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Title: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: AvenueQ on February 07, 2015, 08:59:40 AM
I'm a little bit crazy ::)

I've decided that I'm going to make my wedding dress. I have a new spinning wheel on order from work (which I get to assemble myself), and some fiber on order from my local yarn shop. It is going to be a Polwarth/silk blend 2-ply laceweight, though I prefer chain plied, so I may try to make that work.

I'm thinking it's going to be a combination of two patterns from Ravelry: Evenstar Shawl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/evenstar-shawl) and Ophelie (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ophelie). You'll see in the pictures for the shawl that one user modified it into a skirt, so that's what I'll try to do and then make the top from the Ophelie pattern. Since it will be so lacy, I'll wear a regular dress underneath it, probably in purple or blue.

I am also making some socks from this pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sodera-socks) (though I bought the yarn for those - I'm not that crazy).

So, this thread is to track my progress. This week at work, I got to cut my wheel on our CNC machine.

All set up on the table

(https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10928828_10155183568625191_5030823478738307481_n.jpg?oh=83d62bd520552905b0da9a7784ba01d1&oe=55657FEB)

In progress

(https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10686883_10155183568880191_7573968610973537009_n.jpg?oh=53a3fa1b8235efed9be8b78735394947&oe=555860EC)

Done cutting! Ready for pegging and sanding.

(https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10385376_10155183568985191_773636449834234725_n.jpg?oh=202dd72b6c2e967a9822a3489cf0acb6&oe=55967FCF)
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: mountainmoma on February 07, 2015, 10:00:51 AM
The shawl/skirt pattern is gorgeous -- I have heard of women making their own wedding dresses, but starting from the wood and the wool is amazing....
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: RitaRose1945 on February 07, 2015, 10:48:48 AM
Those two together are going to be gorgeous!
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: TexasGirl on February 07, 2015, 12:22:10 PM
Wow!  Such an undertaking.

Those patterns look wonderful.  I have a high regard for anyone who can knit a project like that, much less spin their own yarn.  I have never had the patience to knit or crochet.

~TG
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: soupbone on February 07, 2015, 01:35:28 PM
You're getting married in twenty - twenty WHAT? Seriously, though, what a wonderful idea, and what a wonderful heirloom to hand down to your daughters and grand daughters: "My dress was made by my grandmother - she spun the yarn and knitted....."

soup
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: endurance on February 08, 2015, 10:30:45 AM
Errrm, not a section of the forum I've ever been in, but I'm a bit jaw-dropped.  Wow.  AQ, you're a one in a billion.  I've never heard of anyone using a C&C machine to make their wedding dress.  Quite an impressive commitment to the process.
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: Cedar on February 08, 2015, 11:27:14 AM
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Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: AvenueQ on February 08, 2015, 11:46:04 AM
Errrm, not a section of the forum I've ever been in, but I'm a bit jaw-dropped.  Wow.  AQ, you're a one in a billion.  I've never heard of anyone using a C&C machine to make their wedding dress.  Quite an impressive commitment to the process.

Only because I'm in a unique position to be able to do so. If I didn't work for a spinning wheel manufacturer I'd probably just use the wheel I already have. But if I can have a nicer one...for a significant employee discount, no less ;)
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: theBINKYhunter on February 08, 2015, 02:07:10 PM
:popcorn:
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: David in MN on February 08, 2015, 03:48:46 PM
 :popcorn:

Beautiful grain matching.
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: AvenueQ on February 11, 2015, 07:44:39 PM
Spoked my wheel today! Just needs a final sanding and oiling, then I can assemble the whole thing.

(https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10991348_10155200199125191_1162477438933810686_n.jpg?oh=4f4ab00f5fef4285f15db300a776d998&oe=5593A10F)
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: Cedar on February 11, 2015, 07:47:29 PM
Are you staining or painting it?

