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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nuno felt blanket/throw? on: April 09, 2010 04:27:20 PM
Ooh, Tannis has made a beautiful piece!
I read the description and noticed this:
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Each panel measures roughly 9" x 10" and is double machine stitched with rough, ruffly edges.

If you were to do it this way, it would take a little longer than doing the whole piece as one.  But, it would definitely be easier to manage, and you could do a few short felting sessions instead of a whole day felt-a-thon
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie question: Is felt the only fabric I can needle felt on? on: April 07, 2010 05:09:16 PM
Stretchy fabric won't work too well, because the surface will keep moving.
The fiber will want to work it's way out of the fabric.
Another thing to keep in mind, is if you are working on a thick fabric (such as denim) you will blunt your felting needles rather quickly.
One way to overcome that, is to needle felt a "patch" to then sew onto the thicker material.
Ie, needle felt your design on some cotton or wool fabric, cut it out, and sew it onto the denim.
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nuno felt blanket/throw? on: April 07, 2010 05:02:39 PM
Ah, here it is
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=100126.0
it wasn't made using nuno techniques, but if you send them a PM they may be able to help with wet felting on that scale.
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nuno felt blanket/throw? on: April 07, 2010 04:49:23 PM
Hey Sally, what a great idea!
Hmm, I think someone has made a wet-felted blanket for their bed, but it was aaages ago.
I'll have a flick through the completed projects for you.
I've made something the size of A0, and it took me the entire day to create.
Lay out your fiber as evenly as possible. This will aid in shrinking evenly (and keep it's shape)
Spend a while ensuring that your project is thoroughly wet before adding soap. I've made the mistake of adding soap too soon, and it stops all the fibers from meshing together. Some start felting before tangling with others. Horrible!

Best of luck with it!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: our first spinning on: April 03, 2010 08:10:11 PM
Oh I'm so glad you decided to give it a try  Smiley
and what a wonderful creation you now have, that your whole family created!
Re boys - when I brought in my drop spindle to school (I'm a school teacher) the boys were the most interested. Some of them wanted to stay in at lunchtime to spin instead of going out to play!

You know what your next family project will be. Dying your skein of yarn!
You can use kool aid when working with kids so there's no issue of toxicity, and you still achieve colorfast bright colors
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learn to Spin. Step 2: Drafting on: April 03, 2010 04:02:35 PM
Thanks Bella, my injury is a bit of a mystery.
The doctor can't quite figure out what's wrong, so I'm just resting up ad taking lots of fish oil. My hunch is that it's a cartilage problem being an ex-dancer and ex-swimming instructor.

Also, I've just learned that lesson: there's always potential to learn more. Even in unlikely places.  Wink
I've been a wet-felter for over 10 years now, and have had the opportunity to learn under some very technical tutors. The other week, a friend gave me a children's craft book saying "you're into this, right?". Although she meant well, and is such a sweety, the book was flashy, tacky, with poorly made felt.
However, I still decided to read it cover to cover.
Although there were a number of mistakes and steps skipped, I was surprised to discover a fabulous way of distributing soap onto a flat felt project, that would help to create really even and beautiful felt!
So it's very true Bella - learning can occur is the strangest of places.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: CALL FOR ARTISTS -handspun yarn to be included in an art show run by Pluckyfluff on: April 03, 2010 03:43:25 PM
Here's an update on the up-coming show!

The packages coming in


recording everyone's names...


Starting to wind on everyone's yarn into a giant skein




It's coming together!


But there are a few hitches...
the skein keeps "growing" as the tension changes.
So poor Lexi has had to re-wind this huge skein

Here are the YouTube videos of the winding process.
So much beautiful handspun!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXUvQzWKFjc
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learn to Spin. Step 2: Drafting on: April 03, 2010 03:30:11 PM
I know it's been FOREVER for you all to wait on the next chapter of the learn to spin.

Work has been really crazy this year, and there was much more than I expected at the start of the year. On top of this, I've busted up my knee. Sad
An elderly friend of mine who just had a knee replacement made the comment
"looks like we have the same choreographer"
.........but I have the next week off. *YAY!*
This means I'll be putting up the next chapter of this project this week.  Smiley
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learn To Spin 2010: Source your tools on: April 03, 2010 03:24:46 PM
I know it's been FOREVER for you all to wait on the next chapter of the learn to spin.
Work has been really crazy this year, but I have the next week off. *YAY!*
This means I'll be putting up the next chapter of this project this week.  Smiley
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learn To Spin 2010: Source your tools on: February 08, 2010 03:03:32 AM
the whorl is made from dolomite, and this makes it very heavy compared to a wooden one,and that i have to spin over a mat.
does this mean a thick yarn would be spun best?

Wow, your spindle looks very special - especially as it is a family item passed down to you.

From my experience in spinning with a heavier spindle, the weight tends to "draft out" your fiber a bit when spinning. I'd spin a thicker yarn, but your grandmother might have other tricks up her sleeve when spinning on a heavier spindle. Traditional spindle spinning differs a LOT from country to country. I don't know what the tradition in estonia is.


Here are a few different traditional images of different spiners

traditional Navajo spinning (sitting down. Look at the length of that spindle!)


spining in Chile. (Spinning on a plate. And no whorl!)


spining in Tibet (check out the one handed drafting!)


Medievil times (very thick spindle)
This is an artwork titled "The Spinner" by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
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