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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Shining Snowflake Ornaments on: November 09, 2012 08:44:48 AM
A few weeks ago, while debating what my annual home-made Christmas ornament would be this year, a fleeting thought crossed my mind: "How can I make beaded snowflake ornaments? They would be so pretty!" I've worked a little bit with wire in the past, experimenting with a range of gauges to find out what would bend easily but still support weight, so I thought that might work and set out to find some examples online. After a bit of googling and Etsy browsing, I came across something even better: pre-made wire snowflake forms!

Score! I immediately ordered a bunch on Amazon and impatiently waited for them to arrive in the mail. (None of my local craft stores appeared to carry them.) In the mean time, I stocked up on beads, taking full advantage of sales and coupons. Soon, with all my supplies gathered, I was ready to start crafting! Here's a look at a few of my favorites so far...

Happy holiday crafting!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - Oct 16, 2009 on: October 16, 2009 03:38:40 PM
I haven't spun in forever, but with the cooler temperatures here in Houston (low-80s, lol) I decided to pull out my wheel and whip something up!

"Marissa" - 100% merino wool plied with white thread, dyed by me:

And the hand-dyed fiber before spinning:

Have a great weekend! Love what everyone's posted so far and can't wait to see more!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday - November 21, 2008 on: November 21, 2008 04:51:55 AM
Happy Fiber Friday!

Here's what I made this week - it's going to become a scarf for my mom for Christmas:

Brown and tan tussah silk/black merino/white nylon glitz

Have a great weekend - can't wait to see the rest!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday November 14, 2008 on: November 14, 2008 11:17:37 AM
Lots of fun colors and variety today! I escpecially love "Fairytale," "Sunshine in the Garden," and "Allegro!"

Just one for me this week. The dye job didn't exactly go as planned (does it ever??) but I still like it. Guess I'll have to try again at what I was aiming for in the first place.

"Ashley" - 4 ounces, 279 yards, alpaca/merino/tussah silk blend (super soft!!)

And another scarf update with my handspun...

Have a great weekend!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: I made... well a piggy tribute on: November 11, 2008 08:12:07 AM
I love it!!! Pass the Pigs is such a fun game! What a great way to re-invent it.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: My brand new Kiwi and first handpun on a wheel!!!! on: November 09, 2008 08:28:41 AM
Your first wheel yarn looks great! I have a Kiwi too, and I love it. Can't wait to see more!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday November 7th 2008 on: November 07, 2008 06:13:36 AM
Wow - I love Sunset Lagoon! It looks so fluffy and light.

Here's what I've been working on this week:

These batts I carded...

...Became this yarn! "PollyAnn" - 352 yards of wool and nylon glitz

This is "Jordan" - 330 yards, wool from Sheep Shed Studio

And I started a scarf with the tussah silk I posted last week:

Have a great weekend! I'm excited to see more yarn!
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: felt ball of hope '08 on: November 05, 2008 06:08:03 AM
I love it!! Great picture too.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday October 31st, Halloween Edition! on: October 31, 2008 06:09:55 AM
Happy Halloween!

pmpknpunk - I love them! Especially #8 - it reminds me of the colored corn-on-the-cob that you find in the fall.

I've been working on my first-ever batch of tussah silk this week. It's a blend of natural-colored tan and brown. I decided to spin it disgustingly thin (at least by my standards!) in order to make this scarf from Vogue Knitting's Crocheted Scarves book:

The original roving:

And the finished yarn!

Can't wait to see the rest!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: My first born! on: October 24, 2008 04:47:24 AM
That looks great! It knitted up really nice, too.
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