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21  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Silk that doesn't take dye? on: December 10, 2007 07:35:39 PM
yup it was food based.  I don't know exactly what type of silk goes into hankies, bombyx I guess.
22  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Stitch'n'Bitch in Brisbane?<<NOW ORGANISED>> details on page 2 on: December 10, 2007 07:31:46 PM
Yeah, we are still there Sporky01.  It would be nice to have someone new.
23  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Silk that doesn't take dye? on: November 25, 2007 08:52:48 PM
I too know what I am doing, when it comes to acid dyeing protien fibres, or so I had thought.  But just yesterday, I completely failled to dye a silk hankie.  I am 100% sure it was silk, real silk.  I bought it from my local fibre arts guild, so I know they are trustworthy.  As I have never dyed a hankie before I was cautious.  I pre-soaked longer than usual and I steamed longer than usual.  I was unable to get a clear rinse, so I wrapped up my silk again and gave it a good long (albeit careful) cook in the microwave.  Again, it would not rinse clear and I was loosing a lot of dye by this stage.  I started out with black, red and undyed white.  By now I had blue, lighter red and pink (it was pretty and I was willing to let it stand that way).  I gave it another microwave cooking, longer again but this time submerged in water rather than in a plastic wrap packet as I was concerned about damaging the fibres.  Also this time I added extra acid as I was sure it had all been rinsed away by this stage.  Again, rinsing just removed more colour.  I decided to try washing instead of just rinsing, to see if any colour had taken at all by trying to remove what had not taken once and for all.  I did that by soaking in a fresh water that had a small amount of soap in for about half an hour and then rinsing.  I did that half a dozen times and each time a heap of dye came out.  What I now have is a pastel pink hanky with 2 mauve corners  Cry  Huh  I find it interesting that the dye that is left is quite evenly distributed, no patchiness.  Also, I am quite certain that if I continued with the washing and or rinsing I would achieve a perfectly white hankie.
24  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Australian Tour (embroidery ring) Sign-ups CLOSED on: October 24, 2007 04:28:20 PM
Thanks Sharre.  Bookmarked.

I know I would not want to see anything from my item before I had received it.  But I am always a pain in the butt like that.   Tongue

If there is no overwhelming preference, then I plan on posting an action shot as well as a shot that shows off each individual's work.  What do you guys think?  I could try to get two designs in most shots, if that is deemed to be too pic heavy.  But everyone has put in so much work, I really want the finer details to be shown.

You know this could end up a much longer thread than I had originally thought.  We could have a lot of pictures as it is, but some designs will need even more pics.  The work I did on my own apron band for example, it has three distinct parts.  I tried to get it all in one shot, I failled.   Cheesy  Also, someone may have a better shot of a design than one that is already posted.  They can be tricky to photograph if your camera is less than awesome, so I don't see anything wrong with extra pics then too.  Ha, and that is just pictures.  No doubt each design has a story behind it, and we have not told them yet.  I am looking forward to that part as much as the pictures to be honest.  I think we will have a great gallery on our hands eventually.
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Aussie Tour embroidery ring on: October 24, 2007 04:11:50 PM
I will have action shots very soon.  I am having trouble finding myself a photographer (or model for that matter).  I was hoping to take pictures in the cafe at last Tuesday's s'n'B, but it wasn't to be.   Lips sealed
26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Citrus Homespun! on: October 24, 2007 12:32:21 AM
Oh yummy, pink grapefruit!
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Australian Tour (embroidery ring) Sign-ups CLOSED on: October 24, 2007 12:18:59 AM
What are the rules for posting pictures going to be for this.  I mean, who will be responsible for pictures of who's work on which aprons/towels/cushions?  Sorry if this has already been covered, but I did look, honest.
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Australian Tour (embroidery ring) Sign-ups CLOSED on: October 18, 2007 12:41:29 AM
Another quick note from me (so sorry about that, I expect to be back to my old self by mid next week).  I just got a call from home that there is an apron there waiting for me.  I am told there is a non apron item in there, don't yet know what, the boy won't tell but insists that I will love it.  It is all way to exciting, is this the first one to get back home?
29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Australian Tour (embroidery ring) Sign-ups CLOSED on: October 16, 2007 08:36:57 PM
Just a quick one from me before I run off again.  I have just sent an apron your way Sharre.  I will log on tomorrow with all the details and niceties, but with any luck you will have it by then anyhow.
30  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) on: October 12, 2007 06:28:43 PM
I got to the armpits of mine, tried it on and it is waaaaay too floofy.  The  top portion is fine, but I can't possibly save this thing the way it turned out.  So it is officially in the frog pond.  Good thing it is a very experimental one.   Grin  I will show pics before I unpick it though.  For the good of mankind, and all that  Roll Eyes
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