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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 10/26/12 on: October 26, 2012 05:58:17 PM
I didn't see a thread. So, I think I'll be the one to start it.

The first thing I did was finish plying Alpaca singles. I had three colors, red, purple, and blue. The blue I mixed with some silver firestar, it started looking a bit Tardis-y. In a good way. I wish I had more of that so I could have plied it with itself. But I didn't. So, decided that I wanted to see how plying each color together would affect the overall color.

So, here is the result of that. I think the three total are almost 200 yards...I didn't spin as finely as I would have liked.

I finished those quickly because I was eager to start spinning up one of the batts Jexxican sent me in the fiber swap. So I had the singles first, but because I broke off my larger Whorl on my DD a few days ago (it fell out of my hand and landed on a chair. I have wood glue to fix it soon) I had to use the smaller of the two, which I haven't done yet, so the singles ended up overspun.

Here are the singles

Here they are after they were plied:

Jexxican's batts are so beautiful. They've been so fun to spin up. I'm going to put half of it up to save for a special day, so I don't spin up the rest of it.

I know everyone's busy finishing up their swap items to send out, but if anyone else has done anything, I'd love to see Smiley

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Another Flyer Question on: September 26, 2012 10:18:34 AM
I found a really good deal on an Elizabeth I. So, I bought it.

I'm just happy to have a wheel again (my traddy is in Arizona while I am in Indiana). I'm having a problem with the new (used) wheel. It's a double drive and I've only ever spun on an single with scotch tension. I thought that might be the problem, as I can't get the yarn to wind onto the bobbin, it just keeps corkscrewing. I've messed with the tension and treadling, but nothing has helped. Then I noticed something about the flyer, that I don't think it should be doing. So, pictures.

Here's what it looks like. Appears fine. However, it....does things.

It's spinning around on the metal that makes the orifice, and the...part that goes into the bobbin for lack of technical terms. That seems unusual. It also shouldn't be moving up and down on those parts, right? Can I fix this? Is this even a problem? I'm not sure what to do with this.  

And just because I'm happy and want to share how lovely she is, a picture. Smiley

If anyone can tell me what to do with the flyer, or if that's not the issue, the driveband, I'd love some help. Thanks!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday! 7/6/2012 on: July 06, 2012 12:59:04 AM
So, it's past midnight here, which means it's Friday! Since I'm full of happy spinning related feelings coupled with the fact that I'm a night owl, I figured I'd go ahead and kick us off. I'm just excited to see what everyone else is doing! I've been spinning for the Tour de Fleece. I've scoured my first fleece and carded part of it. It's been a great week and I'm grateful to have found out about the TdF. Thank you, my lovely crafster spinners!

Here is some of the fleece. It's an awesome tan color. Other bits will have parts of caramel color going on.

Here is the silk I dyed and spun. I ended up with two skeins worth. Which was nice, and it's super pinkish.

This is some super pretty fiber that I'll spin up over the next few days. It was my b-day gift to myself.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone know about Master Spinner classes? on: June 25, 2012 07:01:49 PM
While I know I've only been spinning for a short period of time, I love it. I love everything about it. I bought my first raw fleece, I've been dying my fiber, and I just learned about Master Spinner classes. I feel like this would be really beneficial for me, as a textile designer (I'm working on my BA). I want to do this. Not immediately, like after school, or during the next couple of summers, or whenever it's offered. Which also gives me time to develop some solid skills. Does anyone know about these classes, how to go about getting into them, what's needed, skill-wise? Basically any information would be appreciated.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Finding an inexpensive drum carder or hand carders? on: June 23, 2012 05:50:19 PM
Hello! I'm really not sure where to go to find a decently priced drum carder or even hand carders. I guess I should have thought that through when I ordered a raw fleece. But I didn't think of it until today. Does anyone know where a good place to find those would be? I've checked craigslist, but haven't found anything, online they are way too expensive. I'm a student who hasn't been able to find a job so, money is tight. I might have to just clean the fleece and put it away until I can get something. Which is unfortunate, I was going to use it to spin this summer and fall.

But if anyone can give me some ideas on places to look, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks Smiley
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Better Late, or Early, Than Never. on: June 19, 2012 01:59:27 AM
I know it isn't Fiber Friday, but I'm feeling down today and wanted to visit craftster to lift my spirits.

