Thursday, January 26, 2012


I'm up to my wrists in very small cords - which I'm attaching to my current wall hanging - "Balancing Act".  Several years ago I took a wonderful class that included all sorts of fiber techniques - including making my own cording.  Using different fibers, intertwined around each other I slip it into the sewing maching and make a zigzag stitch binding all of them together in a wonderful mix.  I love this process and have used it on ever so many pieces, including the petite pockets and hearts of last year.

I once bought a Japanese cord maker but I've never used it.  I prefer my old-fashioned way. I like to dig through my fibers, twist them and stitch.  I can make them as thick as I want, as thin as I want and as long as I want.  They are wonderful even when not used for cording but as an addition to the surface of a piece of fabric or punchneedle.

For "Balancing Act" I have used the cording for loops at the top and am now in the process of adding cords (11 for each attachment) to connect all three sections.  This isn't easy for me as I am a terrible measurer!  In order to hang straight I must make sure that they are spaced properly and stitched top and bottom evenly.  A hard task for someone who is a free spirit when it comes to exact measuring *smile*.

"By concentrating on precision, one arrives at technique, but by concentrating on technique one does not arrive at precision." - Bruno Walter


  1. The hanging looks great with the cording.

    There aren't enough hours in the day for all the things I would like to try. Sigh.........

  2. What a unique result from what sounds like a not-too-difficult process. You are always giving me ideas, Penny. Hope you don't mind when I borrow them. ;) I love the second photo, beautiful project!

  3. I love this fiber art wall hanging! Very cool, Penny!


    ...underneath the cords on the work surface...

    ...then on the back of the punched piece..

    ..then place it on top of the cords...

    ..and lift carefully so the cords are stuck to the back EXACTLY where you want 'em :-)

    First stitch the area that doesn't have sticky tape on it...

    ...then remove the tape and stitch the rest.

    BINGO :-)))

  5. Again, awesome work! And, I will tell you that I have "favourited" this post as well; I have been looking for interesting cording to add to some art, and never would have dreamed of making my own, lol!!

    So, thank you, thank you, thank you for this post!! :-))



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