• What Is Intarsia Crochet, and What Do You Need to Get Started?

    What Is Intarsia Crochet, and What Do You Need to Get Started?

    Learn about the origin of the intarsia technique, how it differs from tapestry and how to crochet patterns The intarsia technique is not widely known but worth exploring as you can use it to achieve some beautiful effects with yarn. This crocheting technique allows you to create designs by adding separate yarns when you want to change color in a section of your work. This feature separates it from traditional tapestry, where the different color yarns are inserted into the crocheted piece.

  • 8 Online Upcycling Courses for Creating and Repairing Garments

    8 Online Upcycling Courses for Creating and Repairing Garments

    Upcycle your garments with the help of fashion experts, using crocheting, embroidery, and other techniques Upcycling is a topical concept in society nowadays. It is tightly linked to the ecological movement, as we strive to safeguard the planet and preserve its resources. In fashion, this trend encourages us to increase the lifespan of our clothes by repurposing their designs. We can apply various techniques to create new designs using all sorts of material. These eight courses that we have selected for you will demonstrate the many faces of upcycling. If you are into textiles and have some time and imagination, you’ll be in for a treat while learning with these experts. They will teach you to repair or create new garments with these super creative tools. Embroidery: Clothing Repair, a course by Ofelia & Antelmo Are you familiar with the ‘visible mending’ technique? Find out how you can fix any unused or damaged clothing piece with Gabriela Martínez, a specialist in embroidery and textile art. The founder of the Ofelia & Antelmo project will teach you techniques and tips for embroidering and creating patches. In her course, she shows you how to create garments sustainably.

  • Essential Crochet Materials

    Essential Crochet Materials

    Interested in learning this technique? Here's everything you will need to get started Crochet has made a strong comeback over recent years. Not only has this technique been revived, but new exponents have given it a modern twist. Alicia Recio Rodríguez (@alimaravillas) is part of a group of creators who have managed to put their stamp on their work which they share on social media. There, her work has attracted lots of people who are eager to learn her techniques. If you are also keen to make something with your own hands and develop your unique style, Alicia lists the basic materials that you will need to start crocheting:

  • 5 Online Courses to Learn Macramé From Scratch

    5 Online Courses to Learn Macramé From Scratch

    These experts will teach you the macramé techniques you need to become a pro Macramé has become very popular lately. Artists from all over the world are taking this practice to new levels, proving that this craft is not just for decorative purposes. Tying different types of knots with just our hands results in unique pieces that are as sophisticated as they are practical. Crochet, on the other hand, uses a specific needle called a crochet hook to weave yarn or wool. Although both techniques offer us endless possibilities, it is important to familiarize yourself with their different characteristics to know which techniques are most suitable for your next project. If you want to get started in macramé, explore this selection of courses: Circular Macramé Techniques, a course by Ancestral The only things you'll need to take part in this course by artist Erika Pineda, founder of the Colombian brand Ancestral, are some cord and a pair of hands. Although she will first show you the differences between circular and linear techniques, you will then focus on the former, learning a repertoire of basic knots and key processes. She will also teach you tricks for experimenting with different shapes and patterns.

  • How Did Yarn Bombing Reach Your City?

    How Did Yarn Bombing Reach Your City?

    Discover the feminist roots of this unique street art using yarn and wool Whatever city you live in, you may have come across a tree decorated with wool or a lamp post covered in crocheted flowers. This practice is known as yarn bombing, and it’s everywhere. Yarn bombing is the decoration of public features with handmade fabrics. These colorful creations convey messages about care, respect, and the appreciation of public space. This street artform’s origins date back to the mid-19th century, the industrial revolution, and feminist resistance. Want to know more about knitted urban creations? Discover the roots of yarn bombing below!

  • Free Crochet Pattern for International Women's Day

    Free Crochet Pattern for International Women's Day

    Crochet a breast following simple instructions of Ameskeria and share it with the community To join the celebration of International Women's Day (#IWD2021), Leire Villar (@ameskeria) shares with the community a pattern for knitting a breast in crochet. Leire is a photographer, specialist in crochet and feminist, who makes all kinds of pieces with threads and needles.

  • Be Inspired to Create Amigurumi Characters with the Prince of Crochet

    Be Inspired to Create Amigurumi Characters with the Prince of Crochet

    Crochet artist and character designer Marcelo Javier Cortés, a.k.a. Príncipe del Crochet, shares his favorite projects Crocheting is a hand knitting technique that is gaining interest among contemporary creatives. Starting in the craft of crochet is easy, and there are lots of possibilities. One of the most attractive projects you can do using a crochet hook is ‘amigurumi.’ You can create cute, three-dimensional characters by crocheting them as if you were sculpting with yarn.

  • 6 Crochet Online Courses to Explore the Technique Possibilities

    6 Crochet Online Courses to Explore the Technique Possibilities

    Create amazing garments, decorations, toys, and functional objects with your own hands Some people think crocheting is an activity just for older people, but the reality is that contemporary artists from all over the world are reinventing and rediscovering it every day. Crochet is very easy to learn, and it’s also a relaxing artisanal technique for those who love anything fabric and textiles related. These 6 experts share with you the secrets behind their modern creations, so you too can become an experienced crocheter and create your own toys, objects, garments, or decorations.

  • DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Spotted Wool Pom-Pom

    DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Spotted Wool Pom-Pom

    Learn this simple technique for making a wool pom-pom with spot pattern in the centre, with Christie Leech You might think pom-poms are only good for the ends of wooly hats. However, with a little bit of ingenuity, they can be used as an exciting and vibrant medium in textile art. Christie Leech (@sewyeah) is an author, maker, and stylist who specialises in the creation of art with pom-poms. In this tutorial, she shares a simple method for creating a pom-pom with a spot pattern in the centre from scratch.

