Saturday, March 10, 2012

Three techniques for crocheting through fabric or paper

Technique 1: Crochet beads onto fabric or paper

Did you know you can use the Sharp Crochet Hook to crochet beads onto paper or fabric. Yes, I said CROCHET BEADS! Here's how:

1. String beads onto a long thread piece of thread
2. Crochet work is done from back of paper or fabric
3. To crochet beads with space in between, make a long stitch without a bead, then add a bead in the next stitch.
4. If you decide you want more beads, add them at the end of the thread. If you run out of  thread, just tie more on and put the knot on the back of the paper.

That's it! This is a great technique if you hate threading a needle, want to save time (crocheting the beads is quicker than sewing each stitch with a needle), and make something look awesome!

For the cupcake frosting used in the picture, I crumbled the paper before I crocheted the beads to add more texture. 

Technique 2:  Crochet an edging onto a fun shape

To make this flower, cut a strip of scrapbook paper (thicker than normal paper) 12 inches by 1.5 inches. Mark every 1/4 inch.  
Round one: Single crochet in each mark.
Round two: chain 3, All in same stitch, double crochet, chain 4, 2 double crochet. *skip next stitch, in next stitch do: 2 double crochets, chain 4, 2 double crochets* repeat from * all the way around, leave loop open when round is complete. 

Then, think back to when you were in grade school and made paper fans. This step is a lot like that- on each 1/4" mark, fold the paper back and forth. Tape the edges together on the back to make a circular shape. With the open crochet loop at the end, join the first chain 3 made in round two to complete the circle.

Add a paper flower and a brad, and use Elmer's Glue to secure it to the card. 

This is a very cheap and easy way to add dimension and texture to your project.

Technique 3: Crocheting a design into the paper

To do this technique, use a pencil to draw a simple shape onto the front of the card. Crochet from the front along the line. I try to get close to making each stitch 1/4" apart, but I just eyeball it. To make a stitch, pierce the Sharp Crochet Hook along the line, grab the string from the back, and pull it back through the paper and the loop on the hook.

Easy!!! This brings a whole new level of awesomeness to card making!! :)

The Sharp Crochet Hook is ideal for all three of these techniques because it goes through fabric and paper so much easier than normal crochet hooks. '

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