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« on: April 23, 2009 08:24:42 AM »

Here's a pic of the basket I crocheted for the Beltane (May Day) WWP 11 swap ...

It is one continuous piece of fabric - luckily there was a small pattern on it so I was able to cut it evenly.  I didn't sue a pattern but I did copy something I saw online somewhere.  The sunflower and leaves on the front come from the Crochet Bouquet book by Suzann Thompson (if you like to crochet flowers, it's a must have book!)  I couldn't believe how much fun it was to crochet fabric.  The fabric was cut "zig zag" in about a 1/4 inch strip and I used a N sized hook.  Now I am eyeing up all my fabric stash as if it has turned into yarn!

I loved the finished look of the fabric with the random fraying ... a kinda rustic look.  Perhaps someday I will make one for myself  ... (yeah, right -  Wink )

Edited:  Here's a simple pic of how to cut one long piece of fabric ... cut from side to side, ALMOST to the end - back and forth, back and forth ... forever  Wink until you have enough (it took about a yard or a little more).  Try it on a piece of paper first and you will see what I mean -  Smiley

Fabric with a small pattern is really helpful to get it all the same width.  I also "rounded" the ends of each row.  Google "rag crochet" and you'll find all kinds of ideas and pictures!

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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2009 08:32:56 AM »

I want one!!
Great job!!!

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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2009 07:45:24 PM »

ooh it's very lovely! i like crocheting with fabric too! i've made a rag rug for under our dining table all out of old clothes and some bedsheets from thrift store.. all blue/green colours.. i love the way crocheted fabric looks! The sunflowers on your basket are such a pretty touch.  Grin Grin Grin

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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2009 08:23:39 PM »

I was on here with my mom today, and we both loved your basket!  You did a great job.  I have tried crochet with fabric, but I have not had such good luck.  I can never seem to get my strips even.  Thanks for the book recommendation too.  I've been wanting some good flower patterns. Smiley

« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2009 06:48:14 AM »

Thanks for the comments!  I would have never kept the strip even if it hadn't been for the little pattern on the fabric - made it alot easier!

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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2009 09:14:54 AM »

That is EPIC! 

My gramma used to take all our old clothes and the rags and sheets and things that were unusable, strip them out and roll them into balls, and she'd crochet rugs from them... but this,  this is just phenomenal. 

What a wonderfully beautiful idea!

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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2009 03:23:39 PM »

Really cool! I've been eyeballing some fabric to crochet with, and you've definitely inspired me. I love it!

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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2009 07:05:05 PM »

That's lovely!

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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2009 10:33:25 AM »

That is such a cute basket and the flower really adds a nice touch. You should check out the thrift stores fabrics. Sometimes they have nice fabric which you could make into yarn too.

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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2009 02:55:20 PM »

I would love to try this but I am unsure how you cut the strips? The basket is really pretty!
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