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tutorial: diy recycled crochet rug

January 13, 2015

I made a rug.  My scrap bin was full, and I needed to get rid of it.  I had a lot of 2.5″ wide strips from extra quilt binding, so I decided crocheting the strips might be a cool idea.  Turns out, it was!  I wrote a tutorial on my process so you can make your own recycled crochet rug, too.

Click here for the tutorial, and check out my other free tutorials here

 

recycled crochet rug

diy, studio

new quilting studio

November 21, 2014

In the early fall, my husband and I embarked on our first major home improvement project: my quilting studio.  We painted, rearranged, and installed 400 square feet of ceramic tile in our basement.  It took the better part of 6 weeks for us to finish, and in the beginning of October I was finally able to move back in.  Before, the entire room was painted a weird cream color – including the fireplace, which I must say looks WAY better when it’s contrasted with the walls.  The yellow is called “Sheer Apricot” and it turned out just like I wanted.  “Studio Taupe” is the color on the fireplace.

 

olive tree textiles studio space

Somewhere during all of this madness, I submitted an entry to Quilt National, which was rejected.  At first I was really bummed, but I never figured I’d actually get in on my first try.  It was a warmup for other things.

 

 

diy, fabric

shibori

July 5, 2014

I decided to start dyeing my own fabrics. I’ve never tried it before, but I decided to give it a try when I accidentally bought some white Kona cotton labeled as “prepared for dyeing.” My first bit of research led me to a Japanese technique called “shibori,” which refers to the process of folding, scrunching, tying, or otherwise modifying the fabric to resist dye in certain places and accept the dye in others.

 

dyed in bucket

 

I did the typical tye-dye roll up, and then I got creative and tried some different folds and clamping methods. The results were always interesting and beautiful in their own way.

 

shibori roll up

 

shibori studies in blue

 

shibori red

 

 

Now I have about 30 yards of hand-dyed fabric. Not sure what I’ll make from it just yet, but I know that whatever it is will be very cool.

 

shibori stack

 

I’ve been posting about this non-stop on Instagram – follow me! @olivetreetextiles