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You use a glass mirror to see your face;
you use works of art to see your soul.
~ George Bernard Shaw
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One man’s trash is another man’s art! 
Urban up-cycle this discarded mirror using a laser and spray paint!
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This mirror design was created using an Epilog laser.  The mirror finish was removed from the back by the raster function of the laser, then spray paint was applied to add color. 
Next the front of the mirror was etched with the laser to add depth to the piece. 
These effects can also be achieved using a sandblaster and masking film.
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Here’s some photos of the process.
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It all started with this discarded mirror.
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Then my design created in Corel Draw.
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A template was cut in cardboard to hold the mirror.
This insures that the mirror is placed into the laser in the exact place each time.
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The back of the mirror now complete with the raster removal of the mirror finish.
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Ta-da! 
The mirror finish has been removed via the raster function of the laser and the clear glass shows when viewed from the front.
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The front side of the mirror was etched with the laser.
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Cool technique spoiler alert! 
Use a combination of vector cutting, to achieve a hairline around the border frame image, then use the raster function to give the appearance of etched glass. 
The cut vector is sparkly… oohhh, aaaah!
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Final check inside the frame to view placement.
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Next, painting of the lattice frame.  Spray paint is your best friend! 
Two colors of paint for the frame. 
Lighter to the inside, darker to the outside.
I didn’t wait for dry time because I wanted the colors to mix, and they did, creating a really nice ombre transition.
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Bronze glaze after the paint dried worked like a champ to give the paint some depth.
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Paper tape is applied to cover the mirror surface so that the spray painting can be masked and done in stages to allow for different colors.
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The paper tape is peeled away to reveal the next part of the design to receive a different color of spray paint.
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Have I mentioned how difficult it is to get decent pictures of a mirrored surface? 
The colors are teal, black and brown.
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The final project!
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If you have a lot of friends on Facebook, your News Feed can be an array of status updates, links and photos. 

So you’re a 7 Yaks Design fan, but Facebook won’t let you stay up to the minute on all that’s happening?

I feel your pain, instead of letting Facebook determine which friends and pages you’d most like to see first, now you can choose the pages and friends to stay at the top of your News Feed.

Hooray!

Facebook announced that the News Feed has been updated to show you content that matters to you the most by allowing users to prioritize which friends and pages are featured in their News Feed.

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Here’s how to get what you want to see on Facebook:

Step 1: From the Facebook app on your smart phone, tap the More button located in the corner (it looks like 3 lines). Then, scroll to the bottom of the resulting menu and select News Feed Preferences near the bottom of the list.

From your desktop Facebook, go to your settings menu and then choose News Feed Preferences.  If you’re on the 7 Yaks Design Facebook Page, it’s even easier.  There’s a drop down menu if you mouse over the ‘Liked’ button.  Then choose ‘See First’!

Step 2: On your smart phone, tap Prioritize who to see first at the top of the resulting page and choose whose posts you don’t want to miss, whether pages or friends. Tap Done in the upper-left corner when finished to implement the changes.

It’s even easier on the desktop, just click on the photo of the page or person!

Are you looking for vintage and hard to find yarns like Rowan, Sanguine Gryphon and others?

7 Yaks Design is adding new yarns daily!

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A new selection of soft spinning fibers have arrived!

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BROWN JACOB WOOL TOP

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Jacob Sheep have graced the large estates and country homes of England for many centuries.  Their impressive horns, black and white faces and spotted bodies have no doubt contributed to their popularity and survival.

The Brown Select Jacob Wool has been hand picked from the fleece and processed to keep the rich brown color.  The micron count ranges between 25-35. Jacob is easy to spin and produces a springy yarn.

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Masham sheep have been bred for over a century on the hill farms in the Northern Counties of England.  The Masham sheep is produced by  crossing  a Teeswater or Wensleydale and Swaledale or Dalesbred. 

This wool overdyes beautifully and is a great choice for rugs or projects that need a more robust wool.  Masham wool is a beautiful silver grey color with a good degree of lustre.  It is classified as a longwool.  Micron count is between 31-36 microns.
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CHEVIOT WOOL TOP

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Cheviot is a main British wool breed.  The modern Cheviot breed has been produced by selection rather than by crossing.  It is a pure breed, one of a very few in this country.  Cheviots produce generous fleeces of white wool which is preferred by mills because its fineness, crimp, and length of staple give it superior spinning and combing qualities, and its low grease content

Cheviot Wool Top is a beautiful natural white color. The micron count is between 27-33.  The wool top is open without being slippery making it an excellent wool for beginner spinners.  The wool practically spins itself.  The yarn produced from Cheviot wool is a pleasure to knit, crochet or weave.

