Sunday, July 28, 2013

Yo-Yo, Yo-dog

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.

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