|The Knotty Do-It-All by Sandra Younger|
But what I really like about the Knotty Do-It-All is it's ability to keep chains straight! Making charm bracelets and any piece with a series of dangles used to be an exercise in frustration! They required a lot of after-creation fiddling. You think you've got it straight and then there's one (or two or three) little dangle(s) sticking out like a stray hair(s)!
The Knotty Do-It-All comes with assorted steel pegs. It has neat channels for holding jump rings and beads. Sandra's thought of everything, including little rubber feet that prevent the board from slipping.
|Some of Knotty's tools|
There's a handy ruler to measure your chain, leather, etc. I used the Knotty Do-It-All today to make a necklace. Here's how I did it ...
My chain was 9" long. I placed a steel peg with alligator clip at the 0" and 9" marks on the board. I clipped one end of the chain in the 0" alligator clip and the other end at the 9" alligator clip, making sure to have the links straight and the chain taut. I wanted to add dangles to the center four inches of the chain. I started at dead center, which was indicated by the 4.5" mark, but I also marked the center of the chain with a piece of wire. I worked out 2" in one direction from center and 2" in the other direction from center. The Knotty Do-It-All had my dangles lined up like little soldiers!
When you're finished you'll end up with something like this ...
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The Knotty-Do-It-All is worth every penny. I highly recommend it for lots of things, including for measuring out yards and yards of sari ribbon! :-) One complete trip 'round the Knotty Do-It-All is 1 yard! I really like this thing!