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Are you allergic to animal fibers? 

Fear no more, this batt contains none of that!  

VEGAN BATT Collage

Hand dyed nylon fibers with a hint of firestar for sparkle and shine. 

You can spin this by itself to make a vegan yarn, or combine it with your animal fiber batts to add more memory to your yarn. 

Here’s a few suggestions for spinning the vegan batt:

Spin it as a single and then ply it with another animal fiber based yarn,

or blend with an animal fiber batt as you spin. 

Any way you choose to use this fiber, it’s all good!

See all of the colorways at sevenyaks.etsy.com

Valentine’s Day isn’t about blowing your budget on something outrageous, it’s all about the little things!
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Treat yourself to some fiber love.
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7 Yaks Valentine Promo

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Expires 2-15-2015

Thanks to a request from an Etsy customer,
I have developed a design for Nordic Mitten Blockers.

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The mitten blockers are available at 7 Yaks Design.

 

These Nordic Mitten Blockers are made out of
1/8″ (4mm) acrylic cut-offs from a local plastic manufacturing company.
GO GREEN 🙂

Also included in the separate blockers for the thumbs are WPI gauges…
I knew you’d like that!

© 2014 7 Yaks Design

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Nordic Mitten Blocker: 3.75″ x 10.75″
Thumb Blocker: 2 3/8″ x 1″

 

Garn Studio is bursting with free patterns for
Nordic mittens and wrist warmers!

Ravelry is heaven for fiberistas!
You can chat on Ravelry too, share ideas, tips and techniques.
It’s easy to lose as much time on Ravelry as Pinterest.

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Ravelry puts the FUN in funky.

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I had a request for gauntlet blockers too,
which will also work great for blocking wrist warmers!
Included are thumb blockers so they are truly a versatile design.

Gauntlet Blocker:
3.5″ x 15″
(8.89 cm x 38.1 cm)

Thumb Blocker:
2 3/8″ x 1″
(5.08 cm x 2.54 cm)

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Knit sleeves are the perfect accessory, especially under a jacket, for added warmth!

 

Stash of handspun yarn, no problem!

Left-over yarn from projects, bring it on! 

This pattern will take it all.

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The Domancic Method of Bioenergy Healing was developed over 35 years ago.  It is unique in its simplicity and effectiveness, scientifically validated and practiced all over the world.  It restores the health of adults and children – when other means fail.  Since 1993 Zdenko Domancic (Doe-MAAN-cheech) has been teaching his method at the Bioenergy Healing Clinic in Slovenia – the largest clinic of this type in Europe.

Bio-Energy healing is an effective, holistic technique for the treatment of physical illness, emotional blocks, mental obstacles and spiritual issues.  It is based on the understanding that each of us is a complex, interactive energy system.  If you could see yourself under a powerful electron microscope, you would see that you are made up of a cluster of ever-changing energy in the form of electrons, neutrons, photons and so on.

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When you are healthy, life energy – or chi, flows freely through your energy field, providing a sense of self-assurance, groundedness and a feeling of being in harmony with yourself and the world.

If you have been experiencing a significant amount of stress, persist in holding onto past emotions, or have developed a belief system that is out of alignment with your life’s purpose – the energy within your bio-energetic field will become stagnant or even blocked.  This stagnated energy tends to crystallize around core issues that you have not been ready to face, or simply did not have the specific knowledge or tools to do so.

Although you may remain unconscious of what is going on in your energy field, your enlightened mind is completely aware of what is happening.  To restore the balance, it will seek to make you conscious of the problem –  through the “alarm bells” of illness, depression, addiction, relationship disharmony or some other type of trauma.  You may become confused, lost or even fearful, as you search for a means to help you return back to health.

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I had the pleasure of attending a 4-day group clinic with Michael Ramsey of Gateway Healing, who studied in Slovenia with Zdenko Domancic.  It was a truly wonderful experience!  The other women in the group were all healing professionals including a massotherapist, Reiki healer and other energy work practitioners.  Over the course of the clinic with Michael, I also learned more about Reiki.

