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Topic: Tutorial: Making a Yo-Yo Necklace  (Read 20678 times)
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2009 12:23:30 PM »

Thanks for all of the nice feedback!  If anyone makes a necklace using my tute, I'd love to see it! 
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« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2010 04:12:48 PM »


Thanks so much for your tutorial.

However, I'm finding that my yos are not coming out perfectly circular or matching even though I've purchased the clover yo-yo makers, I am frustrated to say that I'm still having getting all yo-yos to be smooth and even.

I'm using a brocade fabric so maybe it has something to do with the slipperiness of it or I'm not shaping them correctly.

Also, when using the knot method to tie them together, they keep flipping around, i.e one's facing front and the next one back. They don't stay in one direction.

If you could give me any tips on why this could be happening I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks so much in advance for your time,

Laya from down under..

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« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2010 04:18:29 PM »

(Hey, Laya. I replied to you in my blog comments, but just realized you posted the same question here, so I'll answer it here, as well, in case anyone else has the same issues!)

Hi Laya. Sorry you are having trouble with your necklace. I've never used the Clover yo-yo maker, so I can't be much help in that department. I personally prefer the look of a "freehand" yo-yo because the Clover yo-yos look almost too even, if that makes sense. Almost machine made. The freehand yo-yos are more organic feeling, and, I think, hide flaws better because of that. So I guess I am suggesting trying a few freehand yo-yos (it may take making two or three before you find your groove with it). Of course, if you want a very clean, modern look, the Clover may be the better option.
As for spinning/flipping yo-yos--make sure your yo-yos are always anchored by two points, or the suckers WILL flip. I described it above in more detail--going backwards, scroll up and count to the 6th picture from the last (the photo text says "extra little whip stitches here and here). I imagine a satiny fabric would cause more flipping. Instead of knotting the yo-yos, you could whip-stitch the whole thing together. Not quite as pretty as the knots, but probably more secure. Again, you would need to anchor each yo-yo at two points.
I hope this helps!
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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2010 12:26:20 PM »

can't wait to do this!  i saw a yo-yo necklace at anthro a while ago but i actually think this version is much cuter.
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« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2010 07:45:19 PM »

Very cool!  This'll be fun to try with all the tiny scraps of fabric that I have.
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« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2010 09:20:51 AM »

Very nice, and like the asymmetry too.  Your colors are quite appealing as well.  Bet they're fun to wear!

I haven't done a lot of yoyos myself (mostly because I find the initial outer stitching fiddly, especially for the smaller yoyos, and never did enough to find my groove Cheesy), but here is one way I used them for a mini-foundation-pieced block as flowers in a "cart" and a pocket for my little niece's overalls (still looking for more ways to use them without having to make a whole quilt!):



And Layla, instead of sewing the yoyos together you could use a backing, then none of yoyos could flip.  
You could either use individual small fabric strips as bridges from one yoyo to another (on the back side, with glue), or you could use a larger fabric/interfacing/etc backing that's the shape of the final neckpiece but just a little smaller so it wouldn't show around the very outside--may show between the yoyos though but could be a part of the design perhaps.  If you used the right kind of glue(s), you could just glue them together on their sides too... use a permanent white glue (including "fabric glue") and clamp together while drying, or better using white glue plus a little bit of hot glue (not in the same places) so that the hot glue will hold the yoyos in place while the white glue dries and becomes even more permanent.

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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2010 01:02:31 PM »

Thanks so much for uploading this!
Great tutorial!
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« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2010 10:55:04 PM »

lovely!
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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2010 07:08:47 PM »

Okay my grandma loves making yo-yos to put on things, looks like I'll be putting in an order now.......


....very cute idea!
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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2010 02:06:42 AM »

Very nice job,thank you for sharing:)
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