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1  Re: Fibre Friday - 20th June 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by JoyousBohemian on: June 20, 2008 04:42:14 PM
Oh, Fiber Friday, how I always forget about you until Sunday! Here's what I've spun recently, and sorry, I went a little crazy with the SLR camera:

Roasted Rhubarb, 560-something yards of fingering/sockweight superwash merino from Dyepot.com that I bought for last year's Tour de Fleece, and am just getting to now.  Whoops.

(As an aside, is anyone else up for Tour de Fleece again this year? I wanna do it!)

Okay, sorry, one last picture, that I really really love:

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2  The Wedding and Graduation Shawl (artsy-fartsy pictures included) in Weaving: Completed Projects by JoyousBohemian on: May 11, 2008 02:51:06 PM

A friend of mine is getting married in two weeks (a: eek! and b: it's a week after college graduation.  How's she's managing this is beyond me), and I wanted to give her a present that would last generations.  So I wove her a shawl! Her favorite color is (obviously) blue.

Bamboo, tencel, silk, and lurex (all approximately 20/2) woven in plain weave on a Harrisville 4 harness 36 inch loom.  The lurex was woven with another strand, since it's not strong enough to stand up in a warp by itself.  About 22 inches by 62 inches.

The drape on it is fantastic! It's basically weightless and really, really soft.

The most wonderful thing for me is that, when I graduated last year from the same college, a friend who had graduated the year before pulled me aside and gave me a ceramic bowl she had hand-turned and glazed herself at her new job in a pottery studio.  She told me that, no matter what expectations came out of a schmancy liberal arts education, you could be whoever you wanted to be and do whatever you wanted to do.  Fast forward a year, and I'm working in a fiber store, weaving, spinning, and dyeing for a living, and I'm exactly where I want to be.  I guess I just want to pass on the message to the next generation.  (Plus I live in Maine still and I get to do photoshoots on the beach!)

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3  Re: ROUND 2--Altered Ancestors Swap in The Swap Gallery by JoyousBohemian on: May 11, 2008 02:16:28 PM
Here we go! This is crafty_dame's page for me, which I really love. 

I'm intrigued that the first two pieces I've received use the same color scheme of turquoise and brown--two of my favorite colors!
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4  Re: ROUND 2--Altered Ancestors Swap in The Swap Gallery by JoyousBohemian on: May 03, 2008 08:55:03 PM
I received from lisateacher!  Here's the lovely front:

and the wonderful back:

The quote says, "In a perfect union the man and woman are like a strung bow.  Who is to say whether the string bends the bow, or the bow tightens the string?" Which I love. 
Actually, altogether, I love love love love love it! Thanks again!
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5  Re: Steampunk swap goodies in The Swap Gallery by JoyousBohemian on: February 14, 2008 08:49:27 PM
I received from shazrasha! Prepare for awesomeness.  And lots of pictures.
Here's a group pic of everything:

The first thing I noticed was ohmygodlotsofteaandcandy:


the weather has been shite here recently, so the tea was greatly appreciated!

The most bad-ass steampunk multi-tool ever:

close-up (there's a radiotor key, a sewing machine bobbin, a teeny screwdriver, and room for more! I have used this like eight times already):

A knitting row counter!

soooooo useful.

And the piece de resistance, the most bloody awesome bag ever:

Check out the fabric!

Check out the corners!

Check out the inside!

I'm in looooooove.  It is straightaway becoming my knitting bag, and I'm going to use it to pieces. 

Thank you soooooo much shazrasha! I hope you receive from me soon!
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6  why don't giraffes do drugs? [needle-felted giraffe; pic chubby] in Felting: Completed Projects by JoyousBohemian on: February 14, 2008 07:27:46 PM
because they're naturally high! hee hee. 

y hello thar!

This is Aethelred the Unready, (bonus points if you get the geeky British history reference) so named because he sold before I had taken any pictures of him and I had to quick snap pictures at the sales desk as he was getting rung up.  He was entirely needle-felted, with pipe cleaner armatures in the legs and neck. 

a good shot of his manly proportions

booty shot for tha ladies

I work at a fiber store (hence the selling him bit--I got paid to make him! Eeeee!), so I just grabbed stuff from the bins to make him, and don't really remember what I used.  I'm sad he sold, though! He's sad too, see:

Godspeed, Aethelred.  Godspeed.

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7  Re: Fiber Friday 10/12/2007 in Spinning: Completed Projects by JoyousBohemian on: October 13, 2007 03:35:45 PM
Since this was technically started on Friday (and finished far too early this morning), I'm going to pretend I get to post it.  86 and a little yards, 80s merino, navajo-plied worsted weight.  Hand-carded and blended to match a woven piece I did, so I can knit an edging on it.  I'll post the final product when I get it done, and once I figure out what the heck board it goes in . . .

artistically arranged.


with the woven piece, which is rayon, rayon chenille, a teeeeny bit of mohair, and alpaca.
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8  Re: Altered Journal Pages (Tip-in) Swap Rd 2 in The Swap Gallery by JoyousBohemian on: September 25, 2007 06:55:50 PM
All right! First off are the lovely lovely lovely (lovely) pages I received from little green dragonfly:

And here are the pages I made for qazicat:

The text says, "sunset is the same the world over, no matter what language you speak".  Since half the ephemera I use for these are from Russian and Italian textbooks and a coffeetable book on Indian material culture, I thought that that might be appropriate.   Cheesy

(edited because the pictures were enormous--sorry guys!)
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9  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by JoyousBohemian on: September 19, 2007 03:48:19 PM
I've had this one for about two months now.  It's about six inches square, in between my shoulder blades.  I'm in love with it.

It's got a lot of symbolism for me; it's from an illustration to anthropological theory textbook.  It symbolises that nothing is created or lives in a vacuum. 


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10  Re: Altered Journal Pages (Tip-in) Swap Rd 2 in The Swap Gallery by JoyousBohemian on: September 16, 2007 05:44:47 PM
Whew! Here are hardyswanton's pages that I received earlier this week.  I love them!

grumblegrumble photobucket stupid resizing grumblegrumble.
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