It comes as no surprise to me that Dr. Mikao Usui discovered the principles of Reiki.  Usui Sensei was raised as a samurai from childhood, specifically in the martial arts techniques of aiki.

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If you’re interested, the 5 principles of Reiki are:

1.  Don’t get angry today.

2.  Don’t be grievous – don’t worry.

3.  Express your thanks.

4.  Be diligent in your business – I will do my work honestly.

5.  Be kind to others.

…. Seems like a good starting point for everything in life!
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For me, the martial arts and energy work started in upstate New York with an introduction to the possibilities of both from Wayne, an Aikido martial artist.  I learned how to work with my energy, and how to channel my energy across spaces.  I know it sounds a bit ridiculous, but we would channel our energies back and forth between each other like a game of tag.
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To date my study of martial arts spans 14 years and includes Aikido, Kwanmukan Karate and Hapkido.  When you sink into a martial arts stance, you are attaching your body to the earth.  To hold the ground or to launch the body through space during a throw matters not, there is an attachment of the body to the planet, and from this you build your martial arts power.  At the conclusion of my group clinic with Michael, I felt once again grounded to the earth.  I have continued to work with my energy and feel stronger each and every day, and more importantly, I have a greater sense of peace!

Michael can work with you too!  Please check out Gateway Healing for an in person clinic if you’re in Ohio, and if you’re not, distance healing can take place – to anywhere in the world.
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The luxurious fleece and pelt of the Gotland sheep are what sets them apart from other breeds.  Gotland pelts are world-renowned for their superior quality.  The pelts sell for a premium, due to their smooth silky locks and soft handle.

The Gotland’s fleece is considered to be among the best in the world for spinning and weaving.  It is the very high luster and well-defined crimp, along with the array of silver and gray shades that make the fleeces highly desirable to hand spinners, knitters and weavers.

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Traditionally a dual purpose sheep, this fiber was established by the Vikings by crossing Karkul, Ramnov and native Swedish sheep.  These three blends created the Gotland sheep with a surprisingly long staple length of 6.5 inches.  The fiber has a clearly defined even curl and staple that is soft to the touch.  The fleece is typically 29 to 35 microns in diameter.  Lambs wool can be in the low to mid 20’s micron range.

Gotland fleeces are similar to Wensleydale in luster but are not quite as soft.  It is generally used as an outer wear fiber.  Gotland wool is strong, lustrous and smooth when spun worsted and is light and soft when spun into a lofty woolen yarn.  The wool felts easily with a smooth surface and strong hold, even when lightly felted.  This is what makes Gotland wool the “felter’s favorite”.

Gotland wool is fine, long, lustrous and dense and can be all shades of grey from silver to charcoal and dark enough to be almost black.  Traditional Gotland Gray is a rich blue-grey color that does not discolor in sun exposure.  This is a great wool to add to your alpaca to give your yarn more memory!  7 Yaks Design has natural gray roving and several hand dyed colors including wedgewood, blackberry, teal, indigo, midnight and crushed grape.

All 7 Yaks Design fibers are hand dyed with professional dyes that are both lightfast and washfast for long lasting, fade resistant color.

7 Yaks Design is having a 25% OFF stock up sale until July 15th with coupon code TDF2014!

The spinning world is brimming with conversations about Tour de Fleece again this year!  TDF, as the event is often referred to in virtual spinning communities, was first organized in 2006 by Star Athena, a spinner, knitter, and designer based in Portland, Oregon.

The idea is to set a spinning-related challenge for yourself and work toward your goal each day that the Tour de France cyclists ride.  The event has grown each year with over ten thousand spinners taking part.  The Ravelry Tour de Fleece group alone has thousands of members, and hundreds of spinning teams have formed.

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This year, competition begins on Saturday July 5th and will end on Sunday July 27th.  It has been great hearing all the different ways in which spinners are using the event to work on techniques or tackle long-coveted projects.  The official concept is “Challenge Yourself. Spin. Have Fun.”

I hear many spinners say that rather than work on a specific project, they simply challenge themselves to find time each day to sit at their wheels. TDF allows spinners, en masse and in high spirit, to identify what parts of their spinning life they want to improve.  And for some of us, that simply means making time for something that has been lurking on the horizon, just out of reach.

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