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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: 1-ply, 90% Japanese Spitz (dog) down, 10% silk on: January 06, 2013 09:16:40 PM
Blue Rose: I'll likely crochet a barnacle or teardrop from Tofu's yarn for a fiber art installation of some sort. Smiley

Jexxican: I used hand carders and just layered the silk between two layers of dog down. There's a slight shimmer to the silk as the dog down is very matte so it was easy to see how well the silk incorporated into the yarn.

Mrsfibble: Strangely enough, Japanese Spitz don't really smell when wet. They're a very clean breed. I also plan on setting the yarn and conditioning it which should keep the fibers from smelling like wet dog afterwards.

Belladune: I found it a bit difficult at times cause of how fluffy and fine the fur was! Hearing my husband go "so that's why you wanted a fluffy dog" made it worth while. Smiley

Elderflower: There was a couple who loved their collies so much, they had the dogs' coats shaved after they were put down (due to old age), and spun into yarn to create matching sweaters. Thought it was rather odd but I suppose that's one way of remembering their four-legged companions. Some folks in Canada use wolf down for spinning Smiley. Would love to get a hold of some wolf down.

Indigo_roses: Thanks! Smiley Short fibers need love too~ Cheesy

12  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / 1-ply, 90% Japanese Spitz (dog) down, 10% silk on: January 06, 2013 02:27:57 AM
Japanese Spitz dogs have an undercoat and a top coat and are related to Samoyed and American Husky. Undercoat consists of a super soft down whilst the top coat has a teflon-like feature that keeps them very clean. Dirt falls right off his coat when combed.

I adopted Tofu, the 6-year old pure breed Japanese Spitz, from a rescue family in the summer of 2012. During his shedding period, I discovered how soft the down was whilst grooming him. It's cashmere soft. Very fine, very soft. Being that he's a cold climate dog, and we live in California, a lot of grooming was needed. I saved a sandwich-sized ziploc worth of gorgeous white fiber.

Spun a sample, using my drop spindle, with just the dog down and found the fibers were too short to be spun alone so I reinforced the down with some longer stranded silk. Carded the two together at 90% Japanese Spitz down, 10% silk. Managed to get about 10 yards of slightly thicker lace-weight yarn.

I'll be saving more Tofu down this spring Smiley.

Final Product


small skein of Tofu yarn on Tofu's head Smiley

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Repurposing: Grill rack into shabby chic memo rack on: January 04, 2013 01:29:54 AM
Many thanks Blue! ^^ It's been ages since I've joined a forum.
14  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Squirrel Head Mount on: January 04, 2013 01:26:30 AM
Love it! I need to make some head mounts, with roving of course. Thanks for the inspiration!
15  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted Stone Rug on: January 04, 2013 01:25:11 AM
I've been wanting to make one of these but haven't decided if i really want to go through making each pebble and then sewing them together. Smiley The results are gorgeous though.
16  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle felted baby giraffe on: January 04, 2013 01:23:46 AM
This is so cute and well done! Is there a wire frame inside the roving? And what kind of fiber did you use? just wool? I think I'll need to try my hand at making one soon Smiley (hopefully once I'm done with needle felting a dragon head).
17  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Pods and Pollen Needle Felted Necklace on: January 04, 2013 01:21:34 AM
Gorgeous! I love the colour palette and incorporation of beads. Do you wet felt or just needle felt? I've recently started needle felting more and find it so therapeutic. Smiley Would love to see a website if you have one.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My crack at rainbow crayon art with a super easy tute! :D on: January 04, 2013 01:18:24 AM
Different brands have different concentrations of colour pigmentation. Crayola seems to have great pigments whereas RoseArts tend to have more wax than pigment. Hence why some of the melted non-Crayola crayons look translucent. Also depending on the type of wax, there are different melting temps. Cheesy

I don't work for Crayola....I just like melting them.
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mario Room Projects-Bob-omb lamp, pipe trash can, quilt, etc... on: January 04, 2013 01:14:58 AM
The bo-bomb lamp is just too awesome :O.
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Humdrum garage sale table into shabby chic cuteness! on: January 04, 2013 01:12:11 AM
Did you spray or brush the paint on? The finish looks pretty glossy Smiley
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