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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday Funness!!! August 6, 2010 on: August 07, 2010 08:51:14 PM
I only just started spinning - my neighbour gave me a drop spindle (bottom whorl) and I grabbed some roving off her (she's an ex felter and I only took a couple of bags cause I wasn't sure if I'd take to spinning. Now, of course, I want MORE roving so I'll have to ask her if I can have some more.)
Anyway, it's a little worrying that everyone says top whorl is better, and I'm not sure I'm doing it specifically CORRECTLY (I don't knit "correctly" either - ie my hand positions etc aren't what you're supposed to do, but my knitting ends up the same so why worry?) but hopefully what I'm doing is Ok. there are lots of tutorials out there and a lot of the information conflicts with each other. Anyway, I draft the fibre before I spin it, and I spin the spindle with my left hand and feed the fibre on with my right, which is apparently the reverse of how you're supposed to do it but anyway.

Here's my show and tell
that bluey-grey is wool roving that I spun up. My first go, so it's rather curly - I'd already set it. The stuff on the spindle is spun more evenly - it's alpaca top, randomly dyed. I have a lot of that.

My second skein of yarn - single, the aforementioned alpaca top. This is before I'd set the twist.
Two things I'd like to do - I want to see if I can spin a really really fine lace weight, but I've heard that bottom whorl isn't good for that. In some bits I did get it quite thin, but I'm not sure if I could do that consistently.
Also I'd like to ply yarn, but it seems bothersome to only get half as much yarn as I'd spun in the end. Also cause my singles are at least worsted weight, I'm worried it'll be way too thick if I ply it. Hrm.
Sorry for all the writing :p
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Headache with Knitty's Garden Gate socks! on: April 30, 2010 04:49:42 AM
Thank you very much for the tutorial, it's a lot easier to understand in photos. I am still halfway through however, and I cannot for the life of me fathom what "Knit the two togethern by wrapping the yarn, then bringing the new stitch through the old stitch and then the wrap." means. Does that mean I k/p2tog, the two being the wrap and the stitch? Or do I wrap BOTH the wrap and the stitch? Or...what?
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Headache with Knitty's Garden Gate socks! on: April 29, 2010 04:38:59 AM
Ok, so I'm knitting these http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall08/PATTgardengate.html - i've never knitted toe up before, nor have I knitted fair isle in the round. But anyhow
I get to the heel, and I am confronted with
"Row 21 [WS]: P13, working wrap together with wrapped st, W&T.
Note: From this point, when working W&T, you will be adding a second wrap to a st which is already wrapped."

What does "working wrap together with wrapped st" - and adding a second wrap to a st which is already wrapped? My head is spinning! I know knitting instructions are rather like maths, and it sometimes takes several careful readings through before it dawns on you - but can you help me with this one?
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / huge "segment of the giant void sky" skirt into retro housewife dress on: February 28, 2010 04:08:32 AM
Ok so last  year for Printmedia and Drawing I was allegedly exploring the theme of "place" or something. Anyway. So here in Australia the sky is VERY blue, and very clear and it goes on forever, and if you look up you see a huge blue void, with trees clawing at the edge.
SO yeah, I tried to make a skirt representing that. Only when I came to explain it I just sounded dumb..whatever. Here is the original skirt.

Yeah, it's HUGE. It's a circle skirt with an 8 metre hem..er..I can't remember how long it was exactly, but it was "trip over it" length. The piece of fabric I cut it from was 250cm by 250 cm.
Now you can't exactly do ANYTHING with a skirt that big. You sure as hell can't wear it.
So in any case, well after assessment I got it out, chopped off the waist elastic, and then cut a bodice out of the top. Then I turned it into a retro dress. With pockets for my iphone (I cycle to uni, and I am vastly limited by what I can wear because everything has to have phone pockets.)

The lighting's a bit bad cause unlike the first pic, no pet photographer! Sad
Yeah, it has pockets, the skirt is gathered, it has a shirred back and a waist tie and a tiny collar thing.

With petticoat. The petticoat actually makes it so full it doesn't fit in the reflection.

The back. Heh, I should so make a little apron to go with it (because I don't have enough useless clothing already, naturally! Tongue)
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: What if you were bad at sewing two years ago? Apple dress improved! on: February 24, 2010 02:33:08 PM
Thanks very much for all your comments everyone Cheesy

What the hell is that cup in the first photo? I can't quite figure out what's going on there...

