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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Lendrum wobble on: June 10, 2008 10:54:32 AM
After months of saving, I finally ordered my dream wheel- and it seems to wobble!  gah!  It's a Lendrum Folding double treadle.

I don't have carpet, it seems like my wheel is just ever so slightly off.  Is that normal with every spinning wheel?  My old Ashford did that, but it was over 20 years old- so I expected it.  I don't think I treadle hard. 

please help! or at least, tell me it's normal for spinning wheels to wobble a little.  I'll post a video this afternoon to show an example.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / wool picker on: May 31, 2008 11:05:59 AM
Does anyone have any instructions/ideas about how to make a wool picker? They don't look too difficult, and I really like building things by hand.  I have a drum carder, but picking locks by hand before feeding them to my carder is really really tedious. 

some wool pickers look like nails pounded and secured into wooden boxes with sliding lids- that can't be too difficult to create, can it?
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / disappearing wool on: May 27, 2008 01:20:47 PM
I've never had this problem before, so I figured I'd ask around about what just happened.

I order a bump of Merino each month (27 lbs) from R.H. Lindsay's.  I never weigh it when it arrives, because I've never had it magically disappear before.  After dyeing ALL of it within three days, I noticed that the final product weighs only 19 lbs.  I couldn't have misplaced any of it because I'm in a small apartment with a small workspace- wool has nowhere to hide!  Has anyone received a short order from RHL before?  That's the only explanation I have.  I mean, the roving is a little dusty before I wash and dye it, but not enough to add up to 8 whopping lbs.

I'm using a USPS scale which I know is accurate (I check it using weights once a week- I rely on correct numbers for my biz).

bleh Sad  I could understand a pound or two- sometimes I have lousy dye jobs or little fluffs that float away.   I guess I'll contact them about this situation tonight- I'm just worried that they'll think I'm conning them or something.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / babydoll on: May 22, 2008 02:48:27 PM
I ordered a deeeelicious babydoll fleece a few weeks ago, but am now struggling with the itty bitty fibers.  This fleece's average staple length is between 1-2 inches. 

After washing it this morning, I made babydoll/merino and babydoll/suri alpaca blends with my drum carder, but can't decide what type of yarn would be appropriate for these itty fibers.  Maybe a sock yarn?  Or a navajo ply? 

On its own, the babydoll fleece spins like loose camel down- VERY bouncy.  The individual fibers look like 1980s spiral perms in miniature.

Any suggestions or advice on techniques or project ideas would be welcome!  I don't think I'm bold enough to spin this fleece without blending it with another fiber.

oh, and I got it from SapphireChild on Etsy:
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / New Sock Yarns! on: June 12, 2007 06:13:03 AM
I'm so pleased with how these three turned out.  I usually don't re-skein, and I'm sure the process would have been much easier with a swift instead of using my niddynoddy and my knees.  Any speedy re-skeining suggestions are greatly appreciated Wink

Here they are!



6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to make one-inch button hair bands? on: May 27, 2007 12:43:13 PM
Please forgive me if this has already been discussed, I did several searches, but how do you attach one-inch fabric covered buttons to hair bands?  With glue?

7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How to adjust Strauch Petit drum carder? on: May 13, 2007 09:03:37 AM
Hello, I'm wondering how to separate my drums a tiny bit on my Strauch Petit.  The instructions were way too vague, and I don't want to mess anything up.  I can hear the teeth just barely touch each other, and the instructions suggested that the drums should be tweaked apart a bit if that sound could be heard.

Any advice or pictures of what little screws I need to loosen would be fantastic.

8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday-- April 6 on: April 06, 2007 05:52:26 AM
I don't see any posts yet for Fiber Friday, maybe I'm up too early...

I have two this week, but might post another tonight if I can finish sewing the flowers  Wink

Here's "Amrita," spun from all of my bright scraps that I thought were mighty ugly, and plied with sequins and gold.  This yarn is so sparkly in person.

and "Dhara," domestic wool blend with occasional mohair, and angelina sparkle.
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / gobs of hand-dyed merino yarn (image heavy) on: April 06, 2007 05:44:59 AM
I dyed a ton of DK weight Merino yarn last weekend, and am thrilled with the results!  Several are Wilton's Icing Dyes, and a few are acid dyes.  I love experimenting... (and, making cute little tags!)

I used this yarn weight over the winter to knit quick soft fingerless gloves as holiday gifts.


Mint Jelly



Royal Plum

The Veldt
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Plant fibers with drape on: January 28, 2007 10:48:24 AM
I love bamboo, but have not tried spinning any other plant fibers yet.  Does bamboo have any fibery-twins out there?  Does anyone have any experience with tencel or vicose/rayon?  I noticed that they are processed similarly, and would love a cheaper silky drapey fiber.

I know about ingeo and soysilk, but am mostly curious about the wood-pulp fibers.

Thanks in advance!
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