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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Need Help Identifying Roving on: September 17, 2006 02:43:34 PM
So I got a bag of different pieces of roving from my aunt.  There was this gorgeous roving that was very soft.  I spun it into yarn, but am wondering if anyone can help identify it for me.

Here's a picture of the roving:

I also took a close up for scale:

A label said 'Que Sera Kid' but I'm not quit sure what that is.
Again, I would really appreciate it if someone can give me an idea of what it is.

12  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / I got a wheel: Lots of hand-dyed yarn! on: September 02, 2006 09:36:22 PM
For my birthday about a month ago, my aunt gave me an old spinning wheel of hers.  I was worried that it would be hard to get the hang of, but it only took me a few hours.  Smiley
Here are the yarns:

^Boucle!  The first time I made it, and I just love how it turned out.  I used roving that I had dyed with food coloring.

^Just a single, but I dyed it with koolaid (lemonade and something else)

^I think this was the first yarn on my wheel.  Dyed the roving and then the yarn with food coloring.

^Dyed with purple koolaid.  I used my own jam-jar method (which I set in the sun to set the dye)

^Very loosely plied, from pink roving and purple roving.

^The first time I plied, made from roving I dyed

^This was actually all done on a drop spindle, before I got my wheel. It is very thin. I love it when people do pictures with coins to show scale, so I had to do one:

I've made a few skeins since, but I haven't taken any pictures yet.  Thanks so much for looking, and I would love any comments or suggestions.  Grin
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Polka Dots and The Tick on: August 06, 2006 11:34:49 AM
Purses that I have made before have been really simple, with no pockets or decoration.  But I put a lot more effort into these two.
First: The Tick messenger bag.  I found This Backpack  when I cleaned out my closet.  I cut it up and used it to make a messenger bag.  I put the straps from the original backpack onto the strap of the messenger bag for decoration and to play with (you can still adjust them)

I was very happy about how the strap turned out:

Second: A pink and green polka dot jordie
This was an experiment with pockets.  They took a while because I haveThere are four of them in all (front pocket, zipper pocket, slit pocket, and another simple pocket)

^two of the pockets^

^the third pocket^

Thanks for looking!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Tick Messenger Bag on: August 06, 2006 11:18:51 AM
Bag Title: The Tick Messenger Bag
Bag picture(s):

^front of bag^

^front pocket and underside of the flap^

^Strap detailing^
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / I just learned to spin! --6 small skeins on: July 11, 2006 11:45:52 AM
My aunt taught me to spin a few weeks ago, and these are what I have spun so far.  They are ordered from left to right by when I made them (the red, white, and blue was my first)
These are all very small because I only have bits and pieces, but I just ordered about three pounds of wool. I just can't wait to dye my own roving when I get it.

Please excuse all the dog/cat hair, I'm just pretending that I meant to weave it in Wink
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hoodie-turned-Corset Top on: June 02, 2006 08:57:08 PM
I just finished this corset top!  The laces are mostly decorative, but they can change the size of the shirt a little.  I started with a basic black hoodie that was too small (got it for a gift).  I used a seam ripper to rip off the sleeves, hood, pockets, and the bottom band.
Then I inserted the strips of eyelets and the center panel and sewed it all up.  After I hemmed the sleeves, bottom, etc.
So here it is!

Oh, and here is a picture of what the center fabric looks like:

I found about 8 yards of it in my mom's sewing closet, so now I'm trying to see what I can make out of it. (Free fabric, how can you go wrong?)

Note: It is monotonous work putting all those eyelets in, does anyone know I could buy some kind of ribbon/strap/things (like about one inch wide and eyelets every inch, for example) that already have the eyelets in them?   Thanks!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purple, Stars, and Polka Dots Set on: May 26, 2006 08:41:35 PM
So I've been lurking for a while now, and thought I might finally post something here.  Cheesy

These are all made to work together as a set, since the same fabric is used throughout.

This is a basic Jordy purse with purple starry fabric on that outside and the grey polka-dot on the inside.  I didn't use any interfacing, and the fabric is kinda flimsy so the bag isn't that stiff.

I made this mp3 case for my Zen Micro.  It is supposed to hang on a purse or belt loop, but I usually just carry it around. 

This wallet is made of the same polka-dot fabric as the purse and mp3 case, but teh purple is different, since I ran out of the starry purple.  The pocket for cards are too big, so the cards fall out if I shake it (why would I be shaking it though?  Tongue )

Thanks for looking!
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