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31  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Roving for the Sweat Shop Swap on: March 29, 2007 01:12:50 PM
To get us started, here's some roving I recently dyed for the sweat shop swap.

This was an experiment with a mix between warm and cold pour dying.  Unfortunately the results came out pretty much just like dyepot dying.  But there are some color variations, and the color is very pretty.  I think it looks like being underwater.


All of these were experiments with cold pour dying/hand painting.


These are little bits I did while I was doing the others.  Most are handpainted, some got dumped in the dye pots, some got used to wipe up dye spills on the table, etc!

32  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / What kind of dyeing you do? on: March 29, 2007 01:07:35 PM
So let's light up our new board people!  What do you dye?

I love to dye yarn and roving.  I've done kool-aid dyeing, and dyeing with acid dyes, both on wool.

I'd really like to get some cellulose dyes and learn to dye cotton fibers as well.

And, someday, I'll play with silk.  I just have to, you know, get some silk. Smiley
33  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Shop the Swap AKA the Ongoing Backwards Swap AKA Shop the SweatShop on: March 21, 2007 05:43:29 PM
SIGN UPS HERE: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=161047.0

I saw that there used to be an old ongoing backwards swap that didn't last long enough to get the kinks worked out.

And in the sweat shop swap thread a bunch of people were talking about a Shop the Sweat Shop Swap.

I was thinking, what if we combined the two into something that was sort of like the Shop the Sweat Shop Variant of the Sweatshop Swap, but ongoing.

I was kind of thinking it would work like the monthly 'Wishlist' swap but in reverse.  So people would have a list of  finished objects they had created, and people could then pick from each other's lists.

Obviously, there'd have to be some mechanics in there to make sure people were sending and receiving about the same amount of stuff.

I've thought about it some, and I have some ideas, but I wanted to see what other people thought!
34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / papermaking supplies? on: March 19, 2007 12:30:00 PM
I wanted to try making paper and I was wondering where to get supplies to get started?  Do you have to buy them online?  Or are there any hobby/craft stores or other types of stores I could look for it at?

I tried looking at Hobby Lobby and just didn't see anything.
35  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first decent novelty yarn on: March 18, 2007 08:39:03 AM
This is probably going out in a swap package, but I wanted to post a picture anyhow because I was excited.

This is my first real novelty yarn.  I tried spinning in mylar once, but it was a mess, so this while this is technically the second, it's the first one that was at all successful, and the first one on my wheel (OH how I need that jumbo orifice/bobbin!)

It's not a big skein, and it's got some issues, but overall I'm pleased with how it came out!

36  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning with Mylar on: March 02, 2007 07:40:54 AM
Has anyone ever done any spinning with mylar shreds as additions?  I picked up a little bit at the card store this week and was playing with it, and just wondering if anyone had any suggestions.
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Beginning Woodworking? on: February 12, 2007 06:46:43 AM
My husband keeps saying that once we move into our new house (This week, woo!), he wants to take up woodwoorking.

So I was thinking some kind of tool or book or tool and book might be a good Valentine's Day present.

But... I have no idea what would be good to start with.

I know this is an incredibly vague question, but... help?
38  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Doghouse book? on: February 12, 2007 06:14:41 AM
My husband saw a doghouse book a while ago that he really loved.  I was thinking I would get it for him for valentine's day, but I can't remember what it was called at all.

It was a book of plans/ideas for building really 'unique' dog houses.  It was all doghouses that looked like other kinds of buildings or people houses.  I think one was a camper, one was a cabin, etc.

Does anyone know this book?
39  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Wheel Not Spinning on: February 05, 2007 12:24:33 PM
More newbie questions.

I just finished spinning a single and was going to make my first try at navajo plying.

However, when I put a new bobbin on my wheel (A double drive, single treadle Ashford traditional) I started having all kinds of issues.

I garumphed over it for a bit and finally noticed that my bobbin spinning, but my flyer is not spinning.  What in the heck?

Does anyone know what could cause this?  I'm fairly sure I've got the band on right, it's not that complicated and I've taken it off and put it back on just fine before.

Does it need oiled?  I swear my husband just oiled it, but I guess I've spun at least a bobbin and a half since then, and I'm a slow spinner.

Could there be something else?

I would just try the oiling, but we're getting ready to move, and I must have already packed my oil.  And I'll be really sad if I can't spin again until we get unpacked in the new house (at least two weeks!).

Thanks for any help.
40  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / What should a rolag look like? on: January 25, 2007 12:08:11 PM
I've been spinning for about 6 months, first with a drop spindle and now with a wheel.

I got some nice cotswold curls for christmas and I've been trying to card them and some other bits and pieces of uncarded wool I've picked up, and I'm just not sure I'm doing it right.

I've looked at the videos at the handspinning site, and it seems like I have the basic mechanics right, if not quite the details.

Maybe it's just that I didn't really know what to expect out of a rolag?  All I've worked with so far have been basically commercially made rovings and tops and one roving I bought at a festival.

I've never seen a hand carded rolag except in pictures, and usually the pictures are small.  Mine are shapped right, but I'm not sure what the 'texture' should be like for lack of a better word.

Does anyone have a really good close up picture of a rolag they could share?  Or a good description of what it should look and feel like?

Thanks for any help for the newbie.  Huh
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