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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Overdye Purple/Blue/Green Yarn on: May 07, 2013 02:52:40 PM

So, I'm fairly new to this whole dying/spinning process. I was going for a more uniform purple with some splotches of green here and there...I kiiind of got what I wanted, but about 50 shades lighter than desired. It's easter egg pale right now, where I wanted more vibrant/dark tones.

So I was thinking of overdying it, but I have absolutely no idea what color I should dye over it all. I would kind of like to keep the sort of tie dye effect of the other colors, just...darker. I did the first batch with a mix of koolaid and mccormick's food coloring, and put a mix of light blue/purple/green [very few green spots] on the stove in a water/vinegar mixture.
I don't mind some browns, but I don't want it looking like a doodoo mess. Maybe going over with another batch of purple or something? Any help/expertise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / First Attempts at Dyeing Yarn + Roving! Kool Aid + Food Coloring. Pictures! on: April 29, 2013 04:24:02 PM
I recently started learning how to dye/spin my own wool. These are the results from the first 4oz batch, which I split into 4 1oz pieces so I could experiment with more colors Smiley

I did all of these in a stainless steel pot over the stove. I mostly just sprinkled the kool aid in one color at a time to saturate certain spots, then dumped the packets in and swished around to get an all over color. Didn't really do any pre-mixing...It was a very experimental process Smiley I'm thinking of getting a cheap-o microwave or glass dish so I can do more handpainted styles. But I'm actually pretty happy with how they all turned out, especially for my first try =]

This one was done with kool aid - mostly the lime flavor, although I think I added in some yellow and orange for accents.

This one I was actually trying to get more of a purple, but the kool aid colors didn't mix super well. I used dark cherry, ice blue raspberry, and I think fruit punch or strawberry.

And here's the finale of all 4 oz! I'm horrible at remembering to take pictures as I go, sorry! The purpley one I dyed after I'd spun the yarn. And you can kind of see the blue roving off to the side, which  I did with mccormicks food coloring. I tried mixing to get more varied shades of blue, but it just made purple spots. I still love it though =] I'm going to turn them all into a granny square bag when I get some time.

Thanks for looking! I'm way too excited about this whole fibre arts discovery, and I'm afraid I've talked my boyfriends ear off about it. It's wonderful to have a group of enthusiastic people to share projects with. Cheers!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My First Handspun & Dyed Yarn! on: April 29, 2013 04:04:35 PM

After salivating for many months of all the handspun yarn I see on Etsy and other crafty websites, I finally decided to dive in and try to make my own. It's so much more satisfying (and cheap). So, with no further ado, here's my first handspun yarn! Done on a bottom whorl drop spindle.

I broke up the 4oz of Domestic Sheep wool (corriedale I think?) into 1oz bits. I spun the first oz 'natural', then dyed it later with kool aid (I was too impatient to dye it first  Roll Eyes )

It's all wonky and not perfect by any means, but I love it! Planning on turning it (+ the other 3 oz) into some kind of bag. I don't think I'll ply it, just because it's already pretty bulky and I want to get the most I can out of this yarn. Maybe next time Smiley

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 2 Reconstructed Tops on: July 08, 2011 03:00:28 PM
Hi! First time caller, long time listener. Smiley Some of my reconstructed projects, my other (from scratch) ones I posted in general clothing. Enjoy, and tell me what you think! Grin

This was made from two tops - a shirt I got at a show that was too big for me, and another black shirt that I had lying around. I double layered the front because the white was kind of see-through (I HATE that -.-), and made the back and straps from the black tee.

The purple halter is made from one of my dads old tshirts.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hoodie, scoodie, skirt! + First time posting in sewing =D on: July 08, 2011 02:50:07 PM
Hello everybody! I've been a long time lurker on craftster, but I've never really posted anything crafty that I've made. So, I decided to change that! Here are some of my latest projects. Tell me what you think!

This is an extra long scoodie I made for myself =] I'm actually thinking of making these and selling them on etsy, whatcha think? Would YOU buy it? =D

This was a hoodie I made for my boyfriend. It's lined with a pretty thick yellow, almost terry cloth like fabric, and only took my like four months to complete amidst a crazy, hectic move.

I made both the top and bottom, but the top is an upcycled old tshirt (one of my dads). The skirt I made from scratch with scrap fabrics...one of the few times I've "played" with fabric and it's worked out =D
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Drawn (well..sharpie-d) End Table! on: January 12, 2011 03:01:29 PM

So, I'm extremely bored while I'm out of school, and don't have reliable income, so to save some money on buying new furniture I decided to try out revamping my old stuff, and I've always liked Audrey Kawasaki's art, so I put the two together and here's the product. I drew it on with pencil first then went over in sharpie, and gridded everything out to get the proportions right (<-still a budding arteest) It's the first time I've ever done anything like this, and I'm hoping the sharpie stays on..I tested it on the legs with water and wiping and it didn't come off, but who knows. I also sewed that green and purple pencil bag too, but that's not what this is about Wink  I still kind of want to add more to it, but I'm a little stumped as to what and don't want to ruin it..but it does seem a little...unbalanced, I guess, I don't know. Well, thanks and enjoy! Any comments/suggestions enormously appreciated!!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / 3 gifts for an artist - help! on: November 30, 2010 09:10:25 AM
Okay, so, I have a problem. I have no idea what to get my boyfriend or make for my boyfriend, and we have a ridiculous amount of gift-necessary events coming up. First is christmas in december, then in january its our 6-month anniversary, and in february his birthday is ON Valentines day. -sigh-

A little about him- Okay, so, he's 30, he's a painter, graffiti artist, and gardener. There isn't anything he needs, really. There isn't anything I can buy him that he doesn't already have, plus he's got lots of money and kind of expensive taste while I'm broke, and can't really afford expensive. He's very modern and minimal in his aesthetic and doesn't really like clutter or stuff at all, so doing something like a scrapbook of us I feel like would just get stuffed in a closet somewhere. He is an espresso fiend but gave me his machine since he likes to buy it, so idk what to do there.

I was thinking of making him some boxers with a couple inside jokes on them, and making a coupon book for him, but beyond those two ideas i'm tapped out, and that's not nearly enough. He likes the fashion-military style that's out right now, and likes guns and whatnot, but then again he doesn't like to have 'things' around that aren't functional. I'm also okay at drawing (he's much, much better) so I was thinking of drawing the view from the roof of his building (downtown) but I feel like that would be kind of lame since he could do a much better job than I ever could.

So, any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking forward to all the celebrations, but I'm kind of stressing about the presents. I want to do something wonderful for him.
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