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281  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adding Beads to Basic Weaving on: June 14, 2005 08:15:57 AM
beaded fringe is cool.  i wove a piece that will be a nice wrap when i get around to finishing it.  i am going to add beads to it but haven't decided exactly how i want it to look.  the good news is that i have time.  i figure it will be a perfect accesory for a formal dance and since my girls are 3 and 1 1/2, they won't be needing it anytime soon Grin 

since the high speed internet man just left the house, i will be able to post some pics of some of my weaving projects (YEAH!)   good luck with yours!
282  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adding Beads to Basic Weaving on: June 13, 2005 12:30:49 PM
I think adding beads would be too cool!  are you going to string the beads onto the weft (back and forth) threads or add them after the weaving us done more like embroidery?  either would be cool.  good luck!
as for finishing off your warp threads (yes Smiley you were right about what they are called),  i usually start and end my weaving with 3-5 rows of some leftover scrap yarn.   then when i take the piece off the loom, i (bit by bit) take those extra stands out and tie the warp threads into knots up close to the weft.  then i trim the threads for a perfectly easy fringe.  if you don't want fringe you could sew the edges, i have used the zig zag stitch on my machine or you could even stitch it by hand while still on the loom.  if i do either of these i usually turn the edges over and "hem" them so that they look neat.  good luck!  and i can't wait to see your woven piece!
283  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: I made fabric!! Traditionally made felt, at least. on: June 11, 2005 07:16:47 PM
BEAUTIFUL!!  can't wait to see more of your back breaking work Smiley
yours is much nicer than all that i've made!  i've found weaving a square then fulling it to be much easier for me, but my kids (3 & 5) LOVE(!!!!!!) to sit with fiber a rubbermaid tote and some soap and water.  as long as i keep extra towels close by for clean up Smiley  it is a great way for them to spend time while i weave.
284  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for small weaving help on: June 09, 2005 11:45:06 AM
     I started weaving about 2 years ago with a Kromske Harp Rigid Heddle loom.  it is very simple and TONS of fun!  there are a few books about weaving with a rigid heddle loom out there that would help you with some more "advanced" type weave structures.  I've stuck with the simple over one, under one plan that doesn't stress my brain Smiley   
     My other looms are a  Spriggs 7ft adjustable triangle loom, a 12 inch triangle and a 12 inch sqauare loom.  I really love the simplicity  with these looms.  I have made some beautiful gifts with them.  the 7ft tri-loom does take up a lot of space when in use, but the 12 inch looms are great take alongs.  I can now  weave on road trips (with the husband driving of course).  i got the small ones from Hazel Rose Looms and the 7ft one is from Hill Creek Fiber Studio.

You could also try searching for a weaving/spinning store in your area that might offer rentals so you could try different looms to see what you like before you buy.  also try searching for a weaving guild.  my guild offers rentals plus the added bonus of tons of people who love all things fiber related and are great to call on when I can't figure out what I'm doing Smiley  If you live near NW Indiana let me know Wink

good luck!
285  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Any PERFECT Sugar Cookie Recipies on: June 07, 2005 11:26:52 AM
I'm not sure if this is the "perfect" one or not but...

1/2 C butter
1/2 C sour cream
1/2 t vanilla
1 C sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 C flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt

mix it all together and chill for a few hours before you roll and cut out.  bake at 350 degrees.  the time you bake depends on how thin you roll and how big the cutters you use. 

this are somewhat cake-like.  they get all puffy and are moist and yummy.  this is the recipe my mom always uses so i just call them "mom's sugar cookies"  i hope you like them! (esp since this inspired my very first post Smiley)
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