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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday - 30th January 2009 on: January 30, 2009 10:18:45 PM
go slow and stop when you need to. Go at the pace the fiber wants to go. also, it's best suited to thinner yarns. I've found with my own yarns that when I try to navajo ply bulkier yarns, there's always a lump where the "loop" ends up if you get what I mean... but keep trying! it's fun.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: my 'green' coffee sleeve! on: December 20, 2008 11:09:08 PM
cute! I love it. I also want to make some felt ones, though the only ones I've made so far (also for gifts) were knit with sock yarn (coffee cuff on ravelry).
I love it! So very green...  Smiley
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Embroidered Owl Clutch on: August 29, 2008 02:18:59 AM
sorry to reply for you, not so copacetic, but the fabric is printed like that. it's a patchwork type of fabric. (sorry- I work at a joann so...you know...!!)
But i think it's uber cute, too.  =0)
I love owls!  And this one has such cute eyes and pretty colors. you did good for your friend's birthday!
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: SHRINKY DINKS on: July 25, 2008 03:20:24 AM
my best idea for sealing the dinks is this scrapbooking stuff. It's like to put over parts of rubber stamps or stickers or whatever to make them look likey epoxy?
Called "glossy accents" by inkssentials(TM).
I've used it on some cards that I stamped. It's awesome. Like epoxy or resin in a bottle. they also have a kind that's like crackle accents. instant crackle finish, and also matte accents. instant matte finish. Haven't tried it yet, but someone else give it a go and let me know! I'm too lazy to give my dinks a go. plus I too want perfection, and think inkjet is the way to go! =0)
--> also, to reply to the person who asked about using like the cricut machine to cut dinks out, GENIUS! I think that is a fab idea. They are powerful enough to cut through like fabric, chipboard, and cardstock. so why not the dink?
you're smarter than my ass that's for sure...
experiment and report back, soldier!
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: from clunky to classy (and sparkles!!) on: June 05, 2008 01:52:36 AM
I know that fabric. I have some in a b&w and yellow colorway. Super shimmery and shiny AND soft and silky. Not anything I would have considered doing a chair with but it's so striking and pretty! You did a great job of it.  Grin
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Chocolate Brown and Teal Blue - Perfecto! on: April 27, 2008 11:03:05 PM
man. I love it. and I have to say. that toggle is fudging hard core gorgeous! XD
17  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Butterfly a-long (Rowan 37) on: April 17, 2008 01:26:18 AM
Does anyone know where I can get ahold of a copy of this pattern?  I just found this post and am in love with the dress...

I got it for $5 bux on ebay. Not the magazine version but the dress version that's in the romantic knits book. last time I looked it was still up for that price. good luck.
18  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: What books are MUST HAVES if you want to spin creatively? on: March 12, 2008 05:01:17 PM
color in spinning will help not with the spinning but with the color choices to go into those yarns.
it's a great book. worth every penny!
by deb menz
19  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: how long should drum carding a batt take?!? on: March 12, 2008 04:53:07 PM
You know, I didn't count cleaning time since I haven't done that yet.  Grin I'm a multicolored batt girl.  I've been thinking about this some more and in talking with my bf (who's also watched the youtube vids) we kinda decided that I'm just really anal about the whole thing. Like I'll sit there and pull off a staple of wool or bamboo or whatever and tease it apart to thin it out, and then I don't really use the infeed tray at all. I just like to feet it from the top or just lay it on the drum. That way I can control every little thing. 
From watching the youtube videos, she just kinda throws crap at the carder and crosses her fingers. It's a nice carder and I wish I had a burnishing tool (though the brush helps a lot), but it's just a little too haphazard for me.
I also thing that even though some rovings are already "carded" a lot of times it's combed instead and may benefit from another carding before throwing the colors all together. I have yet to card a batt more than once. (like nicolassa).
Keep the discussion going! this is great info for the newbies out there! (of which I am one when it comes to the drum carder fascination.)
knowledge is power!!
20  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: how long should drum carding a batt take?!? on: March 11, 2008 12:11:55 PM
thanks you guys! This is all so informative and helpful! I do know how to card a batt. I just was wondering how long it was taking other ppl to do. I think things may be compounded by the fact that I bought a bunch of bamboo and tencel and silkies to blend.  I do have the brush attachment for my baby (we call it Bob the Carder!) and it seems to help a lot with the whispies, but maybe that's why I've been so dang slow?  I don't know. Plus I'm sure pmpknpunk is right that the more you do the faster you get. And I really haven't done that many. So thanks so much for your help! ;0)
craftster rocks!
ps- mullerslanefarm: I'm so jealous of your pat green and thosw batts and roving look luscious! thanks for responding.
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