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1  Re: Fiber friday 5/18 in Spinning: Completed Projects by rubysdaughter on: May 18, 2007 04:11:24 PM
Here's what I did this week. Yarn Pirate BFL roving in the Koi colorway.   About 202 yards of dk weight from 4.2 ounces of fiber.   I've got a review of the Yarn Pirate roving on my blog. 

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2  Re: Fiber Friday 4/27 in Spinning: Completed Projects by rubysdaughter on: April 27, 2007 11:29:42 AM
Here's mine!  I wasn't sure how I wanted to finish this roving so I did a small sample skein andean plied.  I like the depth of the colors (I did a random dye job) once they rest on each other.   It's a 19 micron superwash merino and it basically spun itself.  I love how easy this stuff is to spin! 

I call it Andes Mint!  Green and white mint sandwiched by yummy chocolate
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3  An applique Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rubysdaughter on: April 19, 2007 11:39:31 AM
I love Japanese pattern books.  This is inspired by From Quilters Studio.  I drafted my own pattern and applique.  I used fleece interfacing to give it more structure. The fabric yo-yo I used is authentic vintage from the 1940's.  I think it looks better in person, the exterior fabric didn't photo that well, but I like the hand crafted look of it.
Thanks for looking! Smiley

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4  Re: Fiber Friday-- April 6 in Spinning: Completed Projects by rubysdaughter on: April 06, 2007 02:08:57 PM
Oooh, flwrhead I'm in love with your spinning!  Miss Hawklet, that blue is stunning!

Here's something I spun up to coordinate with the auction basket I put together for my sons school. 

See, they're spooning!  It's about 90 yards of hand dyed superfine merino, bulky weight.  Enough for a nice hat.
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5  Re: Fiber Friday 3/23 in Spinning: Completed Projects by rubysdaughter on: March 23, 2007 12:49:33 PM
Wow, everyone turning out more and more beautiful yarns each week.  Bixby I love that you showed us a completed project it turned out beautifully!  Misshawklet the yellow is my favorite.

I have dyed a ton this week.  Here's one I'll share.  Also I have a swap of sorts (I'm looking for donations for an auction and willing to trade) going on at my Blog.  Click on over and find out more.

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6  Re: Fiber Friday 3/16 in Spinning: Completed Projects by rubysdaughter on: March 16, 2007 10:48:19 AM
Since dresssedinsun started us off with some Angelina sparkle I thought I would add mine!  This is a batt of merino, silk, mohair and lime green Angelina.  I'm thinking of plying it onto itself, which is why it's in a center pull ball.  It's a dk weight right now. 
bitibis I am in love with your dusty blue.  Wow!

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7  My First Messenger Bag using Vintage Fabric in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rubysdaughter on: March 07, 2007 12:24:01 PM
I've sewn many a tote, but never a Messenger Bag.  It took a lot more time!  Here it is, I used a 1960s vintage print for the flap, pocket and lining facing.  I included a small cell-phone pocket on the inside.  I based this off a Vogue pattern, but made many changes to the size, lining and pockets. 

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8  Re: Tips for spinning tussah silk? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by rubysdaughter on: February 28, 2007 08:54:00 PM
I love spinning silk, and I have to confess it looks much harder than it really is.  Don't be afraid of it, it's really not that precious.  Once spun it is super strong. 

Pre-draft off a thin amount.  Make sure your hands are moist, not sticky, just not super dry.  I use a little hand lotion prior to spinning.  Put a hand towel across your lap to catch any stray fibers.  Then, start spinning (I assume you're spinning on a wheel?)  The fibers are long and slide along one another easily.  Make sure you keep a good grip on them while you're drafting.  I use a short draw method to maintain consistency in the size of the singles.  The yarn will appear fuzzy if you haven't put enough twist in your single. I block while drying to create a straight and strong yarn.

Here's a photo of spun tussah silk I posted on a Fiber Friday a while back.  I'm happy to answer any other questions as best I can.   Have fun!
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9  Re: Fiber Friday 2/16/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by rubysdaughter on: February 16, 2007 09:42:35 AM
Oh, so pretty everyone!!  

Kristie Haynes - Mood Ring makes me smile.  It's so pretty!  

Not quite up to Rubydaughter's amazing silk yarns, but at least I didn't destroy it! It's shinier than it looks in the photo, but it is kind of fuzzy, is that normal for silk? I'm pretty pleased with it anyway.
100 Bean  My first silk attempt was fuzzy too.  Then it just sort of came together for me.  I got a little tighter with my twist and blocked when setting the twist.  I think you did a great job.  I need to dye up some more silk fiber this weekend.

Here is some sock yarn I spun up from a roving by a new seller on etsy www.vedabliss.etsy.com   It's merino and it drafted very smoothly.  I have more photos on my blog.
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10  Re: FIBER FRIDAY 02/09/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by rubysdaughter on: February 09, 2007 09:29:28 AM
So many bright colors.  I did pastels this week and now I wish I hadn't! 
Here is some Tussah Silk I dyed and then spun into a dk weight. 

This is 80% Merino/20% Tussah Silk, also dk weight. 
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