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What fiber crafts can I do when I am allergic to wool?

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 ...
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Is there a way to determine the fiber content of a yarn if I've lost the label?

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 ...
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Can a wool coffee cozy sustain high temperatures?

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 ...
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Can I use Upholstery Vinyl as the fabric for a hardcover book opposed to using Leather?

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 ...
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How important is hand/finger position in fiber crafts?

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 ...
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How can I block acrylic / wool blend yarn?

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 ...
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What type of sewing machine is appropriate for making heavy fabric bags?

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 ...
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Connecting 5mm wide elastic bands in multiple locations

Simply sew over them with a sewing machine. If you don't have a sewing machine, hand sew a few times through both bands instead of placing just a single loop. About 6 - 10 stitches should be stable ...
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Can you identify this yarn tool?

That looks like a bone folder (aka paper creaser) to me. A plastic version though, not actual bone. I've got one that's similar in bright orange, although mine doesn't have the notch near the tip. It ...
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What are these balls of wool bound together with a rubber band?

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 ...
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How important is hand/finger position in fiber crafts?

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 ...
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What fiber crafts can I do when I am allergic to wool?

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 ...
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What fiber crafts can I do when I am allergic to wool?

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

For most people at home a burn test is still the most viable option to identify unknown fabrics and yarns. With a little experience handling different types of fabric, it becomes easier to guess the ...
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Capsule making?

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. ...
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