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A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« 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 and 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 (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



In progress



Done cutting! Ready for pegging and sanding.


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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #1 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....

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2015, 10:48:48 AM »
Those two together are going to be gorgeous!

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #3 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.

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #4 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....."

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #5 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.

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2015, 11:27:14 AM »
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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #7 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 ;)

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2015, 02:07:10 PM »
:popcorn:

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2015, 03:48:46 PM »
 :popcorn:

Beautiful grain matching.

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #10 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.


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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2015, 07:47:29 PM »
Are you staining or painting it?

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #12 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.

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #13 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

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #14 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)

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2015, 11:57:23 AM »
Odd, because the only Nelson I know isn't all that stable. ;D

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #16 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.

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #17 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.

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2015, 04:50:12 PM »
Lol

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #19 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.

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #20 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.

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #21 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.


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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2015, 07:04:32 PM »
THAT is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #23 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.



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.

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #24 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.

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2015, 08:25:44 AM »
It's bigger than your head  :o

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #26 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 ::)

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #27 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  ;)

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2015, 05:40:18 PM »
Like the one sock syndrome?

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Re: A Wedding Dress in Pictures
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2015, 06:49:34 PM »
Like the one sock syndrome?

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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.