Posts Tagged ‘Clover Yo-Yo Maker’
If you subscribe to the eNews or if you’ve read this blog for very long, you know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fabric yo-yos.
It’s true…when Clover came out with the Quick Yo-Yo Makers, I was completely hooked!
I love this cool tool sew much that Jeff & I made a couple tutorial videos:
Here’s a tip to build up your fabric yo-yo stash rather quickly:
I personally use multiples of every size & shape Clover Yo-Yo Maker.¬† I store the Makers pre-loaded with fabric.¬† That way,¬† when I sit down in the evening or over the weekend I’m ready to stitch up as many yo-yos as I feel like stitching.¬† I keep a bag of fabric scraps handy to reload fabric into the tool as soon as I complete a yo-yo. I sort the finished yo-yo’s by shape and color.
Yo-Yo Makers are portable!!! When I know that I’m going to be traveling, I pack up my pre-loaded Yo-Yo Makers in Gallon size freezer bags.
The other day I discovered that Clover offers several FREE pdf projects for yo-yos.¬† Check out these fun projects:
- Yo-Yo Christmas Tree Ornaments: <http://www.clover-usa.com/project_img/CT0039%20-%20Yoyo%20Trees.pdf>
- Yo-Yo Curtains: <http://www.clover-usa.com/project_img/Curtain_PS.pdf>
- Yo-Yo Flower Pins: <http://www.clover-usa.com/project_img/Flower%20Brooch-PS.pdf>
- Yo-Yo Heart Greeting Card: <http://www.clover-usa.com/project_img/Heart%20Card_PS.pdf>
- Yo-Yo Hair Accessory: <http://www.clover-usa.com/project_img/Hair_accessories-PS.pdf>
- Yo-Yo Necklace: <http://www.clover-usa.com/project_img/CT0041.pdf>
The video is ready! I experienced a LOT of frustration with the first flower yo-yos I made using the Clover Flower Quick Yo-Yo Makers.
The included instructions were not very intuitive or easy–I felt.¬† Once I figured out how to make them look pretty Jeff and I put together a video showing how I make mine.¬† My way is not necessarily the *right* way or even the *best* way…it’s just the way I do it and I like my results.¬† If you have a way that works better for you, please feel free to share your tips.
NOTE #1:¬† YouTube limits video length to 10 minutes.¬† That wasn’t enough time to show all the steps, so there are two clips below (scroll down, they are listed one on top of the other).
NOTE #2:¬† You will notice my watch shows the time at about 6:00 on these clips.¬† That’s 6:00AM…yes, in the morning.¬† We started this set at about 5:45AM.¬† We film very early to take advantage of the best quiet and least distraction.¬† BUT, it’s still 6:00AM…wincing grin…it’s an interesting exercise in trying to engage brain and voice that early in the morning.
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We’re breaking new ground at SewThankful.¬† We finished taping our first video demo this week. This is a demonstration of Clover’s Quick Circle Yo-Yo Makers.¬† The video features the “large” and “extra-large” size yo-yo makers but the technique is the same for all the circle yo-yo makers.
Special Note:¬† A “JUMBO” Circle Yo-Yo maker will be released very soon by Clover.¬† We will be stocking that item so be sure to watch for that new addition at Sew Thankful!
With regard to video production, we are learning as we go and there is much to learn.¬† A huge pile of credit is due Jeff who is patient beyond belief in handling the camera, co-production and editing.
The goal is to produce a substantial and growing library of product and technique demos.¬† I hope you enjoy!
Monday, 7/21/08 Add-on note -¬† Linda wrote to me in a private email and gave permission to share these comments here with everyone:
Just watched your video on making yo yo’s.¬† I made¬† several hundred
last Christmas for some gifts (Vintage Santa) that required many yo
yo’s.¬† A tip I thought I would pass on to you – since I used a
coordinating thread I had a hard time ending up at the right spot.¬† I
made a mark with a Sharpie on one of the nubs and used that for the
starting and stopping.¬† Another thing¬†about the finishing. I took a
class from Cody Mazuran (the yo yo maven) and she showed us a way of
ending IF the yo yo’s are going to be flat against fabric and the back
doesn’t show. After drawing up the yo yo, I go straight down the center
to the back and make a few back stitches stitches and a knot.¬† Goes
very fast and doesn’t matter since the back won’t be seen anyway. Of
course if the back is going to show, the way you show is best.
Thanks so much Linda.¬† Those are GREAT tips!
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