This pattern was inspired by our quilting mothers.
Finished in bright, primary colors, this pin makes a versatile addition to a wardrobe.
It is a good project to practice work with changing grain dynamics.
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Pattern on a Spool
MATERIALS & SUPPLIES
TOOLS -- carving
knife, pencil, saw, toothbrush, optional:
(3/4-in), glue, sandpaper
1-1/4" x 1-1/4 x 1/4" basswood strip
- Paints: bright red, Kelly
green, yellow, Dutch blue, optional:
- Brush: #1, 00, flat or round
- Sealers: fast-dry lacquer,
- Transfer the pattern to the wood.
Cut out the blank.
- Using paring cuts, remove the saw
marks on the edge of the blank.
- Round the edges of the heart. Beware
the changes in grain dynamics. If the knife cuts "chunks", reverse the
direction of the cut.
- Draw the "patches" onto
the heart. Use two shallow V-cuts to define the patches. Round off the hard
lines so that the edges are smooth.
- Smooth and round-up as desired.
Brush the carving with the toothbrush to remove loose chips.
- Clean-up the fuzzies. Sand as
- Damp brush the carving, using a
toothbrush and soapy water. Pat dry and leave to dry.
- Spray with quick-dry lacquer to seal
the wood and let dry.
- Paint and let dry.
- Spray with acrylic sealer and let
- If using antiquing, apply
"stitches" to the patches using a tracing wheel.
- Apply antiquing gel if desire.
Re-seal and let dry.
- Glue pinback and let dry.
- Sign and date the project. It
is done !!