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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday! Jan 15, 2010 on: January 20, 2010 04:01:24 AM
Nesse!  And everyone ... oh to be a fly on the wall when I tried to corespin after diligently watching the tutorials ... It was a disaster.  I need more practice.  It was really tightly wound around the core, and the core kept twisting also.  Sometimes the two would ply together and it looked like burgundy wool plied with white crochet cotton.  Finally, the core thread snapped and the baby woke up.  End of corspinning for trial #1.  I'm still treadling too fast, so I think I have to use only one treadle (I have a double ...) and see if that slows me down.  I've already got the drive band on the slowest ratio .... so I just have to practice.  I have some icky roving that is of a non-identified breed, rather sticky(greasy), and scratchy as all get out.  It was the first roving I had found here in Prague, and before I knew of etsy, etc.  but I'm glad to have it now so I can practice.  I'll let you know how it turns out.  Baby should be going down for a nap in a few hours ...

Incidentally, i 've been having trouble uploading pics to craftster ...  but my user name on flikr is bohutinska, and I have some of my yarns there.

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday! Jan 15, 2010 on: January 18, 2010 02:34:58 AM
Nesse! Peakin through the trees ...  The green is pretty, but with that pale blue-ish color ... Wah!  Beautiful!  Did you card that yourself?  I wish I knew how to corespin.  I have a few spinning books and i tried it once ... eek.  Totally lost control over it.  I'm doing something wrong.  I have to watch somebody do it.  It's really the only way I can learn these kinds of things.  Maybe today when the baby takes a nap ... Then I can look on youtube for some video tutorials.

**A few hours later .... Thank You Jazz Turtle!!!  see link for her 5 Part youtube  tutorial!!!**

I was definitely treadling too fast ... (Duh. Of course that seems so obvious now that I think about it ...)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: H. Edge Hog, at your service on: December 10, 2009 05:58:12 AM
Oh!  Yes!  The specs totally suit him!  Much better.  I love it ...
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday Dec 4, 2009 on: December 04, 2009 03:00:09 AM
Wow!  I really like the first one. Both are pretty, though!  Looks like you're bonding well with your new wheel ... Congratulations!

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - November 20, 2009 on: November 26, 2009 03:53:10 AM
Cyndi - The thrummed hat is fantastic!  I know how the winds can blow your skin off in Northern IL come wintertime ... somebody's gonna be very lucky this winter ... Love the green!  Had a very sick little guy home last week ... sorry I didn't reply sooner. Thanks for the pictures!  Annie
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - November 13, 2009 on: November 14, 2009 01:28:28 AM
The purple one's gorgeous ... but I'm another purple lover!  Beautiful work, ladies!  And Cyndi, please post the cool thrummed hats with earflaps!!!  I'd love to see how they turned out.    Annie
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Technique sorta similar to tie dying?? on: May 14, 2009 05:14:18 AM
Hey again - just stumbled across this link and thought I'd pass it on - these paintsticks seem to be color fast when heat set (at least that's what it says).  Maybe the rubbing technique would help also?  Just a thought ...


8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Technique sorta similar to tie dying?? on: May 14, 2009 05:02:11 AM
Hey!  I'd first buy a 5 pack of men's white undershirts, or kids ... (Smaller and cheaper?) to practice on.  Wash them in hot with no softener to get the sizing out. 

You will brobably need to use fabric paint rather than dye... the dye would just run and seep and you wouldn't have the white slashes. 

It looks like it was pleated and then printed on top of it.  I was thinking you could try that by ironing the pleats into the tee?  Then lay it into the bed of your screen and print it.  Maybe you could also try using glue stick - make sure it's kid's so it washes out - to hold the pleats in place.

Use masking tape for registration marks on the tee if you're going to use mulitple screens/colors.  That's what I would try, anyway.  Good luck, Annie
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Who's Got An Ashford?? on: February 27, 2009 01:36:43 AM
I have a Joy ... I'm really fortunate that the one Ashford distributor in the Czech Republic is in Prague, and let me try every Ashford model before I bought the Joy.  I've had it for a year now, and love it.  (I got pregnant right after I bought it, though, and couldn't sit too long to spin, so I haven't had too much of a chance to really try to many different things.  I've only done sorta bulky 2-ply stuff. 

I actually did really well on the Traveller and the Kiwi, and seriously considered the Kiwi, especially for spinning bulky stuff and art yarns.  (She said I can use the Kiwi whenever I want to mess around with super bulky stuff!)  I'd love to learn how to core spin and make the crazy ganny stacks and coils.  They just look so amazing.

The other benefit of the Joy is that it folds up and goes into its bag so my 3 1/2 year old doesn't "play" with it. I've only spun once with him there - he wanted to stick his hand in the wheel ... repeatedly ... even with me making yelping noises every time he'd start to put his hand close and saying, DO NOT TOUCH! over and over, until I finally had to carry him bodily out of the room and hand him to my husband.  Not a particularly ideal situation for a beginning spinner, is it? Wink

And thanks to all of you for such inspiration!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: New batt/roving/yarn in process on: May 15, 2008 06:58:03 AM
Hi - I'm de-lurking to post, because that's really beautiful.  I thought you should know! Wink  Thanks for even more inspiration. Annie
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