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Bowls made entirely of thread

redandredder | Posted in General Discussion on

In one of the early Threads, I saw an article from a woman who made beautiful bowls entirely of thread. She discussed her technique.  She said that some of her thread objects were in museums.  Since I have every copy of Threads, it would take a long time to find it.  Can anyone steer me to the right issue?  I have already tried to use several keywords to get me to the article/issue without success.  Pam


  1. starzoe | | #1

    The bowls aren't made altogether with thread, they use as their base a product called TYVEK which is used in the building industry as a vapor barrier.

    However, I couldn't find the article either - sometimes the index is a little difficult to figure out!

    I found a reference to tyvek bowls on Google to Craft Stylish but then the article only talked about crocheting fabric.....maybe you can find it.

    Edited 2/18/2009 1:52 pm ET by starzoe

    1. redandredder | | #2

      This was long before Tyvek. The bowls were made entirely of thread with no base or stabilizer as I recall. The author probably used machines like Bernina which let you sew a seam without needing fabric to sew on. 

      The technique can be easily duplicated. If you see the original you can view how this is done and how thread color choices can enhance your designs.  Pam

      1. starzoe | | #3

        Now you have my curiousity aroused; I'll have to at least read up on it.

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        ThreadKoe | | #4

        Just for fun I searched the forum for thread bowls. Try Issue #20. There was a post for thread bowls made by sandwiching thread between dissolvable stabilizer mentioned. Is that the bowls you were looking for? Cathy

        1. redandredder | | #5

          No because at that time there was no computerized machine embroidery nor stabilizer. Thanks, Pam

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            ThreadKoe | | #6

            Oh well! I wish my issues went back that far! Perhaps if you tried a search with more specific criteria in the gatherings posts, you might be more successful. You know best the specifics you are looking for. Good luck. My search brought up several interesting threads that were interesting looking if I had more time to look into them. Good Luck. Cathy

  2. goodwife | | #7

    I don't know the article, but I have made bowls using silk fibres and glue, I used copydex or wood glue, but there are glues especially for silk and other textiles out there.  I just laid all the threads out on sheet of cling film, used a paintbrush to cover them with the glue, put another sheet of cling film on top, turned it all over, removed the first sheet of plastic and painted that side with glue, then shaped it over a bowl covered in clingfilm, and left it to dry.  This was about four years ago, I still have the bowl, and I don't think I have missed out anything.  I was also going to suggest the idea of using two layers of dissolvable material to sandwich the threads and then machine embroider all over to hold them together,  you can add bits of lace or ribbon  put it in water and dissolve the dissolvable layers and then paint with glue and shape over a clingfilm covered bowl and leave to dry.   You can then embellish with beads or sequins  etc. by hand.

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