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1  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2018 in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: September 27, 2018 04:36:20 PM
I got a gift in the mail! Craftylittlemonkey and I did a little swap, and she sent me and my kiddos 4 lovely pouches (picture) and 2 Crafster Kids trading cards (not pictured because it's her kids, not mine and I won't post other peoples kids Smiley )


Thanks again CLM! <3
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2  Proto-Yarn in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: August 14, 2018 06:22:22 PM
1- LOTS of something beautiful! Natural brown, from a sheep in Alberta. Much proto-yarn (aka Batts)

2- Many bouncy, silky confetti proto-yarns (again, batts).  Polwarth and silk

3- Rainbow proto-yarn! (batts) Polwarth

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3  its been for-ev-er! in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: August 14, 2018 06:13:46 PM
Please forgive if I accidentally get doubles in here!

A giant bobbin of DK weight rainbows!

Oooh, so drapey!

3 ply merino wool. so fall!

A pile of soft singles. /swoon

It's been forever since I've posted!  But I've not forgotten, nor will I ever forget, Craftster!  #CraftsterForLife
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4  Dyed and felted scarves in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Belladune on: December 20, 2017 11:23:10 AM
Just a few of the scarves i've made recently! I think the 4th one down is my favourite. Which one is your favourite?

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5  Legend of Zelda- Link and Fi in Halloween Costumes by Belladune on: December 10, 2017 09:05:53 PM
so, not the first kid to go as Link, but maybe one of the first to go as Fi, the sword spirit in Skyward Sword... These two made a good pair Smiley

It was definitely a team effort (mostly an attempt on my part to get the kids used to doing it their own damn selves) with my lead on the cutting and sewing - tho they did help some with their tunics.  They each helped create the papier mch pieces (sword and gem) and I painted a pair of tights we had for the Fi costume. 

Everyone knew Link, but most had no idea who Fi was and assumed butterfly or Goddess of some kind.  I guess she's a little obscure.
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6  Spinzilla 2017! in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: October 11, 2017 08:17:46 AM
I did it again!  I participated in Spinzilla, and while I didn't make my goal, I still made a lot of yarn... 5310 yards worth of singles to be exact... Cheesy  (there's only one little bit of plying cred in there)

On my best day I spun 1036 yards, and it's what's on the niddy noddy. I'm going to spin 6 more ounces of it, and ply it all together..

Anywho Cheesy  It was fun!
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7  Community : a Tapestry done in felt in Felting: Completed Projects by Belladune on: October 01, 2017 09:36:14 PM

Up here in the Great White North, on the last weekend in September, communities across the country are encouraged to hold a Culture Days celebration.  Thanks in part to a grant and in part to the wonderful people at the local museum who worked hard at pulling together a whole big shindig, I was able to facilitate this project.  

On Friday I went into the school, and every child (and a few teachers) were introduced to wet felting.  Each of them made their very own small square of felt (taken to the prefelt stage) to be put into one big tapestry.

130 odd pieces of felt

Then, on Saturday, the rest of the community was invited to the hall where I was set up with the felting and the start of the tapestry (along with a bunch of other folks that had other things displayed. There were even folk singers!)  Anyone who wanted to was invited to make their own square to add to it.

A few ladies doing their part!

I managed to get a piece made too, despite the busy day! (an acton shot, because why not!)

When there was about 2 hours left to the day, we wet the whole piece out, and rolled it.  I did get some community participation here too!

I did have to finish it off all the way myself at home, but that part's not so hard when you have a washing machine Wink

This is the finished piece.

It will take a tour around town, and end up in the museum to be displayed for years to come!  Now just to come up with a way to mount it.....

p.s. there will be more details posted to my blog tomorrow with a video I put together today after finishing it.  I'll share that once it's up!
Here's the link to the video of the process! https://youtu.be/okXY2lwl_qs
(gosh, I must be spent... I had to edit twice for poor grammar! lol)
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8  Just a lot of dyed wool in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Belladune on: October 01, 2017 09:08:31 PM
To save you all some bandwidth, I made photo collages Smiley  You're welcome!
So, what we have here is a collection of dyed tops, and a few batts.  I did dye all the fibre with a mix of Ashford, Dharma, Jacquard and Also dyes... I'm definitely not picky!
All the balls of top are corriedale wool, and the batts are either polwarth or corriedale as a base with a bit of silk thrown in for fun.

Spinzilla is this week, so I'm planning to spin as much of this as humanly possible in the next 7 days!
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9  Hey , it's Friday! in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: August 18, 2017 10:36:51 AM
Remember when we used to do Fibre Fridays?  And there were pages and pages of wonderful fibre posts?  That was fun! so why not?
I don't know if I've shared these ones before... but a lot of my yarns got glamour shots lately, so I'll share them!
This one is a merino singles. I dyed the fibre in top form and spun straight from that.

This is a merino 3 ply, that I hand carded the blend for

I cannot remember the blend of this one... but it's got corriedale in it - the magenta.  I also hand carded the rolls for this one

This one is Merino bamboo 80/20, with bits of sari silk for colour. I dyed the wool, and then put it through the drum carder.

Happy Fibre Friday!
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10  Silk Paper in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Belladune on: August 18, 2017 09:47:54 AM
So I started adventuring into paper making.. Though, this paper making is quite different than traditional paper making.
the general idea is quite similar to felt making in that you lay the silk out as you would lay out wool to felt it.  There is, however, no agitation. Instead you sponge soak the silk (between two screens) with soapy water, and then do another round of sponge soaking it with water thinned textile medium.  Hang to dry, and don't be impatient.

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