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1  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / Can we... on: April 19, 2004 09:54:14 PM
...have a forum available under supply locations for Louisiana?


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2  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Taniko: Maori weaving technique on: March 20, 2004 09:24:29 PM

I'd like to know if anyone here is interested in the Maori (New Zealand) weaving technique known as taniko or taaniko. (actually, the a should have a macron over it, like this: tāniko, denoting a longer duration vowel in Māori.)

There's a great CD-ROM available at www.taaniko.com.

I have some directions for a belt, but I'm also looking for other projects to do.

Kia ora (thanks)!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Chopstick knitting needles on: March 20, 2004 09:16:06 PM



How I did it:

1. I went to a Chinese restaurant and grabbed a handful of chopsticks.

2. Once home, I took a cheap pencil sharpener and sharpened the chopsticks to a point (or points, depending...)

3. I took my battery operated manicure kit and sanded the chopsticks down. I find this works tons better than sandpaper, considering that nail shaping and filing is essentially sanding.

4. I took a piece of wax paper and buffed the chopsticks that way.

5. I went to Wal-Mart and got some cute little buttons for the ends. When I asked about Fimo clay, the sales droids were clueless. "You want what?"

6. When I got home, I glued the buttons to the bottoms of the chopsticks. I found out that Elmer's School Glue didn't work. The buttons kept falling off. I needed something stronger. Super Glue? Didn't have any. I scouted around the garage. Et voila! Liquid Nails. Not Nine Inch Nails, mind you, but Liquid Nails.

They're sitting in a glass on my dresser "curing". The adhesive is a combination synthetic rubber and something else (epoxy?). Anyway, the stuff WORKS, and there's no way in hell that I can remove the buttons from the bottoms once that stuff dries.
Then, why would I want to?

7. The size 3s are made from a pair of bamboo barbecue skewers. They were the smaller ones. The larger ones gauge to a size 5.

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