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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: My new little lady <3 on: July 17, 2013 04:41:15 PM
I also have to say, the shape of the flyer on your wheel is so pretty!!  I love how it tapers.
22  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can anyone identify this wheel? on: July 17, 2013 04:39:50 PM
What a great Goodwill find!!  Lucky!!!  What did you pay for her?
23  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: My new little lady <3 on: July 17, 2013 04:18:00 PM
What a pretty wheel!  Love it!!  And I'm loving the cast iron wheel.  Is that a leather drive belt? Is the wheel an antique?

I ask, because just a couple of weeks ago I bought a new treadle-driven sweetie.  Not a spinning wheel, but a treadle sewing machine, and the cast iron wheel and leather drive belt are very similar to what's on my sewing machine!  Whoever built your wheel must've been very familiar with treadle sewing machines and used their mechanism as a model -- and  maybe the parts, too!

eta: (and forgive me for slightly hijacking your post, but seeing your wheel inspired me) I thought I'd throw in a photo of my sewing machine (cabinet currently closed) to show the treadle.  The wheel is off to the right, so a different orientation than on your wheel.  But gets me to thinking, those sewing machine treadle bases can often be found easily on Craigslist, etc., without the sewing machine head installed.  People sometimes make those into tables, but I'll bet a very clever person could take a treadle sewing machine base and somehow make themselves a spinning wheel, if they looked at your wheel as an example.  Those old treadle bases are often not expensive.  I paid only $25 for my entire sewing machine.  Also, if it's a leather belt and you ever need advice about replacing it, let me know.  I had to replace the leather belt on my sewing machine.  Wasn't too hard but helps to have someone talk you through it.

24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learn to Spin- Lesson 4: Plying on: July 17, 2013 04:14:04 PM
OK, I've never heard of the flower pot or tennis ball methods of plying before.  CLEVER!!!!!
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday July 12 2013 on: July 13, 2013 04:01:35 PM
Hey, sales are sales!  Good job!!
26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday July 12 2013 on: July 13, 2013 09:19:06 AM
Way to go, Cyndi!!  That's great your student was up and spinning so fast!  The thought of teaching someone to spin always sounds daunting to me, but I suppose if you have a very eager learner, it helps.  That homestead sounds amazing.

Thanks for the tips about the sheep shed roving.  You know what's funny?  I've dyed Sheep Shed roving about a million times, and this was the most frustrating result I've had.  I do think in part I just naturally avoided grabbing these bits and bobs until the end.  But the other problem might have been that I have more experience than I used to, and DIDN"T open up the roving while it was wet!  The first several times I dyed fiber, I was so fascinated by the process that I couldn't resist opening up the roving while it was drying, to see if the dye had really soaked through to the center, and to see how the colors blended.  I was proud of myself this time because I DIDN"T fuss around with the roving and fluff it open while it was wet, because it was only a single color.  Whoulda thunk I would have had better results spinning it if I HAD been as curious as usual and spread apart the fiber while it was wet.  I did kind of open up the fiber before dyeing, but not at all while it was wet this time.
27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday July 12 2013 on: July 12, 2013 01:21:50 PM
Mmmm...lovely photos!  That alpaca looks amazing!!  I love alpaca.

I have one yarn this week.  "Sweet corn" , 180 yards, plied with sewing thread.  All I could think while I was spinning it was, "niblets, niblets, niblets."

That yarn gave me so much trouble!  It was the very last dregs of some mystery fiber from Sheep Shed.  I dyed it with Wiltons.  I don't know what happened, but it came out of the dye bath so felted!  I couldn't spin it from rovings, even pre-drafted.  So I made it into faux rolags and spun it woolen.  It's very uneven, but very soft.  There are bits and bobs of mohair in there.  I must have left it for last to use b/c it was the least appealing bits of roving in the bag.
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: 1905 White Family Treadle Sewing Machine -- $25 Craig's List find! on: July 10, 2013 09:59:39 AM
Onyxnox, I love the idea of your machine coming down through the generations.  Great to keep it in the family!  The woman I bought my machine from thought of it mainly as furniture, and was surprised I wanted to use it for sewing.  Though she taught her daughter to sew on the treadle.

It's great that you have your machine with all the attachments.  You're right -- it's nice to not worry about a power outage!  :-)
29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: More altered playing card ATCs on: July 10, 2013 09:55:51 AM
30  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Garland - needle felted necklace on: July 07, 2013 02:18:48 PM
So pretty!!  It would make a gorgeous headpiece for a flower girl at a wedding, too!
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