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RAINBOW SHOELACES WITH
Want to make colorful pair of
shoelaces for your favorite pair of sneakers? We've come up with an eye
WHAT MATERIALS YOU'LL NEED:
2 skeins of the CARON Collection's
your old shoelaces
scissors and ruler
a piece of cardboard approximately
(a friend to do this project with
STEP 1: Remove the label from each skein of thread and untie
the knot at the end of the skein.
STEP 2: Untwist
the skein and open it up so it is one large loop and you can separate the
threads. Repeat with 2nd skein.
||STEP 3: Using
your ruler, measure the length of your shoelace. Measure and cut a strand
of thread 4 times that length. Then double up the single strand so that
it is now only half as long. Make sure that it is even and both ends are
the same length. Have your friend hold the side with the loose ends securely
while you at the opposite end, the looped end, insert a pencil and start
twisting the strands together as tight as you can, working till the entire
strand is tightly twisted. Make sure the thread is tightly twisted and that
your friend doesn't let go of the thread or it will unravel and you'll have
to start over.
||STEP 4: Without
releasing your end put your finger at the middle of the strand, holding
it taut. Next, fold the strand in half giving your end of the strand (with
the pencil removed) to your friend and insert a scissor in the middle as
a weight. Once your friend is holding both strands, let go and the scissor
will start twirling. The threads will twist around each other creating a
cable type effect. Once the scissor stops twirling remove it and secure
each end with tape wrapped around the ends tightly to keep it from unraveling
and to help you thread it through your sneakers. Then once you've laced
your sneakers with the cabled thread knot the ends of the strand at the
length you want, removing the tape and leaving about 2" of loose strands
beyond the knot. (Cut off any excess thread only after you attach the pom-poms.)
|STEP 5: Pom-Poms - Using
the leftover thread from the first skein, take the 2 inch piece of cardboard
and beginning in the middle, start wrapping the thread around it, keeping
them very close (you can overlap them in layers) Wrap this strand around
the cardboard about 30 times ending at the bottom edge of the cardboard.
|STEP 6: Take your
scissors and cut into the middle of the cardboard (on the sides that the
strands are NOT wrapped around) up to where the strands begin. Do this on
both sides. Gradually cut further into the cardboard, under the strands,
leaving just a small piece of cardboard intact in the center. DO NOT CUT
INTO THE THREADS while doing this!
|STEP 7: Take a
separate strand of thread (about 6" long) and pull it though the cuts
in the cardboard and around both sides of the the strands, pulling tight
and knotting it. Pry out the rest of the cardboard and tie another thread
in the middle of the strands pulling it even tighter than before and again
finishing it with a knot.
|STEP 8: Using
the scissors cut through the loops at both ends. Then fluff up the strands
especially around the middle. Make sure all the loops are cut and trim any
pieces that are too long. Voila! you've made a POM-POM!
|STEP 9: Using
the two strands used to tie the knot in the middle of the pom-pom, attach
it to the shoelace by knotting it above the knot at the end of the lace.Now
trim the strands of the knot to match the length of the pom-pom strands.
STEP 10: Repeat
Step 5 to 9 to make the 2nd pom-pom.
STEP 11: Repeat
steps 3 to 9 with the second skein to make the other shoelace and 2 more
STEP 12: Slip
your transformed sneakers onto your feet and , who knows, like Dorothy
you may fly over the rainbow.
Note: A cotton thread equivalent
may be substituted for Watercolours thread but the effect will not be the
same as with the variegated thread shown.
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