The other day, when I was un-weaving some mis-begotten narrow bands (see posting here: Frogging) I grabbed a chopstick to help me in the separating of warp and weft strands.
This made me chuckle, as I realized how fond I am of chopsticks and how much I use them in the studio.
‘Okay….I use chopsticks
in the studio ALL THE TIME
how many ways
to use a chopstick
in the studio
can I think of ?
(There are 6
variations in the pic
to the left….)
Here’s my list of ways to use chopsticks in the studio:
1] Since this all started with me using a chopstick as an instrument of de-construction in unravelling weaving, that’s the top of the list.
2] Chopsticks can be carved into great weaving hooks. I posted a video about how to do this: Carve a weaving hook
3] Speaking of weaving: I really like to use chopsticks as shed sticks in weaving: Weaving with yarn on the potholder loom
4] You can sand chopsticks, sharpen them, glue a bead on, and you have got knitting needles.
5] You know that weaving hook you carved? Well, you can carve a crochet hook with a chopstick, too.
6] In the pic above, a chopstick is supporting a spindle. I use chopsticks all the time to hold things up for photos. Handy!
7] The spindle the photo support chopstick is holding up is made with: Yep…. a chopstick.
8] Cut a circle of wood, drill a hole in the center, and pop a chopstick in it: Voila! Perfect for holding small cones of thread or yarn.
9] Paint it black and hold a shawl closed with it
10] Sharpen the point, and sand it, and it works well as a loop lifter for large spool knitters
11] Ooooooh yes…. mustn’t forget this one: Chopsticks are excellent backscratchers!
12] And, what if you want to conduct your favorite piece of music? A chopstick is a fine little baton
13] I work with charts all the time, so I lay a chopstick above the row I am working on to mark my place
14] I wouldn’t recommend a chopstick as a bookmark, but a magazine place holder is within the realm of possibilities
15] Have you ever had a small object roll tantalizingly close to the edge, but just out of finger range under a bookcase? Well, a chopstick is perfect for flicking the elusive object out of hiding.
16] Floppy plants can be given a little backbone by supporting them with a chopstick
17] You can make an impromptu Lazy Kate by poking holes on each side of a small box and putting balls of yarn onto the chopsticks that are inserted into the holes in the box. Instant assistance in plying in handspinning.
18] You can stir paint with a chopstick
19] You can stir your tea with a chopstick, but not after you have stirred paint with it
20] You can wind yarn on it, like a mini nostepinne (How? Nostepinne how to link)
21] I make tatting shuttles, and when I am varnishing them, I need ways to suspend them. Chopsticks are great for supporting them as they dry
22] Do you need a peg for anything at all? Cut one from a chopstick!
23] Swirl the detergeant around in the pail with a chopstick before you place dirty fleece in it to soak.
24] Lift yarn or roving out of dye pots with chopsticks.
25] If you have long hair, you can twirl it around, and put a chopstick through it to hold it out of the way. I don’t have long hair anymore, so this one doesn’t really count on my list.
26] You can use chopsticks to make doll arms and legs
27] Chopsticks make great support sticks for shadow puppets
28] You can use chopsticks instead of dowels to hang small wall hangings and tapestries
29] You can use chopsticks to make wrapped God’s Eye ornaments: Tutorial
30] And, perhaps, most important of all: You can eat your pad thai or sushi with chopsticks.
So, can you think of other ways to use a chopstick in the studio?