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Hello, my name's Carl and I'm a yarnaholic.

 

From my chair I can see 7 sewing machines, 2 knitting machines, an Inkle loom, 2 table looms, an overlocker, a linker, a spinning wheel a draw that is full of Lucets, nalebinding needles, round knitting looms, various shuttles and other pocket textile manipulators.

 

I don't need the encouragement of a craft section...I need help.

 

I'd be impressed if I could even remember what each of a collection of machines like that was called.

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I'd be impressed if I could even remember what each of a collection of machines like that was called.

Useful.

 

Carl is a mere beginner though. I have seven spinning wheels, three drum carders, two looms, nine sewing machines, an overlocker, two knitting machines, several niddynoddies, a small warping frame, and a plethora of small equipment. That's before I start detailing the stash ....

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Useful.

 

Carl is a mere beginner though. I have seven spinning wheels, three drum carders, two looms, nine sewing machines, an overlocker, two knitting machines, several niddynoddies, a small warping frame, and a plethora of small equipment. That's before I start detailing the stash ....

That was just what was in my living room.

 

I have 7 tablelooms looms, in various states of repair, 4 rigid heddle looms, 6 inkle looms, 4 knitting machines, 2 linkers, 2 overlockers, 4 tapestry looms, 2 floor looms (a vertical rug loom and a countermarche) a tub full of weavettes and similar pin looms, various circular knitting looms and, at last count over 30 sewing machines oh and one spinning wheel.

 

I've got 5 warping frames of various sizes and a vertical warping mill for big projects.

 

I have one niddynoddy but never use it. I do have a few swifts though and a weasel that I will get round to restoring one day so that it will once again go "pop".

I also have several ball and cone winders a carding machine that I'll use one day, a box full of french knitting bobbins and a lock-up full of more of the above waiting to be fixed or sold.

 

It's my yarn and fabric stash that is the real problem though.

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I'm just a lightweight and trying to keep the numbers down. I'm pretty horrified by just how much stuff I have. Bit of a difference from my whole life fitting into medium sized van.

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So, which machine or tool is your favourite? The one you would choose if you were only allowed one. I think I'd choose my Creelman Money Maker sockmachine with the bronce cylinders.

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So, which machine or tool is your favourite? The one you would choose if you were only allowed one. I think I'd choose my Creelman Money Maker sockmachine with the bronce cylinders.

Well as I can hand sew (of sorts) it would have to be either a knitting machine or loom.

 

I would choose my 42" Weavemaster 4 shaft table loom because it has the biggest capacity and the best selection of reeds so I could weave anything from an inch wide silk band to a 3'6" rug.

 

I would quickly knock up an inkle loom out of a few pencils and a shoe box, though, so I didn't have to weave bands on a huge lloom.

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Hmm, yes, but you live in a house ....

 

I haven't mentioned the contents of my Mum's garage and the contents of the Sheds of Tawny Towers. It's the raw fleece stash that's the real space killer though. Nearly fifty. I may have over done it ....


So, which machine or tool is your favourite? The one you would choose if you were only allowed one. I think I'd choose my Creelman Money Maker sockmachine with the bronce cylinders.

 

It would be Bill-the-Spin although my Majacraft Suzie Pro would be close. I can earn a living from the Suzie (and have in the past).

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So, which machine or tool is your favourite? The one you would choose if you were only allowed one. I think I'd choose my Creelman Money Maker sockmachine with the bronce cylinders.

My needle and thread. I am a happy gal when hand sewing in natural light. Great space saver on a boat too (minimal additional space allowance for hand cream for needle lacerations!) wink.png

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Hi All,

 

What is the best fabric to use to make boat curtains? I have heard that natural fabrics are not durable enough to withstand any condensation. All feedback welcome. Thanks!biggrin.png

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Hi All,

 

What is the best fabric to use to make boat curtains? I have heard that natural fabrics are not durable enough to withstand any condensation. All feedback welcome. Thanks!biggrin.png

I've always tended to go for the fabric I like, rather than what some may think is the best to use.

