|Paper storage facilities also work for textiles!|
|I wouldn’t say you were making it up as you go along but…|
|….I also would. You have something in mind, and you make it up as you go along because you are boss at crochet.|
What are these issues? Bubbling, sagging, too tight in places, too small in general. Too large. No longer machine washable. Tension too tight when changing needles. Tension too loose. Ugly ripples. The curse of the Dreaded Flutter. Button holes are sucky. Buttons don’t fit. Sagging button holes (heh).
There’s a few.
A tip is to go mad with colour, but not too mad. If you’re gonna contrast, contrast, and if you want to compliment, compliment but don’t compliment AND contrast colours nimbly-bimbly throughout the work. Hold the next planned wool against the completed piece. Does the colour work? Does it not work in an interesting way? How much should be used before it overpowers all the other colours?
Lastly, say NO to browns, ochres, mauves, mustards, khakis, beiges, greys, off-whites, taupes, ivories or creams.
Textures are good provided you can work with the wool (I’m looking at you, Flutter).
|As this was the ‘top’ of the bag, I went texture-happy. Lots of soft fluffy ones.|
Then we take the glamour shots:
|..bottom? Beanbags are so undefined.|
This was a really good project for using up those last few metres of wools. It’s also kind of cool to look at it sometimes from the perspective of uniqueness. Only one with exactly this design on the planet, although this is not the only one ever made.
I took this to a festival recently and so many people were nostalgic of the similar thing they created in the seventies (and only that decade, for some reason) and I love that forty years is not long enough to forget a handmade thing.
Where are they all now?