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11  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / My first woven shawl :) on: March 20, 2009 09:50:32 AM
I made this shawl for my baby's room with Caron simply soft in solid and paints.  I used a 24" Ashford Rigid Heddle loom Smiley
Here it is on the rocking chair

My selvedges were wonky at first but they looked pretty good once I got the hang of things Smiley

I just knotted a fringe, I want to hemstitch my next project to see how that looks Smiley

12  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: SunSpot scarf, Double cloth, and ikat on: March 20, 2009 09:46:32 AM
I love the orange one!
13  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday, 3/13/2009 Friday the 13th!! on: March 14, 2009 03:42:22 PM
I spun up some superwash this week Smiley

Here is a couple of ounces of hand dyed superwash that I bought on ebay:

And some red superwash special dyed from the Sheep Shed Studio.  It's for a shawl so one skein has beads, the other doesn't.

14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday, 3/13/2009 Friday the 13th!! on: March 13, 2009 07:22:18 PM
I'm running late this week, but I may share some stuff tomorrow Smiley  Gotta stop spinning and take pictures Wink
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday - 6th March 2009 - First of Spring! on: March 06, 2009 12:52:37 PM
Wow, everything is gorgeous this week Smiley  I didn't spin much that is very interesting to look at.  These are all polypay and wensleydale blend two plys.  I kool aid dyed them after spinning.  They are all going to be part of a shawl which will either be hideously ugly or quirky and cute when it's finished Wink

16  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: dye mixing on: March 04, 2009 06:56:08 PM
Wilton's gel colors are available in black and brown Smiley  They are in the cake aisle at craft stores and are just really strong food colors.  You have to add vinegar though as they are not acidic like Kool Aid.
17  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: WHOO-HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! It's finally here!..................... on: March 03, 2009 05:18:03 AM
Congrats Smiley
18  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday Feb 27th 2009 on: February 27, 2009 12:29:25 PM
Yay, made it in time to do Fiber Friday this week Smiley  I have been spinning like a crazy lady this week and it's been so fun!

I haven't calculated yardage on everything yet.  Sorry Smiley  
This one is wool/mohair from Sheep Shed (light blue), TX llama from Stonehill spinning (both brown shades) and a bit of Angelina.  The natural color is spun from batts of polypay and Wensleydale blended together.

It's a single that I intentionally spun thick and thin

This one is llama (same kind as above yarn), wool mohair from sheep shed (all colors) spun thick and thin.  Then I plied it with wooly nylon sewing thread to create a boucle style yarn.  I spun this one and the previous one to be self striping yarns.

This one is a Polypay and Wensleydale batt that I spun up and then kool aid dyed when it was done

Next up is a bit of core spun mohair.  I used mohair roving which I carded into fluff (not really clouds but closer than the roving) and then spun it onto a wooly nylon core thread.  It's not the most stable thing I've spun, but it was a fun experiment.

Then there is this merino tencel blend single from FatCatKnits roving that has been in my stash a while

this second pic is a bit truer to the actual colors of it, very soft and pastel

Wool mohair from sheep shed studio in a soft varigated dye.  I'm really into singles lately, can ya tell???

Thick and thin self striping single made from all kinds of colors, this one is mainly sheep shed wool mohair, but the dark purple is brown llama overdyed I think.

Thanks so much for looking if you made it this far Smiley  The rovings, unless otherwise credited, were dyed with acid dyes by me here at the house.  I've  had them sitting in my stash for a while since I took a spinning hiatus.  I am now only kool aid dyeing as my kiddos make me nervous with the stronger chemicals Smiley

19  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: yummy orange yarn on: February 26, 2009 01:28:51 PM
Very cool Smiley 
20  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Building a PVC spinning wheel on: February 24, 2009 12:51:19 PM
I have to agree, the idea of trying to make your own is tempting but in this case not necessarily wise.  I think you'll outgrow anything you cobble together pretty darn quickly and then you'll have wasted 100$ that could have been saved towards a wheel you could spin on for years and years. 

Dye some roving, sell some spindle yarn, etc.  Do whatever you have to in order to earn the money.  You won't regret having a nice wheel Smiley
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