 

The cotton curtains in my caravan were made from curtains that I'd had in a boat that I sold in 1998 and are still going strong so I can't comment on their longevity, yet, but I'd rather live with curtains I love for 20 years than some which I don't like so much but will last another 50.

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Hi All,

 

What is the best fabric to use to make boat curtains? I have heard that natural fabrics are not durable enough to withstand any condensation. All feedback welcome. Thanks!:D

everyone's ideas are different. None of us sleep well if there is light streaming through the curtains. Our son who has Asberger's, has a lot of sleep problems anyway. Ok in the winter, but I don't like waking at dawn in summer. So for me it was important to use a dense fabric with blackout linings.

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I've always tended to go for the fabric I like, rather than what some may think is the best to use.

 

The cotton curtains in my caravan were made from curtains that I'd had in a boat that I sold in 1998 and are still going strong so I can't comment on their longevity, yet, but I'd rather live with curtains I love for 20 years than some which I don't like so much but will last another 50.

Thanks for your feedback, Carl.

 

I tend to keep my curtains and long term / essential fixtures and fittings very neutral so that any colour scheme changes can be made with throws, colourful cushions, candles & flowers.

 

Neutral / natural curtains will also allow natural light in and make my boat look more streamlined as patterns can detract from the space.

 

I was looking at a cotton linen blend fabric. Your cotton curtains have done very well so I may go ahead with this fabric smile.png

What material have you got in your stash, not having to buy is a good start.

Hi Madcat smile.png (beautiful cat by the way. Is he/she yours?)

 

I don't have any materials in the quantity needed to make curtains to fit out my boat so will have to start from scratch.

everyone's ideas are different. None of us sleep well if there is light streaming through the curtains. Our son who has Asberger's, has a lot of sleep problems anyway. Ok in the winter, but I don't like waking at dawn in summer. So for me it was important to use a dense fabric with blackout linings.

Hi Catrin smile.png

I was thinking of lining in 3 pass blackout fabric for the summer for this reason. I may end up making 2 sets. One for summer & one for winter with a non blackout thermal lining. I miss the lack of natural light in the winter when the days are short and like to let as much in as possible. If I have 2 sets this should lengthen the life of each set too. Thanks for your feedback smile.png

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My arts and crafts interest is kiln formed glass and following on from this wire wrapped jewellery and precious metal clay jewellery. Anyone else share this interest?

 

Alyson

Alyson. You have my admiration for the precious metal clay jewellery. I had a brief go but couldn't get on with it. Give me a glass cutter & I'm happy though. Leaded lights, copper foiling & glass appliqué are what I specialise in, though I'm starting a fusing course in September. Which fusing glass do you use?

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Bullseye glass for fusing, lots to choose from and no compatibility issues.

Float glass is useful too and "K" window glass gives a nice effect.

You should really enjoy your fusing classes, I'm enrolling for a 5th year, done City & Guilds and BTEC now doing extra credits.

I sell my jewellery to swell my kiln fund!

I've done leaded lights, copper foiling, sandblasting and casting, I LOVE glass!

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I'd LOVE to do the C&G but they stopped running it in Kent & I can't stretch to the cost of doing it in London. You're so blessed to have been able to do it!

What's the difference in effect between K glass & regular float?

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I'd LOVE to do the C&G but they stopped running it in Kent & I can't stretch to the cost of doing it in London. You're so blessed to have been able to do it!

What's the difference in effect between K glass & regular float?

Fired the K side up it gives a pearlised effect, I've used it by sandblasting the coating off in some areas giving a clear/pearlised pattern Edited by Dyertribe

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And not only textiles. I'd love to see a range of crafts, including metal work, carpentry....any potters.....and so on....

Chris (my wife) is really into card making, the amount of kit she has is massive and what frightens me is that there is always something more she needs to try some new technique I really should have got a 70 footer as 60 is patently too small

Phil

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