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Title: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 02, 2013, 07:06:06 PM
After clicking the "Find Similar Members" button - I found many people wanting to learn fiber arts or expand their skills in this area.   Perhaps we can support and encourage each other?

I'm familiar with quite a few of the fiber arts (spinning on a wheel and spindle, some fiber prep, tablet weaving, a bit of weaving on a floor loom (used to have one), knitting, nalbinding (a pre-knitting yarn craft), crochet, a bit of sewing (machine and hand sewing), some embroidery, and some dyeing) and am willing to help where I can.   Any one else interested in helping out this way?  Anyone needing help right now as you work on your skills?
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Cedar on February 02, 2013, 07:21:44 PM
Cedar <----- Fiber Junkie
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 02, 2013, 07:37:33 PM
Nice to meet you Cedar!  What fiber arts are your faves?  Anything you haven't tried yet in fiber arts?
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: PorcupineKate on February 02, 2013, 08:31:46 PM
I am also a fiber junky with a lanolin allergy.  No Wool, alpaca, cashmere or other animal fibers for me :'(   

I do a lot of sewing and I am learning to crochet.  I will be getting knitting lessons form a friend or two.  I would love to be able to make silk or silk blend sweaters since I can't find any in a style I like in a price that isn't ridiculous. 
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: jm_sol on February 02, 2013, 08:50:13 PM
Ok I used to crochet and a teeny bit of knitting.. Why is it in crochet that I cannot seem to change thread colors anymore.  Anyone have a good easy link to show me? 
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 02, 2013, 08:53:11 PM
PorcupineKate nice to meet you!




Silk is fun!  If you ever get the chance, I'd encourage you to try spinning it and making your own blends.  It's so different from the other fibers!  Spinning your own may be the most economical.  (And we all need another hobby right? *wink*)



I'm sorry you have the allergy!!! :(   Have you tried alpaca and llama?  As I understand it, they don't have lanolin.  (I have friends who raise both types of animals and have spun both fibers.)  Now, the animals both roll in the dirt quite a bit and if the fiber's not washed well, that really could cause problems.  If you've tried them, there may be something else to your allergy.  But I'm obviously not an allergy expert.  Just hoping that maybe you could play with some animal fibers.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 02, 2013, 08:58:37 PM
Ok I used to crochet and a teeny bit of knitting.. Why is it in crochet that I cannot seem to change thread colors anymore.  Anyone have a good easy link to show me?


Does this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm-OCqPaIkY) help? 
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Cedar on February 02, 2013, 09:12:27 PM
Nice to meet you Cedar!  What fiber arts are your faves?  Anything you haven't tried yet in fiber arts?

What I like to do:

(http://www.downtotherootsmagazine.com/Blogs/Dyeing1.gif)
Cochenial dyed yarns, yes the green one too is topdyed Cochenial over Indigo

(http://www.downtotherootsmagazine.com/Blogs/Dyeing23.gif)
Indigo dyed yarn

(http://www.downtotherootsmagazine.com/Blogs/sock04292012b.jpg)
My latest sock... and I need to work on a mate this winter (I hope). Not blocked yet.

(http://www.downtotherootsmagazine.com/Blogs/spinningwheel.jpg)
My Ashford that I have had since 1996?

What I would like to do: LOTS!!!! Including retting Nettle fiber

Cedar
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: soccer grannie on February 02, 2013, 10:52:54 PM
Does this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm-OCqPaIkY) help? 
I subscribe to Mikey's youtubes & The Crochet Crowd. His tutorials are so easy to follow. My latest projects have been the ear flap hats w/braids. He has tutorials for the hats from newborn to adult.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Frugal Upstate on February 03, 2013, 07:15:42 AM
I knit, sew and know how to do some basic embroidery. 

Although I've knit a few sweaters I like mostly "brainless in front of the TV" type knitting--blankets, washcloths, scarves, "5 hour baby sweaters", basic slippers.  To my shame I've never learned how to do intarsia-just striped ;)

For sewing although I can follow a pattern and have made various clothing items I mostly do repairs & alterations.  Fabric is so costly & clothing is (at this point) cheap. 

