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WE BUILT A SPINNING WHEEL FOR $2.50. One day Barbara—that's my best friend—and I got this crazy idea: Why not try to make a spinning wheel?

WE BUILT A SPINNING WHEEL FOR $2.50

Up until then, Barbara had been spinning our "homegrown" wool (which comes from a little black sheep and a white woolly that we keep here on our ten acres) on a drop spindle. In case you didn't know, a drop spindle is nothing more than a tapered dowel—weighted at the bottom—which you hold vertically and let rotate while pulling wool from the top. It's a slow-but-simple way to spin wool. Now, it takes a long time to make even a two- or three ounce skein by the drop spindle method. Not that it isn't fun . . . We thought awhile, and—after seeing diagrams and pictures of homemade wheels in Foxfire 2 —decided we couldn't wait any longer. "Look! " Our biggest piece of luck-considering we're both just unskilled novices when it comes to things mechanical—was finding a ready-made wheel. From that point, the actual construction of our spinning wheel was a cinch. How to Make a Wool Drum Carder. How to Install a Clothesline Elevator.

How to String the Clothesline Through the Pulley. Best Hand Clothes Wringer: Kitchen & Dining. Fall Fiber Festival - home. How to Rip Rags for Weaving. How to Make a Frame Loom. How to Build a Simple Frame Loom. One common question many people have after reading these instructions is: can I make it bigger? Yes, the loom can be made bigger to accommodate larger weavings. The sizes indicated here are ideal for small wall hangings and pot holders. But, if you want to make a larger scale loom simply use longer wood. However, be aware that a weaving puts enormous strain on a loom. So if you as you scale the design up be sure to use larger dimension lumber. And, if you get stuck or have any questions, please feel free to contact me .

How to Recycle Yarn from a Thrift-Store Sweater. October 4th, 2008 Email 62 users recommend When you're done ripping, you'll have hundreds of yards of brand-new yarn for knitting!

How to Recycle Yarn from a Thrift-Store Sweater

Lee Meredith This example sweater is bulky yarn, so it'll be easier to see what's going on. A string quilt block tutorial – paper pieced method. I’m so blown away by all the wonderful comments on my string quilt, now aptly named ‘Kaleidoscope’ (many thanks to Kerri who was the first to suggest it, followed by 9 others of you who had the same thought!)

a string quilt block tutorial – paper pieced method

I think it’s just perfect. And now, a quick tutorial – I had a few requests for a tutorial on making this type of quilt, so I figured I’d oblige (it’s the least I can do, right?). This shows the paper piecing method, which is my preferred method. To start, you’ll want to decide on the size of your blocks. For the Kaleidoscope quilt, my blocks were 11″ square. Cut squares of your desired size from the copy paper and set aside. Decide on your fabrics and cut strips of a variety of widths. I wanted to have a small strip of white separate the squares in my quilt, so I cut 1″ strips of a solid white fabric. Next we’ll temporarily attach the white strips to the paper squares.

Now you can start sewing on your fabric strips! (please ignore my wrinkly fabric!

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