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My newest obsession is making these from clothesline, wrapped with strips of fabric - then stitched on my sewing machine using a zigzag stitch. They are very addictive, once you start you want to keep churning them out!
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Lovewhite

I saw a woman on the news yesterday talking about these bowls. She said she was making YouTube videos and I thought of you. I haven't tried making one. Looking after my husband keeps me busy

Lovewhite

Thank you!

jonbee

Ok, I found the manual for it online and it "looks" like it would be able to handle it. The only way I suppose to really find out would be to take some clean all-cotton rope, (I use 3/16" that I order from amazon - Household Essentials 04800 All-Purpose Cotton Clothesline Rope | 100 Ft Length | 3/16-Inch Dia), wrap it in some 3/4" fabric strips and give it a try. You will have to adjust the pressure, and be sure to use a heavy-duty needle... Let me know how it goes!

jonbee

Hi Lovewhite, I'll see what I can find!

Lovewhite

Found it! White Universal model UN-50

Lovewhite

@jonbee I asked a friend about it too. She is quite knowledgeable and suggested the type of needle to use. The machine is currently in its case, but I will pull it out and find the model number

jonbee

A model number would be helpful, if it's not too much trouble. Otherwise, generally speaking the older machines with zigzag would work just fine. The newer, plastic machines seem to have a bit of trouble handling the thickness. It can be an addicting hobby!

Lovewhite

It's a White, probably circa 1970's. I have had it since the 1980's. It has been able to do almost anything I need it to do. I have used the zigzag on it

Lovewhite

Thank you

jonbee

Thank you - what machine do you have? I collect vintage sewing machines (about 34, but I'm not sure) and a few newer machines. If I have a similar one I could give it a try if you'd like. Jonee

Lovewhite

Very interesting basket. I have an older zigzag and I am not sure it would be able to handle such a project

foxymoron

Jonee, you cheer my heart hearing about polymer clay. Be warned - it is as addictive a hobby as you'll find! I've been into it for about 10 years and cannot envisage not doing it. Also into painting and drawing and hope to get into gourd carving :-)
No sewing machine and I've never been into creative sewing - strictly maintenance things like buttons and hems. Making buttons is as easy as can be with PC. You can buy moulds or make your won from existing buttons. If you want to know more, just ask. I'm fairly sure there'll be a Polymer Clay Guild in your area where you can find hands on help (if they are back to meeting in person, that is. Not so for us in San Diego just yet but we hope to meet before too long).

jonbee

Thank you, Chrissie - I am just beginning the polymer clay obsession, I've been wanting to find a way to make my own buttons to coordinate with the fabric in my bowls. My next attempt will be at making a coiled clay button - so much fun! I am only a few days into the clay, but can see how it can be very addictive! You could probably sew these bowls, as long as you have a good zigzag machine.

foxymoron

Impressive, Jonee! Who would have thought clothesline could be used this way? I certainly would not in a hundred years :-) I can see me making it from polymer clay but not from what you use - sewing is not in my genes ☺

jonbee

Hello, Shep - you can do it that way, but I just got the "ombre" fabric and used those strips starting with the dark at the bottom. FUN! It's really therapeutic, not very difficult at all... Thank you for your nice comments! Yes, I live in AZ - we have been roasting this summer, hopefully you are in a cooler location now, it's been a beast! Jonee

shepley458

@jonbee
This is beautiful. Do you dye it before you assemble - or after? VERY impressive!!
I was just looking at your previous postings - do you live in AZ? I used to - such a beautiful state!!
Shep

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