Friday, June 28, 2013

A Knotting Trick

I made you guys a little video the other day while I was sewing :-)

This is a trick I use any time I want to get an overhand knot right up tight against something else, like a bead or fabric.  I use it all the time when tying off darts.



Is this something that's helpful, or have you guys already been doing it this way?  If not, how do you do it?

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  1. That's a great trick, Gail! I miss your sweet voice. Sometimes the girls make necklaces or bracelets and I need to help them make that last knot. This video will be helpful.

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    1. Oh yes, this is so great for them for finishing jewelry! They could even use something bigger, like a slender knitting needle.

      And did you notice I kept it down to a minute and a half?! ;-)

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  2. Love !! I didn't know how to do this and I agree you have the cutest voice !! Thanks Gail :) xx

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    1. Aww, thanks! Honestly, I cringe when I hear myself, but I guess that's pretty normal! I do think it's fun to hear the voice of someone whose words you're used to reading!

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  3. Fabulous tip Gail, I normally tie my ends off with a square knot, but I'll definitely try this next time I'm sewing.

    Love your nail polish!

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    1. Thanks, Sam! I was going to mention the nail polish and then I forgot, so thanks for reminding me! This is Misa Great Grape :-)

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  4. great little tip, i do this sometimes also! love to hear bloggers' voices, we're always hidden behind our computer screen!

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    1. Isn't it fun? I think everyone should do at least one video if they can, just so we can all satisfy our nosiness!

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  5. Brilliant! Definitely is helpful and will come in handy.

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  6. Great tip, I will have to give it a try next time I sew darts!

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  7. I think this is the first time I have heard the voice of someone that I have been following for over a year and only reading. You are right ...it is super fun, and I didn't even know what I was missing!

    Now I want to hear everyone else's voices, as well!! It brings this whole new dimension to what I am reading, strangely enough.

    I will try to work myself up to doing a video one day. I have done instructional videos before for work, so am somewhat used to my voice, but still think it would be more exposing, somehow, with a personal blog!

    Thanks for this Gail. Instructional and fun. heh.

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    1. Oooh, yes! Do one! Maybe about your dying yarn! It doesn't have to be instructional - you could just tell us aboot something you're doing. In Canadian, of course!

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  8. ps. and you do sound super sweet. ;-)

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    1. Awww, thanks. I'm actually quite a bitch, LOL! No, not really!

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    2. hah! Well, that must be why we get on so well...

      ;-B

      I will give it some thought and see if I can come up with anything. I might do it in Scotch-adian, though, as I was told yesterday that I am starting to clip my consonants! eep!

      (dear lord. Say I am not starting to sound like Madonna when she tried her fake posh accent!!! brrrr).

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    3. Hehehe - when I speak Turkish, the Turks say I do it with a French accent! Actually, the Germans sometimes say that too when I speak German!

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  9. And I love the blue nail polish:)

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    1. Thanks! You're going to see more of it in a day or two!

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  10. Great tip,thanks for taking the time to record it. Mi shall imagine your voice when I read your posts now :)

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  11. Oooh, good trick! Instead of snipping, I actually feed the 2 strings through the centre of the two pieces of fabric that fold together to form the dart (from the point tip towards the wide part) - using a needle, of course. I go a couple of inches up the dart , the pull the needle out and snip there. Then the threads are completely concealed. Not nec when there's a lining, but nice if there isn't.

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    1. Nice! Yeah, I still tie off when I have a lining, but just leave my ends hanging. I'm all about the path of least resistance!

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  12. Cool idea. I'll definitely try this.

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  13. I have done this but not at a dart point -- thanks for the tip! and yes it is fun to hear your voice!

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  14. You did such a professional job with this video, I really hope you make more!

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    1. Thanks, Ivy! It was funny because as I was making it, I was looking at my hands on the camera rather than at my hands themselves, and it reminded me of that experiment you see in science museums where you try to tie a shoelace or something while only looking in a mirror! I think I exploded a neuron or two!

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  15. Oh that is a great tip! I've never seen it before, but I will use it for sure. Oh, and clearly I'm behind, but JEALOUS OF YOUR COVERSTITCH and LOL @ fundies print placement! ;)

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    1. I know - I feel super privileged, like sewing royalty or something!

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  16. great tip! - also for jewelry, which I'm also interested in... Please have more videos made (said the desperate newbie)

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    1. Thanks! I'm open to suggestion for videos - I don't mind making them, but don't actually have a lot of ideas for topics!

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  17. Sweet, thank you. Straight to pinterest :-)

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  18. I kept waiting to view this since it was a video and I was thinking I needed time to concentrate on what you were showing (so that's why it took me over a week to actually sit down to watch it). I have no idea why since it's only 1 1/2 minutes (did I really think you were going to do a full length feature, lol?). Great tip (now that I've focused on it!) and I'll definitely use it. Your voice sounded just like I thought it would - and now I can read your blog posts hearing your voice. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Well, I can't really blame you for thinking that because my posts are so wordy!! Glad you liked it!

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    2. No it was the video that threw me apparently. I used your technique on the 6 darts on my Hawthorn just this morning. It works great!

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  19. That's genius! Will definitely be using that!

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