It's been years since I've done embroidery, but I do know some stitches and have done a few projects.

I'd probably do a lot more of all of it if we could resolve this issue of my hands going numb.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: PorcupineKate on February 03, 2013, 07:19:12 AM



I'm sorry you have the allergy!!! :(   Have you tried alpaca and llama?  As I understand it, they don't have lanolin.  (I have friends who raise both types of animals and have spun both fibers.)  Now, the animals both roll in the dirt quite a bit and if the fiber's not washed well, that really could cause problems.  If you've tried them, there may be something else to your allergy.  But I'm obviously not an allergy expert.  Just hoping that maybe you could play with some animal fibers.

Sadly I am allergic to both Alpaca and Llama too.  I discovered this when I spent 2 weeks in Peru.  All that great low cost alpaca and I can't wear it. 

I will have to look into spinning silk.  It may be a while ...
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 03, 2013, 11:47:31 AM
@Cedar - such lovely yarn you dyed and a great sock too!

@Frugal Upstate - I hear you on the brainless knitting.  I usually do vanilla socks so I have just the simple knitting!

@Soccer Grannie - I'll have to check out his other tutorials.  It's been quite a while since I've done crochet.

@PorcupineKate - Doh! :(  I'm sorry!   Silk is lovely and available in many forms.  Let us know when you decide to try it.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: LJH on February 03, 2013, 07:50:01 PM

Avlor, thanks for starting this thread, I was going to and you beat me to it!  >:(  ;) Cool.

I make my living as a quilter, specifically a longarm quilter, and would be delighted to contribute anything helpful in that skill set. Also general sewing subjects as well as cross-stitch and needlepoint (in a former life I worked as a cross-stitch designer) so fire away with any questions re: all of the above. If I don't know the answer I can probably get it from friends in the industry.

And you better believe I'll be checking the fiber arts subjects often to pick y'all's brains about knitting and weaving. They're not on my 13, but I could sure use a little massive impovement in both areas.




Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 03, 2013, 08:20:03 PM
@LJH - (I'll  do my best to resist  saying  "nanner, nanner".  *wink* )   It's  fun  to  know  you were  thinking  the same thing!


Ooh, quilting -  I've only tried that once. Such a delightful craft!


---
@everyone
 You all  are so inspiring!  You're making me want to try so many more crafts!
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: LJH on February 03, 2013, 09:03:49 PM
@LJH - (I'll  do my best to resist  saying  "nanner, nanner".  *wink* )   It's  fun  to  know  you were  thinking  the same thing!


Ooh, quilting -  I've only tried that once. Such a delightful craft!


---
@everyone
 You all  are so inspiring!  You're making me want to try so many more crafts!

Great minds, eh?  ;D And ditto everyone being so inspiring! I just posted my 13 and haven't read through all of the others yet, but what I've seen is impressive. Onward!
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: soccer grannie on February 04, 2013, 05:08:56 PM
Search YouTube for crochet tutorials from "bobwilson123" - these are good, too.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: soccer grannie on February 04, 2013, 05:13:11 PM
(http://www.downtotherootsmagazine.com/Blogs/sock04292012b.jpg)
My latest sock... and I need to work on a mate this winter (I hope). Not blocked yet.
Cedar
Would you share the sock pattern?
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: GeoLady on February 04, 2013, 05:53:13 PM
Hi! I'm new on the forums, and I'm a knitting junkie. I've been knitting for 7 years, and have yet to really knit anything besides socks. I really want to broaden my horizons and knit a sweater. I also want to get my hands on a spinning wheel and learn to spin!

A GREAT site for knitters of all stages is http://www.knittinghelp.com (http://www.knittinghelp.com). This site has lots of videos of various stitches, and most show the continental and english styles. Most of the videos on this site are free, but they do have a "premium" area of their site. I don't know what's in that section, as I've never had the money to join, but maybe someone else here knows.

