Textile Art Glimpses

It's been a while since I've posted - a few glimpses into my latest adventures in textile art are long overdue, I think! crochet fiber art

crochet fiber art

Finding new ways to utilize crochet in fiber and textile art is one of my favorite things to do. Here I machine-stitched the edges of a coffee bag and crocheted directly into the burlap to create a new texture.

hand embroidered hoop art

hand embroidered hoop art

hand embroidered hoop art

hand embroidered hoop art

These handmade, hand-embroidered pieces are going to be part of a very special display in a few months. Stitching over patterned fabric is a favorite technique of mine - adding that three-dimensional textile element to flat fabric is SO fun. Just another form of textile art that I just love.

And last - upcycling old T-shirts. I love doing this. Right now I have an excess of embroidery thread, and going through the tattered cardboard box of colors to pick the ones that would most compliment the shirt is so relaxing. For the pumpkin orange tee, I chose leaf green, gold, mahogany, and cream.

upcycled embroidered t-shirt

upcycled embroidered t-shirt

I may post a more involved how-to on this soon - who knows? Time is one thing I don't have much of anymore - at least daylight time. Perhaps I'll snag a few early morning hours of natural light to photograph a quick DIY. Stay tuned!

Coffee Bag Placemats Tutorial

It's fall, y'all, and that means it's time for rustic tutorials, cozy patterns, and all things homey. I'm looking forward to posting more tutorials for you this season! Here's a simple one on how to make coffee bag placemats - easy, pretty, and a great way to recycle a coffee bag from your local roaster!

You will need:

  • A coffee bag or roll of burlap
  • Black embroidery thread (or Aunt Lydia's Fashion Crochet Size 3, which I used)
  • B/2 (2.25mm) crochet hookSewing needle
  • Sewing machine with matching black thread
  • Scissors

Start by cutting the coffee bag or burlap into a 16.5" by 12.5" rectangle. Make sure the edges are even by pulling on the burlap weaves and keeping the edges straight. Sew a straight seam around the edge of the place mat, about a half inch in, to keep the edges from unraveling.

Coffee Bag Placemats

Next, blanket stitch around the entire edge with the size 3 thread, using the machine-sewn seam as a depth guide. Here is a great guide to blanket stitching! You don't even have to sew an exact number of stitches per side, just make sure they look uniform. Tie off.

Coffee Bag Placemats

With the same size 3 thread and the B crochet hook, join in the horizontal bar of one of the blanket stitches and pull up a loop. Work single crochet in same bar, *chain 1, single crochet in next bar, repeat from * across each edge, working (single crochet, chain 3, single crochet) in each corner. Join. (Now, this is where it's a bit tricky - it is okay if you don't have an even amount of blanket stitches to work into - just compensate with an extra single crochet or chain stitch if you need to.) Next, single crochet in corner chain 3 space, chain 5, single crochet in same space, *chain 3, single crochet in next chain 1 space, chain 5, single crochet in next chain 1 space, repeat from * across edges, working (single crochet, chain 5, single crochet) in corner chain 3 spaces. Remember, you may have to work two chain 3's in a row, or two chain 5's, depending on how it works out. It will look great in the end, so don't worry! :) Tie off and weave in the ends under the single crochet stitches.

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Congrats! You now have a beautiful new placemat for your table! Make a set of these to give away as a housewarming gift or bridal shower gift.

Coffee Bag Placemats

Coffee Bag Placemats

March 14, 2016 edit: These placemats were featured in the 2016 issue of GreenCraft Magazine! Read more here.