Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Guest Post from International Partner HATalk e-magazine

Are you looking for a quick and inexpensive gift ideas so you can cross those last few names off your Christmas list? Check out this fun project from international partner HATalk e-magazine...
Yo-Yos are fabric circles which are gathered to produce shapes such as the ones shown here. These yo-yos were made by Francine Schokker (an artist originally from the Netherlands, who teaches exhibits and sells her crafts in Birmingham, UK) using red and white cotton prints, some brass buttons and a length of ribbon.

To make a yo-yo, you need to cut a circle out of a light-weight fabric such as silk, cotton or polyester. Before cutting the circles, first create a cardboard pattern to use as a guide.

The template shown in this photo is a circle with a diameter of 4 inches (10cm) - a good size to practice with. Beginning at any point around the edge, turn just a small hem over to the wrong side with your fingers and using a doubled, knotted thread, make running stitches around the circle near the fold, continuing to turn the edge over as you go. Make your stitches about 1/8 inch (3mm) apart. When you come back to the beginning, don't finish off or cut the thread, but draw it gently through the stitches, gathering them up as tightly as they'll go. When you have drawn them right up, secure the shape with a double stitch out of sight underneath the edge, the side where the raw edge is. It's worth mentioning that yo-yos can have a very different look if they are turned over and lightly stuffed and stitched.

Once you have mastered the technique, experiment with other fabrics and sizes. Now you can begin to visualize how these lovely little pieces could become a hat adornment - perhaps using fabric to match an outfit. Or they could be added to some ribbon to create a necklace or mounted on a hair band, making the perfect gift for gorgeous granddaughters or fabulous fellow Hatters!

This project was originally published in Issue 64 of HATalk e-magazine . For more creative inspiration, subscribe to HATalk today. Red Hatters get a huge discount!!!

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