Create Texture And Fun With This Unique Way To Use Yo-Yos

Lazies, In our post today, Sara Lechner of The Fabric of Meditation (great blog) shares her unique ‘Barnacle Throw’ with us. Sara, who makes her home in Austria, has been having fun with the Clover Yo-Yo Makers. Read about how she made this textured throw, then visit her blog for more fabulous creations.

Here’s Sara:
This was my serendipity of the day!

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I ordered the Yo-yo maker from Clover and had to immediately give it a try! You find a Clover Yo-Yo Maker tutorial at Lazy Girl Designs . Thank you Lazy Girl!!!


So I did in no time lots of yo-yos and then I thought that I don’t have time to make a quilt or something with them… So I decided to sew them with zig-zag to a wonderful wool fabric I have. I wasn’t happy with the result because the zig-zag looked so “machiney”.

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Then I got this great idea to use the embellisher with some wool to cover the zig-zag! And -best of all- I don’t need the zig-zag any more because the embellisher bonds the 3 layers!! This machine deserves a monument somewhere!!

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I was so pleased with these barnacles and with the back of the throw where you get circles in all colors which look great too! I intend to sew a fabric border to this piece.

Back of the Barnacle Throw. Click image to enlarge.

– Sara

A big ‘Thanks’ to Sara for sharing this unique creation with us. I would love to see Sara’s barnacle technique on a purse or other accessory. I think it would look great on a lot our Lazy Girl Designs bags including a large tote such as the Newport Tote, or for the flap of a Sassy Bag.

Joan Hawley

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8 Responses to “Create Texture And Fun With This Unique Way To Use Yo-Yos”

  1. Mandy Mendenhall — June 11, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    I was very interested in this technique but do not know what an embellisher is. Is this part of the machine or is it something different entirely?
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    Hi Mandy,
    An embellisher is a machine that looks a lot like a sewing machine, but is fitted with several barbed needles. No thread or bobbin. The embellisher ‘needle felts’ whatever fabric you put under the needles. Perhaps Sara will do a post about how to use the embellisher and tell us more.

  2. lisa rollins — June 11, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

    hi, i want to know if see you have book only make for yo yo stuff ? i am looking for book of yo yo only make .

    lisa rollins
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    Hi Lisa,
    I don’t have a book of yo-yo projects. Perhaps search

  3. Di — June 15, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

    Joan – Sara’s creation is gorgeous!!! I love seeing all the interpretations of using the yo-yo maker.

  4. Chayele — June 19, 2007 @ 3:56 am

    I just love this! Not having an embellisher, I wonder how to achieve something similar in a different way. Does anyone have any thoughts?

  5. Mary Corsaro — June 25, 2007 @ 9:04 am

    Clover makes a hand embellisher. It has several needles in a round case. You hold the case (somewhat like a large spool of thread). They also have a brush that you put under the work so you are going into a soft surface when you punch through. I have an embellisher and I use this tool for basting my pieces in place but you can use it separately. I got my set at Nancy’s notions . I saw one at a Weaving store.

  6. Andrea Rice — January 8, 2008 @ 10:35 pm

    I just bought a yo-yo book at this web site. “Yo-Yos and Fabric Flowers”. Not bad, but a bit cheesy. I did get some ideas. We need a tutorial on the flower yo-yo maker.


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