Futurama and amigurumi go together like mac-and-cheese, Sheldon and Leonard, a rose tatt and advanced calculus... Take a look at some of these (free) original crochet patterns by crafty Futurama fans, and see how long you can resist grabbing a hook. ... [read more]
Want to keep the summer memories alive, but your fav souvenir T-shirt is past its “best before” date? With just a few basic sewing or crochet skills, you can “upcycle” that tee into a cool new purse or handbag, grocery bag, big soft tote... the possibilities are endless... Great for beginners, Deborah Schlegel’s market tote (shown above) is an eco-friendly… [read more]
You think you've seen some truly disturbing crochet work over the years? If you haven't checked out Patricia Waller's works in crochet and other media, you ain't seen what yarn + imagination is capable of. Chilean-born Patricia Waller, who now lives and works in Berlin, leapt to my notice with a 2009 art exhibition that raised eyebrows and spun headlines… [read more]
Akua Lezli Hope's dainty crocheted birds -- peace doves -- were inspired by the TikkunTree project , and she's giving away this original crochet pattern because she wants to encourage its use by crafters in other peace projects...
This was a spur-of-the-moment craft project, instigated by my young friend Kelly (who was spending March break with her grandmother, our next-door neighbour) and carried out on a stormy evening when our other entertainment options were limited. Remember the Bendy Holdy Wondervase? If you've got a pair of them, you've got great fun! Kelly had had her heart set on… [read more]
We've all seen the beer ads on TV... Before the days of refrigerators and insulated coolers, the hardy pioneers chilled their brew by submerging the bottles in a wild and ice-cold mountain stream, right? But did you know there was another way to cool a bottle without electricity? If you ever get caught in the rain, or go outside with… [read more]
Let's blame a childhood of reading those Curious George books — who can resist a fresh clutch of giggly monkeys? Clockwise from upper left: The Chimp is an archival quality print by Shannon Brady at BlueFlip Art (h/t emma). S-shaped monkey hooks, set of 3 in brushed stainless steel, are by Bodie and Fou, found in their kitchen section. Multi-imprinting… [read more]