Round Knitted/Crocheted Cardigans

unikatissima Round Crocheted Cardigan

“When I’m grown-up, I’m gonna be a cardigan.”


Recently I had a talk about cardigans that are knitted or crocheted more or less as a big, round ‘rug’ and then simply worn.
Hard to imagine, isn’t it? ;-)

I had promised to present here tutorials for such things and I suggest that you check out one or two links, then you will know what I’m talking about ;-)

By the way I’m sure that these aren’t all, if you know more, I’d be glad if you’d put a reference into the comments.




Wire Wrapped Ring

mcfarlanddesigns Wire Wrapped Ring

I already presented several tutorials for rings and the wire wrapped ring wire wrapped ring matches great.
I find it beautiful.

If you don’t have a ring mandrel to wrap the wire around you can possibly use the solid paper roll from the woven ring.

I’m still determined not to buy some wire, too.
We will see how long I hold out ;-)

‘Rosette’ Wire Wrapped Ring

Tutorial moved to: ‘Rosette’ Wire Wrapped Ring

Here at unikatissima:
Woven Ring for the solid paper roll
More tutorials for rings

Paper Flower

unikatissima Paper Flower

I found an instruction for a nice paper flower and thought that this should work with self-coloured paper, too.
It did ;-)


unikatissima Paper Flower First I painted on a sheet of toilet paper with some markers.


unikatissima Paper Flower I dropped water on my ‘painting’, but it was a little too much water and everything swam.
In order not to get everything dirty I have put it luckily on an old little plastic bag.


unikatissima Paper Flower Therefore I put another sheet of toilet paper onto the first, the water and the dye dispersed on both.
I blow-dried everything to dry it faster ;-)


unikatissima Paper Flower I cut my papers by guess and by gosh, that is to say without a pre-sketched spiral and my scissors were quite blunt.


unikatissima Paper Flower That may be the reason why my little ‘roses’ look so beautiful ;-)


Paper Flower – the tutorial works backwards, you must always click the previous picture to get the next step

Embossing Yoghurt Lids

Embossing Yoghurt Lids

Once I found the suggestion to use the metallic lids of yoghurt cups for embossing (but I don’t know where). Some people use tomato paste tubes ;-)
The metal lid of the yoghurt cups is much softer and can easily be distorted, but they had a solution for this (unfortunately I don’t know anymore, who ‘they’ were): they filled the backside of the embossed metallic foil with PVA glue.

I tried it once and I like what happened.
On the photo you see my results: I put the foil on the mouse pad, embossed it, cut it with scissors, filled the back with PVA glue and waited (!) for the glue to dry. I coloured both roses with nail polish.
The items are lightweight and less bulky than the tomato paste tube embossed. They can easily be used for cardmaking.

Tomato paste tubes revealed

Leftover Needlework

Leftover Needlework

I have a lot of yarn and thread rests, some of them quite short and I had no idea, what to do with them (except Freeform needlework as a matter of course ;-)).
And then one day I found an article about the ‘Magic ball’ an article about the ‘Magic ball’ and decided that this is it ;-)
In the bottom line it’s nothing else then taking your short threads and knotting them together (with a weaver’s knot e.g.) to get a long enough thread to knit or crochet or what ever you want to do.
On the photo you see three tests I did: On the item above I simply knotted different strings into a long thread and crocheted. It were quite short strings.
For the item below left I took two skeins of yarn, one green and one rose. I knitted with two threads and knotted them so, that I began working with 2 greens, then a green and a rose, then 2 rose, a green and a rose again and back to 2 greens. That way I got a kind of blend between the two colours.
The item below right is made in the same way, but with one light green and one dark green.

I’m sure that I will get back to this technique again.

Make your own magic using knotted yarn leftovers: the link isn’t available no more.

At unikatissima’s:
Freeform Needlework
Weaver’s Knot

Reducing Polymer Clay Canes

Reducing Polymer Clay Canes

When working with polymer clay you often work with canes. On the photo you see some of mine.
You can create them quite big (and therefore easier to deal with then small ones), but then you must reduce them.
If you simply roll your canes, all those beautiful patterns will be distorted.
At Polymer Clay Central you find answers for nearly all questions about polymer clay ;-) and gazillions of projects, tutorials and ideas.
One is the tutorial on how to reduce canes.
If you want to see other tutorials on canes, take a look at the table of contents of the Cyclopedia and search on the site for ‘cane’.
You will be amazed! :-))
(And if you ask yourself what to do with those canes, take e.g. a look at the bowl embellished with the TrueLEIGH Rose Cane (last photo). This convinced me that it was worth a try ;-))

Polymer Clay Central – Better look yourself ;-))
Definition of ‘cane’
Table of contents of the Cyclopedia

Tutorial on how to reduce canes


You can see here my fractals, collages, artist books and miscellaneous.
(Click on thumbnails to see the items)

(What are fractals? (answer at the end of this page))

Fractal Feuerwerk Fractal Abyss


I will complete this later.



Collage Feuilleté Collage Garden of Roses


I will complete this later.


Artist Books

Artist Book Traurigkeit Artist Book Smakelijke Soepen Artist Book Primo inter pares Artist Book Blickkontakt



Talisman Chamsa


What are fractals?

You can find a ‘real’ definition at Wikipedia e.g.
A fractal is in principle something with a structure that repeats in itself.
For me, a fractal means visualized mathematics with a variety of ‘species’ that only can be found in nature –
   always exiting, always interesting, always beautiful.