Archive for July, 2009

Various things: Tour de Fleece, Bville Civil War Days, “Secret” sale

July 19, 2009

Yesterday 3 (Mitzi, Alane & me) of us from Guild went to the Barboursville Civil War Days to demo spinning.  We each spun on a wheel and a spindle.  So I “caught up” on TdF, lol, for several hours.  Finished one skein of bulky Coopworth on a wheel and one skein of maybe DK merino on my spindle.

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I am also having a “secret” sale on my Etsy shop.  If you put “BlogJuly” in your message to seller, I will give you $5 off a $25 in-stock fiber-animal-batik t-shirt.  This is good until the end of July, 2009.  I will send you a refund for the $5, it won’t come out automatically on your checkout cart.

 

GOT WOOL ladies small grey batik sheep tshirt
Zippered orchid purple tote bag with batik ALPACA
PALE SEAS side by side blue green handspun handdyed wool yarn
Sheep Batik t-shirt Unisex 2XL earth green
FREE SHIPPING batik SHEEP mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
earth green tie-dye 5x7 drawstring bag for little things
GOT FIBER alpaca batik backpack 12x14 great for knitters spinners earth green
orchid purple tie-dye 5x7 drawstring bag for little things
PINK batik SHEEP micro-mini all-purpose drawstring bag knitters spinners
EARTH GREEN batik BUNNY micro-mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT super for knitters spinners
Goodness Gracious pink 2T tie-dye tshirt
CUSTOM batik fiber animal youth childs batik SHEEP t-shirt GOT WOOL
PINK batik LLAMA micro-mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
batik ALPACA micro-mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
Batik SHEEP tshirt blue 2XL GOT WOOL
Turquoise blue SHEEP batiked medium small canvas tote bag
FREE SHIPPING batik SHEEP mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
FREE SHIPPING batik FLYING DRAGON mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
blue DRAGON batik youth small tshirt
FREE SHIPPING batik GOAT mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
CUSTOM Batik Fiber Animal tshirts Sheep Llama Alpaca Goat or Bunny YOU PICK color and size
earth green batik FLYING DRAGON tshirt youth medium
pink batik BUNNY tshirt youth med long-sleeve
Grey and Grape Shetland handdyed handspun yarn
Silver and Strawberry Coopworth Wool Handspun Handdyed Yarn
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Mama Jude

July 14, 2009

I oughtn’t tell you about Jude’s etsy shop, because theoretically we are competitors, but her plant-dyed yarns are SO YUMMY that I will anyhow.

And if you go to her shop and then to the Phat Fiber Blog and tell Jessie what you like best in Mama Jude’s shop, you can compete with me some more and try to win a free skein of lovely raspberry colored yarn.

More Tour de Fleece days and Harry Potter batik shirts

July 14, 2009

I’ve been spinning some carbonized bamboo sliver on my Baynes and spindling some samples every day (well, one or the other, or both) for the Tour, but it doesn’t make for exciting photos.  No finished yarn yet.

Yesterday and today I spent several hours making some special order goat, alpaca, sheep & dragon shirts.  And, since the new HP movie opens Tuesday night, I had to make special shirts for me & my friends to wear to the movie.  I’m so geeky.  Oh well.

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FREE handspun!

July 9, 2009

Well, a chance to win some, anyhow.  Jessie is doing a giveaway for me on the Phat Fiber blog.  Go there to see details.  Feel free to comment here, as well.  Buy something, too!  🙂

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More about the Spray Dye-Soy Wax Stencil & Reverse Stencil Batik

July 9, 2009

These are the shirts I made as samples with my “new” batik technique:

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I wanted the kids to be able to use their Tribe color and animal-mascot on the shirts, so I really was hoping to do batik, but since I use soy wax, and my regular method has the shirts in the dye bath for less than an hour and I didn’t want to handwash the shirts at camp, I needed something with lower water immersion levels so I could wash them in a few hours when I got home to my machine.

I suspected that spraying the dye on (already mixed with the soda ash activator) would be a good idea–less eating away at the soy wax resist.  

For the frog (green), I did a reverse stencil.  I cut out the frog shape with contact paper and and stuck that on the shirt.  Then I splattered soy wax all around (making that puddley shape), and when it was hard I removed the contact paper from the frog and sprayed the shirt with mixed procion dye & activator solution.  Bagged it up and left it for about 4 hours and then washed it out.

For the monkey (red), I used my regular stencil method, but I sprayed on the activated dye rather than putting the shirt in a bucketful of dye solution.

