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Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Sound of Music

This is the current production I am working on

Monday, September 24, 2012

Spinning class...and how to clean a fleece

card and wool i carded
As you are aware if you follow this blog I am learning to spin wool.  The first week we learned drop spindle, and homework was to spin all the roving we were given as part of our class fee,  We had two types of wool for  assignment one shorter haired than the other.  OK I was the only one that actual spun all of both rovings I was given.  I never understand why people pay good money for a class then do not do the homework.  So I will go through the steps I did to make the lovely carded wool you see above.

Week two was using a spinning wheel.  I seem to be an over achiever in the course of the class I had spun about 4 times as much as every one else and was drafting pretty good.  Might have to do with the amount of homework we did or did not do the previous week on this. We had to leave what we spun on the spinning wheel and I forgot to take my camera will have to get a picture of it before next class so you can see it. Our homework was to clean a fleece, well 1/6 of a fleece as it was divided evenly amongst all in the class.   I forgot to get a picture of it before I started to clean it.   Um mm.... lets just say I have smelled nicer things.  After removing dung tags and big pieces of grass the soaking, washing, rinsing, and drying began.

This was my instructions as to what I was supposed to do.  Lets hope I get it correct as I am doing this while I am typing this post.  Meaning when the wool soaks I add to this post and take photos.
  1. fleece should be picked through before washing to open up the tips.  Discard second cuts and extremely soiled pieces
    1. yeah ewww...
  2. Soak... Fill sink or tub with hot water ( as hot as your hands can stand),  add fleece and let it soak for 10-15 mins, drain and gently squeeze out the excess water
    1. pre soak
    2. Yes I wore gloves as who wants to put their hands in poopy sheep water. 
    3. I goofed I did 20 mins got distracted by working on a project for the sound of music but that should not really matter in the long run.
  3. Wash... Fill sink or tub again with hot water, squirt in clear or white liquid dish soap until the water feels a bit slimy -  do not make bubbles, add fleece and gently push down into the water, leave it to soak for 10-15 minuets, drain and gently squeeze out excess water
    1.  washing ( soaking in water and soap)
    2. Did not have clear or white dish soap I had dawn so yes I improvised again I tend to do that.  Should not hurt anything just adds a little color to the water don't think the wool will pickup this bit of color.
    3. I goofed again let it sit for 20 mins because I was typing this stuff on the blog but should not hurt any thing either.
  4. Rinse... fill sink or tub again with hot water, add fleece and let it soak for 5 - 10 minutes , drain and gently squeeze out excess water.  You may have to rinse the fleece more than once to remove the soap.  Once the fleece is clean and the water is clear, drain and gently squeeze out the excess water.
    1. I ended up rinsing   5 times she said 2 or 3 would do it but I think I needed more so i did more still can feel the lanolin in the wool so it will be fine.
    2. it still looks dirty to me at this point but she said it would so I will go forward with the drying
  5. Dry... The clean wool can be put in a mesh laundry bag and run through the spin cycle in the washing machine - make sure there is no water coming from the machine during the cycle - or it can be rolled up in a towel to soak up the excess moisture.   The wool should then be spread out to dry and fluffed or turned over every couple of hours.
    1.  wool clean?  drying
    2. I did not put mine through the spin cycle but I have sweater rack in the bathroom for drying wool swetaers on so I set it there and set a hair dryer on a stand to have the air circulate better and dried it that way.   
      1. See you can still see there is still stuff in it but suppossidly this is considered clean.   Hmmm... clean to whom
cardersTeachers note:Remember that felting is caused by changes in temperature and agitation be careful.

Mine did not felt so I guess I did OK on that part.

The teacher has not taught us to card wool yet.  But I was taught by my friend Juanita few years back during "Colonial Days".  She and I were both demonstrating fiber arts there next to one another one of the things she was demonstrating was how to card wool.

Since I had never done it before I was not sure how clean it had to be to me this looks pretty dirty still.  So once I had some wool sort of clean. I decided to card a hand full.  It is amazing how much of the grasses and dirt comes out in the carding of the wool.  The teacher said it would she also said some would come out in the spinning process too hope so as there is a tiny bit left in it but nothing that I have not seen in store bought wool so it should be fine.

