Apr 112016
 

My mom has been busy, as usual. She’s been turning old t-shirts into yarn and crocheting rugs. I’ve been toying with doing something similar with some old pants, we only have a few old t-shirts, but I didn’t know exactly how I wanted to tackle it until now.

I searched YouTube for examples of how to make continuous t-shirt yarn and how to change colors without huge knots. I don’t know if this is the way my mom did it, but this is what I’m planning on doing. It looks like the same process will work with old khakis and jeans, so I’m going to try my hand at an old pants rug as soon as I finish a couple other projects. Sadly, all I have is the khakis and jeans, so I don’t have different colors to work with. Maybe I should play with dying some, too?

Pictured is the beautiful rug Mom made for me. Now I just need to go pick it up.

crochet shirt rug

Apr 222014
 

My mother gave me a pair of earrings to play around with while making jewelry. The posts were broken and while I thought about just fixing them, I decided to so something a little different instead. This seemed like the perfect time to play with creating a peyote bezel.

Using size 11 and 15 Delica’s (Japanese Seed Beads), I “framed” the earring with peyote stitch using this tutorial. Creating a Peyote Bezel

The earrings are snowflake obsidian with mother of pearl inlay so I paired them with snowflake obsidian and obsidian beads. I was originally going to use 3mm mother of pearl beads between the obsidian beads, but when they arrived, they were a darker color than the mother of pearl in the earring, so I used Czech pearl seed beads instead.

The simple string of beads seemed to look the best after trying many different stitches. Everything else seemed to overpower the bezel.

I gave the finished product back to my mother for Christmas of 2013 and I still have another one to play with. I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do with it yet, but it’s close to jewelry making season (I stop crochetting and switch to jewelry when it gets warm outside), so I’ll be playing around with it soon.

A few pieces I made are still for sale at CountrySidewalk.com, but only for a limited time. Make sure to get yours before they’re gone!

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