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  • "that" tool thingy for fluffy bits..

    Words escape me, but as a kid I had a plimsoll bag my mum made for me, with my initials marked on it in fluffy letters.. like cut loops?? (think pom pom effect, but in a line!)

    I remember she had a brass springy thing she jabbed in to the fabric.. but not much else.. anyone know what the tool and technique are called?

    I was thinking it was perhaps a needle, but if she used it to make loops, what would have anchored the loops in the fabric once they were trimmed??

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    urrrrmmmm no,lol

    you can get sort of the same effect with the puffy fabric markers though

    http://www.craftydevilspapercraft.co...puffy-pens.asp

    you must have been rich,lol, plimsol bag...we had carrier bags like it or lump it
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    • #3
      Sorry, I can't help on this one - but I do remember plimsolls- black in the winter, white in the summer, I wonder if you can still get them?

      Beckyboo, carrier bags hadn't been invented when Sparkysdad went to school!!!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by greannancrafts View Post
        Beckyboo, carrier bags hadn't been invented when Sparkysdad went to school!!!

        awwwww,lol

        yes you can still get plimsolls , the white ones are harder to find though...my kids used to spend all summer in theirs ..ahhhh happy memories
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        • #5
          Could it have been one of those hooky things that you use in rug making? Or could they have been big embroidered French Knots?
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          • #6
            I know exactly what you mean but for the life of me I cant remember what its called and I am pretty certain you can still get it in places like Hobbycraft, I believe it was "the.......punch"

            It was a needle type thing that you punched through the reverse of the design you were doing, the wool was threaded through it and as you "punched" through the fabric it made a loop on the right side.

            I remember it so well and will no doubt be awake for hours tonight trying to remember it's name!

            When I do remember I will let you know
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            • #7
              I remember we had a little machine, the needle was operated by putting your foot through a loop on the end of a strap and it punched from the reverse side of the fabric leaving a tiny loop on the front as others have said. It was a brass plate clamped to a table and a very simple fitting for the needle. I can't remember the name either but I could draw a picture of it. (Not much help I know)
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              • #8
                Would it be needle punching?
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                • #9
                  I have found these ones
                  http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Punch-...__W0QQ_armrsZ1
                  Called the Webster punch needle. Which sounds like it.

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                  • #10
                    slightly going off topic but my son of 20 and his friends all wear plimsoles as they're fashionable now but they're £20 from topman not £1.99 from woolworths ( RIP ) !!
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                    • #11
                      Thank you silvermaid and Steffi..

                      it is needlepunch or punchneedle (both seem in common use!) embroidery! also called russian punch embroidery.. Oh well, now I know what I am looking for!

                      And Beckyboo you cheeky minx!! we weren't "posh" !! most kids had a bought bag.. I had to have a home made one!! (along with homeknitted sweaters until I was 11!!)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sparkysdad View Post
                        Thank you silvermaid and Steffi..

                        it is needlepunch or punchneedle (both seem in common use!) embroidery! also called russian punch embroidery.. Oh well, now I know what I am looking for!

                        And Beckyboo you cheeky minx!! we weren't "posh" !! most kids had a bought bag.. I had to have a home made one!! (along with homeknitted sweaters until I was 11!!)

                        me too. My nan was still knitting my school sweaters in secondary school. I was the only one I knew with handmade cardi and jumper and I was about 14 by then!!!!!

                        Thanks Silvermaid for putting me out of my misery, that is exactly what I was thinking of.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sparkysdad View Post
                          Thank you silvermaid and Steffi..

                          it is needlepunch or punchneedle (both seem in common use!) embroidery! also called russian punch embroidery.. Oh well, now I know what I am looking for!

                          And Beckyboo you cheeky minx!! we weren't "posh" !! most kids had a bought bag.. I had to have a home made one!! (along with homeknitted sweaters until I was 11!!)
                          OOOH!!

                          What are you going to be making?
                          Sounds exciting.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by greannancrafts View Post
                            OOOH!!

                            What are you going to be making?
                            Sounds exciting.

                            Jane
                            I know, I obviously lead a sad and somewhat sheltered life..

                            I "like" making things.. though I guess I don't feel overly confident in anything I make (it's those home made things as a kid.. gave me mental blocks!!).. I really envy those who make and sell their crafts..

                            But despite being at best amateurish at what I make, I still like to "play".. I did my first ever oil painting a few months ago.. wouldn't win any prizes, but it is at least no worse than anything I produced at school (they were things only a mother could be proud of)...

                            Mens clothes are probably far beyond my basic sewing skills (I can do curtains OK).. though I have knocked up some basic cushion covers to "make do".. and I often think I could add a few bits and bobs to them to make them a little more fancy.. I just thought if I found out what the pokey tool was, and how to use it, a bit of embroidery thread and a couple of hours messing about might produce something half decent!

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                            • #15
                              Go for it.
                              Don't decry your own crafting ability, I am sure you have produced some lovely stuff from time to time. I Think we all have cupboards full of bits we would not show to anyone. lol.
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