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Today’s great design comes from Jenny Barnett Rohrs from Craft Test Dummies.
I love yarn. I’m a tactile person, so I love all of the amazing different weights, textures, and styles! But I’m going to confess to you that I’m a really poor crocheter! But I do have an amazing stash of yarn and every now and then I’m inspired to make something with it using non-traditional techniques.
I’m captivated by Huichol yarn painting art – the color, the texture, the lines – and I decided to apply the technique to a three-dimensional surface, a miniature dress form.
To make it, I base-coated the dress form black. Then I used a pencil to sketch out the “dress.” Then it was as simple as using white glue to fill in the areas and lay down row after row of yarns.
I like the black because it really makes the jewel tones in the yarn stand out.
Working in small sections was best- otherwise white glue will dry too quickly. Use a small paint brush or even a cotton swab to fill in small areas. And a toothpick is very handy to snug up the yarn fibers next to each other!
When filling in areas, I found that the ends would fray just a bit and “puff out”- so I had to smooth them down. Of course, my fingers were really gluey and sticky, so I came up with a solution. I used a bit of plastic bag and laid it over the area, then burnished it down with my fingernail. It made the yarn lay down nice and flat, and kept glue boogers from sticking to my project.
(Yes, glue boogers.)
You can finish the base however you’d like – I just added some more paint and yarn.
Overall, some of the patterns remind me of soutache. What do you think?
I hope you are inspired to use your yarn stash in a new and different way. I hope you’ll join me at CraftTestDummie and my Facebook Page for more creative inspiration, tips, and product reviews. Cheers!
Have you ever created a unique yarn piece?
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