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This is my first tutorial! Yay! I’ve been sewing a new dress for Hannah. It’s done (more yay! and pictures later). The last step was to make loops for the ribbon sash from thread. I’ve watched Mother do this many times. She always made a crochet chain, and that was the technique I wanted to use on this dress. But I had the hardest time starting my chain. After an interesting phone conversation with Charlie (Him: Make a half hitch knot. Me:How do I make a half hitch?), we finally got it figured out. I’m posting this tutorial so I can refer to it the next time I need to make a thread loop, but have forgotten how to start the crochet chain. I hope this is helpful to someone else, too.

This loop can also be used to make a button loop.

Step 1. Cut a long piece of thread, double it, and knot it. Bring it from the back to the front of the garment.

Step 2. Use the needle to make a stitch at the same place your thread is anchored in the garment.

Step 3. Leave a small loop of thread above the fabric.

Step 4. Run the needle through the small loop.

Step 5. Leave a larger loop.

Step 6. Pull the first loop tight.

Step 7. Put your index finger and thumb through the second loop.

Step 8. Grab the free thread with your index finger and thumb.

Step 9. Pull the free thread back through the loop, keeping the needle in your other hand, forming another loop.

Step 10. Manipulate the thread so that the first loop becomes a tiny knot close to the fabric. You have to sort of saw back and forth on the thread, back and forth, to get this to work.

Step 11. Reach through the loop and pull the free thread through again, forming another loop. Keep repeating this process until your chain is the desired length.

Step 12. Run the needle through the final loop of the chain.

Step 13. Pull thread taut.

Step 14. Pass needle through to the back of the garment at the point you want the loop to end.

Step 15. Tie your thread off and cut it. You have a finished crochet chain thread loop.

Charlie and I watched Bella last night. If you haven’t seen this movie, you should. It is full of both acknowledgment that life can be excruciatingly painful, and affirmation that life is precious.

I wanted to show you our roses. I use the word “our” loosely, as you will see.

This rose bush grows on both sides of the fence we share with our neighbors. I don’t know what variety these are, but they are beautiful, and smell nice, too.

These striped roses grow on a bush that is definitely on the neighbor’s side of the fence, but several branches have made their way through the fence to our side. Again, I don’t know the variety. These don’t smell as pretty, but they don’t smell bad, and the bush is stunning when it is in full bloom.

And this rose bush is the one my mother-in-law planted with Charlie. They are burgundy iceberg roses. Look at the backs of the petals – they are white. This smells wonderful and is incredibly beautiful!

Hannah’s rabbit, Buttercup, was found dead yesterday. As far as we can tell, she just got old and died. Sweet Buttercup, you will be missed.

The Eye of the Artist: The Work of Devorah Sperber

HT: Fashion Incubator