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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / A week of dyeing! (Lotsa pics!) on: February 03, 2009 08:07:25 PM
While trapped in the house over the last week due to some days off and the contractors remodeling our bathrooms, I finally got the courage to try dyeing for the first time.  It's evil because it's so addicting! 

A couple of months ago I started recycling sweaters for the yarn and had a couple that were in need of some color.  I figured I'd start with these for my dyeing experiments using Kool Aid.  I got some generic brand drink mix at the dollar store (12 packs for $1).  I wasn't 100% sure how it would take because the yarn contained some non-animal fibers, but I'm really happy with how they turned out.  I used the microwave method and have listed a brief tutorial of what I did on my blog.
Yarn soaking

In the pyrex with the first batch of dye.

Out of the microwave and ready to be dried.  Top one is orange, bottom one is strawberry, middle one is a mix of the two.

Since then, I've also dyed up the following that I am super proud of...
Foggy Morning (40% Wool/30% Rayon/20% Angora/10% Cashmere)

Cherry Blitz (100% Merino)

I'm hoping to order some roving soon to try doing that as well! 

Thanks for looking.   Grin
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re-purposed dishcloth tote - my first sewn item! on: May 09, 2008 10:33:37 AM
My husband got me a sewing machine for my birthday last week and after sewing up a bunch of fabric scraps with straight lines, I figured it was time to try something usable!  So, I present to you my re-purposed dishcloth tote.  I cut strips off the side of the dishcloth to use for the handles and lined it with flannel.  Outside of the loud swearing that occurred when the safety pin came open while trying to invert the handles, it all went pretty smoothly!  The stitches aren't all that neat, but I'm proud of it all the same.   Grin
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My so called yarn =) on: April 09, 2008 02:44:31 PM
I got my first drop spindle and some practice roving on Monday afternoon and here is what I have come up with so far. 

This first blob of fluff I have dubbed watermelon.  It's 28 yards and completely wonky, but I like it.  I figured I'd start off just letting the spindle be the boss of me and not worry too much about anything but getting it to spin and not dropping it!

This is my second hank in progress...

...and the end result.  This one I am calling Chocolate Cuddles.  Cuddles is the name of the sheep that the wool came from and the chocolate color is all natural.

I'm amazed at how much more consistent the second hank is even after only a couple hours of practice.  My big problem now is that I have run out of roving and have to wait for what I ordered yesterday to arrive!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sport weight yarn patterns? on: October 18, 2007 02:35:07 PM
I just came up on a ton of really pretty sport-weight yarn.  Outside of making socks and hats, does anybody know of any good patterns for other wearables (shrugs, cardigans etc.)??

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Life sized miniatures...what do you guys think?! on: October 16, 2007 12:30:21 PM
I have a friend who creates amazing rock sculptures.  They're a HUGE hit in our office and everybody wants one at their desk.  The rocks range in size, but they usually fit in the palm of your hand and the figures on them are no more than an inch tall. 

I got a crazy idea a while ago to take pictures of these miniatures and make them life sized.  I love them but would love to know what other people think before I make a whole gallery of them.   Grin

So, opinions please....

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Photographer's Swap Round 2 Gallery on: September 17, 2007 10:10:48 AM
Post all your lovely swap items here!!

crumpet79 <---> sewphoto
fullyalive <---> eirinkelly
indywriter <---> nyx_slittledemon
exoskeleton <---> silverlining86
morbid <---> subdefective
buttonmakers <---> photojenn
jadeye <---> tazzell

Green = sent
Navy = Received
Teal= sent and received
Strike through = Feedback given

UPDATE (10/22/07): You have all sent and received and should have feedback!  Great swap and great job to everybody.   Grin
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Photographer's Swap Round 2!! (Sign ups CLOSED, Send by 9/27) on: August 27, 2007 04:43:33 PM
Swap name:  Photographer's Swap Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  crumpet79
Sign-up date range:  8/27-9/6
Date to send item by:  9/27

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  25

Restricted to people who all live in the same country?  NO
If so, which country?

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  All ages welcome.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:
This swap is for all of us who love photography (I know there's a lot of us out there!)  You will craft items for your partner relating to photography in some form - i.e. decorated photo frames and albums, bags to hold cameras and camera accessories, other items decorated with either images of cameras or photos etc.  Pretty much anything relating to photography is ok!!  Please try to craft 1 large item and 2 small items (although you can also discuss the details of this with your partner).   Also, (it was a rule in the first round and I love it) please include for your partner 5 random pictures that you have taken!  Grin

I'm going to assume that since we're all photography inclined that we'll all be able to post pictures once we've received from our partners.  If for some reason you are unable to, please let me and your partner know!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
What crafts are you able to make?
Is there anything in particular that you'd like to receive?
What crafts do you NOT want to receive?
What are your favorite colors?
What kind of photography do you like best (i.e. flowers, architecture, friends & family etc.)?
What kind of camera do you own (to help with sizing camera bags etc)?
Do you have any allergies?
Anything else your partner should know?


Gallery from Round 1

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


1.  crumpet79
2.  fullyalive
3.  sewphoto
4.  indywriter (Happy month anniversary!!)
5.  silverlining86
6.  jadeye
7.  tazzell
8.  buttonmakers
9.  subdefective
10. morbid
11. nyx_slittledemon
12. exoskeleton
13. photojenn
14. eirinnkelly

crumpet79 <---> sewphoto
fullyalive <---> eirinnkelly
indywriter <---> nyx_slittledemon
exoskeleton <---> silverlining86
morbid <---> subdefective
buttonmakers <---> photojenn
jadeye <---> tazzell

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Winter Wooly Items? on: August 13, 2007 10:04:25 AM
I'm about to knit up a storm for the winter/holiday selling season.  Here's my trouble - I've only been knitting since February of this year and selling my wares online since April.  This is the first time I've been ready to sell knit wearables and I'm not sure what is the best thing to make for the holiday season.

Do any of you have opinions on whether people prefer the following to buy for themselves/gifts during this season?

1) Hats, beanies etc.
2) Scarves
3) Shawls, wraps
4) Mittens
5) Socks

Obviously some of these will take longer to make than others so I'm trying to get a gauge on how to go about this!

Thanks everybody - your opinions are highly valued!   Grin
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / First journal attempt, from scratch! Pics included... on: August 07, 2007 10:15:58 PM
I made this for cumber1137 for her swap for writers.  She received it today so I can finally post pictures!!  I decided to try incorporating several of the things she liked into a journal that I made from scratch.  I wanted to make it small enough to fit into a purse or bag so that she can keep her crafty notes with her at all times!

Here's how it turned out...I think it's ok for a first attempt!  Hopefully I'll get around to trying a few more.   Wink

Here's a full view...

The inside...

The front cover...

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / First foray into digital art on: July 13, 2007 10:59:17 AM
I usually don't post-edit my photographs at all, but I was playing around with some pictures I've taken and ended up making some digital art based on my pictures.  Would love to know what you all think!

This first one was given a watercolor filter and then color spot treatment.

These two were pictures I took of wood carved doors.  I pretty much messed around with the color curves and come up with something completely different.

It was definitely fun trying something new and I was quite entertained by the results.
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