Monday, 26 September 2016

Swift Cover

Over the years I have been lucky enough to collect various crafting tools and I like to make sure that I look after them and store them as carefully as I can.

One of my treasured tools is my yarn swift.  I love it because it is a wooden one which I think is sturdier and kinder to the yarn than a plastic one - although I have no proof of that!  It is also such a useful tool.  You simply pop the skein of yarn on to it, fix it in place and then you can wind a ball of yarn all on your own with no assistance and with great ease.

Until recently I had stored my swift in a cupboard, but after some rearranging to store other things in a better way there was no space for my swift.  So I decided to make a bag or cover for it.

This is the finished article!  Ta Dah!


You can see that it is the same size as the swift when it is folded up.


In case you don't know, this is what a swift looks like when it is opened up.  The yarn then goes round the outside of the arms and it spins as you make your ball of yarn.


To make the bag I first hand sewed a piece of patchwork.  I cut four inch squares and then pieced them together and then lightly hand quilted them to a backing fabric with some wadding in between.


I then sewed the backing and patchwork into a long cylinder making the bag shape.


Added a drawstring closure at the top.


This is what the lining looks like.


Then I had the finished bag or cover and a safe way to store my swift, it is protected from knocks and dust and it will not open suddenly on its own either as can happen if it is not tied round the middle or secured in some other way.

I really enjoyed the hand sewing, it is such a peaceful thing to do.  Just a needle and thread and an embroidery hoop and I was at peace!


How do you store your crafting tools and your swift?

Amy

This is one of the posts that I wrote in August to be published in September but publishing it got delayed by my need to take a blog break.

Linking with Cooking and Crafting with J&J and Mosaic Monday

73 comments:

  1. I've been wondering whether or not to put a swift on my Christmas list this year. Your bag is both beautiful and useful - William Morris would be proud! xx

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    1. What a lovely thing to say about William Morris! Thank you! xx

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  2. Your swift looks so weird and wonderful! The cover is a great idea and keeps it safe an sound and looking pretty at the same time. x

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    1. I like the description of weird and wonderful, it is a bit like that isn't it! xx

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  3. I am so jealous, since my weaving days as a teenager I have coveted one, but alas still none here! Your bag storage for it is perfect x

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    1. I hope that you get one someday! I got mine from Wool Warehouse. xx

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  4. Dear Amy
    What a perfect storage solution! Pretty and practical.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  5. Your handmade case is so very pretty and perfect for storing the swift -- it sure folds up nicely. That's definitely a bonus.

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    1. I have seen pictures of peoples craft rooms where they leave them attached to a table all the time, but I don't have space, so I certainly appreciate being able to store it away easily! xx

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  6. I'd never heard of a swift before and couldn't imagine what it looked like then I saw your photo and all became clear!
    Great mosaic, so glad you finally got to join us for Mosaic Monday, have a wonderful week.

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    1. You can count that as your new thing you learned today! Thank you again for hosting, I do appreciate it and the ability to join in! xx

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  7. Ah, a Swift cover as opposed to a swift cover. What a super way to store the swift, so pretty and useful too:)

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    1. Ah, yes! I see what you mean! I hadn't thought of that!! It does make the production of balls of yarn swifter though, so I guess that is how it got its name! xx

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  8. I am bad about the way everything is stored right now. No organization whatsoever. We lived in one room in a basement for 3 1/2 years and moved everything into a room for storage, not having any idea we would live this way for so long. So everything is a big mess. I dream of getting it all cleaned up and organized again. Maybe then things will be stored nicely. I hope.
    Glad you got away for a few days, even though your minds were always on something else, it's still nice to get away.

    Cindy Bee

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    1. I hope that you can get things sorted and have more space! That is a long time to have your things in storage and not be able to access them. As you say, one day! xx

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  9. Lovely, such pretty fabric. I don't have a swift nor a yarn winder but I've been wondering whether to put them on my Christmas list, I don't know if I'd use them enough to justify it.

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    1. I don't use either of mine that often, but when I do they make the job so much easier and I know that I will have them forever so in the long run for me they are a good investment. xx

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  10. Not only is it beautiful but what a fantastic idea! My swift is always out on the table in my studio room but if I would store it I now know a nifty way how to store it :)

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    1. I would love to have room to leave mine out like you do! xx

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  11. Hello, stopping in from Mosaic Monday. What an interesting tool. You had a great idea for storage, it is a pretty fabric. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Eileen! Glad you like it. xx

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  12. I love pretty handmade covers. I need to make one for my sewing machine! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you! Enjoy making your sewing machine cover. xx

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  13. What a pretty swift pouch Amy! I've just ordered a swift so your post is very timely for me. I think I might whip up one too :).

