Fabric Bowl #4: Using Rings For Handles

Friday, July 31

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How about these Marbella D rings for handles? They can be arranged up.

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Down.

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Or straight out.

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I have sad news to report. I am now out of burnt orange fabric. 😀


Go here for instructions to make your own fabric bowl.

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/33825/how-to-sew-a-fabric-bowl

Cut and Waiting Its Turn/Bobbin Winder Broken

Tuesday, July 28

Today was all about organizing fabric and putting them in piles. Prints and patterns I wouldn’t normally mix. Thinking outside the box here. Getting my creative juices flowing.

I cut some strips. Used scissors. So glad these don’t have to be perfect.

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These are waiting to be cut.

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I am so excited. I love making these fabric bowls. I am trying to make them different. Changing up how I end the coil. What I do for the handle or IF basket will have a handle.

I wish my sewing machine was loving me sewing on it. It’s only a couple years old. I bet I haven’t used it more than 100 times and the bobbin winder called in sick. I can’t get it to move. I guess it is stuck on “leave me be”. I cleaned the bobbin case. Now, how could the two be related? One is inside the machine and the other is up on top of the machine. When one is moving, the other is not. But HEY!! What do I know!! I cleaned it anyway.

Still didn’t work. I don’t know what else to do. I went through my manual. They is nothing on bobbin winder won’t move. Will be calling the repair shop tomorrow. I hope they can fix it on the spot. Don’t want to leave it. Just when the urge to sew is so strong.

Oh well… I have plenty of fabric to cut up.

Psst.. You are probably wondering why those yellow and red rings are sitting on top of the fabric. You will have to wait for my post on Fabric Bowl #4. 😀

Fabric Bowl #3, More Fall Leaves

Monday, July 27

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I really LOVE the fabric in the middle. I hope I can find more.

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It has a wine background with tan, cream and reddish orange leaves. I want to make a flat mat and some coasters with this same pattern as the bowl but I am all out of it.

This is my 3rd fabric bowl and they are getting easier to make. I shaved off an hour making this one. I tried to follow the same design as the 2nd one.

But I did make this one a bit taller AND notice the handles. Completely different from the others. I made the handle from four rounds of coils and then I hand sewed them to the sides. The buttons cover the beginning and ending of the coil.

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I REALLY like how this came out. It has a cleaner look. I cut the strips on the bias for this one and #2. I am still using macrame cord instead of clothes line. 8mm cord. I have enough left of this roll for 2 more baskets.

It takes LOTS of thread. I start off with two full bobbins wound from one spool and a 2nd spool in the machine. I end up running out of bobbin thread right about near the end. If you make one of these bowls, make sure you have plenty of thread.

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It is sooooo much prettier than these pictures show.

Measures 11 1/2″ diameter and 5″ height.


Go here for instructions to make your own fabric bowl.

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/33825/how-to-sew-a-fabric-bowl

Christmas in July, Macrame Candle

How To Macrame a Candle

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Supplies Needed to Make One Candle:

  • 2″ welded ring
  • 4″ welded ring
  • 28 yards red 6mm cord
  • 14 yards green 6mm cord
  • 8″ piece of yellow cord (for flame)
  • craft glue

Tools Needed:

  • T-pins
  • macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • scissors
  • tape measure/ruler/yard stick

CUTTING THE CORD

Cut one 8″ yellow cord (millimeter not critical, just need a small piece long enough to wrap around the red cords to form the flame).

Cut 6 red cords 3 1/2 yards long.

Cut 6 red cords 42″ long.

Cut 12 green cords 42″ long.

DIRECTIONS

Step 1. Find centers of 6 red 3 1/2 yard cords. Pin to macrame board. Lay 8″ yellow cord piece under red cords and tie a knot around them. This is the flame and will be worked in the final step. (1st picture showing 2 yellow cords. You only need one.)

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Step 2. Divide cords into 4 groups of 3 red cords and tie 7″ of crown knots (some people call this a lanyard knot).

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Step 3. Double half hitch all 12 cords onto a 2″ ring spacing the 4 groups of 3 cords evenly apart. (1st photo showing a single half hitch. 2nd photo showing a double half hitch.)

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Step 4. Fold 6 green cords in half and mount 2 cords between mounted group of 4 red cords with a reverse lark’s head knot.

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Step 5. Tie one Square Knot Button (SKB) with each group of 4 red cords only. A square knot button is created by tying 6 square knots (SK) in a sennet. One after the other. Go here if you need help.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/how-to-tie-a-macrame-square-knot-button/

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Tie one square knot under the button to secure it.

