Sunday, 23 September 2012

Rug Made Out Of T - Yarn

I crocheted a Rug using the T - Yarn that I made out of old T shirts

Materials Used :

T yarn (here)
10mm crochet hook
Sewing thread and needle

I have used double crochet stitch through out.

Foundation chain : any number depending on the width of the rug required. Keep in mind that the finished product will be longer than the foundation chain

Row 1 : DC in 3rd chain from the hook, DC across
Row 2 : Ch3, Dc in 1st Dc , DC across, 
Row 3 and subsequent Rows: repeat Row 2

Happy Recycling!!!!!!

Friday, 21 September 2012

How I Made The T-Yarn

An old T shirt that had to be recycled.
I have cut around 3 T - shirts before I got the technique right.


The T shirt should be seamless, that is , not stitched on sides.


Carefully cut over the line joining the arm holes, A measuring tape can be placed over the T shirt joining the arm holes to aid in cutting.

I cut the bottom part along the stitch so as to get the width proper.

Fold the cut T shirt leaving the bottom flap an inch or little more extra.

Start cutting the T shirt into strips of equal width, so as to maintain uniform yarn thickness throughout.

One method that I used to get equal width throughout is by placing the long strip obtained by cutting the bottom part of T shirt over the original cloth as shown below.

While cutting the last few strips adjust the width by cutting few millimeters more or less so as to get almost the same width.

In case you need thinner yarn , cut the strips more narrower.

The T shirt has been cut into strips

The T shirt unfolded after cutting it into strips.
You can see that the top one inch is uncut.

I placed a thick plastic carry bag between the two flaps where next stage of cutting has to be done.

Closer view

The first cut is made like this,

Next cut,

Complete cutting across

To form the strip into a yarn , pull the yarn holding the two sides

Want to see what I used this yarn for . Check it out here

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Free Embroidery Pattern : Paisley

Here is another embroidery pattern, The Paisley.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Name this Applique Work

This is an applique work that I did when I was in school. We were told that it was a kind of applique work and I never bothered to know more about its origin and the name. My zeal to know more about this has brought this work here.

I searched on net for this kind of embroidery and could find that it is an Indian kind of embroidery.

It would be very nice if anyone could give me the details on this form of embroidery.

The obvious features of this Applique work are that,
  • The background fabric is red ( or bright in color).
  • The applique is done with black fabric .
  • Chain stitch with white thread is used to fix the applique to the base.
Looking for responses ....

Monday, 3 September 2012

I am Growing Mint

No,this is not what I had been doing for more than a month now. I was away on vacation from where I got  little mint plants. The climate in Abu Dhabi makes it very difficult to grow plants and they require utmost care.

I planted the mint plants in this pot 2 weeks back, but, all those got dried and were almost dead.Believe it or not, Mint is a herb that can grow like a weed if it gets good sunshine and water.
To my surprise, tiny plants started erupting from the stems that were under the soil , as can be seen in the picture above that there are no mother plants.

After few days , even the dry mother plants started giving off tiny leaves.