Another great site for finding patterns, researching yarns, and socializing with other knitters and crocheters is http://www.ravelry.com (http://www.ravelry.com). This site is totally free, unless you want to buy one of the patterns for sale. There are LOTS of free patterns too though!
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Cedar on February 04, 2013, 06:18:07 PM
Would you share the sock pattern?

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh... I can't? It is in my head!

But...

I knit 28 in the round K2P2 for 18 or so rows.

Then the clover is K1C, then it think it is/was K8, then K2C, K1, K2C
Then under the K1C is K3C, then under the 2 is K3C, it was K2C and then under that is K1C.

The Arrow is K2C, then K2, then K2C ect
on the next row, you skip the first and then do K2C, then K2, then K2C ect,  to get your arrow, at the halfway point reverse what you are doing.

Did that help you any or mess you up?

Cedar
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: LvsChant on February 04, 2013, 06:45:20 PM
I love all types of fiber arts... embroidery (learned on tea towels as a kid), quilting, knitting, sewing (primarily decorating stuff now -- made new curtains for my Mom's kitchen this weekend), used to do crewel and cross-stitch when it was more popular. I learned the basics of spinning as a kid (my dad made a spinning wheel, so I learned to use it), but have never learned to weave at all...

I'm looking forward to learning more from all you talented folks...
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 04, 2013, 07:28:25 PM

@GeoLady - ooh, thanks for sharing!  I hadn't seen knittinghelp.com before.  I'm there with you on the love of ravelry!  You can find groups that focus on practically any craft for support and help.


Let us know when you are ready to try spinning!




@LvsChant - It's wonderful to see that you've also tried so many fiber arts crafts!  :)
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 04, 2013, 07:40:16 PM
So what fiber arts skill/goal is everyone working on first? 


I'm working on "Increasing my knowledge of Nalbinding" right now.  (Nalbinding is a pre-knitting technique done with a needle.)  The goal will take me all year - since I'll participate in the Ravelry group challenges.  The first stitch challenge is for the ├ůsle stitch.  I need to figure out a small project that I can do, since the stitch is hard on my thumb.  (But it makes such warm, dense fabric!)  Right now I'm thinking about doing a small pouch with a flap top.  Any better suggestions for a very small project (aka socks are too big)?
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Cedar on February 04, 2013, 07:42:05 PM
So what fiber arts skill/goal is everyone working on first? 


Getting my cabin done so I can set up the looms?
I am currently working on dishrags while I am between homes.

Cedar

Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: PorcupineKate on February 05, 2013, 08:11:29 AM
I am learning to crochet.  First project is a simple scarf and I want to make a throw blanket next.

I am also teaching a couple of high school students how to sew from pattern.  We are making fleece hats for our First Robotics team. 

I am trying to find out when I can get knitting lessons from a friend.  We are trading skills.  I am teaching her shooting skills so she can become an instructor and she is going to teach me to knit.  She also taught me how to can last year. :)


Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Frugal Upstate on February 05, 2013, 01:36:33 PM
I want to try tawashi--a dish scrubbing pad you are supposed to make with scratchy acrylic yarn (which most of us to our shame have stashed somewhere because we couldn't stand to get rid of it)

There are tons of crochet patterns out there--but not as many knitting ones.  I caved and bought this one for just under $2 because it looks so cool and I couldn't figure out how to make the knot on my own  :P

Tawashi Knot on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tawashi-knot)
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: GeoLady on February 05, 2013, 03:06:31 PM
I really want to get into spinning. I have a drop spindle, but it goes so slow! I'm just too impatient. I have a question about spinning wheels. I'm left-handed. Do I need a wheel made specifically for a lefty, or is it an ambidextrous sort of tool? I knit just like a righty (English-style), but crochet as a lefty. Any recommendations on brands/models? Needed accessories (carders, etc.)? Thanks!

