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Sambo | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Anybody done any spirralling and if so what did you make with it?



  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    What is spiralling?  I've never heard that term, can you describe it?  Knitting, crocheting, sewing?  Mary

  2. MaryinColorado | | #2

    This sounds interesting.  It also sounds very tiny with either end as the width.  I'm glad you had fun with it.  Maybe you could post a photo?   Embellishing and creating your own fabric is so much fun!  Mary

  3. solosmocker | | #3

    I am really intrigued. I don't have a clue what it is either.


  4. Josefly | | #4

    I'd love to know what this is, too, and apparently the message describing it has been deleted. Can you fill us in?

    1. Sambo | | #5

      I have tried to find some information on the internet but have not been successful yet. But what I did, which was a method from a fairly old book by Jane Hill. I started with a piece of fabric, stretchy as the finished article was to be a shrug,50inches by about 25, I first did some decoration on it, random stitching stuff like that. Then you measure down one side the length of the width of the fabric, put a pin straight down then you swivel the fabric and stitch to the end, you end up with a tube, shake it out and lay it on a flat surface cut the ends of straight across and then you make the shrug, I hope I have made sense of it.

      1. Josefly | | #6

        Hmmm. I'm having a little trouble understanding the manipulation of the fabric. I'm using a Kleenex folded in half to approximate, in miniature, the rectangle you started with. When you "measure down one side the length of the width of the fabric" are you folding some way? I can't see how a tube is being formed. Sorry, I don't want to be tedious, but would love to see what you mean.

        1. Sambo | | #7

          I got a kleenex so I could see what you were doing, what you are actually sewing is the opposite side of the fabric but you are starting the width of the fabric down from the edge, try that, but that is how you end up with a tube.

        2. cafms | | #11

          Threads had an article - "A New Twist on Bias Layouts" - on this in #107 (July 2003).  I used this to make a bias dress and a skirt.  I did several rows of stitching along the selvage edge before sewing the tube.  The stitching came out in an interesting design when finished. 

          Linda McGehee also has instructions for making pieced spiraling in her book Creating Texture With Textiles.  It is a little tricky to get started but once you have it started it goes pretty good. 


          1. Josefly | | #12

            Thanks so much for clearing this up. I didn't realize "spiraling" refered to the technique of creating large pieces of bias fabric, as described in the Threads article you referenced.

      2. starzoe | | #8

        I don't understand either. Is it something like a mobius strip?

        1. Sambo | | #9

          I think you have to do it to understand it, what is a mobius strip?

          1. starzoe | | #10

            A mobius strip is an unending twisted ribbon on two planes. Take a length of ribbon, give it one half twist and attach the ends. An online dictionary can give you a better description.The mobius twist has an unending (pun there) application for sewing or knitting. Threads some time ago had a mobius scarf which is very simple but with the twist that makes it really different.

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