Knitting & Crafing: Quick and Easy DIY Fibre Arts

Fibre arts have recently taken centre stage again. You don’t have to be a crocheter, knitter and weaver or know how to work with macramé cord to create some fibre art; you can create eye catching pieces with yarn without having these skills. Here are some things you can do with wool fibre and a few other basic tools

Needle Felting

Felting is an ancient craft whose origins can be dated back to the Neolithic Age based on archaeological finds. The best-known type of felting is the traditional handicraft processing of wool or animal hair in combination with water and soap.

It is different from so-called dry or needle felting. Here, the dry wool is shaped with the help of a special felting needle. There are tiny barbs at the tip of a felting needle, which are arranged similarly to a harpoon (but in the opposite direction).

This pushes the fibers into the felt and makes it easy to pull the needle out again. The fibers become “intertwined” and develop into an inseparable felt object by continuously piercing with the needle.

When felting, you can create great figures and shapes from fluffy wool. Felting makes the many small wool hairs interlock and become nice and tight. So that the wool gets the right shape in which you want it, it can either be felted with hot water, soap and a lot of movement – this is then called wet felting.

Or it can be done just by poking it with a special felting needle. For you, it is definitely easier to find a place to work with a pad and a felting needle to learn needle felting here. By the way, it also has a second name. Since it is felted without any water at all, it is also called dry felting.

Learn here how to start with needle felting!

Wall Hangings

Wall hangings are always a great addition to any room. Here are some of wall hanging items you can quickly make.

When felting, you can create great figures and shapes from fluffy wool. Felting makes the many small wool hairs interlock and become nice and tight. So that the wool gets the right shape in which you want it, it can either be felted with hot water, soap and a lot of movement – this is then called wet felting.

Or it can be done just by poking it with a special felting needle. For you, it is definitely easier to find a place to work with a pad and a felting needle to learn needle felting here. By the way, it also has a second name. Since it is felted without any water at all, it is also called dry felting.

Learn here how to start with needle felting!

Wall hangings

3. Rainbow wall hanging

Rainbow wall hanging

Rainbow wall hanging are currently one of the popular items to make, you can choose as many colours and as many rows as you would like.

You can also make it small or large; this is a great addition to a baby nursey or craft room.

Rainbow wall hanging are currently one of the popular items to make, you can choose as many colours and as many rows as you would like.

You can also make it small or large; this is a great addition to a baby nursey or craft room.

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Wrapping

There are some products in your home which you can simply wrap to enhance their look, here are some of the products you can wrap using wool.

1. Yarn Wrapped Glass Bottles

Empty glass bottles make great candle holders or flower vases. All you need is the bottle, wool and a glue gun.

Start gluing from the bottom to the top, making sure your yarn is laid on straight and tight. You can use one colour or use yarn of a variety range; it all depends on the preference. These will make a great additional piece for your mantle or garden table.

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1. Wrap Easter eggs

Year after year, Easter is the time of rest in the family circle and traditionally an occasion for creative activities of any color.

For example, you can paint Easter eggs and wrap them. To do this, you just need a few blown-out eggs, yarn, glue (ideally spray glue) and a newspaper as a craft mat.

How to blow-out Easter eggs:


First, take a large bowl, a needle, and a thin skewer. Using the needle, carefully poke both ends of the egg into the bowl.

Then, gently stir it through with the skewer, so the opening doesn’t get clogged. After the actual blowing, rinse the eggs and leave them on a towel to dry.


Spray the eggs on all sides with spray adhesive. Alternatively, you can also apply liquid glue with a brush.

On the other hand, a glue stick is less suitable, as you could break the shell with too much pressure. Finally, wrap the egg as evenly as possible with wool.

Crochet

Pros
  • fast and simple
Cons
  • little movable, little cuddly, consumes more yarn

Crochet is much easier if you’re tackling something like a hat for the first time. You only have one needle, only one active stitch. The needle has a practical hook, so the thread doesn’t slip away all the time.

I can still remember my handicrafts lessons in elementary school. Of course, back then, knitting was a punishment for me! But I always liked crocheting because it was so much easier. For children’s hands at all times – and generally, crochet is a super beginner method with beautiful results.

Crochet is suitable for everything that needs to be denser and firmer. Potholders, for example, are supposed to be thick to insulate well against heat. However, since the stitches are much thicker and denser in crochet than in knitting, the resulting piece becomes heavier and less flexible.

Ingenious for potholders – not so suitable for hats, scarves and gloves. Because they should be cuddly, soft and fluffy!

Crochet Tips

  • Always crochet hats with loose stitches and fluffy wool so the hat will be softer! Although the simple crochet stitches are called “tight stitches,” they should never really be tightened.

    Especially with beanie hats, it is important that they are soft and fall nicely in the back. Otherwise, the beanie will stick up in the back, and you’ll look like a little pixie.

    If your beanie can be a bit “holey,” you can also crochet it with stitches. This way, it will be softer, and if you get cold through the holes, you can simply sew a fleece inside.

  • Crochet scarves with chop stitches, double chop stitches or chop scallop patterns. This will make them more permeable and softer. An added benefit: you’ll see it go in no time!

  • Amigurumi you may know: Small Manga-inspired crochet figures, always quite colorful and child-scheme-like cute. Here crochet is clearly an advantage because it keeps the individual parts of the figures in shape and is just a little movable.

Knitting

Pros
  • loose, cuddly work, infinite variations due to color changes (for example, Norwegian pattern) and different patterns that can be created by knitting techniques.
Cons
  • You need patience. Also patience. And sure instinct! Especially in the beginning it can take a while until you get the hang of it.

Squeaking needles, unevenly sized stitches or stitches that were lost altogether, knots in wool ….. I can still remember it well. When I was ten years old, I had already cursed knitting and could never have imagined that it would become my favorite hobby.

As with everything, practice makes perfect. Difficult for someone like me who always gets impatient when I have to learn something new. I always want to be able to do it right away and get started! But don’t get discouraged. It’s definitely worth the effort.

Kniting Tips

  • Knitting is suitable for almost everything: hats, scarves, socks, gloves, cuffs … but just less well for potholders or amigurumi.
  • Again, the bigger the needles and the thicker the wool, the faster you’ll have something beautiful.
  • When you knit scarves, always use circular needles – it’s easier, and you don’t have to sit there like the grannies in the cartoons, waving two long knitting needles right and left. But, unfortunately, that doesn’t just look amusing. It’s also super impractical and will be hard to keep up in the long run.
  • There are also good beginner projects for knitting. You have everything you need if you know the basics of right stitches, purl stitches and circular knitting with a five-needle set. Everything else is just modified basic knowledge.
  • Much more important when knitting: Hold the needles correctly (don’t tense up otherwise, your hands will hurt like hell at some point!), always guide the working thread with the same tension so that the work doesn’t become too tight/loose. And don’t panic if you lose a stitch or even pull out the needle completely.

    All no drama – eventually, it’s like driving a car, and you do everything automatically.

It will help if you try out everything that you enjoy. I don’t stick to all the guidelines for needle size, stitch samples, number of rows, etc.

If something doesn’t work out and you make mistakes, you learn something and the coolest mistakes are the ones where something unexpectedly beautiful comes out in the end!

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