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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / tiny lampworked dogs on: December 18, 2007 02:49:57 AM
Have to share these because I'm super excited...my new boss (not an art-related job) happens to collect miniature animals which inspired me to do these little dogs. The black/tan/white one is a portrait of my friend's dog Mona...one of my favorite dogs ever.

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / handspun art doll (nude so don't look if that offends you) on: August 14, 2006 12:38:47 PM
Finally finished her Saturday for the Saturday evening group art show/house party...put her in the car and realized I'd forgotten to finish her feet so sat down at the exhibit with her and sewed her toes. Of course in the rush, I gave her two left feet (did the right first and when I finished, realized her legs were crossed and I'd given her a left foot on the right). Oh well, it sort of fit in with the show's theme "What's Left: The Art of Legacy." Anyhow, here she is: handspun alpaca (I started spinning it during the Tour de Fleece and got so busy with this and other pieces that I never posted again, oops), stuffed with alpaca and romney (what a waste), with needle felted shaping/facial features, lampworked eyes and my hair (cut it off last week for this piece). Don't worry, the armpit and "other" hair is romney wool, not mine.

For more info, or pics of my other (glass) pieces--including one with silkworms, check out my blog http://quatzical.blogspot.com/2006/08/whats-left-art-of-legacy.html
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / raising silkworms and spinning suri fleece on: July 01, 2006 01:34:44 PM
Ok, two separate questions but suri is silky, no? Anyhow, the silkworm question is that I'm raising them, my babies are 5 days old and super cute, but I'm wondering if anyone who has raised them before has any advice...exactly how helpless are the buggers? I've been home a lot this week and seem to be spending all my time transfering them from old leaves to fresh leaves...they do travel a bit, but not all of them move to the new leaves within what I think is a reasonable amount of time. Also, best way to transfer? Their baby silk makes moving them hard.

Oh and the suri question is whether anyone has spun it, how they prepared the fleece (spun from locks, carded, combed?) and what they thought. I might buy a 10 lb fleece, but I've never spun it before, so wanted to check on people's opinions before getting that much.

(baby pics)
4  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / plastic pants on: March 20, 2006 10:12:26 AM
finally finished! I participated in a group art show this weekend and my project was a knitted lace tank top made with plastic shopping bags and woven twill pants made from black garbage bags. I spun the plastic strips for the warp and they behaved beautifully. As weft, I used the plastic strips unspun. The only problem was that my mannequin's hips were smaller than mine and her pants became lower and lower riders so I added a little extra detail the day of the show.

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / making combs? on: February 16, 2006 11:01:08 PM
I'm interested in trying out combing instead of carding, but combs are soooo expensive. Has anyone tried making them? They just seem to be numerous sharp tines affixed to wooden handles, so could I drill appropriately sized holes in a block of wood and insert metal rods with sharpened tips? I only saw them used once, so I'm not sure if I'm missing something.
6  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / anyone have a nadeau loom? on: January 31, 2006 10:11:37 AM
So I'm thinking of buying a Nadeau loom, but the thing is I haven't ever met one and all I know is that they're pretty funky looking and have a cool wheel sort of dobby thing. Does anyone here have one and have an opinions like or dislikes? Like is it worth it to get another weird loom? (I have a Pioneer loom which is more of a cool idea than really functional...the open heddles are giving me fits. I think I need a clever way of closing them so my threads stay in their places. Advice on that would be appreciated too!)
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / naturally dyed handspun hat on: January 30, 2006 07:35:44 PM
I finally finished and I'm excited so I have to share this hat I made for a friend (his head is bigger then mine so it fits more normally). All natural dyes on blue face leicester (details on my blog), spun up as singles and knit from the top down without a preset pattern. The brim was an odyssey, knit then felted, then cut because it wasn't the right shape and finally needle-felted in place. My favorite part is the the needle felted monkey head on the top of hat which you can't see in the pic.
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / help with acid dyeing on: October 16, 2005 01:12:22 AM
I'm having trouble with fuschia Jacquard acid dye in hot pour dyeing. It doesn't want to exhaust and barely makes it into the fiber. One batch I was doing in blues and purples and greens ended with a big green and blue felt monster floating sweetly in a bright pink dyebath. (For some odd reason, I thought poking it repeatedly would convince it to take up the pink.) I can't find the info anywhere else, so does anyone know if I could have a flukey bad batch of dye or am I doing something weird? I heard turquoise can take a while to exhaust, but I never heard of fuschia being a problem, and it didn't take up even when left all night. Any suggestions for red primaries from Dharma? I think I'm going to order from them next time. Thanks in advance...

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