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Here’s how the 3 red square knot buttons look after tied.

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Step 6. Double half hitch all red and green cords onto a 4″ ring.

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Step 7. Working with each group of 4 red cords attached onto the 4″ ring, fold 2 green cords in half and mount between red cords 2 and 3 with a larks head knot. Repeat this with the remaining groups of red cord.

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Step 8. Fold 2 red 42″ cords in half and mount one to each side of a red cord group with a reverse larks head knot.

Tie 1 square knot button (making 6 square knots) with each red group and each green group.

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Step 9. When finished tying all square knot buttons, turn candle bottom up. Tie a row of Alternating Square Knots on the underside to secure the knots. (See photo for help, if needed)

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Apply glue to bottom row of knots, allow to dry. Trim off excess cord.

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Melt cord ends with matches or cigarette lighter to keep from fraying. Touch cord lightly. Don’t burn or scorch.

Step 10. Brush out yellow cord at the top to form a flame. Trim.

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You are done. Enjoy!!

Candle measures 6 1/2″ diameter and 10 1/2″ height.

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P.S. Not sure why my pictures look fuzzy. They were OK until I uploaded them.

Fabric Bowl #2, Fall Leaves

Wednesday, July 22

If someone had told me I would be glued to a sewing machine for four hours and enjoying it, I would have told them “no way, not gonna happen”.

BUT… WAY, it did happen!! Well, off and on, between cutting fabric strips, wrapping the cord, sewing, stopping, wrapping, sewing, stopping…

This fabric bowl took me about 5 hours to make. The bowl posted on Craft Stylish took 4 hours. So I guess that makes me a slow sewer. I am OK with that. Especially when they come out LIKE THIS!!

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I selected the fabric to make my 2nd bowl sometime last week.

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I added some fat quarters, ended up using just one. Thread I already had. And I used 8mm macrame cord instead of clothes line. It is working out really well.

Here’s my sewing machine in action. I have a Janome Memory Craft 10001. I am actually loving it!! It does all sorts of neat tricks at the touch of a finger. I kept altering the width and length of the zig zag stitch. Cool!!

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And I put all those years in the corporate world to good use. 40 years of organizational skills learned. I created a “strip organizer”. 😀

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These are pictures taken as I was almost finished.

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The STUMPER in making this bowl is what to do with the cord end when finished. ???

I think I solved it. By twirling it around and adding a crochet flower and a button to somewhat cover it. Looks good to me.

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Go here for instructions to make your own. I altered it a bit.

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/33825/how-to-sew-a-fabric-bowl

Lots of KNOT Help

Check these sites out for help with tying Macrame Knots.


Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwZXv_9uS6E&feature=related

Illustrations, How-To, Tutorials

http://thingsyourgrandmotherknew.blogspot.com/2009/01/basic-macrame-knots.html

http://www.angelfire.com/ca7/sierratses/knots.html

http://www.elainecraft.com/instructions/instruc.sq.html

http://www.knotgypsydesigns.com/2008/04/macrame-instructions-patterns-and.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Macrame

http://www.ehow.com/how_8925_begin-macrame.html

Animated

http://www.animatedknots.com/indexdecorative.php?LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.com

1st Fabric Bowl Completed

Thursday, July 16

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Done!! Not all giddy and chest thumping but OK, I’ll raise my hand and claim it’s mine. After all, it is my first one. It could stand a bit (HUGE bit) of improvement. I am already thinking of what NOT TO DO for the second one.

Don’t compare mine with the one at Craft Stylish. Night and Day. Mine being Night. It is larger, taller, the handles can barely be seen, one side is lopsided. But I like my Night. It is colorful and the colors are well blended. I think.

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I used my new pinking shears. Big mistake!! What a mess. What was I thinking?? Unraveling edges everywhere. When I ran out of cut fabric strips, I abandoned the shears. Put them back on the shelf. I am not sold on cutting strips selvage to selvage. I think cutting on the bias might give them a cleaner look.

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I didn’t time myself but once I got going, I kept at it for several hours. I am wondering if sewing would go faster if I sew the strips together before wrapping. If you make one, using the metal clips to hold fabric in place around the clothes line was a great tip. (I used thick macrame cord instead of clothes line.)

OK. Here it is. Ready for your critique. Be kind!!

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Go here for instructions to make your own bowl.

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/33825/how-to-sew-a-fabric-bowl

Making a Fabric Bowl

Monday, July 13

This is what I am working on today. Saw this fabric bowl on-line at Craft Stylish and loved it.

