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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: corespinning fabric on: September 27, 2008 07:55:51 AM
You could boil it. If it's cotton, that will set the twist - but if it's synthetic it may melt, so you might want to test a bit first. And boiling is probably a bit extreme, as hot water actually should set the twist at least somewhat, just let the fabric yarn soak for a while (at least 20 minutes). Add a little bit of soap to the water to help it absorb better.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: corespinning opinion sampling: all you addicts, please read!! on: September 27, 2008 07:49:24 AM
I think I've been told this before: if you spin plied yarn counterclockwise (or in the direction that would un-ply it), it actually gets way way more overspun than if you spun it in the same direction it was plied. I've done small tests by twisting the cotton yarn with my hands, and it seems to be true. My corespun yarns are twisty when I take them off the bobbin, but they really calm down a ton when I set the twist, and aren't overspun (or at least not noticeably).

I have that same 1.5 mile ball of crochet cotton Wink
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 9/26/08 on: September 26, 2008 07:13:43 AM
Oh, that fulled alpaca looks yummy! I love the fuzz.

I've been getting ready for a craft show this sunday, so I haven't really been posting on fiber fridays much...here's my yarn progress as of a few days ago:

I visited a local angora goat farm two weeks ago and picked up a bunch of delicious super soft kid mohair locks, so I've been doing a lot of corespinning:

(the pictures aren't the best, it's all rainy and dim here)

And a bit of tailspinning:

Ah, I love goatie fluff. Happy friday!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - August 29, 2008 on: August 29, 2008 09:33:37 AM
jazzturtle - I think we're on the same wavelength right now yarn-wise, because so many of your yarns are similar to yarns that I'm working on! And I think I might have to get some of those rumpelstiltskin batts now...I love the way your Straw Into Gold turned out. I'm a big fan of spinning-related fairy tales!

I only have three yarns to share this week - I spun more, but it's too cloudy to take pictures.

Seafoam - delicious corespun goodness. Mohair, bamboo, soysilk, sparkle, raw merino-cross locks, and tencel nepps.

The Princess & The Pea - I spun about 20 felted "peas" into this yarn.

Luned - I spun two skeins (8oz total) of this colorway. I have one skein left that I might keep for myself.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Acid Dyes in a Crock Pot? on: August 21, 2008 12:46:04 PM
Looks like we're entering our rainy season here, so that won't be an option for a little while, but I'll definitely check it out. Do you have any links on how to make one? Or is it the kind of thing that is too tricky to make myself?

I've solar dyed just by putting wool in an aluminum pan, pouring the dye solution on, covering it with plastic wrap (some people use black plastic garbage bags to hold in the heat) and leaving it outside in a sunny spot all day. You could also try putting wool & dye in glass jars and leaving them in a sunny window.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - August 15, 2008 on: August 15, 2008 01:36:04 PM
Thanks, everyone!

the_bees_knees - you can "splice" singles together by felting them (just wet the two ends and roll them together between your palms very quickly until they hold together), or if the fiber isn't feltable I've still had good luck splicing by adding extra twist into each strand, overlapping the ends, and then letting the twist run into the overlapped part.

Also, I'm pretty sure there are west coast varieties of milkweed.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - August 15, 2008 on: August 15, 2008 08:33:58 AM
I had some fibery adventures the past two weeks - I did some natural dyeing experiments and I collected some milkweed seed fluff to blend into my yarns! I gathered fleabane flowers and milkweed seed pods during one of my hikes. The fleabane flowers dyed a nice yellow on wool & mohair:

And I processed the seed fluff and carded it with other fibers (there's a tutorial + more natural dyeing pictures on my blog here):

Then I blended up a bunch of batts from the milkweed & naturally dyed fibers, and spun up two skeins.

Masala - Wool, mohair, and bamboo. The orange was dyed with onion skins, and the gray was dyed with alkanet root.

Huntress - Mostly mohair, plus wool, bamboo, and milkweed fluff. The deep red, pink, and peach are from madder root, and the gray is alkanet.

And, some vegan yarns I spun this week:

Eyebright - organic cotton. Each ply was spun from a different colorway.

Copper Kettle - One ply of organic cotton, one ply of blended bamboo & copper sparkle.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday July 18th 2008 on: July 18, 2008 01:25:29 PM
I haven't posted in a fiber friday thread in a while, because I've been so busy with other things - but I do have some yarn to show this week:

Desert Blossom - organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp with cocoons of hemp & bamboo. The yarn will stripe randomly in sections of soft fluffy organic cotton and silky-smooth bamboo carded with hemp. I blended the bamboo with hemp myself...I love the way the two fibers interact! The bamboo softens the hemp a ton, and the hemp adds texture and backbone to the bamboo. Hemp is one of my new favorite fibers.

A big pile of patchwork yarn for a custom order - I'm kind of jealous!! I don't usually spin this much of a single dyelot/colorway. It's enough for a sweater or baby blanket, 1 1/2 lbs total.

And a pile of yarns that I spun during a two-day art yarn workshop with Jacey of Insubordiknit last weekend. I learned some new techniques and new ways to do old ones. Fun!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday - 20th June 2008 on: June 20, 2008 07:23:31 AM
I think I've missed the past couple Fiber Fridays...I've been busy spinning for a craft show this weekend (and another one next weekend!). If anyone is in the MD/VA/DC area, you should come say hi!

My box o' yarns:

I've got around 30-some skeins right now, and I don't have time to photograph them all individually, so you'll all just have to squint at that one not-so-great picture, haha. I've never had this much of my own handspun (or any yarn, really) all together at one time, ever!

Here's a closeup of one of the yarns on top of the box, yummy silky-soft corespun kid mohair locks from small local farms:

10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday - 6th June 2008 on: June 06, 2008 07:40:02 AM
I haven't been taking pictures of most of my yarns, since I'm saving them up for a craft show, but here are two new vegan spins for me this week:

Semi-Precious - one ply organic cotton (with perfect little bobbly coils), one ply handcarded bamboo & sparkle. So soft!

Sweet Pea - tencel handdyed in soft spring-y colors, with slubs of thread-wrapped organic cotton spun it.
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