Sunday, July 28, 2013
I'm not sure of 'his' name yet. I do feel he is a he, but then I could be wrong. But he does have personality though.
About two months ago, Texter, Lady K and I were exploring our new downtown area and walked into Prickly Pear Quilts. I say walked, actually I think I was running through the door. Once again we were greeted like old friends (I am so loving Montana). Anyway, Lady K spotted this little yo-yo dog on a shelf and they gladly let her play with it. Texter and I exited the building with material for an owl quilt and the pattern, by Indygo Junction, for this little guy.
Texter was going to make it for Lady K and after getting sidetracked a bit, she spent a couple of hours going through my 'allowable' fabric for the material needed and cut out all the pieces. This was the first time she had actually cut something out from a pattern to sew something. At this time we did not have the yo-yo 'makers', but as it turned out a couple of weeks ago, in the sale basket at The Sewing Palace, they had all sizes of the Clover Yo-Yo makers and I snapped them up.
I had never made yo-yo's before. I had an idea of how they were made without the forms, but had never actually sat down and made any. I am sooooooo hooked now on yo-yo's. They are as addictive as hand sewing hexies. I want to make a yo-yo quilt now (I think). Since the sewing room is downstairs and we spend a lot of time upstairs, I need 'handwork' and this was perfect for that.
I do have to say that the little pieces for the head were not my favorite thing to stitch - thus his personality. And I didn't have any fray check or buttonhole thread. I used clear nail polish (to stabilize the knots) and embroidery floss (all 6 strands) to sew him together. The instructions did call for making a little slit in the head to sink the shank of the button, but I just pulled them tight and doubled the thread through the shank. I felt with my shaky stitching on the head if I cut two holes in it his head would explode.
So Yo-dog is finished (and one project scratched off my long list of things to do). Now I have Yo-Monkey to make (also by Indygo Junction). Guess I'll set Texter onto my fabric shelf again.