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Lacing rings in a hurry?
« on: August 29, 2011, 09:37:23 PM »
So the ribbon lacing technique for my casual Italian gown was a bust (um, no pun intended  ::)), so I am rethinking things. I have some plain lacing rings from Renaissance Fabrics, but I'm wondering if anyone knows a source for the decorative ones that also has super-fast shipping. I was hoping Pillaged Village (they got me my buttons in about three days!), but no luck. I can get clasps locally, but it can be hard to find the quantity you need (and you need to buy twice as many, since the clasp only has the one ring part).

Hedgehog Handworks is one vendor, but I've never worked with them before.

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Re: Lacing rings in a hurry?
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2011, 11:22:00 AM »
Only think I can think of is try walmart, or a beading store. I have bought toggle style closures and used them as "clasps" that I close with ribbon or laces. I know that walmart sometimes has really prety silver leaves - 3 in a package...
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Re: Lacing rings in a hurry?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2011, 11:41:23 AM »
The problem is that "Alpine Lacers" have been discontinued by the manufacturer.  You can still get the Apline Clasp but that has both parts and you only want the one with the ring in it.  If you can find a source of them, please post as we have been looking for them as well.
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2011, 12:38:42 PM »
I ran across these recently whilst looking for cloak clasps for my husband's doublet. I didn't even know lacing rings existed before then, but they are certainly lovely.

http://www.cloakmaker.com/clasps/lacingrings.html

Patterns of Time has these:

http://www.patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=TP80F
http://www.patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=TP128F
http://www.patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=TP40F
http://www.patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=TP65F
http://www.patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=TP50F

I don't know if either of these places can ship to you in time.  I ordered the dragon style in clasp form and received it in 5 days with regular shipping. Maybe they have a rush option? Good luck!

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Re: Lacing rings in a hurry?
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2011, 02:50:00 PM »
I ran across these recently whilst looking for cloak clasps for my husband's doublet. I didn't even know lacing rings existed before then, but they are certainly lovely.

http://www.cloakmaker.com/clasps/lacingrings.html

Patterns of Time has these:

http://www.patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=TP80F
http://www.patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=TP128F
http://www.patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=TP40F
http://www.patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=TP65F
http://www.patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=TP50F

I don't know if either of these places can ship to you in time.  I ordered the dragon style in clasp form and received it in 5 days with regular shipping. Maybe they have a rush option? Good luck!

Alexandra

Good to know!  Thanks!  We had been looking but couldn't find them.
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Re: Lacing rings in a hurry?
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2011, 08:21:19 PM »
Thanks!!  Hobby Lobby was the big winner, here!  I'm really glad I saw Jennifer Thompson's post where she'd used toggle clasps as lacers; I did not expect to have such a big selection! I ended up getting ten sets of a couple different types, so we'll see which one works out better.  (Now, if only they'd also had the black twill tape I was looking for...)

And Soulstice, thank you for the Patterns of Time links! Really helpful stuff.

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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2011, 03:29:25 PM »
You're welcome!

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Re: Lacing rings in a hurry?
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2011, 11:28:30 AM »
Gem, I just found myself in a similar situation, what did you get from Hobby Lobby?

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Re: Lacing rings in a hurry?
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2011, 11:39:50 AM »
This is what I settled on. I'm leaning toward using the ones on the right, although the ones on the left were obviously a lot more economical!



(Oddly enough, that package on the right is missing the toggle parts of the clasps! I don't need them for my purposes, but it definitely pays to examine the packs.)

There was also a larger, bronze-tone version of the toggles on the left (two to a pack for $1.47) that I really liked, but they didn't have enough in stock.

Right now I'm leaning toward the larger ones on the right for a couple of reasons--I like the multiple attachment points, since my lacers will be under strain and I want them to hold; and they're larger, so I can use fewer of them, saving my poor abused fingers a little work!


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Re: Lacing rings in a hurry?
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2011, 12:18:13 PM »
Hmm, those will work for me.  I need adjusters for the backs of 2 pr of trousers for Michael.  The material is too thick to make the adjusters from the material itself (4 layers thick, plus some facing!).  Those on the left will be just fine, I believe.  I will check the Hobby Lobby out here in Lees Summit. 

Many thanks for your quick and helpful response!

Hey are you going tomorrow, opening day?  I'll be there in the morning only, then not at all on Sun or Mon (I'm going to the MN festival on Labor Day!)

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Re: Lacing rings in a hurry?
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2011, 12:58:15 PM »
Yep, we'll be there! We'll look for your thrum cap!  Did you ever post pictures of Michael's new garb so we'll know who to look for?

As for the adjusters... I'm not entirely sure what those are, and this probably won't work for your application, but I'm throwing it out anyway!  I recently needed to take in a dress that was too loose, and I didn't want to do it the proper way (re-sewing all nine hundred princess seams). What I ended up doing was sewing four buttons to the back, and making thread loops at the seams. So I can still pull the loose dress over my head, but once it's on me, I hook the loops over the buttons and take up a good 4-5" of material. Plus it looks cool.

Here's a picture of the dress in progress, with the fabric folded back and pinned where I wanted the buttons:


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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2011, 01:35:11 PM »
Never posted pictures, don't really have any!  Besides, I've had so much trouble with photobucket, I've given up on putting stuff here.  I guess he's most easily recognized by his burgandy socks, leather apron with colorful dye smears all over it, and a turkey feather in his hat.  He wears a sleeveless light blue doublet.

Be sure to NOT call him a cobbler!  He is a cordwainer or a shoemaker.  Ask him to explain the difference!

Adjusters are just things on the waistline to take up the extra material. 

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Re: Lacing rings in a hurry?
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2011, 01:27:44 AM »
These are the rings I used earlier this year. I'm not sure how they would be under a lot of strain, but they were cheap and pretty. They're from the jewelry section of Joanns.


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Re: Lacing rings in a hurry?
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2011, 07:05:37 PM »
Is there a lacing ring bug? I think I have been bitten by it!

 

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