~GeoLady~
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 05, 2013, 03:20:25 PM
@GeoLady - regarding wheels - it depends on the type of wheel you get.  Some like an ashford traditional, I feel, tend to be right handed wheels.  There may be an option to be able to get one for left handed, but I haven't seen one.  Wheels like the Ashford Joy and the Merlin Tree Roadbug and Hitchhiker have the orifice centered in the middle. (Though the roadbug can be ordered to be left footed specifically if you get one that's a single treadle -  if that makes a difference to you.)  If you end up buying from a company or a store - ask about the fact that you're left handed.


Try out as many wheels as you can in your price range - there are so many wheels out there these days.  Consider if you want to travel with your wheel.  I had an ashford traditional and didn't like traveling with it and felt I always needed to turn in my seat.  So I sold it and bought a Roadbug (was in my pricerange and very small and lightweight). 


regarding tools - it depends on what you want to do.  Do you enjoy fiber prep?  If so hand cards or a drum carder or wool combs may be a fun investment.  (I'd start with hand cards.)  But if you don't and you just enjoy spinning, then prepared fiber may be the best way (and no extra tools).


Hope that's of help!

Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: RitaRose1945 on February 05, 2013, 06:59:06 PM
I also have fiber arts for one of my 13 skills.  I have done crochet, cross stitch, sewing and machine quilting in the past (I don't have the patience to hand quilt) and now I'm looking to advance my knitting skills.

I've known how to knit in general for close to 30 years, but I never did anything much with it, so I didn't know much more than knit, purl and bind off.  I made my mom a scarf for Christmas, which forced me to learn cables, and then I made some booties for a baby shower last weekend, so I learned long tail cast on and short rows.  I'm still hoping to learn to work from a chart and a few other knitting related skills.

Glad to see you all here!
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 09, 2013, 05:31:56 PM
@RitaRose1945 - Good for you!  There are so many beautiful charted designs - it will be worth the effort!


---


Sorry all for being absent much of the week!  (It's girl scout cookie time here and my hubby as sick.  I had very little energy left.  I almost hate to say it, but I'm looking forward to the blizzard we're expecting in eastern SD later tonight!)
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: PreppingMom on February 10, 2013, 02:15:44 PM
Jumping in here a bit late =) I have Fiber Arts as a 13Skills goal, too! Mine is to get an outbuilding on our property set up as a "studio". It was my husband's "shop" many years ago and has been abandoned by him for other pursuits. As it is an unheated building I haven't moved in yet to get started. My table looms, spinning wheels, sewing machines, quilting frames, and a myriad of other fiber arts support items are still in the house, tucked here and there and not being used. I am mainly a crocheter, have done some sewing, very little knitting, some spinning and some weaving. I love the idea of a support community to share the joys and challenges of fiber art projects. I love seeing what other people are doing, so hope you all will post pictures as Cedar has done so we can oooh and aaah! =)
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: RitaRose1945 on February 10, 2013, 03:24:17 PM
Okay, so here's my latest (definitely not my greatest) where I learned short rows and the long tail cast on (I hope the image isn't monstrously huge):

Never mind.  Couldn't make the image link work.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 10, 2013, 03:30:03 PM
RitaRose1945 - can you just post the url to the image?  We'd love to see!
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 10, 2013, 03:34:20 PM
@PreppingMom - How exciting to be able to setup a studio!!!  We'll want to see your progress too!
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: RitaRose1945 on February 10, 2013, 04:13:00 PM
RitaRose1945 - can you just post the url to the image?  We'd love to see!

Hopefull this will work:

http://thatwriterbroad.com/?attachment_id=249 (http://thatwriterbroad.com/?attachment_id=249)
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 10, 2013, 05:31:26 PM
Yay!  Yes that works just fine.


Those are darling little booties!
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: RitaRose1945 on February 10, 2013, 05:52:02 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: LvsChant on February 11, 2013, 08:47:18 AM
Soooo cute! Thanks for sharing, RR.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: House of Honyacks on February 15, 2013, 12:49:05 AM
Another fiber junkie here!  I knit, but I want to add crochet, spinning, weaving, and nalbinding t my resume, but not all of those are on my skills list for this year!  I am also learning to sew.

