Embroidery Crust

Surface Embroidery

The title is far from perfect ;-)
Better look at the original instruction on how to encrust calico with embroidery.
On the photo you see my first (and only) attempt at doing it, but I didn’t get far with it and created (another! ;-)) UFO (unfinished object).
But the real thing is soo beautiful!


Links:
Stitch with the Embroiderers’ Guild – A magazine for creative stitchers
Online projects from the Embroiderers’ Guild

Encrusting Calico

The Crazy Stitch

The Crazy Stitch

I found the Crazy Stitch mentioned in several crochet instructions. Therefore I wanted to know how to crochet it ;-)
At about.com:Crochet I found a good tutorial on how to crochet the Crazy Stitch (with explaining photos which I find always a great help).
On the photo I used the stitch to crochet a short scarf with a thick crochet hook and several yarns put together. It become very thick and thus a little stiff. Next time I’d use a little less yarns.


Links:
about.com:Crochet A website with lots of information about crochet
Instructions on how to crochet the Crazy Stitch

Tapestry Crochet

Tapestry Crochet

Finding these instructions on how to crochet with two colours was immediately trying it out ;-))
And it worked!
On the photo you can see my UFO (unfinished object) on this technique (yes, it is still unfinished, I only said that I tried it ;-))).


Links:
Tapestry crochet for right-handers
Tapestry crochet for left-handers (a service I have never seen before!)
More crochet instructions (also on tapestry crochet)

Cardboard Box Loom

Cardboard Box Loom

I really wanted to try weaving, but I was not keen on buying a loom without knowing if I like weaving.
After some surfing I found All Fiber Arts, a website with so many instructions about – yeah, all fiber arts ;-))
I will get back there later again writing about another subject.
But for today: The instruction on how to build a loom using a cardboard box and how to weave on it was a great help.
I tried it with remains from my yarn stash and wove a little piece of fabric. This little piece of fabric stayed an UFO (unfinished object) since then, because I find weaving not so much fun then I expected it to be ;-))
And so I didn’t bother to take a photo.
At any rate I’m grateful to All Fiber Arts, because they prevented me from buying something expensive that I didn’t really need. :-)


Links:
All Fiber Arts: A website with information, instructions and much more about everything concerning fiber arts
Instruction on how to build a loom using a cardboard box and how to weave on it

Crocheted Hats

I always wanted to crochet hats, not the beret-like but really hats (although I never ever wear hats ;-))
Then I found the Yarn Lover’s Room with so many interesting crochet and knitting patterns.
They also have a so-called Antique Room with crochet and knitting vintage patterns.
There I found eventually the Antique Hat Patterns.
I did not yet find time to crochet them (in fact, I don’t know what to do with them when I ever find time and finish them ;-))
But I loved to bookmark them – just in case!


Links:
Yarn Lover’s Room: The name says ist all
Crochet Patterns
Knitting Patterns

Antique Room: Vintage crochet and knitting patterns
Vintage crochet patterns
Vintage knitting patterns

Antique Hat Patterns

Plastic Bag Tote

Plastic Bag Tote

At Marlo’s Crochet Corner I eventually found instructions on how to cut a plastic bag to get the ‘yarn’ for crocheting and/or knitting. She also provides an instruction on how to crochet a tote.
Once I crocheted a purse with such yarn and it worked very well, but as always I didn’t take any photo ;-(
The purse was quite stiff (which I find appropriate for a purse ;-)).
I think about making plastic yarn (plarn) and working freeform with it, but I still have no idea what to make, because items knitted of crocheted with plastic bag yarn tend to get big.


Links:
Marlo’s Crochet Corner
Plastic Bag Tote
Cutting the plastic bag ‘yarn’

Here at unikatissima:
Freeform Needlework

Crocheted Paisleys

Crocheted Paisleys

Yesterday I presented a tutorial on Bead embroidered Paisleys. If you like Paisleys too but look for another technique to create them try Crocheted Paisleys Crocheted Paisleys.
One day I will make a shawl by crocheting lots and lots of those Paisleys and sewing them together!


Links:
Crocheted Paisleys
The original site doesn’t exist any more and is now available through webarchive: Crocheted Paisleys (Paisley Jeans, Belt & Cell Phone Holder)

Here at unikatissima:
Bead embroidered Paisleys

Freeform Needlework

Freeform Needlework

I enjoy working freeform, that means that I don’t know how the crafted item will look in the end.
Although the choice of materials gives me a pretty good idea about the general appearance ;-)

One amazing application for freeform is needlework, just freeform crochet or freeform knitting, but I prefer doing both on the same item.

Once I wrote a (german) tutorial that can be found at creadoo: Faszinierendes Freeform.
A very good english tutorial can be found at knotjustknitting.com while clicking on ‘what is freeform’ in the navigation list.


Links:
creadoo: A german craft community
Faszinierendes Freeform: A (german) tutorial on freeform needlework

knotjustknitting.com – A website dedicated to freeform crochet
An english freeform tutorial can be reached by clicking on ‘what is freeform’ in the navigation list