Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Knitwear and handmade interior design

Guest post by Aimee Claire.

Knitwear and handmade interior design
The economic climate has lately been so bad that it has created a new fad for those who are craft inclined. Many individuals have become interested in creating their own soft-furnishing accessories to save themselves some cash and to introduce some truly bespoke, one-of-a-kind items. It’s about individuality instead of keeping up with the neighbors, and it’s easy.

It doesn't have to be knitting. People who do what they’re good at, whether it’s quilting, sewing, sticking, or crocheting, will always produce beautiful things; the love, time and dedication taken always shines through. There are lots of simple, lovely ways to add to the home.

What to make?
Luckily a few designers have leapt on the home-creation bandwagon, and they've come up with some amazing ideas.

Knitted poufs for quick-knitting joy
For those who get bored easily, something that knits up quickly is best, and choosing a thick yarn, big needles, and a smallish project is the best way to go. Knitted poufs are all the rage now, and these are made using a super-super-super-chunky yarn, and a circular needle. They can be made any size; suitable for the kids or big ones for the adults, and the choice of colors is amazing.

Bedspreads can be made in all crafts
Those people with a lot of patience, but not as much confidence, could go for a knitted bedspread, to practice lots of different stitches. Make it in squares, for a fabric with a busy texture, or create sections of stitches. Quilted bedspreads can be made from either one piece of fabric, or for those who want to really work the economy, they can be patch-worked using strips of old clothing. Crocheting is also a great way to make a bedspread or a blanket – these items lend themselves to many crafts.

Curtain screen that doesn't look homemade
Similarly, for the slightly more advanced beginner, who wants to produce something a bit more professional looking, try knitting or crocheting a curtain screen for your home; square sections of a repeating pattern should work very well, and something about 4 ft. x 3 ft. should be able to carry any weight of yarn you want.

Cushions and beanbags for understated individuality
Cushions and beanbags are a great way to show off your individuality without going wild; try knitting the Stars and Stripes, or again, practice some Aran kitting, using cable needles. Cushions look lovely with cable knitting or they can be quilted instead, using scraps of fabric for a fun, crazy look; beanbags can hold very heavy yarn, and knit up very quickly.

Upholstery and furniture clothing for more advanced crafters
The most advanced interior knitters can make upholstery for chairs and stools; I’ve even seen a modular cornersofa with the corner dressed in a crocheted outfit! Clothing for lamps and tables can be designed in knitwear, actual lampshades, and even art for the walls! 

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