Cedar
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: AvenueQ on February 11, 2015, 09:17:30 PM
We add a proprietary stain to it called Nelsonite. As I understand it's a "wood stabilizer", the purpose being that it gets into the grain of the wood and prevents it from shrinking and swelling so much with the climate. The end result looks just like a coat of Danish oil.
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: endurance on February 12, 2015, 11:46:11 AM
We add a proprietary stain to it called Nelsonite. As I understand it's a "wood stabilizer", the purpose being that it gets into the grain of the wood and prevents it from shrinking and swelling so much with the climate. The end result looks just like a coat of Danish oil.
Odd, because the only Nelson I know isn't all that stable. ;D
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: TexDaddy on February 12, 2015, 11:50:07 AM
Odd, because the only Nelson I know isn't all that stable. ;D
Must be the same guy I know.  8)
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: Ms. Albatross on February 12, 2015, 11:57:23 AM
Odd, because the only Nelson I know isn't all that stable. ;D

 :rofl:
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: David in MN on February 12, 2015, 01:34:26 PM
Sounds more like a varnish than a stain... But who's gonna split those hairs? Poor Nelson... under the bus in 2015.
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: nelson96 on February 12, 2015, 01:47:31 PM
Odd, because the only Nelson I know isn't all that stable. ;D

Must be the same guy I know.  8)

Hmmmmm.
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: Cedar on February 12, 2015, 04:50:12 PM
Lol
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: AvenueQ on February 12, 2015, 07:40:59 PM
Odd, because the only Nelson I know isn't all that stable. ;D

I was thinking the same thing... ;)

It got sanded today, no pictures since it looks the same. Hopefully will get it varnished tomorrow and can take it home next week.
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: nelson96 on February 12, 2015, 07:53:58 PM
80 degree weather and not a cloud in the sky in Phoenix all week, helped me with my stability.  Been here since sunday.  Problem is, I'm getting on a plane in about an hour to go back home.
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: AvenueQ on February 17, 2015, 06:31:22 PM
A day late, but I brought my new baby home last night. My roving hasn't come in yet, but that just gives me some time to break her in.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10989209_10155220974295191_2765799654130934021_n.jpg?oh=4ffb2f1b7fbb0f13ada0f6d7f763e362&oe=55583347&__gda__=1434985784_90e9295564f7bf4a538dd2948a20dff3)
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: Cedar on February 17, 2015, 07:04:32 PM
THAT is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!

Cedar
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: AvenueQ on March 19, 2015, 08:30:49 PM
Been a while since I updated this. My fiber came in last week. All 3 pounds of it.

The owner of the yarn shop I used to work at came up and dropped it off for me at work, hence the apron and safety glasses.

(https://scontent-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/q88/p206x206/11070790_10155345405605191_2031335954682526331_n.jpg?oh=21022dfc958b4c15787bf5f541c44502&oe=55766547)

My employer also asked to do a joint blog series with the aforementioned yarn shop chronicling my progress. We don't have any posts up yet, I'll add links once we get it going.
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: Ms. Albatross on March 19, 2015, 09:42:31 PM

My employer also asked to do a joint blog series with the aforementioned yarn shop chronicling my progress. We don't have any posts up yet, I'll add links once we get it going.

 :knitting:
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: theBINKYhunter on March 20, 2015, 08:25:44 AM
It's bigger than your head  :o
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: AvenueQ on May 23, 2015, 05:36:22 PM
It has been a while since I worked on this, hence the lack of updates. After some practice with the new wheel (and a new spinning chair) I have started sampling. I may have some pictures this weekend of swatches, depends on how motivated I get. I kind of have knitting/weaving/spinning ADD, it's hard for me to stay focused on one project at a time ::)
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: Morning Sunshine on May 23, 2015, 05:39:12 PM
. I kind of have knitting/weaving/spinning ADD, it's hard for me to stay focused on one project at a time ::)

better start... or  you'll be wed in a birthday suit  ;)
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: Cedar on May 23, 2015, 05:40:18 PM
Like the one sock syndrome?

Cedar
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: AvenueQ on May 23, 2015, 06:49:34 PM
Like the one sock syndrome?