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    1. Lovely! I hope that you enjoy making a cover for yours too! xx

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  14. I have never used a swift, nor seen one in action. Nice job on the cover.

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  15. I need a swift! Great way to keep your swift safe and sound when not in use. Happy Monday!

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    1. I hope you can find yourself one and now you know how to store it too! xx

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  16. Very nice Amy I didn't know such things existed I want one too! your cover is great. :) xx

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  17. That's a lovely cover. A swift is one item I would like to get, maybe this Christmas.

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    1. I hope that Father Christmas is kind to you! xx

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  18. This is what I love about blogs, you learn something new every day.
    I remember holding up my hands for what seemed like hours, as a Great Aunt wound her new wool. Super invention with a beautiful case for storage.

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    1. I am happy that you learned something new, that is always fun to do isn't it! Sounds as though your aunt was a great knitter or crocheter if you had to lots of yarn holding for her! xx

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  19. It's beautiful! I love the patchwork, it's always seemed really daunting, I hadn't thought of doing it by hand! (not that I can sew in a straight line by hand either ;)) xx

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    1. Thank you Helen. I decided that I just fancied a bit of hand sewing and this was ideal, then I quilted it by hand and then machine stitched the whole thing up - which was trickier than the hand sewing! - Sewing slowly by hand was easier to keep straight I found, I sympathise on the straight line problem! xx

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  20. Your swift looks so pretty ♥

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  21. That is just lovely. I never thought of a cover!!

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    1. I have a feeling that I have now set you off on a whole new thing Kathy! xx

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  22. Such a pretty cover Amy, I never knew swifters existed, but now I know exactly what they are and what they look like, they must be very useful, I spent a lot of time as a child holding wool that was being wound into a ball ha! X

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    1. Ah yes, swifts are for those of us who done have a child to keep still while holding the skein of yarn! It does mean that you can wind it anytime you like if you are on your own which is probably more convenient, but less sociable sadly! xx

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  23. That cover is so pretty! I had never heard a ball winder called a swift, and the ball winders I have seen/used haven't looked like that. Maybe sometime when you are winding a ball you can take a picture so we can see how it actually works?

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    1. The actual ball winder is different from the swift. You can handwind from a swift, but I have a machine for ball winding too. If I get a chance sometime I will try and photograph it all in action! xx

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  24. I also think hand sewing can be a lovely relaxing occupation, and your swift cover is a beautiful and practical result of your stitching. My crafting supplies are mostly in baskets on top of bookshelves I have in my room. My art supplies are on one shelf of a bookcase and in a rolling bag and in a basket. I have yet to invest in a swift, but they certainly can be handy! xx

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    1. It sounds as though you are very organised with all of your supplies, it is good to be able to find things easily isn't it! xx

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  25. you always teach me something, i love your work. those fabrics are lovely. ( :
    have a great week, Amy!! take care.

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  26. AMY! Oh, I'm missed you! It's so nice to be back and check out what you're doing. Now I've never heard of a yarn swift but can see how it would be helpful. When I crochet I just start! :) The little bag you made is just perfect for it.
    Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Aww, Shelia, so kind of you to say, as you always do! I only use this for yarn that comes in hanks or skeins as we call them here, but for balls I just go for it like you! xx

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  27. wow very nice-I never could afford to buy one of those-great for spinners too-

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    1. I managed to get a good deal on mine I think otherwise I wouldn't have got one either! Crafting tools can be expensive can't they, that is why I like to take good care of them. xx

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  28. I think that swifts are the most interesting tools. Wooden things far outstrip anything plastic for appeal. You've made a lovely cover for it.

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    1. I totally agree, it has such a nice feel to it! xx

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  29. What a cool contraption and I love the bag you made to store it in. :) I'm all for things that make life easier. ;)

    Be blessed!

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  30. So clever & so pretty Amy! Blessings on your week Sweetie. Xoxo

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  31. Such a lovely creation and very therapeutic putting together I bet. Hope everything is OK, take care.

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    1. Yes, the sewing was therapeutic thank you! As for everything else, well, not so much, but we will see! xx

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  32. Love the fabric you used ... Such a pretty cover! I don't have a winder .... I don't knit that much! But you have inspired me to make a patchwork bag! I was only looking at some squares I bought for £1 at a quilting show, wondering how I could use them ..... your fabric has shown me the way! Just need to put it into action now!
    Hugs, Barbara xx

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    1. That would be a great use for your fabric! I look forward to seeing it when you have it done! xx

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  33. I've never seen one of this before, it's an education!
    Lisa x

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  34. You are brilliant. I don't use a swift, I use my knees.
    Meredith

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    1. I think you need one as I am sure that you must wind a lot of skeins! Perhaps Santa will bring you one! xx

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  35. This is such a neat idea!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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