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Craft Cupboard

Posted by Avital Pinnick on February 25, 2010

Craft Cupboard

Looks pretty innocent, doesn’t it? It’s really the Israeli equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle, swallowing up all my unfinished craft projects and supplies that are too small to stick under my bed or in larger cupboards. I tend to accumulate small unfinished projects because large ones (like sweaters) annoy me too much. This cupboard hasn’t had a serious clean-out for years.

I spread out a few of the projects on a tablecloth and snapped this photo. Then I discovered even more projects stuck into little boxes in the mess, but I didn’t have room to photograph them as well. If you click the photo to go to the Flickr page, you’ll see notes describing what’s in the photo.

Partial view of contents of craft cupboard

It’s time for a serious cull.

Crafts represented:

  • Crochet (Irish, filet, hairpin, kippah/yarmulke)
  • Tatting (lots of edgings and motifs, too many shuttles)
  • Bead tatting (I was doing a couple test pieces for Nina Libin)
  • Knitting (lace, miniature, regular)
  • Knotted netting with shuttle
  • Knotless netting (with needle)
  • Bobbin lace (Milanese braid samples)
  • Embroidery (miniature French knots)
  • Decoupage

The projects that I knew I would never finish I cut off the balls of thread and pitched in the garbage. The ones about which I was undecided, I put back into bags and put on the top shelf. I decided to use the top shelf for projects and the bottom shelf for supplies. The baskets that are on the edge of the photo are mostly repositories of tools that really belong in other places (like my painting supplies, crochet hooks, and knitting needles). The tatting shuttles are small enough to stay where they are.

The only project I reject throwing out is the miniature knitted doily that I started (bottom of blue cloth). I simply can’t recall which pattern I was using and I don’t want to try improvising with a piece that is so fiddly (Honiton lace thread on .5 mm needles).

I’ll think about planting the cotton seeds this year, since this is the right season. On the other hand, I still haven’t spun what I’ve already grown. That would be a good incentive to haul out my tahkli, right? Although I own a spinning wheel, this cotton is much too delicate to spin on something that large, so probably best to spin it on a hand spindle.

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Jewelry and Scarf Organizer

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 28, 2009

Homemade necklace holder

I made this organizer out of a cheap rubber-covered rack that I bought at a housewares store. Usually they’re used to keep a plastic dish tub above the bottom of the sink so that water can drain out. (This is an important gadget if you are trying to keep your dishes kosher in a non-kosher place or you can’t kasher your sinks for Passover.) I tied a ribbon to the top and hung the rack on a nail hammered into the wall. The whole thing hangs behind the bedroom door.

Currently I don’t use it for jewelry. I developed a really bad nickel allergy, so I wear very little jewelry these days. I do, however, wear a lot of scarves, so now all my scarves are threaded through this handy gadget.

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