Finally back online.
Thank you Microsoft, update Tuesday (if that is what it was) did not go well for me. I experienced problems for two days until both laptop and PC said,” We are nVidia, and we refuse to play” – blue screen, black screen, some interesting geometric stuff and then “Your computer cannot start” -meh, something like that.
Sadly I know what to do, and since I can’t afford a fixit person I am it. Both PC and Laptop now running fine, but my hair is white and thin, and haven’t made a Thymewarp in 3 days. Sorry.
I did use my time productively, whilst “loading” and “installing” and several times over their inverse operations I made Tudor Thread Buttons and documented it.
Come along with me if you are interested in taking a perfectly good length of quality tapestry wool and tying it into a small fiddly ball…
You need :
Beads about 10mm diameter, wooden is good, little bunches of stuffed linen or wool cloth even better, but we won’t run before we can walk shall we.
Four ply tapestry wool, check out your charity shop, often great tapestry wool is in the unfinished crafts bins, but for simply learning; acrylic from the gold coin emporium will do. Please just think about child labour before you buy anything asian.
A Darning needle, blunt tip not too fat, not too long.
Hold the end of your yarn against your nose with your off hand (generally left). Pull out a length with your ‘on hand’, cut it at the length of the base of your fingers. i.e no longer than you can comfortably pull through in one pull. Cut as many lengths as you need buttons. Better still calculate this before you buy your yarn.
Pass the needle around and back through the beadPull up the loopTighten onto the bead, but not too tight, you need to be able to get the needle back under the loop later. Aim to have the loop sitting snugly against the bead, but not taught or pulled.
Now pass the need through the bead again in an anti-clockwise fashion (if you are right handed – lefties – you are on your own now)
Now, begin to wrap:
From where the needle came out of the bead, pick up you first loop. Needle under being careful not to split your ply.
Now pass the needle back around the same thread, making a wrap.Continue clockwise to the next thread…and the nextuntil you have wrapped all eightnow go around again just below the first row… until you can’t fit any more rows in.Make sure you don’t split your yarn, and give your needle a wee roll each turn so that the yarn doesn’t un-spin like this Keep going until the bead is totally enclosed.Now pass the thread up through the center of the bead and back down (I was concentrating on photos and not the work – so I ended up short. These are the threads you need to sew the buttons on so allow at least three needle lengths, not this stumpy situation.