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Fair Isle Knitting
Some time ago, I came across a post about shortening zips – an idea I hadn’t come across before. I did ask the lady if she would like to contribute a piece for my SHOW & TELL feature, but I never heard back from her.
I went looking for it, for the Re-Blog Wednesday challenge, and I couldn’t find it, but I did find this one, written in 2012, it is a step by step tutorial on how to do it – hopefully some of you will find it useful!
Shortening a coil zipper is easy – just cut through the teeth and whipstitch a stop, right? But what about if you’ve got the problem of a pattern that needs an 8″ zipper, and all they carry in the silver zipper department is this zipper, which is clearly 9″ long –
I’ll admit that up until this week, I would have just cut off the end of the zipper and sewn over the teeth. Of course, I woulda wound up potentially damaging my scissors, AND I’ve definitely bent a few needles using this method. Last weekend, I realized that there is a better way to shorten a metal zipper that keeps your scissors sharp and doesn’t risk the potential eye injury related to flying shards of broken needles. So here I share with you my revelation!
Shortening a metal zipper
- metal zipper that needs to be shortened
- a needle-nose…
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Several years ago when they were in middle school or beginning high school, I gave Mother’s needlepoint yarn, canvas and other crafting stuff to my granddaughter Kimberly and her friend (my borrowed granddaughter) Shannon. With the yarn, I gave them encouragement to Make Something Creative. And they did. Over the next several years, they made lots of things.
But when the girls graduated, got jobs, moved into their own apartment and began to look toward higher education – you guessed it – the leftover yarn and all the other leftover “stuff” came back to me.
As it happens, I had some hanks of nice soft gray yarn I wasn’t too sure what to do with, and when I put them with the color, I began to picture a completed project.
Needlepoint yarn usually is cut into handy lengths for those who use it. Even though the yarn I used for red stripes was the longest in of all the yarns in the bag, the longest pieces proved to be too short to make a warp of the required length. So, I had to make extensions. (For you non-weavers, the extensions were in the “loom waste” section of the warp.) Making extensions wasn’t difficult to do, and the doing of it added to my meager library of weaving experience.
Without enough of any one color, I had to combine all the shades of my chosen color in order to make the scarf. Short supply of short scraps forced me to be somewhat avant guard and make an asymmetrical design – sort of like, we’ll pile all the stripes on this end and make the other end plain. The thought in the back of my mind was, “If worst comes to worst and this is a total flop, the danged thing could find its way into the doggie bed.”
In the end, however, I loved the design. Loosely woven, the wool, strip measured seven feet long, then shrunk to six feet in length after being washed and “fulled”. (This is not counting a good four inches of fringe on each end.) After the washing, the tag ends of yarn were cut and the fringe trimmed. The lovely thing was steam pressed, hung up to dry thoroughly, and ultimately was photographed.
Freshly showered and dressed in my favorite outfit, I stood before the full length mirror, and with great anticipation, flung the scarf around my neck. My first reaction after a satisfied smile was, “Yikes!”
The gray yarn was indeed soft, but the needlepoint yarn was the prickliest yarn I have ever wound around my own neck. So, I found another use for the scarf fabric. This piece will not find its way to the doggie bed.
A Self Challenge
To see more editions of my SHOW & TELL feature, please see the Show & Tell Archive Page. Anyone is welcome to send in photographs of their work and have their own SHOW & TELL page – please read the instructions on the archive.
I just got an ‘annual report’ from wordpress on this site, and the most visited pages are the SHOW & TELL FEATURES – especially the one on decorating KROMSKI’S FANTASIA SPINNING WHEEL. Click here to see it.
I love the idea that something posted over a year ago is still getting visitors and inspiring others. There are several other SHOW & TELL posts – to access them, please see my new SHOW & TELL ARCHIVE PAGE.
I have constantly asked my customers to contribute to this feature, but somehow they are either too shy, or too busy,or feel its too much work! Please don’t let that put you off! I will publish all contributions, whether you are just starting up or a professional – tho’ I reserve the right to edit your contribution slightly – and will give you a chance to publicise your work and for others to contact you if you want them to.
There is no time limit on this – just send me something any time you feel like to email@example.com, OR fill in the form on the CONTACT ME PAGE. Please include as many pictures as you want, with some brief paragraphs about yourself and your work. Whist this opportunity is specifically for my customers, past or present – and future – I would also be interested to hear from people who just have something they’d like to share, and if its relevant in any way, I will put your contribution up too.
If you’d like to look at my current stock, please see the right hand column, underneath my photo, where the personal links list all the sites I sell on – clicking on these links will give you a chance to browse. I am also aware that you may not currently be registered with any or all of these sites, and to make it easy for you to order at any time, and especially when you want to order various items spread across the sites, you are welcome to put in an order direct. Please have a look at the BUYING DIRECT PAGE at the top of this blog.
HAPPY NEW YEAR – Hope to hear from you soon!
I have been having a break, and have not been well – but I’m now up and running again, altho not yet at full steam.
For those of you on my mailing list I will be sending out a NEWZ FROM JULZ email in the next week. (If you’re not on the mailing list, just send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll add you to it.)
In the meantime, if anyone would like to join the Show & Tell, and feature your work or ask other readers for information on techniques etc, I will be very happy to put something up for you on this blog – just get in touch, (email@example.com) and hopefully I’ll be hearing from you soon.
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