I am just joining the forum, because I don't find this board very intuitive.  Maybe we should set up a 13 Skills group on Rav?
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Frugal Upstate on February 15, 2013, 10:50:29 AM
I've always wanted to learn spinning. . .

I knew this would be a dangerous thread--there just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I want to learn!
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 15, 2013, 11:41:40 AM
Yea, verily to not enough time to learn it all!!!
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 15, 2013, 11:42:59 AM
What an excellent list of skills to learn!  I can definitely help with nalbinding when you're ready!
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: GeoLady on February 16, 2013, 05:40:43 PM
With school keeping me so busy, I haven't had time to knit in weeks! I'm going to make a concerted effort to do some knitting tomorrow. I have plenty to do:

A moebius cowl
Several pairs of socks
Several dishcloths for a neighbor who is getting married

Plus 3 skeins of yarn on the way, two of which are for a shawl and one of which is for another pair of socks! I've had a bunch of socks get holes in them recently, and I need to either mend the holes or knit some new ones.

GeoLady
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: LvsChant on February 18, 2013, 08:36:25 AM
Darning is another skill that many have never learned in this day and time. I remember when I was a newly-wed, living in Germany with my husband's family.... his German step-grandmother decided I needed to learn to darn socks. It was very easy to get darning material in the stores there, so I had a nice stash of various darning thread colors. I haven't bothered to do it with my boys' socks. But, for my hand-knit varieties, I would certainly darn them.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 18, 2013, 10:53:53 AM
It's delightful to hear about everyone's projects!


@LvsChant - I haven't tried darning yet.  Any tips or sites to recommend?  (I'm considering trying it for my son's fave "smartwool" socks.)
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: GeoLady on February 18, 2013, 01:59:58 PM
Darning really isn't difficult, especially if you're not too worried about getting a stitch pattern to match. If you Google how to darn a sock, you'll find tons of tutorials.

GeoLady
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 18, 2013, 06:05:12 PM
Thanks!  Doesn't look too hard at all. 
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: soccer grannie on February 20, 2013, 05:26:01 PM
Fitting a crocheted hat/beanie: I found this on YouTube. At about 17:23 into the tutorial, there's a mathematical formula to get a good fit for different size beanies/hats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55Vgz8mD1HQ
Wooohooo: My son is giving me a buncha camo yarn!  :knitting:
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: soccer grannie on February 21, 2013, 11:28:00 AM
I didn't make this - just wanted to share the pic.
(http://i632.photobucket.com/albums/uu48/sandra29803/crochetgunsandholster_zpsa8ad4aaa.jpg)
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: wildwm on February 27, 2013, 08:17:08 AM
I'm very new to 13skills and this forum, but not to self-reliance/preparedness.  I am planning to learn spinning this year.  It has been a wish of mine for many years but life was too complicated and filled with things like learning soap making and improving my canning/food preservation skills.  Any suggestions on spinning wheels for beginners would be great.  Weaving will be added in the next year or two.  I have a craft house/workshop to put it in but I'm still working on higher priority items.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: padre35 on February 27, 2013, 12:49:09 PM

Ran across the DIY project and it just seemed so useful:

http://www.designsponge.com/2011/08/diy-project-vintage-book-travel-tech-organizer.html

With all of the gadgets we have to mess around with today, a book cover with elastic on one side to hold everything from an Ipod to a smart phone with another side to hold more mundane things just seems really handy to have tucked in a bag.

I'd almost bet one could make some money selling them, the materials are cheap, it is more the skill at attaching the elastic and inside covers that creates the value.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: LJH on February 27, 2013, 01:07:33 PM
Ran across the DIY project and it just seemed so useful:

http://www.designsponge.com/2011/08/diy-project-vintage-book-travel-tech-organizer.html

With all of the gadgets we have to mess around with today, a book cover with elastic on one side to hold everything from an Ipod to a smart phone with another side to hold more mundane things just seems really handy to have tucked in a bag.