When I did it with the kids they didn’t turn out QUITE so well, but they were all new at it and it was HOT outside.  I think the wax “ran” too much.  Some of them came out nice, though.  🙂

And an update on my Etsy shop:

GOT WOOL ladies small grey batik sheep tshirt
Zippered orchid purple tote bag with batik ALPACA
PALE SEAS side by side blue green handspun handdyed wool yarn
Sheep Batik t-shirt Unisex 2XL earth green
Goodness Gracious pink 2T tie-dye tshirt
CUSTOM batik fiber animal youth childs batik SHEEP t-shirt GOT WOOL
PINK batik LLAMA micro-mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
batik ALPACA micro-mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
FREE SHIPPING batik SHEEP mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
Batik SHEEP tshirt blue 2XL GOT WOOL
Turquoise blue SHEEP batiked medium small canvas tote bag
FREE SHIPPING batik ALPACA mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
FREE SHIPPING batik ALPACA mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
FREE SHIPPING batik SHEEP mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
FREE SHIPPING batik FLYING DRAGON mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
blue DRAGON batik youth small tshirt
FREE SHIPPING batik GOAT mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
CUSTOM Batik Fiber Animal tshirts Sheep Llama Alpaca Goat or Bunny YOU PICK color and size
earth green batik FLYING DRAGON tshirt youth medium
pink batik BUNNY tshirt youth med long-sleeve
Grey and Grape Shetland handdyed handspun yarn
Silver and Strawberry Coopworth Wool Handspun Handdyed Yarn
FOAMY PALE SEAS blue green handspun handdyed wool yarn
PALE SEAS side by side blue green handspun handdyed wool yarn
FOAMY PALE SEAS blue green handspun MINI skein wool yarn FREE SHIPPING
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My bamboo sliver came!

July 8, 2009

I ordered some carbonized black diamond bamboo fiber from Cotton Clouds and it came yesterday!  I’ve been so busy I haven’t been able to spin any yet–but it sure is soft & shiny!

I missed spinning on Day 3 of the Tour de Fleece, but today I already spun a little on my spindle and intend to spin on my Baynes as well.  I’m in the middle of at least three different spinning projects on my Baynes, so I’m not sure if I will get to the bamboo today, or keep on the BFL or spin some of the merino/silk that I have a bobbinful waiting…

“Stole” one of my own shirts from my Etsy shop today because it hadn’t sold in a while and it was the right size and the right color and I didn’t have a goat shirt for myself yet.

Gotta go clean for least a little while–I have the house to myself, so it does seem like a shame to spend the time cleaning, but I have to do SOME as it needs it.  This week the boys had church camp–Evan’s staying over, but every day but tonight Christopher has just been in day camp, so I have been spending nearly 2 hours in my car (half hour each way, drop off & pick up).  I guess I ought to have been listening to audio books or something, but the road is very twisty and people tailgate if you aren’t going fast enough, so I guess I need to keep my mind on the road.  Monday I spent at least part of the day doing “samples” for my sprayed-dye-soywax-batik method that I did with the older kids at camp (see another post?  maybe tomorrow?).  Tuesday I spent the whole day at camp, since I was doing the dyeing with the kids for a bit over an hour and thought it would be silly to drive up and back THREE times.  I think the kids enjoyed making their shirts–maybe too hot to get really effective soywax batiking outside, or maybe they used too much/too little wax.  Some of the shirts turned out pretty well, but some were not distinct designs and some came out WAY pale overall (I believe that is my fault, near the end I watered the dye down some, which would have been okay, but since I had the activator/ash directly in the dye spray, I think there wasn’t enough activator in some of the dye).  The counselors seemed to enjoy it, anyhow.  THEN last night I went to the library and did round two of Battle of the Books tie-dye t-shirts!  whew!

I will try to put up some photos & description of my “new” dyeing method soon…  🙂

Tour de Fleece, day 2

July 6, 2009

Was busy today with Sunday School and church and lunch (we went out to Five Guys–yum!) and taking Christopher for his first day of church day camp at Asbury Woods, and dropping Evan off for his first day of sleepaway camp at Asbury Woods…But, I managed to spin some while Andrew was playing a board game with Christopher–some BFL roving from Little Barn.  I didn’t spin all of this today–I spun for about an hour during “Merlin”.  Can’t decide if I like the show or not!

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Tour de Fleece 2009

July 5, 2009

I joined the Spinning Bunny Tour de Fleece team and it starts today.  I will count helping children spin at the Festival, but I also plyed up some of the cherry Dorset blended with soy silk.

It is raining out, so I can’t get very good photos.  this will have to do:

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My Etsy Independence Day Special Extended through Monday night

July 4, 2009

I enjoyed the Heritage Farm Youth Festival, even though there weren’t tons of people there.  Especially enjoyed talking to Margaret from Reid’s Apiary and to Dominique from Yellow Goat Farm.  I showed some people how to spin and weave, and that is always a hoot.

