Crocheted Snippets

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I decided to organise my fabric box with the hope of making space for new fabrics, however when I discovered the tangled-up mess at the bottom of the tub, I found myself tempted into the challenge of doing something with it!  After all, ‘waste not, want not! ‘ So, in line with my current desire to upcycle and reuse old materials, I set myself the task of finding ways to use this heap of textile chaos!

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If I had a spinning wheel, I would have been very inclined to take handfuls of the knotted together mess to see what happened when it was spun.  Instead I cut up the material into smaller snippets and used hand carders to distribute them through some merino fibres.  I then used a hand spindle to spin quite a nice ‘raggedy’ yarn.

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The next step was to try crocheting this yarn.

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I also used the combined snippets and fibre to create some handmade felt which relied on a relatively small amount of bondable fibre in order to felt; the result was a very precariously held-together fabric.  Stitches could be used to add substance and to support the incorporated fabric pieces.

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Another way of combining the materials was to use a sewing machine to stitch through the various materials.  I quite liked the texture created by this method as different thicknesses are achieved, is’s also exciting to do as the colour and texture combinations are created before your eyes.

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Cut up fabrics have been freeform crocheted to form a thick and lumpy fabric and stitches have been added giving cohesion.

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Frayed muslin strips have been freeform crocheted with a large 15mm crochet hook and then hand stitched.  I find this crocheted fabric to be pleasingly soft, but bulky.  I think that the contrast of tiny stitches with large crochet stitches is interesting.

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 I feel that there is loads of  potential in combining fabric scraps with crochet or felting and stitching to create distressed looking fabrics, however I need to look at creating more delicate methods of using crochet to achieve a more compatible texture to use with the rippled bias- stitched fabrics I have been working on.

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Next week I will show my experiments to discover ways to make crochet and the bias-stitched fabric work well together.

Lourdes x

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8 responses to “Crocheted Snippets

  1. What an inspiration you are. Thank you.

  2. Wow, these are STUNNING! The very first photo you have above, that’s exactly what I was talking about in our previous conversation on your first post about Stitching. This is what I do (although I don’t know if mine are as lovely as yours!!) Just beautiful, though!!! Great job!!

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