As you know, I have been searching for plush making supplies that comply with EN71-3 chemical migration standards to use in my display plushes. One item I had trouble getting my hands on was certified sewing thread. After a month of correspondence with various companies, I found two sources.
- Gutermann sew-all polyester thread
- Coats 100% polyamide transparent sewing thread
I asked whether I could post their statements and certificates here to make it freely available for makers, but the companies informed me that others would have to contact them directly. Feel free to contact me for email addresses. Please ensure you are satisfied before using these sewing threads for your makes.
Disclaimer: I do not speak on behalf of these companies. You will have to correspond with the companies directly and request the relevant information for your technical file. I am only trying to point other makers in the right direction to make it easier for the community.
I'm sure if you listen to podcasts, you've come across Radiolab. A bit of popular science, life stories, what's not to love? It's great bit of fun and information rolled together.
If you like to know fun tidbits of info to throw into the mix, have a listen to Helen Zaltzman. She explains the history of words. I like her voice and she seems like a charming linguist!
I've been experimenting with 2D patterns that yield various 3D shapes.
I tried the baseball method, where two figure eight or dumbbell shaped pieces are sewn together to yield a sphere.
I tried two versions:
(1) Two circles placed adjacent to one another to form a figure eight (left).
(2) Two circles placed at a distance equal to the length of the circle edge enclosed by the connecting lines (right).