7/21/2014

Needlecrafts - Knit | Sew | Crochet - Easy Fold Shrug

7/21/2014
Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet,Sew - Easy Fold Shrug
One rectangle, yes just one rectangle folded makes a shawl vest. When it comes to shrugs, there's never too many and there's always a different way to make one.
What's particularly appealing about this style is the collar that folds back.
The rectangle can be worked side to side with the end bands worked in a different stitch or worked up all in one.
Sew this style in a knit fabric, line it and you have a reversible shrug.
The last post was all about denim bags, one of which was a patchwork idea.
This style is ideal for turning all those different denim pieces into a spectacular shrug.
Crochet granny squares for the ends or as shown in the inspiration image, all throughout.
Read further for stitch pattern suggestions (free patterns for are capelets - use the great stitch combinations as inspiration) and a great idea of how to tie a scarf into a vest.

7/14/2014

DIY - Restyle, Bagging Denim

7/14/2014
DIY Restyle - Bagging Denim
Inspirational images | Pinterest
One of the easiest ways to recycle denim is to make a bag.
Consider carefully the end product, how you wish the finished bag to look, whether you desire a very casual bohemian look or a more finished chic bag.
Patchwork, embellishment and destroyed surfaces appeal to a variety of tastes by giving the denim fabric a distinct surface to work with.
You can recreate the denim fabric by bleaching, painting, embellishing with rhinestones, embroidery, studding or any other type of treatment you see that inspires you. Read further for different ways to give your denim personality, whether you want to knit or crochet strips, weave strips or simply sew pieces together.
The denim allows you to create your own designer bag.

7/07/2014

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Retro Rib Ticklers

7/07/2014
Needlecrafts, Crochet - Retro Rib ticklers
Inspiration images courtesy | www.style.com and Pinterest
They say you should never revisit fashions from your youth but the granny is one style that continues to be part of our craft consciousness, whether in fashion or home decor. Granny vests, shrink vests or rib ticklers are an iconic baby boomer fashion. Even the most "grown-up" boomer remembers them fondly.
I remember all too well how older salesmen at the yarn companies talked about this pattern with reverence as there was a ton of yarn sold and newly minted crochet addicts were hungry for more patterns.
Magazines were filled with every kind of crochet project you could think of. What a happy, colorful craft world it was.
This vest as we knew it was tight and short, hence the name shrink vest and rib tickler.
Designers such as Christopher Kane and House of Holland continue to pay homage to past granny designs in keeping with the vintage, thrift shop trend .
Now Miuccia Prada has taken a bold step (she always does) and reproduced the famous vest in hopes of exciting a younger market.
Maybe you can revisit these styles, looser perhaps, a tad longer and in more sophisticated colors. Why not? Fashion is fun!
Read further for more vintage inspiration and a free pattern to make your own version that will tickle your ribs.

6/30/2014

Design Files - Trendspotting, Knitwear F/W '15

6/30/2014
Design Files - Trendspotting, Sweater Dressing F/W '15
All images | style.com
Following fashion trends is a lot of fun. What is old is new again but in most cases with a twist. Then again, sometimes the style is taken directly from the past.
A lot of the examples shown are very familiar to me, but to a younger generation it's fresh and exciting.
The Michael Kors shag jacket, I've always lusted for but just didn't get around to all the fringing.
The grey colour and soft roving type yarn just might entice me the second time around .
Cowichans are an important part of the Canadian culture but for the most part they are serviceable, heavy garments keeping out the cold beautifully.
Rag and Bone has put a new twist on this classic by shortening the length and making the design not quite so literal.
Arans or fisherman knits have become simplified, the design not so intense with different patterns. Cables are simpler, allover pattern and in some cases have opened up making them softer.
The Row likes knit pantsuits, oversized with long sleeves and statement collars. Again, this is not new, but the oversized yarn and fit is. Adding to the knit with woven trend, Viktor and Rolf have "patched" cables onto wovens and leather, a new "aran" style. Finally the "Coogi" was a surprise. This Australian label was very popular during the late 80's, always in wild colour combinations. Rag and Bone has paid homage to this famous brand in neutral tones softening the image and patterning. Read further and see more examples of some of the trends for Fall/Winter 2015.

6/22/2014

Needlecrafts - Knit, Crochet - Pillow Talk

6/22/2014
Needlecrafts,Knit, Crochet - Pillow Talk
Inspiration images courtesy | www.the-brick-house.com, www.houzz.com and www.horchow.com
For many of us, summer vacations are a weekend here and there or if we're lucky a week or two at the cottage, somewhere idyllic and quiet.
In my case, the cottage is not ours but within the family there are several cottages. We are very fortunate, indeed, to be invited to enjoy a lazy week or weekend.
Getting caught up on reading and perusing magazines is part of being in a relaxed mode but soon enough one needs a project, small and easily finished.
Pillows are such a project. Useful, they can be colourful and also a welcome addition to a living room or den.
Pouring over decorating magazines always inspires me to make something handmade, whether knit or crocheted to add to my collection of woven pillows.
Handcrafted pillows are very popular and can be pricy so why not make a couple during the summer whether at the lake or relaxed in your own backyard.

Read further for lovely free patterns to knit and crochet including a wonderful vintage pattern. You will definitely recognize the design from either your mom's, aunt's or grandmother's living room. My own recollections were from my aunt's living room where I thought they looked so elegant in satin.