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1  Looking for fiber content of this old thread in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by kimadagem on: March 31, 2012 08:35:36 AM
Hello all,
In clearing out my mother's sewing box I found a lot of thread spools, including these three that are labeled "Coats and Clark's Button and Carpet Thread":

Here's a closeup of one of the spools:

Sewing is not one of the crafts I do but I thought I could use this thread for bead crafts because it's thick and looks strong, and the neutral colors would be good choices. I'd like to have a better idea of how it will wear, though, so I have two questions:

1) Is anyone familiar with this thread, and if so, do you know the fiber content? I have some upholstery thread that I bought a few years ago that worked well for bead crochet; it was nylon. But this thread is much older - probably from the 1950s or '60s (if it helps, I can say that all the spools are wood; I just don't know when they switched to plastic spools). It is a bit shiny and when I look at it closely I can see the twist in it.

2) Would this still be good to use? I'm wondering if thread deteriorates over time. I ask not just for my own crafts but because I found a lot of other thread too, including Dual Duty and a bunch of spools of silk, and it would help me decide what to do with it.

I was going to contact Coats & Clark and ask them about it but their contact form asks for a lot of personal information and the page isn't secure, so I'm reluctant to do that. I could call them but I thought I'd try here first because I can include pictures. If you know anything about this thread I would really appreciate any information you could provide.

Thank you!

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2  Kumihimo cords made with a simple loom, with link to tutorial page in Weaving: Completed Projects by kimadagem on: December 28, 2011 09:18:49 AM
I've been looking for ways to make cords for my pendants and I really like the ones made with the little kumihimo looms. The technique I used for these was the simplest one I could find - only one thread is moved and it's always the same one. I like that because there's less chance I'll get confused and move the wrong thread.

Here are some of the cords I've made:

I also made a Squidoo lens (web page) with a tutorial for anyone who is interested in trying these. It's here:


There are more pictures there and an embedded video that shows the technique I learned. I also came up with a way to design color patterns using this method and that's explained there too, along with some charts I've used to plan my own designs. I set them up so they could be downloaded and used with a simple paint program, and I'd love feedback - especially if they don't work! Smiley

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3  My cabochons in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kimadagem on: December 12, 2011 10:13:33 AM
I made these from embossing powder melted in a Ranger Melting Pot. This is one side:

And this is the other:

I used both Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) and regular powder (plain and with glitter, of course Smiley ) because I didn't have a lot of colors of the UTEE and I wanted a bit more variety. After it was melted I poured it into either a silicon mold or a small cookie cutter shape.

I don't know if you can tell from the pictures but some are shiny on both sides while others are shiny on only one side. The un-shiny side was usually the one facing down. You can make the surface shiny with a heat gun and I tried that with some of them but if you overdo it they bubble and re-melt so after ruining a bunch I decided to just leave them the way they were. I actually kind of like the un-shiny side, it looks more - I don't know, natural maybe. (And I even kind of like the indentations made from the bubbles Smiley )

I did make a bunch more of these, but I put holes in those so I think they'd be called "pendants." The holes were kind of a pain to do so I decided to experiment with a few that didn't have them. That's this group. I think they'd be called cabochons.

I have individual pictures of these so if you want to see any *really* close up let me know.
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4  My first pair of toe-up socks, with link to more info & tips in Knitting: Completed Projects by kimadagem on: November 20, 2011 04:11:01 PM

I've always made socks from the leg down so this was new to me. But I really needed to find a way to make socks that didn't take so long; I would end up getting bored and putting them away, sometimes for years at a time. (Does anyone else do that or is it just me? Smiley ) I wanted to try this way because I thought it might be faster. And it was!

It didn't go completely smoothly; it took me 3 tries to get the toe right and I had to rip out the first heel because I underestimated how long I needed to make the foot (probably due to the different heel construction). But overall it was a lot of fun. And I made both socks in only 4 days! (instead of 4 years...)

I thought it was worth writing about in case anyone else was new to this. But it got so long it wouldn't have worked here or even on the article site I write for. So I decided to put it in a Squidoo lens, which is here:


If you already know how to make these there may not be anything new there. But if you're just thinking about it or have had some trouble, maybe my experience will help.

the rejuvenated sockmaker
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