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761  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: First time wet felting...bar of soap on: February 21, 2010 03:33:00 PM
I really like the color combo!  Did you wrap it with wool yarn, or are those thin strips of roving?
762  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: itajime shibori (clamp resist) on: February 21, 2010 03:31:36 PM
That's very cool!!!
763  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Beautiful video of Tibetan woman spinning with supported spindle on: February 18, 2010 01:30:45 PM
This may have already made the rounds here on Craftster, but I saw this beautiful video on YouTube today of a Tibetan woman spinning by hand and wanted to share it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynrwcqZzlGk&feature=related
764  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Girl! on: February 14, 2010 12:51:54 PM
I love this!!  So sweet with the bunny next to her.
765  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Non-Frumpy Punk Nursing Dress on: February 11, 2010 01:39:35 PM
That looks wonderful!!
766  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie question: Is felt the only fabric I can needle felt on? on: February 11, 2010 01:37:32 PM
I don't have direct experience with this, but at the craft store I've seen books showing needle felting on polar fleece and denim.  I never tried it though.  Hopefully someone else will chime in soon!
767  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Handspun Bridesmaid shawl/scarves.. One down, 5 to go.. on: February 11, 2010 10:03:18 AM
768  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: the most microscopic thread ever... on: February 11, 2010 09:55:22 AM
769  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: First Ever Handspun - done on drop spindle on: February 10, 2010 06:23:39 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!!  I'm trying really hard to be patient with myself and not over-critical, and your kind words certainly help!  The bonus is that I do really like thick and thin and funky yarns, so I do like my skein -- I just don't think the underspun parts would hold together.

Nesse:  I think your first skein and mine could be long-lost twins!  :-)

770  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First Ever Handspun - done on drop spindle on: February 10, 2010 01:56:39 PM
Check out my super-crazy thick/thin and overspun/underspun first ever skein of yarn!  I challenge you not to laugh at it -- it really is crazy looking.  I knew it was uneven  on the spindle, but the underspun parts REALLY got pouffy once I soaked the yarn to set the twist.  I do feel a motherly affection towards it though, because it's my first-ever attempt to spin anything.  It's only about 23 yards of BFL.  I struggled with the fiber.  I know a long staple length is good for beginners, but this felt almost TOO long for me.  I kept wanting to have my hands about four inches apart to draft, but the staple length was longer than that -- that's where most of the underspun parts came in -- they were spots I struggled with the drafting.

I keep picking up this little mini skein and petting it, admiring the luster.  I will probably just keep it in skein form as a reminder of my first attempt to spin.  Hopefully someday I'll be much better at it and I'll look back at this with a chuckle.

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