Questions tagged [fiber-crafts]

For questions about working with fiber from all sources (animal, plant, and synthetic) in its raw form or finished products (like yarn), as well as the crafts that use these fibers. Questions specific to a single fiber-craft should also use a tag specific to that craft.

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Are there "forensic" tools that can typically be done at home to identify fiber content of yarn or fabric?

An old question, Is there a way to determine the fiber content of a yarn if I've lost the label?, asked about identifying the fiber content of mystery yarn. The answer it received described a number ...
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Can you identify this yarn tool?

I’ve been knitting, crocheting, sewing, weaving, and most other things textile related for decades and have never come across this tool. I inherited a box of yarn and other crafting items that ...
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Connecting 5mm wide elastic bands in multiple locations

I have a project where I have two 5mm wide elastic bands (such as these ones) that I would like to connect in ten distinct locations that are seperate from each other. So far, I have tried using ...
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Can a wool coffee cozy sustain high temperatures?

I drink coffee after boiling water and mixing it in the mug. The mug stays hot for a while and then I start drinking it. I have been crocheting for a while and I thought I might as well make a coffee ...
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What type of sewing machine is appropriate for making heavy fabric bags?

I've been making custom bags, purses and totes out of heavy cloth fabrics for the last several years and have been struggling with my two home sewing machines (Brother CS6000i and Janome HD3000). I ...
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Capsule making?

Is it possible make letter capsules in wood or fabric? I just ordered some plastic versions of this item from and was just wondering if it was a possible to make them myself. These are ...
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What fiber crafts can I do when I am allergic to wool?

I'm allergic to wool. Is it still possible for me to knit/crochet/spin/weave?
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Can I use Upholstery Vinyl as the fabric for a hardcover book opposed to using Leather?

I’m trying to test out my limits with my book binding skills and am currently looking for an alternative to using leather. While I am not against using leather for my hardcovers, I am just looking for ...
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How can I block acrylic / wool blend yarn?

My understanding is that one should block 100% wool by soaking in hot water and reshaping to dry, which will felt the fibers enough to keep its shape. Acrylic, on the other hand, does not felt, so ...
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How important is hand/finger position in fiber crafts?

I've been learning to knit and crochet by looking at various tutorials online. In the pictures and/or videos, the fingers are often positioned with respect to the needles or yarn in ways that don't ...
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What are these balls of wool bound together with a rubber band? [closed]

I am trying to look up what these are, to no avail: Note: this was the closest thing I could find They are balls of wool, cut into small pieces, with a rubber band stuck in the middle holding it ...
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Is there a way to determine the fiber content of a yarn if I've lost the label?

I try to keep the label that comes with the yarn I buy but I do have a few balls of yarn where the label has disappeared and I don't have an additional, unused ball (that would still have the label). ...