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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: Popsicle stick loom? on: October 09, 2006 03:36:28 PM
I've seen diagrams for rigid heddles made from popsicle sticks, but I'm not sure what you mean here. Is this something like a stick or soda straw loom for making belts and such?


You can also make simple looms out of cardboard pieces, but you have to needleweave on them. A little more tedious than using a heddle.
2  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / homemade brake/tension device for RH loom on: September 30, 2006 07:40:42 AM
I bought an old rigid heddle loom at a flea market for cheap, only to get it home and discover a few missing parts. It's a really old TIA loom from Northfield Looms, so getting replacement parts from them is not an option, as far as I know.

The front bar was fairly easy to replace with some woodworking help from my Dad. However, the rachet and pawl for front and back were also missing. I've thought of a few options, from something as simple as wooden disks and a couple of nails to making my own rachets and pawls from polyclay. I wonder if a large heavy rubberband could be used to create enough friction, though. Any thoughts or suggestions here?
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Stitch Markers - Yer Internals! Some Worked, Some Didn't... on: March 05, 2006 04:51:54 PM
Those are really well done! I imagine it must've been hard to model organs at that scale, but they're all very recognizable even if they might be a little dark. I wonder if sanding might help..maybe the insides didn't burn quite as much? You could also try painting them a lighter color with a wash of acrylic, perhaps.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: first lariat..yippee! on: March 04, 2006 07:32:53 PM
Very pretty in an understated way. Is that a lark's head knot forming the loop on the left? The silver caps on the end beads really set them off.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: polymer clay natasha beads on: March 04, 2006 02:19:12 PM
No problemo! I was kinda just goofing around with some of them, trying to place holes in different spots to see how hard it would be. I love Natasha beads for making use of canes that didn't quite come out right. I didn't have any extra canes on hand, so I actually made kaleidoscope canes just to chop up for the Natasha technique. Crazy, right? Well, ok, I did save a part of each of the kaleidoscope canes in case I think of other ideas. Like more buttons.

I visit your Glass Attic site quite a lot. Thanks so much for putting all those resources together. It's positively encyclopedic!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / polymer clay natasha beads on: March 03, 2006 07:56:26 PM
Hope this is the right place for this posting since these are not exactly a "finished project" just yet. I've been on a polymer clay hiatus for a while, having taken up knitting. However, I got out the clay again a couple of days back with the intention of making toggles and buttons. Here's what I ended up with:

The top left button is actually a kaleidoscope technique, and some of the others are swirl beads.

Close up on the brown and green beads

They still need to be buffed and glossed, but I'm happy with the colors so far.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Gone Crazy with Felted Sweaters! (Image-heavy) - Now w/ ice scraper tutorial on: December 13, 2005 07:25:36 AM
My mom has made quite a few of these too. My sewing skills are crap, so my job is to round up the sweaters for her and she takes it from there. As far as the felting/fulling goes, I think the wool of different breeds will felt differently. Most sweater makers don't tell you what breed of sheep the wool came from, though sometimes I have found sweaters labelled "merino". So, that may have something to do with the differences.

Also, any kind of stitching that varies may cause varied felting. Mom told me she had a cabled sweater that fell apart during felting. It seems I have read that it is very possible for Fair Isle bands to pull in more during knitting, so that may account for those sections felting harder, too.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are these? on: December 12, 2005 07:55:12 PM
You might try these, which are apparently crochet (?!?!):
or these, which are more work (but Canadians know WARM):

The very first picture really puts me in the mind of scandanavian mittens grafted onto sock heels, but those are the best matches I could find that were free.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vest help on: November 14, 2005 06:26:53 AM
From looking at the picture, I would say that is made with hairpin lace joined with crochet chains. You could probably substitute regular crochet circles for it no problem as GeekMagnet said, but if you wanted the exact look, I think hairpin lace is the way to go.  Basically, you make a strip and join into a circle, then make longer strips and join them in succession. You would not join in the spots where you wanted the armholes.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: reclaimed yarn question on: November 06, 2005 03:17:31 PM
I'm only a novice spinner, but the only way I can think of to use short lengths of yarn in spinning would be to snip them very short, and card them into unspun fiber to make tweedy yarn. You may also want to slightly felt the yarn first if you do this.

However, I think what might be more useful would be to use all those short pieces in modular or mitred square knitting. You might do web searches for Horst Shultz, Vivian Hoxbro (she calls it domino knitting), or Patricia Werner. I own Werner's book, Dazzling Knits, and the patterns are amazing!

Also, the last issue of Family Circle Easy Crochet has some sweaters that combined knitting and crochet. Perhaps you could use that as inspiration for what to do with your orphan sleeves?
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