Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lessons on Yubinuki

I recently came across the art of temari, and its use in creating beautiful yubinuki, or thimbles. I'm nearing completion of my first, and while it's not pretty, it was definitely a valuable learning experience. Some tips:

1. Use the form to create the ring base, but remove it when you start stitching. That's what allows you the beautiful edges the pros pull off.

2. Don't use thin cardboard, like the kind from cereal boxes, for your ring base. Stick to card stock, or poster board. Anything more is too heavy and cumbersome, and there's a distinct seam in the ring.

3. The finer the thread, the smoother the look of the finished product.

4. Don't stitch through the edge of your paper. Use it as a guide for where to put your stitches, but if you sew through it, you'll perforate it, and it will pull up, and cause all kinds of trouble that you just don't need.

5. When you think you have enough batting, use more. It compresses quite a bit.

6. Thread tension is important, especially in your earlier rows. They will loosen as you continue around the thimble, so be sure those first ones are SNUG!

7. Knots will ruin your time faster than you can believe, so if you find your thread wanting to knot, use shorter threads! You'll have to stop and start more often, but you're really better off.

That's all I've got for now, as far as tips the pros don't share. Please let me know if you have any of your own!

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