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When growing up, my grandmother used empty wooden thread spools for a fun craft project. She drilled tiny holes on the top of a spool, then glued a bunch of small "pins" with no head on top in each hole. Then somehow she wound thread around them and "wove" the threads, causing a "woven," round string to emerge from the hole at the bottom of the spool. What was that process?

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By Daniel

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December 17, 20130 found this helpful

This is called a "knitting nancy". You can buy ready made that come with directions fairly easily at most chain stores. You make a loop around the nails from the inside edge of the hole in the spool. Go around the spool until you reach the beginning, then switch to putting the yarn around the front of a pin. Using a large needle (blunt plastic sewing needles for sewing together knits work well)pull the loop up over the wrapped yard, then go to next pin. Continue in this way, until you have the length of cord you want. Tie off but using the needle threaded with yarn to gather all the loops off the pins and knotting. Can be used (the cord) in many ways, for ties on things, coiled for flat items like coasters (sew coils together with thread or yarn).

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Anonymous
March 31, 20160 found this helpful

We us to do this also as young girls.

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