Monday, 1 December 2014

What to do with short orts

If you are collecting even short pieces of thread - orts, what can you do with them?
Well, why not curl them?
Wind them round a stick, bamboo skewer or similar.
Roller iron them.
Pull them off the stick carefully.
Couch them down and you get recycled thread waste. Pile 'em on.

19 comments:

  1. Mine are filling a large jar. I put them out in the trees for the birds to use for their nests.

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    1. I have heard of others who do this, and have read comments of 'Please don't do it'. The latter claim that the birds' claws can get tangled in thread, but I think that can only apply to longer pieces of string...

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    1. You've done a bit of Goldwork, haven't you, Pamela? I was thinking, if you starch the thread and then wind it over a very thin wire you could get 'purl'. Fill it with a thicker thread and you'll have another kind of thread... I'll have to try that!

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  3. Oh what a lovely idea.......Must try this !
    hugs
    Chris Richards xx

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    1. It is a smart way to use up stray pieces, but you need to be into free form embroidery, I guess.

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  4. your have come up with a great idea here Queenie, I must start saving mine instead of binning them

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    1. These curls can also be used on the stumpwork portraits I make. How would you use yours? Maybe better bin them!

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  5. What a good idea! I have a jar full of little bits of thread..

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    1. Are you saving them for something special?

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  6. I was just thinking they'd make perfect hair for stumpwork portraits! I do a similar thing by unravelling tiny swatches of knitting, then steaming them to get crinkly hair for peg dolls etc.

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    1. That is a smart way to use up smaller pieces of knitting. Another way would be to add thread or yarn to needle felting...

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  7. I do tend to dump my short orts, but I'd never thought about curling them, good idea.

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    1. For artists, and those who work with mixed media craft, why not coat the thread with bond before winding it around a stick it can easily slide off, skip the iron and leave instead the curl to self dry. I guess you would end up with a neat 'spring' of thread!

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  8. Clever. Mine decorate the floor then get eaten by the vacuume cleaner!

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    1. Well, there are all sorts of things to do with short orst, aren't there, ha, ha?

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  9. A good idea, I may be able to use this idea myself!

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    1. You are now into knitting and should have lots of curly yarn if you knit a bit and then unravel it like Elizabeth at Elizabeth's Quarters suggested, see comment above.. Perfect for curly hair on any doll.

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  10. I have 3 bags and 1 jar. Not sure what and when I am going to use it, but, that is a good idea.

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