Sack Sewing with Wayne Ryan
Wayne talks about what makes good sack sewing twine.
While attending the 2011 Dufur Threshing Bee we asked our friend, and Threshing Bee stalwart, Wayne Ryan if we could photograph him demonstrating the art of sack sewing. He smiled in consent. Thank you Wayne for sharing.
Watching Wayne’s sure hands it was easy for me to forget that this is a 91 year old man. There was strength, economy, elegance and thrift in his every stroke.
Approximate fourteen feet of twine, folded back on itself, goes into each sewing.
String inserted into the needle, Wayne makes a loop around the far “ear” of the grain filled sack.
Two half-hitches go into the loop…
…the needle then goes in under and through…
…then the string is pulled up tight.
A view of the tied far sack “ear”.
Wayne is careful to make sure the “split” side of the eye of the needle is facing the palm of his hand.
String over the seam and needle back under and through.