Below  is a photo of the little bit I did.  Amazing that something that was so dirty looks clean and usable now to spin yarn.  I am having fun learning new skills.  Hopefully I will be able to get a spinning wheel at the end of all this too.  The top photo is also this same wool that I carded.
wool i carded

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jack o' lantern RPLAL free pattern for october

 You can download the pdf above use orange cord for the pumpkins and green cord in between.  Or do in all one color for a neutral look
Here is a few photos of what it looks like in progress.  This was the last piece of lace that my grandmother saw me working on right before she died.  So it has been set aside for several months now as I have had a hard time working on it becasue it reminds me of her for that reason and October was her birth month so double reminders here. download now

october rplal

wip romanian point lace

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Just playing a little bit the other day.  This use to be a  size 6x dress that all three of my daughters wore when they were in kindergarten.  The hem was destroyed on the dress but I loved the fabric so I kept it all these years.
Considering my oldest daughter wore in in kindergarten and she is now in high school it has been kicked around for a while.  We, me and the girls, got this idea to make kanzashi flowers out of it.  We hope that we can use these on a formal that the girls can wear during their high school years now I have to find a fabric that will go well with this that we can use these as embellishments on.  I plan on sewing snow flack sequins onto the center of each flower and maybe put it on a winter formal.  Will see where those thought go in time.  I got 9 large flowers and 6 smaller ones.  I would have gotten more but i used some of this dress to make the coat for the play Joseph and the amazing techni-color dream coat.

Oberon's crown... for Andrea

detail front
A few years back I made a crown for Oberon in the production of " A mid Summer nights Dream".  One of our family friends is now doing that production and wanted a similar hat so this is the hat I made for her yesterday and delivered this morning.

I hope she likes it as she was not home when I dropped it off.  It is not exactly the same as the last one but it is in the same style as the last.  I could not find acorns this time around so I placed metal beads in the front instead.  Plus this also has more feathers than last time

left sidebackride side better light  the yellow in teh back ground is a dress I am repairing for the Sound of Music play for next month.
right sidefront

Thursday, September 13, 2012

learning to spin

IMG_4445 I took my first class out of a series of 6 or 8 weeks can not remember at the moment.  We worked with drop spindles last night I have a long way to go before I do something that looks like nice wool yarn to me.  But this class was not about making pretty yarn but about the technique involved with the  spinning of the spindle, drafting of the roving , and washing of the wool fleece. Wish me luck!

Friday, September 07, 2012

Yellow Sweater

I finished the yellow sweater or should I say it finished itself for me.   Meaning I ran out of the yellow cotton I was using. I would have liked it to be about six to eight inches longer and the sleeves about 4 inches longer but that is how it goes.  I think it will be nice in winter over a colored t-shirt to not have it be so open at the neck area plus it will be a nice color contrast there.  Just enough warmth for fall with out a coat and in winter with a coat.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Septembers RPLAL pattern scroll doily

Here is the pattern for the September RPLAL.

The actual pattern is much darker than the above picture. download below

Here is the free pattern for you download now

Saturday, September 01, 2012

yellow sweater

  A few years back a made a yellow caplet that I gave to my sister in law as a gift.  Posts  of that previous item are here and here .  Modifications I made are below in this post
I have found the remainder of that cone of yarn not sure I have enough for the project I have in mind but i am giving it a shot any way.  I am using the same pattern with mods.  I am stopping the collar at the button band and joining in the round.  And then working in the round for the body following the pattern minus the button band again .  Till i get to the point where I am under the under arm and forming the sleeves this way .  Then continuing on with the rest of the sweater just worked straight.  This is still a work in progress it will get longer just not there yet.  Yes I do plan to wear a shirt under this to make it opaque not see through around the collar area.   Been away with family wedding and back to school  Now I am in the beginning parts of costuming the sound of music wish me luck.

side front

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