Basically, me being pretentious and philosophical about perception. I'd had clams for breakfast (vognole - it's like a clam pasta, yeah, I do have a habit of eating leftovers for breakfast..) and I put all the empty shells in my teacup...and my Dad told me it was gross, so I thought "why is it gross in a cup, but not if I'd put them in a bowl? Because we don't expect to see shells in a mug?" and yeah, snapped the pic.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What if you were bad at sewing two years ago? Apple dress improved! on: February 23, 2010 11:12:00 PM
OK so I made this dress about 2 years ago and truth be told it wasn't that great, not very flattering and the skirt was rather too narrow so I couldn't walk too well in it. Also no pockets, and everything needs pockets.

(bear with me, I only have this photograph)
So what did I do? I chopped it up, used the shirring as a back panel and recycled the skirt fabric, of which there was precious little (hence the addition of all the white bits.) It has pockets for my iphone too! I think it's pretty cute, and considering my incredibly bad success rate with dresses (for some reason I just can't do dresses very well..) I'm quite pleased.

The white bit is a segment of a business shirt, pintucked etc.

Cause the skirt was so narrow I had to cut it in half and gather it instead, and then that meant that..well..it was really short. Like, not covering my bum short. Hence the white frillies, and it's more short than I usually wear even now
Close up of the fabric:
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How would I do this crazy pleating? on: January 10, 2010 07:05:25 PM
I have no idea where this picture of a skirt is from, but

how was the skirt pleated exactly? The pleats aren't very crisp, is it just unironed box pleats? small gathers combined with pleats? Just gathered in some sections?
Thanks in advance for  your help Tongue
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Corset and tute! on: September 30, 2009 09:58:12 PM
Ugh, twitpic is poopoo, so I have to do links :/
I was skeptical about corsets, I thought they'd be hideously uncomfortable, but I made one for a halloween/birthday party thing (I'm going as a victorian ghost, so we can do some of those terrible "THERE WERE ONLY THREE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM WHEN THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN" fake ghost photos Tongue) But the verdict - yes, it's not the most comfy thing in the world, but it isn't that bad at all! Feels a bit weird, but not too weird. My waist is 73 cm  - 28.5 inches. It goes down to 27 inches - 69cm with the corset on. Not a massive reduction, but who cares Tongue
I used like..four bottles. Two milk bottles, one juice and one disinfectant one. Some of the plastic was a bit bendy/ridged cause of the shape or whatever, it doesn't matter TOO much.
The worst bit was putting in those eyelet things...I didn't have a specific hole punching device, so I had to use..a paper hole puncher :/ which meant I had to set them quite close to the edge, and it was really hard to get the holes big enough, I had to sort of punch a hole, then punch one that overlapped it..
Well anyway. Less talking, more pictures.
http://www.twitpic.com/jsxcb the back is a bit buckle-y because I couldn't lace it up really well on my own. But I fixed it when I took it off.
White on one side, stripey on the other..
you can't really tell but I smooshed so many of the eyelets when putting them on.
Well anyway, it isn't perfect but for a costume I think I did a pretty good job. Maybe I'll make one with a zip next time. The white fabric was some weird misc canvassy stuff, and the stripey was from this weird hideous nightdress thing that for some reason is really narrow at the bottom instead of flaring out like a dress thing normally would.
Hopefully the post works Smiley
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Little Bo Peep tulle skirt! on: June 17, 2009 07:29:51 PM
That is AMAZING. Did you make the shirt too? THey look so cute together!
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My mean teachers didn't like my rich opulent applique embroidery! on: June 13, 2009 10:55:34 PM
Thanks everyone for all your feedback. I'm thinking that I'll talk to the teachers about the possibility of transferring to a different major, as I'm not sure I'll be able to work to the demands of textiles. I'm a jack of all trades, and probably better at drawing/painting than I am at sewing so a switch to printmaking and drawing won't be too bad at all.

The fabric is a pale blue colour, and the reason I left the space is to do with rule of thirds, I thought that if I embroidered and appliqued the top left corner the woman would look boxed in, and the design wouldn't have breathing space.
I think the problem that your professors had was that they probably don't view textiles as a form of artistic expression or even just design.
AH..well..I'm majoring IN textiles..and they were textiles teachers...
in the end it probably turns out that it wasn't the best idea to do textiles, it was probably rather too ambitious... I was accepted into two majors, textiles and printmaking/drawing. I'm probably better at drawing than I am at textiles...and I decided to pick textiles to stretch myself and improve my skills. Perhaps that wasn't the best idea for something as involved as full time university.

I appreciate everyone's opinions, positive and negative. I'm reasonably willing to accept criticism, it's just that unless I can see where the criticism is coming from I get a bit upset. The suggestion that I needed to improve on documentation and experimentation wasn't too bad, but I don't really know how I can do more work, as of now I am doing as much as I can manage.
I've got four more weeks before I go back, so I have a bit of time to think about it.

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