I'd almost bet one could make some money selling them, the materials are cheap, it is more the skill at attaching the elastic and inside covers that creates the value.

Clever pattern. And it would be a good starter project for someone just learning too, but I have to add that it's illegal to sell items make from someone else's pattern, commercial or otherwise, unless specifically given permission or license.

For instance, Disney fabrics. I cannot buy fabric yardage printed with Mickey or Goofy or whatever (licensed by Disney) and make items to sell, I can only use it for personal projects. I can't buy a quilt pattern or book and use it to make a finished quilt for sale. People do it all the time but it's a risk. Disney in particular is really hardassed about it and will sic their lawyers on cottage industry types using their stuff. Ditto some quilt designers. Just an FYI FWIW.  :)   
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: padre35 on February 27, 2013, 01:39:17 PM
Clever pattern. And it would be a good starter project for someone just learning too, but I have to add that it's illegal to sell items make from someone else's pattern, commercial or otherwise, unless specifically given permission or license.

For instance, Disney fabrics. I cannot buy fabric yardage printed with Mickey or Goofy or whatever (licensed by Disney) and make items to sell, I can only use it for personal projects. I can't buy a quilt pattern or book and use it to make a finished quilt for sale. People do it all the time but it's a risk. Disney in particular is really hardassed about it and will sic their lawyers on cottage industry types using their stuff. Ditto some quilt designers. Just an FYI FWIW.  :)

Oh sure, those are also copyrighted images, the pattern I posted was hosted on DIY network which means it is meant for copying w/n copyright or TM.

Personally I find the all black fabric a bit off of the mark, would prefer a brown/green mix and different weave to hold some bulkier stuff..like a spare laptop or smart phone battery.

And there was no real space for that other accessory of modern life..the phone charger cable.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 27, 2013, 01:45:47 PM
@wildwm - Spinning wheels are such a thing of personal preference.  many people start with something like an Ashford traditional - because of the price and they look like what everyone thinks of as a spinning wheel.  But try wheels before you buy.  See if they are comfortable for you.  I sold my ashford traddy because I wanted something more comfortable to spin on. Also consider if you want to travel with your wheel.  I take my Roadbug to spin with me at the knit ins every week. New wheels generally range from about $350 to $1000.  I know that's not recommendations.  But I hope it's helpful, none-the-less.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: wildwm on February 27, 2013, 01:54:33 PM
I know that's not recommendations.  But I hope it's helpful, none-the-less.

It does, thanks.  My challenge right now is trying some out.  I've been very unsuccessful in finding anyone selling any within reasonable driving distance.  I may wind up having to drive to Atlanta or Houston and they are both 8 hours away in different directions.  A few years back I found one in an antique shop near here and nearly bought it but I wasn't sure everything was there and neither were the people running the shop.  At times I regret that but I hate throwing money into a potential black hole.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on February 27, 2013, 01:56:02 PM
Antique spinning wheels are usually tough to learn to spin on.  So don't regret your choice.  :)
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on March 13, 2013, 08:29:10 PM
How is everyone coming along on your fiber arts challenges?


I'd been knitting like crazy to deal with stress and finished my first handspun socks (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=40971.msg469884#msg469884).  I need to spin on a higher ratio so there's more twist.  My yarn kept splitting as I knit it.  I should have known better!  But I like my new squishy soft socks.  :)
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: soccer grannie on March 13, 2013, 08:48:02 PM
I read this in a quilting newsletter today - A little off topic but those who sew will understand.

Q: What is a "frogstitch"?

A: This is a cute term, though I must say, not much fun! A frogstitch, as in rip-it, rip-it, rip-it, is when you have to undo a seam.

Back to regular programming ...   :knitting:
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on March 13, 2013, 08:50:03 PM
Yeah not fun.  But I've done my fair share of frogging in knitting!  (Nalbinding I'll only "frog" so much, then I toss it.  It doesn't undo easily.)
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on March 25, 2013, 07:56:31 PM
*peeking in to the thread*


How is everyone coming along on their fiber arts goals and projects? 