Extending my sale/special through Monday, in case someone wasn’t online all weekend and still wants in.  🙂

Happy Birthday to my friend’s daughter, Ella!!  🙂

GOT FIBER unisex XL pink batik GOAT tshirt
GOT FIBER unisex XL…
goodnessgraciou… $20.00
GOT WOOL ladies small grey batik sheep tshirt
GOT WOOL ladies sma…
goodnessgraciou… $20.00
Sheep Batik t-shirt Unisex 2XL earth green
Sheep Batik t-shirt…
goodnessgraciou… $20.00
GOT WOOL unisex M pink batik tshirt
GOT WOOL unisex M p…
goodnessgraciou… $20.00
PINK batik LLAMA micro-mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
PINK batik LLAMA mi…
goodnessgraciou… $5.00
batik ALPACA micro-mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
batik ALPACA micro-…
goodnessgraciou… $5.00
FREE SHIPPING batik SHEEP mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
FREE SHIPPING batik…
goodnessgraciou… $8.00
Batik SHEEP tshirt blue 2XL GOT WOOL
Batik SHEEP tshirt …
goodnessgraciou… $20.00
Turquoise blue SHEEP batiked medium small canvas tote bag
Turquoise blue SHEE…
goodnessgraciou… $18.00
Zippered orchid purple tote bag with batik ALPACA
Zippered orchid pur…
goodnessgraciou… $20.00
FREE SHIPPING batik ALPACA mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
FREE SHIPPING batik…
goodnessgraciou… $8.00
FREE SHIPPING batik ALPACA mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
FREE SHIPPING batik…
goodnessgraciou… $8.00
FREE SHIPPING batik SHEEP mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
FREE SHIPPING batik…
goodnessgraciou… $8.00
FREE SHIPPING batik FLYING DRAGON mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
FREE SHIPPING batik…
goodnessgraciou… $8.00
blue DRAGON batik youth small tshirt
blue DRAGON batik y…
goodnessgraciou… $5.00
FREE SHIPPING batik GOAT mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
FREE SHIPPING batik…
goodnessgraciou… $8.00
CUSTOM Batik Fiber Animal tshirts Sheep Llama Alpaca Goat or Bunny YOU PICK color and size
CUSTOM Batik Fiber …
goodnessgraciou… $25.00
earth green batik FLYING DRAGON tshirt youth medium
earth green batik F…
goodnessgraciou… $10.00
pink batik BUNNY tshirt youth med long-sleeve
pink batik BUNNY ts…
goodnessgraciou… $15.00
Grey and Grape Shetland handdyed handspun yarn
Grey and Grape Shet…
goodnessgraciou… $25.00
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INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL! If you purchase any in-stock t-shirt or full-size skein of handspun yarn between right now (starting Wednesday afternoon) and 10 pm on (EXTENDED THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT) Monday, July 6, get a new mini-baglet (5″x7″) included when I ship! You may request a fiber animal or color, but I get the final word on what I send with your t-shirt. Don’t add the bag to your cart (they aren’t on the shop yet), I will include one for you–you might want to put a message to seller in there when you pay, to remind me.

Gotta warp my homemade loom to take to the Heritage Farm Youth Festival on Saturday

July 3, 2009

There is a big youth soccer tournament going on in Huntington this weekend and the Chamber of Commerce or someone asked people to do stuff to keep the visitors busy.   The Perrys, who run the Heritage Farm Museum & Village are having another daylong festival on Saturday to help with the effort.  Laura asked me in May if I could come help with this one too.  At the big festival I brought spindles and wool and taught some people how to spin and I watched over the little frame looms they have for kids to weave on.  Cool.  But I hate those type of looms.  So pick-up-one-thread-at-a-time.  I feel bad trying to convince children that their ancestors not so long ago were stupid enough to make all their fabric that way, because, of course, they didn’t.

Carolyn Priest-Dorman has a bunch of references you can check out for warp-weighted looms.  She is an SCA person who I always look for when researching Viking things–I am pretty lazy about it, but she isn’t, lol.

Another Brief History of Weaving.

This is cool, has Egyptian art showing looms and spindles…

Anyhow, fairly early (before the Vikings–before Christ), people made string heddles (they tied strings around some of the warp threads in bunches, so they could lift half of the warp threads, for example, at a time, and then lift another bunch so they didn’t have to pick-pick-pick all the way across), and then they made rigid heddles (like my popsicle stick thing with the holes and slots) sometime later (told you I was lazy)…Anyhow, WAYYYY before Colonial and Pioneer Americans…

I like the rigid heddle loom and I think it is easier to use and easier to teach kids about weaving on.  Here is the one I built last summer.  Since then, I have purchased a “real” heddle reed from Yarn N More, but I don’t want that getting broken and it has plastic in it…

If I can manage it tomorrow, I’ll put all the warp threads on my loom and put them through the heddle and tie the weights on and make sure I have all the pieces to assemble the frame and I’ll bring it to the Youth Festival at Heritage Farm Museum in Harveytown on Saturday to let people play on it.