lilacs and Amethyst

7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Felt onto knit on: October 23, 2008 04:18:46 PM
Hello all,

Recently I saw an absolutely gorgeous scarf on Etsy...unfortunately I can't afford it, so I thought I might attempt to make one. It was a felted scarf with knit wrist cuffs attached to the ends. It looked like the scarf was felted to the cuffs (the cuffs have not been felted, look to be an acrylic yarn). I didn't see any obvious stitches so I assume they weren't sewn together. How would I go about attaching a felted piece to a knit piece? I have some skill with knitting but not much experience with felting, although I'm pretty sure I understand the wet-felting process.

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