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41  Re: Fiber Friday 8/17/2007 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Miss Violaceous on: August 17, 2007 10:18:08 AM
I finally have time to spin! I spun up two this week to put in my Shop the Swap shop.

All yarns modeled by four-day-old puppies.


Blue Raspberry Popsicle, wool/mohair mill ends dyed by HollyEqq. Super bulky thick and thin, wound up about 75 yards (I'm vexed by this.)




Candy Buttons, 65 yars of super soft merino by Fleece Artist, plied against itself.





Gratuitous shot of the roving I purchased while travelling. The one on the right became Candy Buttons, and the other two haven't been touched yet.

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42  Re: Shop the Swap Round 5 - Discussion in New Swap Theme Ideas by Miss Violaceous on: August 16, 2007 08:54:47 PM
I added two skeins of handspun yarn to my shop. Probably two more to come, eventually. Puppy not included.


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43  Re: Shop the Swap Round 5 - Discussion in New Swap Theme Ideas by Miss Violaceous on: August 12, 2007 08:32:52 AM
I thought I'd put up a picture of the Fleece Artist roving I'm going to spin up. I want some feedback on styles of handspun people like (bearing in mind that I do drop spindles only). A thick, ropy single? A thick'n'thinning single with overspun skinny bits? A thinner plied yarn? The one on the left is merino and silk, and the other two are either 100% merino or 70/30 with seacell (the shopkeeper thought that they were mislabeled, and says they look like the 100% merino stuff).

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44  Re: Secret Craftster swap (Round 3) - Sign-ups CLOSED! 2nd send out 8/8; next Aug 22 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Miss Violaceous on: August 10, 2007 08:07:48 AM
Here's an idea.

Maybe I'll start a trend.

Say I was --- hypothetically --- to post a picture of what I was working on.

Say that picture might look something like this:



At that point, the person or persons who are under the impression that I was their secret craftster might go....

  • What the hell is that?
  • Is that what I think it is??
  • Should I get excited about it, even though I'm not sure if I'm right???
  • IS SHE OR ISN'T SHE, OH GOD OH GOD?Huh

What do you guys think about this hypothetical situation?
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45  Spring Leaves in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Miss Violaceous on: August 01, 2007 04:32:00 PM
I found some nice coordinating antique brass-toned findings, and matched them up to a great strand of mixed green glass beads shaped like leaves and flowers. I love the result. I wound up making a run of four pairs, two of which I'm keeping and two of which I'll probably swap.






These are the two that I'm not keeping:

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46  Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have (Crafts/Supplies) Swap - August in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Miss Violaceous on: August 01, 2007 05:21:56 AM
Reposting my list here for convenience:


One claim each:

1. Lot of crochet cotton. They are all partial balls, but I have no idea what the yardage is. The colors in the photo are accurate, but note that they are slightly different in gague from each other. White, cream, tiny bit of red, and multis in pink and purple.



2. POSSIBLY INCOMPLETE Vintage women's sewing pattern. It says that veiws 3 and 4 are nightgowns, while views 1 and 2 are housecoats. Personally, I think you could turn them into day dresses also. Size 16, which according to the chart is a 38" bust, 30" waist, 40" hip, with 16 3/4" back length. It has been cut, but by someone who is very careful with their sewing patterns. I verified that most of the pieces were there, but I can't be sure about a few of them (I didn't unfold them all the way, so I might've missed some.) At the very least you can do views 3 and 4 (the two in the center), and most if not all of the pieces for views 1 and 2 are there also, so if you're clever you might be able to make up the rest. Dated 1977!



3. Brand new 1960's mail-order sewing patterns! Pick one for one claim. The names are just some I assigned randomly based on how the model looked, so I could tell them apart. They are all about a 38" or 40" bust, but look at the filename for measurements. To do this, right click on the photo, then select properties. It should show the path for the photo, and at the end something like "Sue40-31-42.jpg".







4. Custom-made earrings on sterling earwires. You specify color, materials, and give me a sense of your personal style, and I'll make something great just for you! Here is some of my past work:





5. Custom-made bracelet or anklet with a sterling clasp. I can do flexible tigertail (coated steel wire that will not crease) or a charm-style bracelet on a chain.




1/2 claim each (read descriptions, some photos represent multiple choices that are 1/2 claim each).

1. Pastel madras cotton/poly blouse. This was part of my businesswear rotation because it was so easy to care for, but eventually I yanked it when I lost weight and didn't want to wear dowdy things that hid my middle anymore. It's a woman's S, and the colors are quite pretty. I don't see any obvious wear or stains. Cut it up and make something cool. The only reason it's still here and didn't go to the thrift store long ago is because I thought I might make something with it someday.



2. Magazines and catalogues. I have a lot of OK! magazine and Victoria's Secret. Good for decoupage and collage images, because there are lots of glamorous and scandalous pictures! Take as many as you want for 1/2 a claim.


3. All but a few dozen yards of a 7oz skein of Caron Simply Soft



4.  Complete skein of DMC Baroque crochet cotton in bright white. 1/2 claim as is, or I can attempt to dye it a color of your choice (not black or earth tones) for 1 claim.



5. Shoes I bought to recon but never got around to it. The white ones are size 5 1/2, and the other two are size 5. Each pair is 1/2 claim, or all three for 1 claim.



6. 18" x 60" pink plaid fleece fabric.



7. Really cute bright colors and metallic fish stickers. One sheet.



8. NEW Simplicity 4258. Size K5 - sizes 8-16. Bust 31 1/2-38", waist 24-30", hip 33 1/2-40".



9. Bits of handspun yarn... don't get too excited, this was a learning experience for me, and there isn't enough to really do anything with it other than a few stripes or as part of a rapunzel scarf. Both bits are 100% tencel, one of which is plied with DMC floss. The plied one should be about 8 yards, and the un-plied one is even less. You get both for one-half claim.



