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1  How to "loopy" braid roving? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by boulderbliss on: June 19, 2007 06:57:39 AM
I know how to braid roving, but one of my friends recently received some that had a "loopy" type braid which allowed the whole chain of braided roving to unravel with just a pull at the bottom loop.  By pulling the bottom loop, the next loop would come undone, then the next, and so on.  This is much a much easier way to release a braided roving than the traditional braids.  I searched for a tutorial on this "loopy" type of braiding, but could not find one.  Does anyone know how to do this type of braid and have a link to a tutorial?

Here are some examples of what I am talking about, taken from etsy seller tisjewelart:

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2  Re: Fiber Friday 6/1 in Spinning: Completed Projects by boulderbliss on: June 01, 2007 07:13:39 AM
Here's my contribution for this week:

The first one I am NOT crazy about, but what the hell, I'll show it anyway.  It's thick and thin domestic and I WISH I had plied it with thread, but oh well...

The second one is spun VERY bulky.  It's 4 oz, domestic wool, and only about 50 yards:

This next one is 4 oz, about DK to Worsted weight, 176 yards, 100% Merino.  I LOVE the colors in this and only wished they photographed better:

The last is what's on the bobbin today.  It's a 85% Merino and 15% Tencel with bling.  It spins like a dream but is taking forever since I'm spinning it so skinny.  But I can't wait to finish two bobbins of it and ply it up.  It looks much prettier in person...ice lavender, deep plummy/midnight blue, and pink, with shimmer:

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3  Re: Spinning silk in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by boulderbliss on: May 18, 2007 11:04:39 AM
I've only been spinning since February and just learned to spin silk yesterday.  Oh-my-GAWD!!!  It is the most awesome thing to spin ever!  I think I am totally addicted and could spin silk for the rest of my life and be happy.  I found it easiest to do when spinning from the fold.  Here's a pic of some of my hand-painted Tussah silk roving on the bobbin.

I would l'huv to get my hands on some undyed sea silk roving and see how that spins up.  If anyone knows any suppliers, fess up.  Wink
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4  Re: Fiber Friday 5/11 in Spinning: Completed Projects by boulderbliss on: May 11, 2007 09:23:05 AM
Hey all!

I've never posted on FF's because for some reason I always forget, so here's a little bit of catch up.

I spun this "art yarn" from some locks somebody sent me, but I think I am allergic to something in them.   Sad  It makes me cough, but was a fun project for going un-functionally wild.  To my surprise, it turned out to actually be functional.  Who knew?

And then a bunch of fiber dyeing.  Here's a sampling:

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5  Re: spinning curly locks? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by boulderbliss on: May 07, 2007 10:56:17 AM
You can flick the ends of the locks open so that they draft more easily.  Someone just sent me some dyed locks and I just spun them as is, purposely spinning in slubs and spinning thick and thin.  I tugged on it a bit and it seems to be holding fine in the single form.  It was great fun!  This is a bobbin in process spun from locks.

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6  Anyone try the Will Taylor lazy kate? It's perty! in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by boulderbliss on: March 26, 2007 04:07:12 PM
After doing some research into lazy kates, I stumbled upon the Will Taylor one.  I can't imagine EVER doing a 6 ply, but I couldn't resist it's beauty.  I think it will do just fine as a 2 or 3 ply too, at least I'm crossing my fingers it will.  I've heard that it works with great ease and you use it on a slant.

I ordered it in the Purple Heart wood and it may take 4 weeks to receive, but I think she'll be worth it!  Here's a photo I found from Google of what she will look like, purple heart and all:

I need some serious spending restraint.  Sheesh!
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7  My first skeins!! in Spinning: Completed Projects by boulderbliss on: March 18, 2007 05:38:13 PM
Not too impressive, but I am so excited that I now made something resembling yarn.

The first "skein" is one I made when I had the Hitchhiker and was having trouble with the single treadle.  So I gave up, twisted it up, and called it a "pseudo-skein".

The second one I made was spun on my FABULOUS new Lendrum DT.  I am absolutely in LOVE with this wheel.  Granted, I really don't know exactly what I'm doing yet, but I'm sure loving doing it.  She is sooooo smoooooth.  I haven't set the twist yet because I was so excited to post.  It actually kind-of, sort-of looks like yarn!  There is hope! Grin

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