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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Two pegloom rugs - lots of pics on: May 27, 2008 04:10:36 AM
My boyfriend asked me to make him a rug for next to the bed so I got all excited about doing something colourful and then when I asked him what colours he fancied he just said 'hmm... grey and black, maybe brown'  Sad

But then he said he's rather it was naturally coloured wool, preferably something fairly local so I got a bit more excited about it again!   Cheesy

We live in Cumbria so our local sheep breed is Herdwick, which is really coarse and hairy (and hurt my fingers when I spun it!) so I did a mixture of Herdwick with three shades of Shetland, some Blue Faced Leicester (nice and soft) in two colours and some random mystery fleece that had been lurking in my cupboard.

Its all handspun, except for the warp, which is Ecowool (a naturally coloured undyed 2ply from my LYS).  Here's a pic of all the yarn waiting to be woven...

Here's a close-up of the weave...

and here's a picture of his rug (on the left) next to my rug, because once I'd finished his, I wanted one of my own!

Mine is made from three colours of Shetland, some natural Merino and some Finn, with Ecowool for the warp again.  Its much thicker and squooshier than the first one as I got carried away spinning lots of yarn and then had to pack it all down when I was weaving to make it the same size as the first rug!

Here's all the yarn balled-up and waiting to be woven...

and here are some more detailed pictures of the weave...

They're both really nice and soft on your feet when you get out of bed in the morning.  Mine seems 'girlier' because its so thick and soft whereas my boyfriend's is still squishy but has added hardcore Herdwick scratchiness going on!  More of a man's rug...

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 11/09/07 on: November 09, 2007 02:32:59 AM
Its Fibre Friday already!  Well, it is in the UK anyway...  Wink

Here's my only offering this week, it's a some space-dyed Merino in all kinds of weird colours (pink, yellow, brown and natural!).  Its plied with more of the same.

Can't wait to see what you've all been busy with!   Grin

3  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / First woven scarf! on: October 24, 2007 01:32:00 PM

Now that I've learnt how to post pictures on Craftster, I thought I'd show you all my first ever woven scarf!

Here it is next to some leftover balls of the yarn I used...

and here's a bit more of a close-up...

My loom only does basic stuff so I think I'm stuck with plain weave, but it's still fun!

4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wet felted peg bag! on: October 24, 2007 01:27:00 PM
This is my first go at posting a picture on Craftster so I hope it works!

I made a wet felted seamless peg bag for my boyfriend's sister last year and thought I would share it with the lovely felty people of Craftster!

It's orange inside and a mixture of greens in a kind of 'camo' style on the outside.  My fella picked the colours...

This picture shows the inside a bit better.  Nice and orange!

Hope the pictures work!

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / What do you think about Woolee Winders? on: October 15, 2007 03:10:26 AM
Hello!  I'm fairly new to spinning but I saw something about Woolee Winders in a book and wondered what you all thought about them, whether many people had them, how they got on with them etc?

It looks like they make life easier when spinning (by feeding on the yarn automatically and evenly) but I'd also heard that they can make your wheel less responsive and harder to treadle.  Any information or advice would be much appreciated!

I've been lurking around here for a while getting lots of great advice and inspiration from everyone.  Can't wait to spin something worthy of Fibre Friday!

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