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http://www.craftstylish.com/item/33825/how-to-sew-a-fabric-bowl

Here’s the fabric I am using. I probably should have selected more prints, patterns. But I like these together. We’ll see…

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Instructions call for 50 feet of cotton clothesline. I checked several dollar stores but they were sold out. So… next best thing? Use some macrame cord instead. It is about the same diameter and soft enough to sew through. There’s plenty of it. 60 yards. Plus I don’t like the feel of this cord anyway. Too hard on my hands. I am happy to finally use it for something.

I hope it works. Wish me luck!!

How To Macrame a Lid Cover

After making a pretty macrame container, you may wish to cover it with a matching lid. I will show you how to make a simple one. It is fast to make and only has 11 rows of Square Knots.

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Supplies/Tools Needed:

  • 12 yards macrame cord (I used 6mm braided)
  • One 5″ welded metal ring (preferably treated metal not raw)
  • Tape measure/ruler/yardstick
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • T-pins
  • Macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • Accessories such as buttons or beads, as desired

STEPS TO MAKE 5″ ROUND MACRAME LID

Step 1. Measure and cut 6 cords 46″ long. Cut 2 cords 50″ long. The longer cords will be on the sides.

Step 2. Take one of the 50″ cords, measure down 28″ and attach to board with the LONGER side of the cord on the left. Find the center of the six shorter cords and attach with T-pins to macrame board. Take the 2nd 50″ cord, measure down 28″ and attach to board with the LONGER side of the cord on the right.

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You should have pinned to the macrame board 8 cords in the following order: 50″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 50″

Step 3. Mount cords to the TOP of 5″ ring using Reverse Lark’s Head knots (RLH) and one Half Hitch (HH). Per cord.

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When all cords have been mounted to the ring, they should look like this.
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Back
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Step 4. Number cords from 1-16.

Step 5. Begin tying a row of Square Knots (SK).
Row 1: 4 SK’s with cords 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16
Row 2: 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14

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Step 6: Wrap cord #1 around the ring on the LEFT side of the ring with a DOUBLE HALF HITCH. (Photo is showing once. Do this twice.) Repeat for cord #16, on the RIGHT side of the ring, when you get to it, but BEFORE you tie that knot.

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Row 3: 4 SK’s with cords 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16
Row 4: 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14

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Step 7.
Rows 5-9: Continue repeating Step 6 until you reach Row 9 which has 4 SK’s. (Picture is showing up to Row 7)

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Step 8. Almost done. Two more rows to tie.
Row 10: Tie 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14
Row 11: Tie 2 SK’s with cords 5-8 and 9-12

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Step 9. Take all cords and push behind the ring. You will now begin to Double Half Hitch (DHH) all cords to the bottom of the ring.

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This is how the back looks after all cords have been double half hitched to bottom of the ring.

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Here is front view.

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Step 10. Pull cords tight against the ring. Apply craft glue to the DHH’d cords. Allow to dry overnight. Cut cords close to the ring. Burn cords ends with matches or cigarette lighter to melt cords end to keep from fraying. Don’t burn. Touch cord lightly.

Congratulations!! You have just created a macrame lid.

Finishing Touches. You can add a backing if desired as I have done using felt. Cut a circle to fit almost to the end of the lid. Hand sew to attach. If you are adding beads or buttons, do so before sewing on the felt backing.

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Different Size Lids. You can make a lid in any size. Adjust amount of cord needed to accommodate ring size. And remember to allow a bit longer for the side tying cords.

Enjoy!!


If you need help making knots, go here.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/macrame-knots/

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/06/how-to-tie-a-macrame-square-knot/

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/14/how-to-macrame-a-belt/


Here are a few of my macrame projects I made lids for.
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July is Sewing Month

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Yep, it is.

July will be the month to finish up stuff made months ago.  Linings for purses. Zippers for purses. Lace and ribbon for purses. Seems I make a lot of purses that need extra stuff.  Or so it seems they need it. They might even sell faster with embellishments.

So.. that will be the direction my “Sewing Month” will take. Finishing off. There are other sewing projects I have in mind but nothing too way out there. Nothing that will take days and days to make. I’m an instant gratification kind of gal. I want to see progress in hours not days.

Plus I want to use up more of my supplies and materials on hand. I have miles of pretty fabric just sitting, waiting its turn, watching macrame cord and yarn get all the attention lately. Time to move cotton and blends from their cubby holes. Time for some fabric therapy. Time to dust off my poor neglected Janome.

But first… off to find the Janome instruction manual.  😀