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Ruler & Fabric

How to measure fabric.  A ruler is a ribbon of cloth or a strip of wood, plastic, metal or other material, which has straight edges usually graduated in millimetres or inches.  It is a common measuring tool used in geometry, printing industry, technical drawing and in quilting/patchwork projects and has three main purposes: to measure distances, straight lines and solid bodies; to mark and score a line on a surface with a rotary cutter; to help drawing accurate graphs, flexible geometric shapes and flat curves.

Acrylic Rulers

Acrylic Rulers

There are different types of rulers: standard slotted rulers, standard and flexible tape measures, rigid wooden or metallic folding carpenter’s rulers, self-retracting roll-up tape measures, line gauges, sewing gauges, straight-edges, etc.

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Since the Paleolithic Era primitive human beings adopted measuring devices, according to incoming needs and rituals, mainly consisting of natural fibers, marked strips of leather or ivory sticks.  Gilded bronze rulers dated 206 B.C. were discovered in China in the Hanzhong Prefecture (in the southwest of Shaanxi Province).  In the 16th century wooden carpenter’s rulers and other measuring tools were found on board of the merchant carrack Mary Rose.  Anton J. Ullrich invented the folding ruler in 1851.  In 1922 Hiram A. Farrand started mass production of his rapid ruler.  The spring tape measure existed since Alvin J. Fellows’ patent in 1868, but did not come into wide usage until the early 1900s, when carpenters began slowly adopting Farrand’s design as the one more commonly used.  And which is the today design of all modern tape measures.

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Fiocchi & Gale

E’ facile realizzare un attrezzo speciale per creare meravigliosi fiocchi, gale e nastrini decorativi.

  • un blocchetto di legno (o una tavoletta) rettangolare – lunghezza da 10 a 15 cm.
  • 4 perni in legno o metallo
  • un trapano elettrico (o a mano) da modellista

Lo spazio tra i perni determina la dimensione dei fiocchi.  Con il trapano perforo il blocchetto di legno e pratico da 10 fino a 15 fori, ognuno a 1 cm. di distanza dall’altro.  Inserisco i 4 perni (foto 1) alla giusta misura necessaria a creare gale e fiocchi perfetti.

Fiocchi & Gale

It is easy to create a special tool to make wonderful frills and bows.

  • A rectangular woodblock (or a wooden board) – length 10 to 15 cm.
  • 4 wooden or metal pins
  • An electric (or hand) drill

 The distance between the pins determines the size of frills and bows.  Drill and perforate the woodblock at every centimetre and make in 10 – 15 holes.  Drive in the 4 pins (photo 1) at the right required distance to tie perfect frills and bows.

(Image: thanks to "Making & Dressing Doll's House Dolls" by Sue Atkinson)
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