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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycle silk shirt becomes silk scarf on: January 18, 2013 08:10:45 AM
Great! If I inspired anybody to do something that would be fun!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycle silk shirt becomes silk scarf on: January 16, 2013 05:32:06 PM
Thank you. My interest in silk shirts started when I had to buy some shirts for party with Hawaiian theme. I found many shirts in the thrift store, some still with the tags. Like somebody went to Hawaii, bought the shirt, then never wore it. That's when I noticed one was 100% silk. I bought that one, wore it to the party. It went into washing machine by accident ruining the sleeves. I liked the pattern and wanted to save the cloth so I put it away in a safe place. I still can't find it. So I bought a couple more and finally got around to buying a sewing machine at the after Christmas sales.
3   / REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Recycled silk shirt becomes a silk scarf on: January 16, 2013 11:52:05 AM

Recycled silk shirt becomes a silk scarf

Here is link to the project

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
Sacramento Calif
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycle silk shirt becomes silk scarf on: January 16, 2013 11:38:21 AM

Recycle Silk Shirt becomes Silk Scarf

I've had this idea to make a scarf out of a silk shirt. This is a silk shirt from the thrift store. Cost $3 The collar looks funny because I was testing my scissors on it.

I loaded up the sewing machine with black silk thread. Cost $4
Then I sewed the darts (?) closed around the bottom hem of the shirt.

I folded the bottom hem of the shirt about six inches and sew along the bottom hem making a tube.

I cut the tube away from the shirt. I make a couple more tubes out of the remaining cloth.

Tube on the left is inside out. Tube on the right is right side out.

To connect the tubes I slide a right side out tube into an inside out tube. Then I square off the end with the scissors.

I join the tubes together by sewing around the inside of the two tubes.

Turn the long tube right side out, tuck in an inch at the end and sew the end closed.

The scarf turned out to be a little over six feet long. I included the shirt pocket in the design.

That's the scarf experiment. I like my new sewing machine. I found that I had to adjust the tension on the bobbin holder thingie. Then I had to adjust tension on the machine to almost Zero or the thread keeps breaking. And the needle threading device does not like the silk thread. I have to thread manually. Yeah, I know how to do that. That's what the glasses are for.

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
Sacramento Calif
5  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Dish towels on: December 15, 2012 09:20:25 PM
Great color and strong design.
The blocks and lines look very even.

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6  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: Free loom?! on: November 22, 2012 08:24:52 PM
Nice little table top loom!

7  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: First Woven Scarf! on: September 01, 2012 11:56:42 AM
Nicely done.

Welcome to the obsession!

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8  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Ribbons on: September 01, 2012 11:55:15 AM
Bravo! Well done!

I should try the inkle loom myself, but I have so many things on my list already.

Have a good day!
9  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Fast Sprang Frame on: August 05, 2012 11:31:33 PM

Continuing the Twisted Adventure

Testing an idea for a fast sprang frame.

Left: At the 99 cent store I bought a plastic basket (13.5 inch x 11.5 inch x 3.5 inch) , a bag of square dowels, and a ball of acrylic yarn.

Center: I tied the dowels to the basket and wrapped yarn around with figure 8 wrap. The string on the left will the "safety string."

Right: Sprang. Test complete. Cost of materials $3

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Carding wool with dog rakes and slicker brushes on: June 28, 2012 09:26:42 PM
*Carding wool with dog rakes and slicker brushes.*

I have used dog slicker brushes as hand cards to process wool and it can be done, if you are patient. Carding is a great excuse for sitting in front of the TV or watching DVDs.

I would sit down with a paper grocery sack of washed wool on one side and empty paper grocery sack on the other side. Make little mini batts with the slickers and put those in the empty bag. Be sure to have 3 or 4 empty bags on hand because the fluffy mini batts will take up much more room than the washed wool.

If you are really in need of obsessive compulsive activity, use dog rakes to pick the wool first, then use the slickers to make mini batts.

You can use a c-clamp to attach one rake or slicker to a table, to reduce the wear/tear on your hands.

Do not do this activity on the good sofa or wearing good pants. Put down a cloth if you do it over the carpet. Much dust and Vegetation Matter (VM) will fall out of your wool no matter how well you washed it.

It was this activity that allowed me to whole heartedly give my lovely wife Tracy permission to shop for a drum carder when she asked. We now have a Strauch Petite.

But I still plan to use my rakes and slickers just to keep my hand in. At least I have been using rakes to pick the wool before putting through the carder.

Dog rakes can cost less than $10 each. Slickers cost around $10 to $15 each, compared to $50 to $100 and more for a pair of regular wool cards and/or combs.

Have a good day!
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