Surprising Discovery: Chicken Scissors Do Not Cut Fabric!

28 Nov

Yay! My experiment has yielded its first product – a basket out of plaited old t-shirts.

This attempt of mine to learn how to use    recycled materials proves to me once again, that for every idea that pops up there will be another two hundred that follow. It is the nature of creativity. As I said, the problem is not the lack of ideas but the lack of time and ability to execute them all, right-this-very-minute.

This thing that I am doing right now hasn’t just popped up in my head, at least not in theory. I have been playing with the idea of recycle reuse repurpose upcycle, but  at a slow pace. For a while now there has been a pile of mostly white t-shirts in my studio, waiting patiently for me to make something out of them, but some how the pile is always pushed aside in favor of some other activity.

One day I decided. Enough. Now is the time to act.

A while ago, on the internet I saw a plaited blue/grey carpet. I realized that the easiest place for me to start from would be there. Not with the carpet, but with the braid.

So I cut the only 6 colored shirts in the pile into strips. Sounds simple. Right? Wrong. Not When the only decent pair of scissors in the house are chicken scissors. After a bit of disappointing research, I discovered that the fact that they are adept at cutting chicken does not mean that they are proficient at cutting fabric.

I was left with only one option; my box cutter knife. In order to get nice, clean strips with a box cutter knife, this is what you need to do:

1.    Fold the shirt in half, length wise.

2.    Fix all the layers together with lines of pins.

3.    Use a ruler to lead the knife.

4.    Cut each strip in short segments in order to avoid the blade pulling the fabric.


Including all the experimentation, discoveries and system development, cutting the strips took a few hours.

Weaving the Plat was less straightforward than I expected – and while I was plaiting, I also needed to unravel the knots that were forming under the plaits. It wasn’t to bad, just surprising.

When I started making the braid I wasn’t sure where it would take me, and after a few hours of playing with the options I decided to go with a narrow and slightly taller basket.

Sewing the basket also held a unexpected element, and that was the amount of needles I broke while putting this basket together, also, that I flat nosed plier doesn’t loose its usefulness once it leaves the jeweler’s bench .

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One Response to “Surprising Discovery: Chicken Scissors Do Not Cut Fabric!”

  1. SabbaAbba November 29, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Doesnt need kind.
    interesting understandable and nicely written at tleast the Hebrew.
    Good luck with the blog.
    One technical problwn. Autofill does not seem to work

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