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21  Mobius Scarf - First Loom Project (moar pix!) in Weaving: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: December 02, 2013 12:35:40 PM
Woohoo! I finished my first loomed project last night and I'm super proud of myself Cheesy I found the tutorial for this type of Mbius scarf on Ravelry. My boyfriend promptly adopted it. I used a variety of techniques I'd seen around, including insertions, clasped weft, double clasped weft, and a slit. The BF was confused by the slit Tongue Ravelry project page, for those interested.

Clickable minis:

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22  Re: Restoring Lily Table Loom in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by Alexus1325 on: December 01, 2013 05:00:29 PM
So we've been having some fun in our house with "looming" jokes. My roommate keeps saying there's something looming in the kitchen (where I worked on it), or there's something looming in the living room, or holding it over my boyfriend's head while asking me to look at what's looming over said boyfriend Tongue

After much vinegaring, mineral oiling, scrubbing and flossing with butcher's twine, I got it to a satisfactory state of repair. Then I spent an hour and a half in the shed, bundled in a parka and ski pants whilst I drilled and routed and sanded myself some stick shuttles and a tie-on stick out of 24 inch paint stir sticks. Now I'm merrily looming over my loom Cheesy I love how tiny it is! It fits perfectly on a TV dinner stand, so I can sit on the ottoman and weave merrily away during movies.

The reed is full of resin still, so at some point I'll have my boyfriend take it to school and glass bead sand blast it. For anyone thinking of getting a Lily, the reed ends sit in pockets, so you can't just pull it out. I'll have to mallet apart the beater to get it out, and then I'll replace the nails with screws for an easy switcheroo in the future. It's a 12 dent reed right now, but I think I want a 10 or 8.

In a day or two, I'll be posting in the finished objects forum Cheesy
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23  Restoring Lily Table Loom in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by Alexus1325 on: November 26, 2013 06:42:48 AM
YEAH!!!!! My first loom just came in the mail, and she's so beautiful! Hopefully you fibre lovers can help me out with some tips to get her going.

Everything that turns squeaks. Everything metal is oxidizing. No cracks or warping in the frame that I could see, and other than a front tie-on stick, I'm good to go. Specifically, all the shafts for the heddles are rusting. The reed and heddles just seem to be dirty, and maybe just beginning to oxidize.

So: beeswax for the squeaking wood? Mineral oil for the oxidized metal? Or should I just go buy a bottle of gun oil for the whole shebang?

Edit: loom pron.

So after work, I gave her a more thorough look. Apparently, I'm in for ride. The reed is rusting, the whole frame can torque, and some carp-face did a crappy job of lacquering it. That's what I get for being all excited by a pre-run-off-to-work once-over... I'm committed now, though, because I started taking it apart Tongue
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24  Glowing Golden Unicorn in Halloween Costumes by Alexus1325 on: November 04, 2013 01:38:36 PM

I've wanted to be a unicorn for YEARS. This year, I finally went to town on making my own horn prosthetic, and I even made it glow! It's gentle flickering blew some minds, and finding out I'd made it myself blew them some more Tongue

I used several resources for how to make a gelatin prosthetic: a DIY here on Craftster, the basic how-to on Zombie Maker, and this YouTube video.

I don't have many in-progress photos, silly me, but here's my two part mold of the plasticine sculpt:

And here's my horn all painted up, and you can faintly see that it's glowing. This is after wearing it twice, so there's liquid latex eeeeverywhere.

And here you can see the LED from an electric tealight buried in the gelatin. I covered the battery with felt because it made my forehead tingle.

I also made a Hindi/Central Asian inspired headpiece out of a dollar store bracelet, craft chain and an old rhinestone earring.

Here I am all made up at our huge and awesome Halloween party!

And last, but not least, here I am with my boyfriend of 7 years, showing off my French-braid Mohawk.

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25  Cat Under Moon - A Found-Objects Sculpture in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Alexus1325 on: September 17, 2013 08:42:30 PM
I recently participated in a swap on Ravelry with a theme of "found objects." My partner likes mini-altars and saori weaving and other very cool New Age stuff, which was very inspiring. I didn't even know what this sculpture would be until I had my dining table littered with random bits and bobs I've picked up off the filthy, dirty ground Tongue

The base inspired the whole piece. It's actually the heel of a little girl's shoe. The wood piece I found in the back yard ("my" men never clean up after their projects...). The kitty is quartzite, the moon is either shale or sandstone, with a piece of mirror, a strange bit of metal and a shard from a broken plate serving to hide the joins and keep the sculpture stable.

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26  Re: Fiber Friday - August 23rd, 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: August 23, 2013 05:41:26 PM

I finished my rainbow yarn. The two skeins are WAAAY off from each other. WAAAAY. Not quite sure what I'll do with it now, unless I make the socks by inches instead of stitches/rows.

Also, I haz a turtle. A bullfrog turtle. My Turkish took a while to get used to, but she's going pretty good now!
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27  Fibre Friday - August 2, 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: August 02, 2013 12:19:30 PM
I'm spinning my first sock yarn! I combined a rainbow merino/silk batt with a rope of rainbow merino/silk/bamboo top into rainbow rolags. I'm splitting each rolag in half, one half for each sock. Chain-plied on the fly, and I'm about a quarter of the way through.

What fluffy goodies are you guys working on?
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28  Phoenix Fire Purse - first wet felted object! in Felting: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: July 21, 2013 10:30:11 AM
Using a combination of tutorials from around the web, I made myself this funky purse Cheesy It's a bit small, and didn't shrink around the resist properly, but I'm still very proud of myself.

The inside, straps and button are merino from World of Wool, and the outside is a mini envirobatt from Ottawa Valley Fiber called "phoenix," and I threw some peachy orange angelina (courtesy of a swap partner on Rav) on top because, hey, I love me some sparkle!

More pix and stuff on it's Ravelry project page.
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29  Re: Fiber Friday - July 19, 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: July 20, 2013 01:28:05 PM

-Dreadlocklove's yarn pic makes me think it should smell like a woodpile and moss in the fall. Weird, but that's how my brain works Tongue
-CAMEL MITTENS! What an oxymoron, but I love it Tongue
-And I agree with nikschaf's son, "fireworks" is a perfect name for her sparkly yarn Cheesy

I'm still spinning alpaca, only an ounce left to go before I decide if I'm spinning the jumbo batt the same way as the two normal batts. I'm also STILL correcting the tpi of my green laceweight singles, UGH *HEAD DESK*.

I did, however, finish plying the purple stuff. I got it as waste from World of Wool, and I think it's "heavenly." It came out at a nice DK/worsted, two-plied. I haven't set or measured it yet.

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30  Fibre Friday July 12 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: July 12, 2013 11:59:54 AM
This week, I started plying some purplish "botany lap waste" from World of Wool, skeined/washed/finished Thunder and Lightning (155 yards worsted/aran weight, woolen draw, chain plied), and had to dive straight into spinning raw-carded alpaca I bought. It smells barny and leaves my hands dirty, but OMGSOFT.  

I wasn't expecting the batts at all, as I'd ordered both alpaca prime and seconds. I've got about half the prime washed, so now it smells of barn AND cucumber melon. And everywhere I go now, all I smell is alpaca. IT'S TAKING OVER!!!!

What are you guys working on?  Grin
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