Are You A Bronze Bobby Pinner, Too?

Last week, one of my students in the Cross-Knit Looping eCourse posted this comment:

I made a couple of hearts yesterday, using the flat panel technique. We spent the day in Minneapolis. I took my looping supplies. When I sat down to get started, while Gordon did some maintenance at our daughter’s apartment, I realized I had not included tapestry needles in my looping bag. I stitched two hearts using a bobby pin instead of a tapestry needle. It worked, but I don’t recommend it! Do I get an A for effort, teach?

A for effort, a gold star, high fives, and the 1st Annual Bronze Bobby Pin Award!

Val Tindall’s Bronze Bobby Pin Heart

Later, Val shared a picture of her homework project and this:

This is the heart that I completed. The red looping was done using a bobby pin in place of my forgotten tapestry needle. I was bound and determined to get my homework done. The edging was done with the needle. I did give it a bit of stuffing between the silk backing and cross-knit lopped front. I did stitch a pin to the back. My other bobby pin sample heart is tied to our daughter’s collar.

That’s how the Bronze Bobby Pin Award began. Congratulations, Val, and thank you for inspiring us all!

Do you have a resourceful, can-do attitude, too? Are you the type of person who could rip up a floorboard to find a needle, or stitch with a bronze bobby pin, if necessary? If you are, grab a Bronze Bobby Pin and share your story in the comments below. We love an inspiring story!

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Donna Kallner

fiber artist, teacher and explorer, inspired by ancient fiber techniques and all the ways contemporary fiber artists give old ideas a new spin

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