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Yes, while you may lose some techniques that depend on wool's specific properties (like felting), there are a variety of fibers still available to the wool-allergic: Other Animal Fibers Alpaca is the most common - but there are also other, more exotic ones - which may be tolerable. Plant Fibers Cotton, linen, hemp. Should be completely tolerable even to ...


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According to Maggie Righetti in Knitting in Plain English1, there are a couple of methods you can use to narrow down the possibilities. The Burn Test Take a small length of the yarn and hold a flame to one end of it. Take safety precautions when doing this. Don't perform this test near anything else that's flammable and be prepared for the yarn to burn or ...


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The finger positioning—actually the way the yarn loops around the fingers—controls the overall tension of the yarn. Think of it like the path the thread takes on a sewing machine—all those ups, downs and arounds between the thread spool and the needle to make a nice even stitch on the fabric. Fortunately the yarn path around the fingers is much more ...


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Yes, using upholstery vinyl for bookbinding is certainly a possibility. I got a large reem of it from my grandfathers and was curious if it would work. I found my result to be satisfactory (see pictures below). The part that concerned me was the stiffness difference between my leather books and my new upholstered book. It still opens and closes fine but it ...


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In addition to being extremely insulative, wool is ideal for something like a coffee cozy because it is stable in the presence of a fairly high degree of applied heat, it is un-meltable, and it has a very high combustion point. For a practical example of wool’s ability to withstand heat, when pressing wool, the recommended iron setting is 148 °C (300 °F), ...


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If you cannot find a maker space as suggested in the comments, find a reliable dealer that has a repair shop. These machines are very heavy and cannot be transported for repairs. Working in the studio producing 8-15 canvas fabric custom hand bags daily depending on complexity, I used a Singer straight stitch flat top commercial machine. Juki has a good ...


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Data point: I successfully blocked a mixed-fiber scarf by soaking in warm water! It was made of fingering weight yarn, content: 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon. For an arbitrary mixture, the safest method would definitely be to make a test swatch and see how it responds... but since I don't always swatch, the next best thing is to try blocking in order of ...


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These are just pom poms on elastic bands. Those particular ones appear to be made from rabbit fur. That is, according to the less that useful description given from the site where this image came from. Korea cute fashion real rabbit fur ball hair ring hair rope single ball wholesale Page appears to be in Chinese Simplified and that is what I got from ...


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Why reinvent what others have already worked out, if you don't have to? :) That said, it is definitely possible to learn to keep tension on the yarn or thread with nonstandard finger positions. If a person has hypermobile joints (as I do), it may not be possible to get the fingers into the "correct" positions for knit or crochet. (Or tat, but I haven't ...


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I crochet with cotton threads from DMC. You can also look into embroidery and cross-stitch. Cross-stitch can take a long time (especially for big pieces) but are really rewarding. You can pick up kits online that include everything you need for US$20 and less: the pattern chart, all the thread and the cloth. All you need is some scissors and maybe a ...


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I'm allergic to wool and I knit daily. Bamboo is my favorite but silk, linen, hemp, there are even fibres based on nettles and seaweed. I have also knitted cashmere and alpaca with no issues at all.


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Write out your messages on paper and then cut it out. Roll it up into a scroll. Take the height of the scroll and add about 3/4 of an inch to determine the length of drinking straw that you need. Cut a drinking straw to that length. Light a candle and after it has burned for a minute or two, dump some of the liquid wax onto a heat resistant surface. Before ...


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