8 Fabric Yarn DIY'S

25 04 2013 DIY

Yesterday I have been invited to share my view on yarn on the lovely blog "About crochet"

Well - if you have been reading along a bit here on lebenslustiger.com or have seen some of my DIY's, chances are, that you have noticed quite some yarn projects I made of recycled cotton yarn.

I discovered it last year when a friend of mine brought over a sample.

I was imediately hooked - though I love wool very much too - but this fabric yarn was so... different.

fabric yarn

It is thick and chunky yet often a bit stretchy and elastic depending on the fabric material mix. This thickness allows to crochet or knit sturdy projects like baskets, rugs or shapes like a heart, but I made bracelets and necklaces 1 and 2 from this material as well. I also braided a seat cushion and made pompoms and garlands with this yarn and it worked very well.

fabric yarn

Fabric yarn fascinates me because I feel there is a lot of creative potential in it and this is very inspiring to me.

It comes in georgous colors - plus I like the idea of using a recycled material. 

I placed a large order of beautiful soft tones last year and are still more than happy to work with the material and colors developing new projects and ideas.

fabric yarn

fabric yarn harlequin knit pattern

I really enjoyed making these little wall-hangings for Andrée's exposition because her idea was to focus mainly on the material and I wanted to create something which would truly show the beauty and esthetic of this yarn.

fabric yarn wall-hangings fabric yarn

fabric yarn fabric yarn

I took a beach wood stick and just knotted strands of yarn around it in different lengths and added a few pretty beads - that's it.

For the other wall-hanging I knitted a simple harlequin pattern. But I am using it horizontal now and casted on additional stitches into the side and threaded another stick thru the stitches. Then I took again some strands and beads and knotted them on the opposite side.

Happy Day,

Anette 




What To Do With Fabric Yarn

24 04 2013 DIY

I have been invited to share my view on yarn on the lovely blog "About crochet".

Thanks so much for having me over.

Please visit About crochet to see what I came up with.

You will also find lots of About crochet's wonderful creative and excellent crochet projects and tutorials.

fabric yarn wall-hanging

Happy Day,

Anette 




I Heart Valentine Crochet

13 02 2013 DIY

I collected lots of crochet hearts over at my "Happy Busy Hands" Pinterest board and got really inspired to make a simple one myself. 

They are so fun to make and also make great little gifts or a nice decoration - not only for Valentine's day... 

I used recycled cotton yarn because it's a bit heavier and stiff so that the heart keeps up its shape nicely.

Here is how you start:

Row 1:

Chain 3 plus 1 more chain for turning. You ALWAYS end your row with one turning chain.

Row 2:

One increase in the first single crochet, then one single crochet and another increase in the last single crochet. One turning chain.

Row 3, 4, 5, 6 

One increase in the first single crochet, then single crochet in the middle stitches and another increase in the last single crochet. One turning chain.

Row 7:

Just single crochet - no increases - one turning chain

Row 8,9:

One increase in the first single crochet, then single crochet in the middle stitches and another increase in the last single crochet. One turning chain.

Row 10:

Just single crochet - no increases - one turning chain

Row 11:

One increase in the first single crochet, then single crochet in the middle stitches and another increase in the last single crochet. One turning chain.

Row 12, 13, 14:

Just single crochet - no increases - Total stitches at this point are 19. One turning chain.

Row 15: 

Starting the right lobe:

Single crochet 9 stitches and one turning chain. 

Row 16:

Start the row with one decrease - meaning you "skip" one - single crochet the rest, total stitches in this row: 8. One turning chain.

Row 17: 

Decrease with first two stitches of the row, single crochet in the middle stitches and decrease with the last two stitches of the row. 

Total 6. One turning chain.

Row 18: 

As row 17. Total 4

Row 19: 

Two decreases. Cut the yarn and finish. 

Left lobe:

Single crochet into the 9th stitch from the left side.

There will be one unused single crochet left in the middle of the row.

Complete row. Total of 9 stitches. Make one turning chain.

Row 16 left lobe:

Single crochet 7 then one decrease with the last two stitches. Total 8. One turning chain.

Row 17:

Decrease with first two stitches of the row, single crochet in the middle stitches and decrease with the last two stitches of the row.

Total 6. One turning chain.

Row 18:

As row 17. Total 4

Row 19:

Two decreases.

Don't cut the yarn - instead go all around the outer edge of your heart with single crochet.

Make three stitches in one on the tip of the heart to create a nice tip. You can also go twice in one stitch somewhere around the lobe to make a nice shape.

Sometimes it gets a little tricky finding the right place for your stitch but it will be all fine in the end :) 

It could even be extra fine with adding a little sparkle design to your heart...

Just use plenty of glitter medium and plenty of glitter!

I really like the isosceles cross symbol right now - it stands for stability and protection in celtic tradition.

Happy Valentine's day,

Anette 

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Garlands

29 08 2012 DIY

Garlands Garland everywhere! What a cute trend - I really like it. So happy and cheerful...

Perfect for some left over material. Do you remember these prints from my necklace tutorial?

Have a lovely day, Anette 

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