Again I Need Your Help . . . Metric or Imperial System?

First, I want to thank you for all the title suggestions and comments shared on my last blog.  There were 20 comments and ALL were very meaningful and helpful.  I think I have made the big decision, but will wait until closer to book release time to reveal the winner.  That also gives me a little leeway in case I change my mind again.

Sometimes it is the little things that prevent progress.  I have so few knowledgeable rya chums to bounce ideas off of, I come to you …and most of you I’ve never met.  But you are so helpful and important to me.

METRIC:  Throughout my book I have written all measurement in the Imperial system (inches, feet …) followed by the Metric system (cm and M)  in parentheses.  I know most of my customer base are from the USA and most slip into a catatonic state when I mention lengths in centimeters.  I majored in the biological sciences in college and always used the metric system, but even my USA-brain thinks in the Imperial system in daily communication.  The main problem is to list both in the book text every time I mention a length makes the sentence look unwieldy and is a little hard to read.  So do I use the Imperial system, metric, both, or put a conversion table in the appendix.  YOU may have a better idea. I think I know what needs to be done, but I’m looking for reassurance.  (Now you know how insecure I really am.)

I made this rya pillow when I was in 6th grade. It has been the dog pillow for my last 4 dogs.

Making Rya Pillows:  I have made dozens of rya rugs, but only one as a pillow.  I know how I did it, but it might not be the best way. I would like to share in my book a few different ways to turn your rya into a pillow.  I know several of you have done this.  How did you do it? What are the issues to consider. (My grandparents didn’t teach me everything!)

Hanging:  And another thing I am not an expert on: How do you hang a rya rug on the wall.  I have them hanging nicely all over my house, but is my way the best way?  More and more people are hanging their ryas as the fine art that it is.  Most figure out what works best for them and they just do it.  Now I am asking all of you who have adlibbed a hanging system to share it with me–and the world!

Some backings have a hollow hem into which a dowel can be slid.

A narrow sleeve can be sewn on your sewing machine then hand-stitched to the top of the backing for a hanging rod.

A couple of you have already shared your techniques with me, and I appreciate it.  Just thought I’d put out the call for multiple good ideas to be included in the book … I don’t want to have to write it again!

I guarantee there will be more questions in the coming weeks as I grapple with the most challenging paragraphs.  Thanks in advance.  Please share with others who have knowledge in these fields of interest.

Please respond below and we can get a conversation going.  You may not see you comments immediately, but check back later to see how the conversation is going. Many helpers make my work lighter.  And hopefully my book will will make your projects easier.

Cheers,  Melinda