Tuesday, 10 December 2013

pins and needles

Hows Christmas going you ask?
Well it's not...not yet,
we have way too much diy stuff happening to think about 
anything festive.
 So I thought I'd answer a question regarding my quilted star garland instead!
Mad cat quilts asked :
 Lovely! How did you attach the string to the back? Can you show a pic?
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Over the years I have developed my own way of
doing things
I do not like anything too 'frou frou'.
(fussy bows and ribbons need not apply)
As with my patchwork style
I like to mix and match.
I love using the rough with the smooth
or the new with the old.
I use garden twine for many of my decorations
but as it's Christmas I have splashed out with a
festive stripe!
 Okay back to the question!
Sometimes those hand me down bags of vintage 'stuff'
contain gems like the awesome set of needles*.
I'm not about to start repairing tents or the like
I am just sharing the tools I use to wangle the larger threads
through my creations.
One of my pet hates are decorations that have the loop running from front to back
which means I am forever twisting ornaments round.
So the above picture is my all time favourite hanging method.
Thread an upholstery needle 
and make a running stitch at the top of your decoration,
remove the needle and pull the threads so they are even.
Next pull out the stitch (just a little) to form a loop,
 feed the ends through and pull up tight.
Finish off by knotting the ends together.
In answer to the question about the stars
I simply thread the twine through the backs
using a running stitch
which means the stars are not stuck in one position
and can move about.
That was all a bit too heavy
 for such a simple question!
I think I need some light relief!

*a certain amount of force is still needed
even with these giant needles!

9 comments:

  1. thimbles! Thank the Lord for thimbles when it comes to pushing giant needles through tough fabric!

    fun post, thank-you. Advent blessings xx

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  2. A great knot! And a great deal of work for you this Christmas season! I can't wait to see it finished, though.

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  3. Your pet hate goes well with mine....when my kids hang their ornaments backwards. We get a butt tree every year.

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  4. I have a big doll making needle that comes in handy for jobs like this. Enjoy the reno!

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  5. Love the look of your box of homemade decorations. Hope your DIY jobs all finish well.

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  6. Hope the floor is going down ok!
    Lisa x

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  7. I know what you mean about decorations twisting! I love your gingerbread men with the white icing decoration. x

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  8. Excellent! Thanks so much for explaining your technique!

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  9. Should have had needles like those for my dove wings and eyes! Brilliant tips and love your stars

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