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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Janome Magnolia 7318 Vs. Singer 8763 Curvy on: May 14, 2012 08:10:45 AM
I am finally getting a new working machine, and have narrowed it down to these two options. Has anyone used either one before? Which would you get if you had the choice?
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My First Purse on: November 01, 2011 05:51:59 PM
So about a year ago I found this amazing houndstooth fabric at an upholstery store, and I have been saving it since then. I figured maybe I would make a skirt, but decided the fabric would be too heavy for that (although I still might do it!) but I had to use some of it on something! So I made this purse.

It is my first bag, so I didn't put any pockets in it because I figured that would be one too many firsts for a project, but I never use the pockets in my other purses so it works great for me. The heavy upholstery fabric also helped keep it a little more sturdy.

The lining is just a striped cotton.

So yeah, I hope you like it.

3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / New Yarns (Image Heavy) on: November 11, 2007 12:11:02 PM
I missed Fiber Friday again, so here is a Fiber Sunday to help hold you over until next Friday!  Grin

Undyed hand spun mill ends.

Next, Trevor.  This turned out to be a bulky weight. 

I let my younger cousin Trevor dye some superwash roving, then spun it up and named it after him.

Skein 1 - 70 Yards
Skein 2 - 31 Yards

4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Image Heavy - A Few New Things (Yarn Added) on: November 10, 2007 03:12:50 PM
Note: Ill edit in a few more pictures when the sun comes back up and and I can actually take good pictures.

All were dyed with food dyes.

And a yarn I spun from a roving that my younger cousin dyed.

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Fiber Disaster on: November 07, 2007 01:55:04 PM

I had washed some raw llama and set it outside to dry in a pan on the back table.

My darling father decided to turn on the sprinkler, leave the pan there, and the pounding water effectively turned my llama into a felt pancake.

Ah well.  I still have enough to finish my project, but it still hurts. x_X

The moral of this story? 

Outside is a very, very dangerous place for fiber.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / The thinnest I have ever spun! on: October 14, 2007 05:40:18 PM
On my wheel, at least.  A total of 500ish yards total (I haven't counted yardage on the last skein yet). 

Its a yummy Rambouillet/Corriedale blend that I just love. It is as of yet unnamed.

7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Two more new ones on: August 30, 2007 03:25:21 PM
Both of these are Rambouillet/Corriedale.

Circus:  Bright yellow, red, blue, and purple.

Meadow:  Reddish brown, green, and blue.

These were both dyed with easter eggs, my current favorite.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Prepping Fleece Tools? on: August 22, 2007 10:02:06 PM
Ok, ok, ok.  The obsession is officially out of control.  I got a sample of raw fleece off of etsy with one of my orders, and now I am obsessed with learning how to prep it.  I mean, I already make the yarn, I might as well take the DIY thing all the way, right?

Now, I figure I need either hand carders or those steel pin lock picker things?  Or both?  And would I need a hackle as well? 

Luckily, the smell doesn't bother me. :-)  I used to work in a barn so it just brings back memories....
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning Injuries? on: August 01, 2007 02:29:53 PM
Have any of you ever hurt yourself while spinning?

I managed to pull a muscle in my arm from drafting for three solid hours, lol. 

I know there has to be some good stories out there!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First wheel spun! on: July 31, 2007 05:02:05 PM
My first spun on my Kromski symphony.  I had some issues, like it breaking while plying and I cant get the tension right, but I am working on it.

2oz bulky weight.  The brown is some unknown wool, and the rainbow part is hand dyed mill end scraps from my other dying projects. 

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