Crochet is a term that refers to the technique of using a hook to create loops in a medium. We often think of that medium as yarn, but there are many types of yarn, and many things that can be used instead of yarn. I want to explore a few of the creative options available to the crochet artist.
1. Spun Yarn: We often associate crochet with the creation of textiles using spun yarn. It can be made of animal, plant, mineral or synthetic fibers, and blends thereof. You can explore an article on spun yarn fiber options here, and another on spinning techniques here for more information. Basically, in a spun yarn, twist has been added to fibers to give them cohesion and strength.
2. Metallic Wire: Beautiful artistic jewelry can be created by crocheting thin copper wire into bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. Beads can be added to your work, adding dimension and colour.
3. Fabric Strips: These can be a very enjoyable and cost-effective version of yarn. There are manufacturers who sell “T-shirt yarn” made from remnant fabrics that can’t be used for other purposes, but make for a durable, bulky yarn. Or head to your local thrift shop and find sheets or shirts or jeans to cut into strips yourself.
4. Wool Roving: Wool that has been cleaned and carded or combed is often sold in long ropes of fibers, all facing the same direction. These ropes can be used to create loops and stitches on a very grand scale, and make beautifully soft finished items.
5. Ribbon: Satin ribbon makes a very interesting, textured piece when crocheted.
6. Mixed Media: The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity in crochet. Consider how beautiful it would be to combine wool roving with fabric strips or spun yarn in a project. Or to wind fabric strips around metallic wire for texture. Or to combine spun yarn with ribbon.
What interesting things have you used in your crochet adventures? A previous editor here at BellaOnline tried using electrical wire and rubber tubing to make some interesting art projects. Have you found a new way to invigorate your love of crochet by stepping outside the box and making something other than a textile or jewelry? I’d love to hear from you in the forum. Share your thoughts!