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Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 04-13-2015, 11:32 AM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
There is no treadle and not footman. The rear...

There is no treadle and not footman. The rear leg is not original to the piece. Needed for functionality but a couple of the easier pieces to replace.

Good news is you have the flyer & bobbin ......
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 01-04-2015, 05:36 PM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
Looks like you have an older modle Single Drive...

Looks like you have an older modle Single Drive Traddy, most likely from the early to mid 60's ... based on the simple turned maidens and the leather bearings.


Ashford Traditional Timeline to ID...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 12-17-2014, 01:30 AM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
A cabled yarn will give it more strength. ...

A cabled yarn will give it more strength.

However (isn't there always a 'but' or 'however'?) The yarn as it sits is probably balanced. By plying it, you will partially 'untwist' some of the 2-ply...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 12-16-2014, 08:35 PM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
yes you can!!! First you need to determine which...

yes you can!!!

First you need to determine which direction the yarn was plied together (clockwise or counter clockwise). When you ply the 2-ply yarn together, be sure you are going in the opposite...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-17-2014, 02:01 AM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
VAKnitter ... It all depends on the base recipe...

VAKnitter ... It all depends on the base recipe of the soap you used. Was it a store bought detergent bar? Was it an all vegetable oil soap? Was it a tallow based soap?/


And it depends on how...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-17-2014, 01:46 AM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
Love this!!! I would keep this forever & ever...

Love this!!!

I would keep this forever & ever (or until my child had children & a fridge of their own, and then I might let them have it for their fridge
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-09-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,416
Posted By mullerslanefarm
If you have a bit extra wool, I'd attempt to dye...

If you have a bit extra wool, I'd attempt to dye just a bit of it using orange koolaid.

alpaca does felt easily, but it can be successfully dyed. Have the water, vinegar & koolaid up to temp, then...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-09-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 32
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
You can use kool aid & other FD&C colorants for...

You can use kool aid & other FD&C colorants for cellulose (of plant origin) fibers, but the color fades with washing
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-08-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
When black dye 'breaks', it is pinks & blues. ...

When black dye 'breaks', it is pinks & blues. With the brown you got, I would first try using more black dye for the amount of wool you are dyeing.

Using food coloring to dye yarns is fun, but when...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 03-31-2014, 12:47 PM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
When you get it, pictures are mandatory!! :woot:

When you get it, pictures are mandatory!! :woot:
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 03-26-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,149
Posted By mullerslanefarm
A good spinning friend of mine in MN has a...

A good spinning friend of mine in MN has a Thimble as her traveling wheel (she has a flock of others at home). Here is what she says about it,
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 09-03-2013, 02:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,816
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Glad to help, Alex! I highly encourage you to go...

Glad to help, Alex!

I highly encourage you to go to the Boston guild's spin in this month. Most spinners are more than happy to encourage you to spin! (We want others to be 'twisted' too!)

Some...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 09-03-2013, 09:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,816
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Interweave Press...

Interweave Press (http://www.interweave.com/spinning/) used to have a web page of guilds, but I can't seem to locate it on their website.

However, the link I supplied above takes you to their...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 08-30-2013, 09:11 AM
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Views: 1,816
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Here is a good place to start ......

Here is a good place to start ... http://joyofhandspinning.com/
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 04-03-2013, 04:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,194
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Check out youtube videos by Abby Franquemont. ...

Check out youtube videos by Abby Franquemont. She also has a wonderful book Respect the Spindle. She is a wealth of knowledge on spindle spinning and always willing to answer questions. She hangs...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 08-15-2012, 07:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,806
Posted By mullerslanefarm
If you want to try to replicate it, weight is...

If you want to try to replicate it, weight is your best option. This is where a drum carder comes in handy.

Congrats on the Icelandic thel!!! Be careful with it though, thel will felt if you look...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 08-13-2012, 08:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,806
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Yes, using a pair of dog slickers works very well...

Yes, using a pair of dog slickers works very well for carding and blending.

As for is alpaca needs to be carded, it depends!

Is the alpaca raw (straight off the animal) or in a roving form?

Raw...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-21-2012, 08:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,001
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Welcome Bren! For only spinning 6 months, your...

Welcome Bren!

For only spinning 6 months, your yarns are very professional looking! The yarn from the "never ending braid" ... WOW!



Well, doctors do tell us we should include fiber in our...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 11-27-2011, 02:05 AM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
You are doing quite well for new yarns ... give...

You are doing quite well for new yarns ... give yourself a couple weeks, you're a natural spinner!

:yay:
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 11-26-2011, 08:26 PM
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Views: 2,246
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Gotta see this 'sweet yarn'! (I already saw your...

Gotta see this 'sweet yarn'! (I already saw your hands!)
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 11-25-2011, 12:34 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
Well, you'll have sweet yarn for sure! Worse...

Well, you'll have sweet yarn for sure!

Worse case, you'll just have to rinse all that sugar out so it won't be sticky.
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 11-21-2011, 01:09 PM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
Try taking small clumps of the fiber and shaking...

Try taking small clumps of the fiber and shaking it. You can also comb or card the bits out. If you don't have fiber combs or carders, regular comb will work, as do dog slickers.
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 08-30-2011, 10:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,166
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Sean, It will depend on what color your sock is...

Sean, It will depend on what color your sock is now and which color you choose to dye it with. (red+green = brown, purple+yellow=brown, orange+blue=brown) <--okay that's pretty simple, but you get...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 05-20-2011, 01:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,781
Posted By mullerslanefarm
It IS optional, depending on how you want your...

It IS optional, depending on how you want your dye to strike.

If you want an evenly dyed yarn, then the wool needs to be wet.
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 05-19-2011, 09:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,781
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Kool aid is merely flavored egg dye. Both need a...

Kool aid is merely flavored egg dye. Both need a good mordant of acid (vinegar). You can do this in two ways, either add the vinegar with the dye or pre-mordant your wool by soaking it in water...
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