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  1. What are seam rippers? How do I use them?

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    Firstly why did I made these seam rippers? A friend wanted a unique seam ripper to use for her sewing business, so that got me started. Seam Ripper Purple Red white

    How do I use a seam ripper? Our seam rippers come with the tools inserted into the decorative tube, you need to remove these by gently twisting and pulling and then they can be inserted back into the tube, the opposite way round. The dual sewing tool contains both a seam ripper and a stiletto or awl. All sewers can make mistakes with stitching, so these become an essential for sewers and quilters alike

    1. If you are undoing a seam, unpick the first couple of stitches with the sharp end
    2. Once you have done this, place the red ball downside beween the two layers and the sharp blade on the top, pushing away from yourself
    3. Remember the seam ripper is your friend but do take care using it

     

     

  2. Colour mixing, designing jewellery and more

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    I am very lucky to belong to a supportive Facebook group which is for polymer clay people based in Scotland. The Scottish branch of the BPCG meets in Edinburgh every 3 months and also in Glasgow. We run a monthly challenge and the new challenge for July is colour.

    We have a lady who is a great help at our clay days,Bella Green, who is an artist and also enjoys creating with  polymer clay. Bella holds classes for budding and experienced artists and so is an expert with colour.

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    My main colours in this piece were blue and yellow and have mixed colours together to create this necklace. The blue and yellow made this lovely forrest green, yellow and a bit of red made the orange, green and yellow made the brighter green and yellow and white made the lemon.

    All of these were threaded together on yellow waxed cotton cord and the necklace fastens with a button, also made of these colours of polymer clay.

    The wonderful thing about using clay is you ALWAYS have some left. So while I had these delicious colours on my work table, I created some more handmade buttons and a new seam ripper

     

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  3. Seam rippers and buttons

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    I decided to have a change today. My handmade seam rippers have proved very popular in the past few months and I thought I had better add to my stock.

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    These seam rippers are on brass bodies and contain stainless steel tools. This is a double tool, containing a stich unpicker and an awl tool (stiletto) I have decorated this one with a polymer clay cane in a lovely floral design.

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    The advantage to making canes, is that you can store them for years and make allsorts with them, look I even made some handmade buttons below!

     

     

    I love creating my jewellery but sometimes you have to work on other projects. In fact how much jewellery can a girl have (not too much of mine, of course) These sewing accessories make the perfect gifts for her