Cedar

I fixed that with the two-at-a-time sock technique. Now I always wind up with a complete pair every time.

I actually have a pair of socks that were knit with the same yarn and needles, but about a year apart. The two are noticeably different sizes. Apparently, graduating from college and moving across the country is enough to drastically and permanently alter your knitting gauge.
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: AvenueQ on May 23, 2015, 09:21:26 PM
I should also mention that I got to meet Beth Smith (http://bethsmithspinning.com/) last week. She flew out to Boulder (from the town next to my hometown, no less!) to shoot some spinning videos with us and do a book signing at one of the local shops. I told her about my project and she gave me some pointers, then signed my copy of her book.

(I'm on the far left, she's the redhead in the middle)
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Kind of thinking about wearing the tiara in the shop all the time.
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: Ms. Albatross on May 24, 2015, 01:42:50 PM

Kind of thinking about wearing the tiara in the shop all the time.

One of my favorite moments in The Big Bang Theory:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i_WpYc3YI4
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: AvenueQ on May 30, 2015, 08:13:47 AM
I'm a bit late on the upload, but I spent my Memorial Day last weekend making my swatches. The purpose of this was to control for the variables that come with making fabric by hand (so that I don't end up with something that doesn't fit). There are essentially two variables I'm working with: the final look and feel of the spun yarn itself and the "gauge" (or size) of the final knitted piece. Most knitting patterns come with a gauge, usually given in the form of a certain number of stitches and rows per inch (the lace piece is slightly different, as you will see in the photo below). I can alter the gauge easily by changing my knitting needle size.

(https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/1557679_10155635809255191_588303977997797001_n.jpg?oh=f018acd704914ae690ef7ba105edc519&oe=560D3CB4)

It may look like I've used two separate yarns for these swatches, but I actually used a slick technique called Navajo 3-ply knitting (http://knittingrewound.blogspot.com/2012/05/navajo-plyingknitting.html) to make the top swatch out of the same yarn as the bottom one. It basically turns a fine laceweight yarn into a heavier worsted weight, which is more appropriate for the top half of the dress. This way I don't have to worry about making two separate yarns and can just spin everything the same.

Now comes the first long leg of the process: spinning the couple thousand yards or so that I'll need. I'll be posting pictures of the progress.

(Technical mumbo-jumbo section for my own reference)
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: Cedar on May 30, 2015, 08:17:58 AM
That is lovely +1

Cedar
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: AvenueQ on July 16, 2015, 08:24:34 PM
It has been a while since my last update! Things are going slowly, but relatively smoothly. I have my first bobbin 3/4 filled. My goal is to be completely done spinning by Christmas. To get there I attempt to make myself spin every day, even if it's only for 5 minutes. This doesn't always happen (especially not this week, ugh), but it is a good benchmark to strive for.

Oh, and I got a fleece for my master spinner class! That is going to be a long but rewarding process, I think.
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: Chemsoldier on July 17, 2015, 10:42:41 AM
 :popcorn:
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: Cedar on November 15, 2015, 03:34:37 PM
Where are you on this now?

Cedar
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: AvenueQ on November 15, 2015, 05:01:14 PM
Well...I finished one skein. And I think this is going to go in a totally different direction. For one thing the yarn didn't turn out quite like I expected (which is fine, I can use it for something else), but my fiancee and I are taking some time to focus on other things besides wedding planning right now. We are fine, he's just trying to finish up his PhD and I'm taking on a lot of new responsibility at work and it is sapping most of our time and energy right now.

So, things are on hold for the moment. I have a bunch of different ideas, so expect some updates, just probably not for a while.
Title: Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
Post by: Ms. Albatross on November 15, 2015, 07:06:12 PM
Where are you on this now?

Cedar

I was wondering the same thing just last week. 

Well...I finished one skein. And I think this is going to go in a totally different direction.

So, things are on hold for the moment. I have a bunch of different ideas, so expect some updates, just probably not for a while.

Thanks for the update.  I'm looking forward to what you come up with. :)