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Arielluria
10-15-2008, 03:45 PM
YEARS ago I bought lots of this (below) in Canada. It's not actually bias tape since it's not cut on the bias, but that's the only way I could describe it for the title.

I would like to be able to buy more to make perhaps a purse or rug. Does anyone know what this is and how/where to get it.

I knit this swatch on size 17 needles. How about that for instant gratification knitting?!? ;)

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k19/arielluria/IMG_5341.jpg?t=1224099840

Jan in CA
10-15-2008, 08:29 PM
Pretty! So it's something like a satin ribbon tape? :think:

sue in canada
10-15-2008, 10:38 PM
I remember that but haven't seen it around for years.

Arielluria
10-16-2008, 10:53 AM
Yes, exactly. We bought a TON of this stuff back about 25 years ago when a friend in Canada taught us to cover hangers with it. (See foreground).

Now we're down to what you see in the canvas bin and I want MORE...........especially so I can knit with it!

(In case you're wondering, I don't TRY to get Peanut in every photo I post, he's just a ham and always gets in front of the camera :))

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k19/arielluria/IMG_5343.jpg?t=1224168763

Arielluria
10-16-2008, 10:54 AM
As I recall, we bought it at the Canadian Tire Company (probably located in Vanier, near Ottawa, Ont.)..........does that jog your memory? ;)

I just found them online and did a search for "ribbon" but it didn't come up........they probably don't sell Barbies any more either. LOL! I remember I bought a few there as a kid. Good prices they had!

Arielluria
10-16-2008, 01:01 PM
I posted this on a large Canadian group on Ravelry and a couple of people said they remembered it as "Phentex" ribbon yarn. I Googled and found some by that name, but not the same thing. Apparently ribbon yarn was quite different in the 70's and 80's. :flirt:

sue in canada
10-16-2008, 03:04 PM
One of my neighbors used to make those coat hangers. I still have a few around. If I see her I will ask if she remembers. I doubt it was Canadian Tire, more likely Woolco stores which disappeared years ago. Phentex is still around, part of Patons I believe. I don't remember it being made by them though.

thecatsmother
10-16-2008, 03:05 PM
I don't have anything to offer by way of finding this but I just wanted to say......... Peanut is sooo cute

Arielluria
10-22-2008, 05:50 PM
I don't have anything to offer by way of finding this but I just wanted to say......... Peanut is sooo cuteThanks ;)
:muah:

Arielluria
10-22-2008, 05:51 PM
I'm finding lots of Phentex on eBay and Phentex "Olefin" yarn. Does anyone know if Olefin is the fancy name for the satin ribbon???

sue in canada
10-31-2008, 10:58 PM
I saw my neighbor today and like me she hasn't seen that around in years and can't remember what it was called. I don't think it was made by Phentex and it is definitely not Olefin yarn. Sorry I can't help any more.

Arielluria
11-07-2008, 01:00 PM
Thanks. Someone in the Ravelry Canadian group identified it as Nylotex and by my research THAT is the correct answer.

Knitting_Guy
11-08-2008, 12:02 AM
Bias Tape in Large Skeins R Us?

knitasha
11-08-2008, 01:20 PM
I'm finding lots of Phentex on eBay and Phentex "Olefin" yarn. Does anyone know if Olefin is the fancy name for the satin ribbon???

Olefin is a brand name for polypropolene, a strong synthetic fiber.
If you can't find the Phentex ribbon yarn, take a look at these ribbon and tape yarns. I think they're pretty close to what you need.
http://www.craftsetc.com/store/department.aspx?dep=20&cat=78&subcat=0&gclid=CL_fmISL5pYCFQEoGgodUCzDPQ

If you want large quantities of regular seam binding or bias binding (one is flat, one is folded), try professional sewing supply stores.
Here are two.
http://www.greenberg-hammer.com/
http://store.atlantathread.com/

Arielluria
11-10-2008, 06:34 PM
BTW, people have been asking about the pattern for the braided covered coathangers. I found it on a craft blog Craftygardener (http://www.craftygardener.ca/craftysprojects15.html).