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Posted on: 1/12/03 5:27 PM
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Hi Gigi, I saw your tip on pattern weights and thought I'd add mine too.
I use nice rocks for pattern weights. They're decorative touches to my sewing room and are free... unless you like special rocks. My mother collects nice chunks of quartz for me when she travels and I keep these in a basket near my cutting area.

Look for smooth, flat stones along the riverbank or shoreline. Get a variety of sizes and shapes. Being that I love natural objects and fabrics in my home, they fit right in with the decor (HUH? What decor? Does eclectic mismatch count? :))


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Amanda L said...
I love this idea! Makes me think we could also put paperweights, currently gathering dust, to good use.
1/12/03 8:58 PM
katharin said...
Amanda, I use paperweights! I gathered all the unused one in our house. They are functional and look cute as pattern weight.
1/12/03 10:10 PM
Gigi Louis said...
What an unusual idea! Hmmm, from rocks to cat food I guess anything goes. :-)
1/13/03 9:18 AM
Ann B. said...
Hehe, I have 4 "real" pattern weights, and use tuna cans and washers to fill in.
1/13/03 1:14 PM
cindyann said...
Oh my, I was heading to the hardware store this weekend for washers (great idea, btw) when I read this tip. Just happen to have an enormous jar of stones that would be perfect. Thanks
1/16/03 7:54 PM
Love it as I love natural things in my home too. Thanks for the tip/ Sandy
7/7/10 3:23 PM
Nanna Vicki said...
Dale, Great idea!! I have used the usual: straight pins, pattern weights, cat food cans, etc.; however, I never thought about using rocks or stones as weights. My granddaughter is coming in for the weekend to visit, so I am now planning to offer her a new craft project: taking some nice stones and painting them or drawing faces, etc. It will give her a creative outlet for something she loves to do and will leave Nanna with a reminder of her crafty little granddaughter's summer visit . Thanks!!!
7/19/13 8:56 PM
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