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1  Forest lichen fairy tiara in CHALLENGE 19 ENTRIES by delishknits on: July 05, 2007 11:22:03 AM
This tiara has been in my mind for quite the while. I designed it with a fairy princess in mind. I thank you so much for offering this up as a challenge, it got me off my seat to do it! It combines several of my loves - fiber, precious gems, fairies and nature.

Forest lichen fairy tiara

I started with a walk in our glass forest and found a young sugar maple bough in its decline that I snipped off. I softened and shaped the bough to fit, letting the end of the bough curl out a bit naturally.

Using silver wire, I wrapped the bough's overlap and curl to provide stability and shape.

I built up branches, little buds and blossoms from the sugar maple circlet using silver wire, cranberry pearls, faceted crystals and white pearls.

I blended several different colors of wool and a splash of angel hair sparkly to get this woody lichen color, and spun it up into a thick and thin single of lichen fairy yarn. The yarn was given a vanilla lavender bath - the best smell in the world!

I took the yarn and split it evenly on each side, tying each strand on its own then wrapped them around the remaining wood, leaving a small tassel in the back. this part keeps it very soft on the head - nothing like headaches from your tiara Wink

Another strand I wove in and around the jeweled parts, as if they grew out and around the lichen fairy yarn.

Anyhow, I guess that's it for process...I think it looks best it askew, as I think any fairy princess would, as she's so busy with her duties there is no time for tiara maintenance.

Thanks again for the challenge, I'm jazzed to make more!

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2  Re: Fiber Friday 2/16/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by delishknits on: February 16, 2007 09:18:33 AM
holy deliciousness! every week seems to be getting more and more WOW. I need to push my eyes back into my head.

No twists are set yet, but I've got three singles to share!
first one is approx 175 yds, Corriedale, 4oz.
salmon, white and purple. tiny hits of blue here and there.

this next one I've already balled up to make a light fluffly wrap for my southern aunt...god knows I'm not needing it here in our land of snow.
this one is 230 yards, 4oz...and the color is much brighter. i mean, there is some glo stick green in there!

this last one i keep thinking of barney - but it might be b/c i'm scarred from too much barney & babysitting from the 90's.
approx 65 yds, 2 oz. this one has some nice self-striping going on.

thanks for letting me share!
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