Sewing in yarn-ends and life of an artist
I was so full of hope and optimism, I really thought I would get it done. Motivated by @jonalyn2020‘s amazing crochet skirt or @blezyn‘s granny square top, @monica-ene‘s dresses or @clearartista doll and all the other amazing wips, I picked up my stripped sweater with the clear intent to sew in all yarn-ends. All of them. But no, it did not happen. I fear I am the world slowest yarn-end sewista.
And that is what happened
Last week, sadly as the week before was again under the headache moon (is there a headache moon? I am not sure) The week started ok, I got one bigger painting done – The drone-sharks – for my next exhibition.
You can see on the photos, how I mixed „real“ painting with digital painting. I started with a super rough sketch with oil pastels, proceeded with pencil sketches and then made a first real painting with gouache. I quite liked how the hybrid creature of a plane-drone and a shark turned out, especially the teeth. To have more composition options I transferred the paintings to procreate and added background and more drone-sharks….
Done with the work I had a bit of free time in the evening which I wanted to devote to the wip challenge. My first project was the hexagon crochet cardigan… Yes, you are hearing right. I am writing about the cardigan which I presented as „finished“. But – dear needleworkmonday community – I am completely unreliable and not to be trusted: I lied to you. I only finished the crocheting, but I did not sew in the yarn ends. Which I did now. And oh wonder I even got it done.
The next days were less successful filled with research for the exhibition; I work about the topic of social credit systems. I lost myself in books and websites. The only capacities I had open I used to knit on the second sleeve of my lavender cardigan (the yarn 😱…. Now I am on the last ball, and I still have not found replacement/ supplement).
And then nearing the weekend they were back, the !§%&** (insert the ugliest swearword you know please) headaches. Work delayed, homework delayed, free time with friends delayed and I transformed into a grumble monster. Thankfully the headaches were not as bad as last week, so I had some time outside the bed. And this time I used to start sewing in the billions of yarn-ends on my striped sweater. My thoughts went like this „I am already feeling like sh**, so my mood cannot get worse when I sew in these yarn-ends…which I hate“. Fortified with this optimistic mindset (irony) I sewed and sewed and sewed… and only got the first side seam done!!!!! Honestly, I have no clue why I am so slow in this hand-sewing business. Perhaps I am too careful with the yarn-ends? Do I make to many knots?
This is how I sew in yarn-ends – perhaps you have some ideas?
I always tackle two yarn-ends at once. Normally I sew some longer diagonal seams with the yarn end, but this time I only sewed like two stitches because the yarn-ends are already knitted in while I changed the yarn during the knitting process (like in stranded knitting). Then I make one knot with the single yarn-end and then I knot both yarn-ends together… three times…. Hmm while reading this sounds like a lot of knots. I photographed it but am not sure if you can see what I did. And I needed hours for this. Sooooo slooooowwwww.
Ok, now you: how do you secure the yarn-ends?
(I remember you @crosheille glued them together, I would love this, but am afraid that the glue will not survive washing… or did I dream this?)
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