Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

Instruments For Laying Off The Patterns From The National Garment Cutter

Instruments For Laying Off The Patterns From The National Garment Cutter

National Garment Cutter: system of cutting and fitting

I had promised you all photos of the NGC rulers some time ago and I had every intention of bringing them to you long before now. It was my wish to do so in conjunction with sharing the 'General Instructions' for use of the instruments and some additional thoughts from my own experience in using the system.

National Garment Cutter set-square hinges to pack flat

I shall be brief for now and at the very least have photos for you. The 'General Instructions' may be had freely from the 1884 edition.

National Garment Cutter rules in a various sizes

For those who would wish to start making the patterns themselves directly from the books that are publicly available, work from the assumption that the base measurement is 20 inches and then size up from there as that is the rule which is closest to a 1:1 ratio with a normal rule.

National Garment Cutter curved instrument with proprietors names printed on the end 'Goldsberry, Doran & Nelson'.

National Garment Cutter curved instrument with the title printed on the other side

National Garment Cutter curved instrument with rules, set-square, and curve.

I would like to extend a very special thanks to Kathryn for making this system available so I can share it with you all. In due course it is my intention to make the entirety of the system, in all it's sizes, available for use.