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When I first declared apparel design as my major in college I congratulated myself on all the money I’d be saving, since design and sewing classes couldn’t possibly require a large number of textbooks and traditional school supplies right? Boy howdy was I wrong. Many semesters my list of required reading material was far and above that of my friends and roommates. AND I was constantly buying art supplies, fabrics, sewing notions and special sewing equipment.
One of the things I went through the fastest was scissors, which may sound a bit strange, but when you are cutting paper, patterns and fabric all day every day the cheapo Wal-Mart scissors just can’t keep up. So I scrimped and saved and hunted coupons until I could buy myself a pair of Gingher knife edged shears. They’re the Rolls Royce of sewing shears and my goodness they were glorious. Still are actually, I’ve had them since my Junior year of college and they still work better than any other scissors. The point of this long story is to put into perspective the love I have for sewing/crafting supplies. New, old, antique or otherwise I love coming across something really unique. Which is why I am completely in love with these mixed media pieces by artist Cori Kindred.
These would look amazing on my home office walls. Way up on the wall, far away from me and my clumsy cats.
It makes me really sad that most people today don’t even know how to fix a rip in a garment or how to hem a pair of pants. We can work smart phones and type faster than we speak, but knitting a scarf or sewing on a patch? Not so much. I was fortunate to grow up with a mom who thought it was important to know these things, and making dresses for my dolls turned into a degree in apparel design. I still remember the first day of sewing class watching half my class mates stabbing their fingers with awkwardly held needles and ruining their manicures trying to tread the sewing machines.
That being said it is a bit of a downer when you go into a craft store to buy supplies and there aren’t really any fun options. I was delighted to find this DIY by Twinkie Chan featured on A Beautiful Mess. It is a quick and easy way to bling up your crochet hooks, and I am betting it could be applied to knitting needles as well.
Large or XL plastic crochet hook
*Twinkie also used gold spray paint to re-color her needle… see her photo for a visual example.
To create these cute hooks, simply super glue rhinestones on. I added mine in rows and then in a smaller, tighter section. See below for examples.
Silly & fun, but still practical.
Side Note: I am LOVING the t-shirt!
Images and original tutorial here.