A little background info, I purchased a spinning wheel of unknown make/model last summer for 75 dollars on craigslist. I had checked it out, everything looked intact. Upon getting it home, I couldn't for the life of me spin on it. I thought I was at fault, some strange inability to spin. Discouraged, I put it away until I could take a class at my LYS, which never came to fruition. School happened so I didn't have time for it, and it was a deep source of shame for me that I wasn't ready to face.

This summer I did some research, figured out who made it, and what was wrong quite recently, in fact. Once it was fixed I was spinning like I'd been doing it my entire life. I think it's been a week? At any rate, here is the result of my endeavors.

This is the first, I don't remember what kind of wool it is, but it's super soft.

This is the second. It's Norwegian Top, that I bought when I first got my wheel. I'm eventually going to spin up enough for a sweater for the man in my life. It's so fluffy, it's like spinning a cloud, a gray, shiny cloud.

Thanks for looking Smiley
7  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / A Rug Fit for a Tea Room on: June 13, 2012 11:44:51 PM
My parents bought me a 45 inch LeClerc Mira counterbalance loom as an early birthday present. Along with that they allowed me to turn the living room into my studio. The woman we got the loom from made such beautiful rag rugs. I decided I had to try that too. Especially now that I have a loom big enough. It was a two day ordeal. Only because I purchased right-handed scissors and attempted to cut strips of fabric with them. Since I'm left-handed it became incredibly blistery and painful. But the loom and the rug weaving was amazing. The loom, is smooth, sturdy, and oh my goodness insanely quiet. My cat sits underneath while I weave. He likes to lay right under the treadles, bless his silly little heart.

But anyway, back to the rug. I had some fabric that I hadn't used in literally, years. One was green with a floral burnout pattern and the other was white/pink/purple blended with a wide variety of flowers, and it was made in France which I found neat. Once strip of green went for two rows of warp and one strip of the floral was good for three rows of warp. I decided that was lovely and went with it. It's 23"x50" It reminds me of Chantilly Tea Room that is in Tucson. It's always full of pink, lace, and flowers. So, without further ado, here's my lovely tea/garden inspired rug.

Here is a close up of the fabric so you can see how the colors actually are (my camera washes everything out).

Here is another on the loom shot.

And finally, completed. (I told you the camera washes the colors out)

I also have a cute picture of my other cat sitting on my rug, right after I finished it. She approved.

Thanks so much for looking.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Need some help, it's an issue with my flyer, or leader or something on: June 13, 2012 11:18:20 PM
Hello! So I have an oldschool (1975 ish) Ashford Traditional. I used the maintenance kit on it and can spin. The only problem is the whole that the yarn goes through opens on the bottom of the flyer (not the side the hooks are on). I apologize for being so super technical (not) in this post. I'm not quite 100% on terminology. So I'd rather just describe and post pictures of what I'm talking about.

Every other flyer that I've seen online seems to have the hole in line with the hooks. So I'm wondering if this will effect the way my yarn is or the whee's ability to function proper? I've only used it once and in all honesty the hole for the yarn to go through is placed so low that I can't get the leader through with the hook the maintenance kit came with. So, I'd really like some information on what I can do, if anything, or if this is nothing to be concerned about and to just keep spinning.

Here are two picture to hopefully help. I used flash only so you can see the hole and its strange placement.

Thanks again, everyone Smiley
9  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Some Woven Joy *edit* Pictures Included. on: September 30, 2011 11:48:01 PM
After some soul-searching and math classes I decided to follow my love of fibers. I've decided to perhaps get into textile design and other fiber related employment following my education. This semester I'm taking Independent Fibers as it allows me to work and go to school. I truly love a good twill and my favorite colors can be somewhat bright, so I'm trying to combine the two in such a way that it doesn't hurt the eyes. It was intended to be a wrap, but I neglected to account for my chest, so it doesn't fit the way I envisioned. Lesson learned, I promise you.

So this is the first product of my second semester in fiber. While looking for books on Spinning I found the most amazing pattern book for a 4-Harness Loom. The Handweaver's Pattern Dictionary by Anne Dixon is absolutely fabulous.

So this is all done with cotton yarn, on my Structo table loom (20 inch weaving width, 20 dent reed). While my measurements were off, I still am in love with the weave, it was my first attempt at a deviation from the standard 4,3,2,1 warping I learned first. I certainly made a few mistakes, but I was able to fix them before weaving. I did all the weaving over the last four days. I found David Bowie's Life On Mars, had it on replay and wove for hours. It was magical.

Here is the warp, being wound on.

Some serious business progress.

The finished piece.

A close up of the weave.

Thank you for looking. Smiley

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