Sunday, February 6, 2011
BRAID MATERIALS - SOURCES FOR MINI HATS OR BAGS - WHATEVER ELSE
Am not sure how expensive braiding
materials are as I never looked up their
prices or bought any.
If I need any braiding materials, before
Easter comes - then I head off to the thrift store,
that is, if I do not care about
the item/items being new.
If you buy at the thrift store, these
items are so easy to clean.
Unless someone spilled and stained
the item really bad, then clean-up
should be easy enough.
But if I do care about it being brand new, like for instance
To unravel is easy!
if I were going to sell the item.
Then I would definitely head to
Wal-mart to where I would buy
it brand new.
Wash with detergent and/or bleach.
Also I want to say, that when you do
wash these items - then wash them
after you take them apart so the braids
can drip dry!
ONE SOURCE - Placemats!
This was a round placemat bought at the thrift
There was only this one - no mates or I would
have bought them all.
This lovely blue placemat cost me a mere 25cents.
There is a lot of braiding here!
This is what the placemat looked like when
I bought it.
Already plenty of threads loose/broken.
This is the way that I like to find them - helps out!
Find the edge as you see here.
Tug at the edge until you can see some threads.
With a pair of sharp scissors, cut those threads.
You might have to cut those threads for a couple
of inches or might not.
It is just according on tight the stitches are.
Then all you do is just pull the braiding away from
the other braiding like you are ripping cloth!
Pull off as much as you want!
Under an inch.
At first thought - I wanted to keep a large
piece of this in tact, cause I wanted
a huge area rug!
But this was too big.
So I unraveled plenty more and stopped.
Cut off with scissors what you want.
If you only need a little bit of braiding, then
It is better to keep it in this shape than it is
to unravel every bit of it and then must
figure out how to store all of that braid.
I cut off a lot of braiding here.
But I want the rug smaller so I will pull off
When/if I do make this into a rug, all I have to
do is take the edge and sew it back down.
See the thread loops on the braid.
Find the edge and just start pulling it and
the thread will quickly unravel.
If the thread stops, then it is because they ran out
of thread and had to apply another spool,
when this happens, merely cut the threads again
and start unraveling.
This step is fast and easy.
ANOTHER SOURCE - Easter Hats!
Take these apart the same was as the placemat.
I do not show you the edge here.
A large hank of braids!!!
Thanks for stopping in!