Monday, October 15, 2012

Upcycling and Lacey Threads

"Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.
The first recorded use of the term upcycling was by Reiner Pilz of Pilz GmbH in an interview by Thornton Kay of Salvo in 1994.[1]"  (gotta love Wikipedia!)

The concept of upcycling has been on my mind for quite some time. Apparently, however, it's not been on the mind of auto-correct text code writers because Blogger's auto-correct feature is not liking the word. Hate that little squiggly red line!

As I do my best to ignore the squiggly red line, let me tell you about what's got my brain churning. The blouse you see in the photo is one I "inherited" from some one else's wardrobe destash session (hmmmm ... destash is not a correct word, either. Blogger, you need to update your vocabulary!!) It's a plain-jane sleeveless shirt from Chico with simple but nice tailoring details and pretty little mother-of-pearl buttons. It's the buttons that got me thinking of freshwater pearls as part of the upcycling process.

My plan is to make some lace using size 12 Coton Perle (known to us here in the US as "pearl cotton") with a size 12 Boye crochet hook and embellish the placket (the part of a blouse or shirt where the buttonholes and buttons are sewn), collar and hem. I also have something in the back of my mind of creating some sort of cap sleeve. Not too sure about that though ... it may end of being much too much, but we'll see.

Incorporating the pearls is going to be ... um ... interesting, to say the least!

I included in the photo three of the books that give me ideas. The two on the right are MUST-HAVES for anyone thinking of creating their own, original, unique designs.

The lace pictured is a piece I made a while back.

32" of "pineapple" motif.

This is too wide to use on the placket of the blouse, although a single pineapple motif might be perfect. I will need to accommodate the buttons though so this may take a bit of engineering to pull it off.

... a closer look at the pattern.

... a close-up of the thread I used. Size 12 of DMC's Coton Perle is the second to finest (the finest is 16).

I love working with this stuff ... it's easy to use in spite of how tiny it is. I never have a problem with tangling or splitting. It comes in a variety of colors, especially packaged for embroidery, but it is hard to find the colors on a ball like this one which works best for those of us who use it for crocheted lace. Fortunately, I found a place!

... and here is the hook I used. It has a very, very tiny hook! Even with my reading glasses, it's not the easiest to see. But I've crocheted for so long that I don't really need to actually see the hook. As long as it does it job, the work flows.

I've talked to people who can crochet (or knit) in the dark, but I'm not THAT good ... yet.

Keeping It Simple

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