10. Cool bottlecaps. I'm not a huge bottlecap saver, but these are just the ones I thought were particularly neat. There will probably be more sent along with what's shown in the picture, as I run across them.



11. Super-spifffy ready-to-decoupage box. The outside has "victoria's secret" all over it, but the inside and edges are shiny as a mirror and vivid pink, with a matching ribbon already attached to close it. It opens like a book. It came as packaging for a perfume assortment, but the box was just so damned pretty I saved it. You could cover the whole outside, or you could snag some of the catalogues listed above and decoupage images of VS models if you know someone who likes the brand. Just don't cover the pink stuff! It's gorgeous!



12. Purse of paisley ties. All handsewn. The sides of the purse are kind of thick, so it is hard to get your hand in and out. There's no closure. You could take the lining out and re-do it if you wanted more space on the inside. Other than that, it's pretty durable (the fabric is a coarser weave than most ties) and I think it's pretty cute.



13. The RETURN of the diet coke bag! I made it for practice using the Jordy method. There is no closure because I didn't have anything to close it with at the time. Lined with cute checkered cotton, and interfaced, so the sides stay up.
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47  Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have (Crafts/Supplies) Swap - July in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Miss Violaceous on: July 31, 2007 08:39:08 AM
I'm Miss Violaceous, and this is my fifth claim this month (updating right after I post this, this activity level warms my little heart!) I claim shiitake for the orange retro tote.


One claim each:

1. Lot of crochet cotton. They are all partial balls, but I have no idea what the yardage is. The colors in the photo are accurate, but note that they are slightly different in gague from each other. White, cream, tiny bit of red, and multis in pink and purple.



2. POSSIBLY INCOMPLETE Vintage women's sewing pattern. It says that veiws 3 and 4 are nightgowns, while views 1 and 2 are housecoats. Personally, I think you could turn them into day dresses also. Size 16, which according to the chart is a 38" bust, 30" waist, 40" hip, with 16 3/4" back length. It has been cut, but by someone who is very careful with their sewing patterns. I verified that most of the pieces were there, but I can't be sure about a few of them (I didn't unfold them all the way, so I might've missed some.) At the very least you can do views 3 and 4 (the two in the center), and most if not all of the pieces for views 1 and 2 are there also, so if you're clever you might be able to make up the rest. Dated 1977!



3. Brand new 1960's mail-order sewing patterns! Pick one for one claim. The names are just some I assigned randomly based on how the model looked, so I could tell them apart. They are all about a 38" or 40" bust, but look at the filename for measurements. To do this, right click on the photo, then select properties. It should show the path for the photo, and at the end something like "Sue40-31-42.jpg".








1/2 claim each (read descriptions, some photos represent multiple choices that are 1/2 claim each).

1. Pastel madras cotton/poly blouse. This was part of my businesswear rotation because it was so easy to care for, but eventually I yanked it when I lost weight and didn't want to wear dowdy things that hid my middle anymore. It's a woman's S, and the colors are quite pretty. I don't see any obvious wear or stains. Cut it up and make something cool. The only reason it's still here and didn't go to the thrift store long ago is because I thought I might make something with it someday.



2. OK! Celebrity magazines, in new condition, to use as ephemera. They have lots of pictures of celebrities, clothes, jewelry, that sort of thing, in addition to print ads. If you're looking for a particular celebrity or kind of clothing, let me know. Take as many as you want for 1/2 a claim.


3. All but a few dozen yards of a 7oz skein of Caron Simply Soft



4.  Complete skein of DMC Baroque crochet cotton in bright white. 1/2 claim as is, or I can attempt to dye it a color of your choice (not black or earth tones) for 1 claim.



5. Shoes I bought to recon but never got around to it. The white ones are size 5 1/2, and the other two are size 5. Each pair is 1/2 claim, or all three for 1 claim.



6. 18" x 60" pink plaid fleece fabric.



7. Really cute bright colors and metallic fish stickers. One sheet.



8. NEW Simplicity 4258. Size K5 - sizes 8-16. Bust 31 1/2-38", waist 24-30", hip 33 1/2-40".
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48  Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Miss Violaceous on: July 30, 2007 06:51:20 PM
I sent selkie some earrings, along with a matching necklace since I totally lost my beading creativity leading up to the bar exam, and she was VERY patient with me! But I scored some really gorgeous glass raspberry beads in the town where I took the exam, and as soon as I got back home they called to me.





The necklace definitely looks better on a human than on Mr. Pirate. The exposed clasp is supposed to hang right there at the side, and the whole thing is relatively short, collarbone-length.
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49  Re: Secret Craftster swap (Round 3) Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Miss Violaceous on: July 30, 2007 11:13:42 AM
I received!!!

My secret craftster did her homework! She must have noticed that I was in the Adults Only swap, because she sent me two sets of lovely pasties, and glue to put them on!

I decided to grace you guys with some action shots.





(...What? Doing it wrong? The hell you say!)
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50  Re: Fiber Friday 7/19 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Miss Violaceous on: July 19, 2007 10:08:01 PM
I finished up some tencel that has been plaguing me and sitting on my spindle unfinished for months. It's going to be a while before I attempt tencel again, I don't think I'm cut out for it.



But in happier news, I finished up a chunky yarn out of a HollyEQQ bag. Persian Ocean colorway. I'm working it up into a hat, and I'm going to give it its own thread when the hat is done. But here's a peek:

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