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09 April 2009 @ 06:04 pm
yup, i am posting a sale. but i will be short and to the point:
on my LJ i just posted that i am having a sale on Babe Spinning wheels and supplies. all the details are there. 
if you want one? go read it
thank you for your time!
08 February 2009 @ 08:59 pm
Hello...I've been spinning for quite a few years now, as well as knit, crochet, dye, loom knit, embroider, etc.  I even have my how sheep and alpacas so I could create my own yarn.  That's why I started spinning my own yarn--I got tired of the store bought stuff and wanted to create my own custom made items...only one way to do that, right?  Spin your own yarn to make them. 

Anyway, I didn't know spinning-fibers was gone.  I just found you all for the first time and wanted to be a part of it.  I'm bummed cuz there just aren't enough spinning groups on Live Journal.

So, I'm introducing myself. 

30 December 2008 @ 12:47 am
I'm new to this group. I've spun for a while, but mostly I'm an embroiderer.

Thanks to my trip to Puerto Rico and meeting other crafters, I ended up with some maguey fiber. They were hoping I could use it for my embroidery, which I would then send to their bobbin lace museum (I do needle lace). I saw some examples of bobbin lace done with maguey, so I was optimistic.

I'd love to be able to use this, but I pulled it out to work with it and it's very stiff. I don't know if it's possible to soften it in any way to make it more pliable, but I figured spinners who are used to working with strange fibers might have some good ideas. I really don't want to ruin this fiber. I don't have much. It's very difficult to get ahold of even IN Puerto Rico, and it was a gift. I'm not used to working with such raw plant fibers.

Maguey is an agave plant (like the century plant). The strands are long, thin, and flat. It is used in some forms of embroidery, though typically not for fine work like I do. I did see some done in PR, but language barriers made it difficult to ask technical questions.

I don't know if it'd be possible to spin it with something to keep the strands from bending at sharp angles. I'd have to spin it up very thin for the work I'm doing (think size 8-12 perle cotton thin) but the fibers aren't in one continuous piece. They're in lengths about 36" long. I'd want the fiber to show because it's important to their culture, but I'm not adverse to plying it with something else to make it more manageable if that can be done. I'd love to have the ability to coil it around itself.

I'm including a picture in case that helps.

I hope someone has some good ideas.

16 October 2008 @ 04:17 pm
I've started a new LJ community, sca_fiber_arts, with the hopes of creating an SCA specific forum of people into natural dyestuffs, fleece preparation, spinning, knitting, embroidery, braiding, kumihimo, lucet, fingerloop-braids, card-weaving, inkle-weaving, weaving cloth for costuming, fulling, and/or other very hands-on textile arts that go beyond purchasing cloth and sewing a costume for SCA events.

Please come join us, help cross-post the creation of the group, and otherwise get the word out. Also, feel free to come and introduce yourselves, share links to your journals and blogs, tell us about your projects, sources you've found, books you've read, sites you adore, and other tips to help us all become better artisans in our own personal fiber art!
02 April 2008 @ 04:08 pm
Ummm....would it be inappropriate to ask if anyone knows what happened to the spinningfiber community? Can I be filled in?
07 July 2007 @ 01:13 pm

So out of these things that I've bought recently, which would you recommend a reltatively newbie spinner trying first? Yak, alpaca, llama, 50/50 silk merino blend, 80/20 silk merino blend.
07 April 2007 @ 12:29 am
In a move hopefully less confounding than the one by The-Artist-Formerly-Known-as-Prince, I am changing my user name. Used to be "kay-kay"-nipp'n'berg. Now it is delic8genius. Yes, it is a Seinfeld reference. 

I just wasn't smart enough to use a handle from the outset, so I am trying to switch now before ... well ... before Google type-castes me too much. Anyway, wanted you guys to know. Please just follow the icon. Hope this isn't problematic. Thanks.

Cross-posted to midwest spinners and spinningfiber.
04 April 2007 @ 05:51 pm
Okay all you "old fart" spinners (I say that as a term of endearment, of course :) ), share with us something you know now as an experienced spinner that you wished you knew when you were starting out. And what would you consider the most important thing you've learned about spinning along the way?

(also posted in spinningfiber)
31 March 2007 @ 06:56 am
So a friend has comissioned a scarf knit from my handspun from me, based on some yarn I've already spun but she so can't have because it's MINE! (I must say, my friend has fabulous tastes! This is my most favouritest skein evarrrrrrrrrrrrr.My mother said it looked like a Rumplestiltskin yarn, i.e. I spun straw into gold :D I have to agree. My mother rules.)

This is the yarn I already spun, which I'll be taking elements from:

This yarn is spun from Cotswold locks, which A) is reallllly heavy and B) isn't the softest of wools. Also the prep time and the VM was a pain, but not horrific.

She lovees the colours as well as the depth and richness of the colours, and she loves the shine. I know that the sheen of Cotswold really adds to the richness of the colours in this yarn.

She's also wanting for me to add in more "art yarn" elements, Angelina and sequins, to be exact. Both of which i'm totally down with, while still plying with the three metalic threads I did in the skein featured. I think that they'll add even more glitz and fun to an already gorgeous colourway.

My question is this:

What fiber, or fiber blend, would be a fair substitute for Cotswold locks?

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30 March 2007 @ 03:53 pm
Yo, it's so cool to see the flurry of activity and positive energy surrounding recent events! This intro is cross-posted among a few communities.

My name is Kristin, and I've been spinning for about 1.5-2.0 years, though I got my first wheel, a Majacraft Rose, only last summer. I started knitting in 2003. I wasn't always a crafty person, though I've almost always been an "arty" person. My younger years, college, and grad school were spent in the humanities, particularly literature, creative writing, and music ... all quite thinky disciplines. I asked a friend to teach me how to knit as an antidote to the screen-eye I was getting in my job as an editor.

Anyway, I love love love this. I love knitting, but I really love the sensory experience and the science of spinning (ugh, re alliteration).

To fiber_spin, thanks for letting us new fartes / little fartes listen in on the advanced group. I promise not to wet my pants or say anything dumb.

To the midwest group, well, that's where I grew up, though I now live in Utah. Can't take the MW out of the girl.

Thanks, and have good days. - kk