Re: March 2013!
posted at 3/20/2013 7:37 AM EDT
In response to pingo's comment:
tt, never heard of those kind of yoyos before. So I had to google it. Awesome idea. You can even buy a frame to stick them in, while you are stitching them. One bedspread was pictured. Over 2000 yoyos. It was beautiful. I have tons of scrap material. Now, you got me thinking.
Re your GD, who asked you to make a pillow for her teacher. Try to have her make a couple of the yoyos with you. They don't seem to be hard to make - even for a child. That way the torch really gets passed, and she will be so proud, when she gives the pillow to her teacher.
Good morning, Pingo
Was amazed to see that there was actually a yoyo holder - so unnecessary - and so time consuming. Making much more work out of it than there really is. You start by cutting a bunch of uniform circles, practice will tell you how large, according to the size yoyo you want to end up with, (remembering that when it's gathered together it will be much smaller). Then take each one and with your fingers, turn under about 1/4 inch and work around with small stitches (smaller than what they took), at the end drawing it together and tying. Using that holder, would make the whole process about 3 times longer to make each one, than necessary. These whip up quickly by hand. I was taught that the smaller the stitches, the better, so take that into consideration when you choose your thread, (thicker thread needing larger holed needle, resulting in larger stitches). They're right that regular thread is not strong enough, but because I do embroidery, I've used double strands of embroidery thread and found it works well. I've made pillows for DIL's, a scarf for my bedside table, and when pumpkin's mom was young, I bought a sweatshirt and appliqued a yoyo heart in the center.
My plan was to show GD how easy it is, and have her make as many or few as she feels like. I have loads of different shade of green patterned material left from Christmas tree ornaments (forgot about those) that I made for G.T.'s first party at the holidays. It's endless what you can come up with for putting them together, even did a small doll coverlet. The only thing I wouldn't recommend it for would be a baby coverlet - too easy to catch little fingers in there and pull them apart.