I'm getting back to mine now that things are settling down a bit after girl scout cookie time.  (I'm currently obsessing over making socks and am in the middle of making 2 pair (a no brain needed pair and a striped pair) and contemplating a 3rd (from new handspun - which might help me complete one of my skills).)
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Cedar on March 25, 2013, 08:15:52 PM
Been teaching my WWOOFer how to set up an inkle loom the last few nights.

Cedar
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on March 26, 2013, 04:10:18 PM
Good for you!  (I'd bet your WWOOfer is learning more than 13 skills!)
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Cedar on March 26, 2013, 04:11:40 PM
Good for you!  (I'd bet your WWOOfer is learning more than 13 skills!)

I hope so since he is up here for 3+ months.

Cedar
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: Avlor on March 26, 2013, 06:36:06 PM
ok - had to share.  I just saw an article on PVC looms!  (http://www.pvcloom.com/) 


(I'm having conniption fits that hubby isn't here to help me start one this very minute!!!!  WANT WANT WANT!)
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: soccer grannie on November 15, 2015, 01:40:26 PM
Over the last 1.5 yrs I've been buying a lot of yarn and extra sets of crochet hooks. Have made everybody in the family warm hats and most of them now have a good warm blanket. I've spent a lot of time learning more and collecting patterns. We've been to 2 yarn factory tent sales and bought yarn (acrylic, cotton and wool) for less than half retail price. Yep, I have quite a stash of yarn. I also have a large stash of fabric, thread and sewing notions. Only regret is that I can't get anybody to let me teach them how to sew, crochet or quilt.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: PorcupineKate on November 15, 2015, 03:28:11 PM
Quilting and local fabric shops run classes on how to quilt.  Try and find a local shop that specializes in quilting.  They often run classes on all sorts of projects from tote bags up to king sized quilts. 

Many sewing and vacuum shops run classes on how to use your sewing machine.  I took one of these classes when I got my new machine and the class had several students who had older machines who were just learning to sew.   

Chain fabric stores like Joann's run classes too.  I haven't taken any there since I learned to sew clothing as teenager. 

Youtube has an endless supply of videos on how to sew.  I am learning to quilt for the first time and I am finding them very helpful since patchwork and quilting use different techniques than old school clothing construction.  Many of them explain the how and why of a technique or material.  I have been watching Missouri Star Quilt Co. and Quilty beginner quilting videos the last couple of days. 

Starting with simple projects is the easiest way to learn.  Before I start quilting the throw blanket I am working on I an practicing by making pot holders, place mats, and tote bags.  All of these project including the blanket will be Christmas presents. 

I have been adding to my fabric stash by finding great deals at thrift stores.  This is not a good idea for someone new to sewing.  You need to be able to figure out what kind of fabric you have.  Different fabrics are for different uses and knowing the fiber content is important. You can damage fabric and your iron if it is too hot for the fabric.  There are different needles for different kinds of fabric along with different kinds of thread.  Most importantly different fabrics have a different thickness, stretch and drape which can effect how your project turns out. 

Good luck



Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: soccer grannie on November 15, 2015, 07:37:27 PM
Only regret is that I can't get anybody to let me teach them how to sew, crochet or quilt.

I want people (men, women, teens and kids) in our family to let ME TEACH THEM ... they have no interest in learning. :(

I'm a great-grandma and have been sewing, crocheting, knitting, quilting, etc since I was a child.
Title: Re: Fiber Arts Support Thread
Post by: LvsChant on November 16, 2015, 08:26:05 AM
It is true SG... I had a niece who was begging to learn to knit, so I got everything ready... nice large-size needles, scrap knitting worsted weight yarn... we sat down and began... after less than 15 minutes of work, she had enough, found it too hard and gave up. She wouldn't even try any more. Crazy.

IF she asks me again when she is older, I'll consider it, but I might suggest she try watching youtube vids... haha