  • What is Macramé?

    What is Macramé?

    Learn about the origins of this knotting technique Macramé is a craft that has only gotten more popular thanks to its Instagram-friendly aesthetic and how easy it is to use to decorate and add personality to our homes. Discover more about the origins of this technique and how you can start knotting beautiful pieces yourself.

  • 15 Contemporary Designers Working with Prints

    15 Contemporary Designers Working with Prints

    Be inspired to create unique and charming clothes with the beautiful print work of world-renowned fashion designers Julia Pelletier (@julia_pelletier) is a textile designer who has specialized in silk screen printing, drawing, and teaching for over 15 years. In her Domestika course, she will teach you to combine creative techniques to design unique garments. Creating art that you can wear is a great way to show off your style and personality. Before you get started on your creation, she encourages you to look to some of today’s most creative contemporary designers working with prints for inspiration. Find the list below:

  •  Crochet Tutorial: How to Read a Pattern

    Crochet Tutorial: How to Read a Pattern

    Learn how to read the symbols on a crochet chart and understand a pattern, with Steel and Stitch Crochet charts, patterns, and their symbols can be intimidating to anyone starting out. However, they are a lot simpler than they might appear. In this tutorial, Emma Friedlander-Collins, also known as Steel and Stitch (@steelandstitch), explains how to decode a crochet chart, explaining what each abbreviation and symbol means and and how to use this helpful tool in your next design.

  • 5 Tips for Working With Embroidery

    5 Tips for Working With Embroidery

    Get expert advice on how to improve your techniques and turn pro People have embroidered for centuries, using this technique to decorate and customize garments and make them more special. Over time, this practice has evolved. Once embroidered pieces were something only the rich and powerful could afford. Now, they are commonly owned by people from all different walks of life. Embroidery is a versatile form of expression with few restrictions, popular across numerous cultures, from east to west, and which has become a very accessible art form. Paula Linard (@paula.linard) has over five years of experience as a professional embroiderer. For her, this medium offers infinite possibilities, from decorating paintings, personalizing clothing–both old and new–to making more elaborate pieces. "There’s a great demand for pieces made for babies or to give as gifts. We just need to develop our drawing skills a little more in order to put our stamp on a piece. We need to focus on the artistic side of this craft, which is a form of expression. It's good to try and create your own drawing, evolve your own line–it doesn't have to be perfect. I like to observe and appreciate the imperfections in my stitches and drawings. It doesn't always look so attractive at first but the final result always makes me happy, because I have created it with my own hands, from start to finish. That is invaluable", she says.

  • What is Crochet?

    What is Crochet?

    Learn about the origins of this artisan technique Not long ago, crochet was considered old-fashioned and unattractive. However, like many other crafts, this fiber art technique has recently been given a modern spin and thus a second life. Discover the types of personalized pieces you can create armed with thread and a crochet hook, such as clothing, accessories, toys, and decorations.

  • Needle Felting Tutorial: Tips For Conserving Your Work

    Needle Felting Tutorial: Tips For Conserving Your Work

    Juanamatú shares three practical tips for keeping your felt toys in good condition Needle felting is a technique that involves felting wool with a barbed needle and sculpting it into different shapes. With a few materials, patience, and a lot of creativity, you can use this technique to make adorable toys to decorate your home. Katerin J Gómez–the creative mind behind @Juanamatú–is a needle felting toy artist who sculpts memories into decorative objects. She creates toys inspired by your pets, loved ones, and favorite characters. However, what is the best way to take care of these companions? In this tutorial, Katerin shares some practical tips for keeping your felt toys in good condition. You can watch the video below:

  • Crochet Tutorial: How to Take Body Measurements For Pattern Making

    Crochet Tutorial: How to Take Body Measurements For Pattern Making

    Learn to take your own body measurements with Alimaravillas, and create a crochet pattern Before you start to crochet a piece of clothing, there’s an essential step: taking your body measurements. In order to get the right results–and to avoid ending up with a sweater that is too short or your head not fitting through the hole for your neck–it is essential to learn how to take measurements correctly. Alicia Recio Rodríguez, known as @alimaravillas, is an expert in crochet. In this tutorial, she talks us through how to take our own measurements without needing anyone else’s help so that we can create a pattern. You can watch the video below:

  • Needle Felting Tutorial: A Step-by-step Guide To Making a Strawberry

    Needle Felting Tutorial: A Step-by-step Guide To Making a Strawberry

    Learn how to sculpt a simple strawberry out of wool using needle felting techniques It takes great patience to sculpt art toys out of wool and create the shapes you desire. However, the results are worth the time they take: needle felted creations are simple yet beautiful, charming both children and adults. Portuguese artist Maria Filipe Castro, better known as droolwool (@droolwool), is a needle felting expert. She loves bringing colorful characters to life. She has exhibited her creations in galleries and also sells them through her online shop. In this tutorial, droolwool will show you how to make a simple strawberry using common needle felting tools and materials. Discover more in the video below:

  • How to needle felt a rotten apple with a worm

    How to needle felt a rotten apple with a worm

    Maria Filipe Castro, better known as Droolwool, teaches you how to create a rotten apple with a worm for Halloween This rotten apple with worm is an art toy that is part of the Apple & Worm series by Droolwool (@droolwool). This year, she's taken inspiration from Halloween to create a new, scarier version. To recreate this piece, you will need wadding, carded wool in four different colors, and felt needles of different sizes, with one thick and the other one thinner. The colors you use are up to you, so feel free to customize your piece and pick ones that you like. Follow these simple steps to create your own needle felted rotten apply with a worm:

  • Free Download: Vampire Plush Toy template

    Free Download: Vampire Plush Toy template

    Get your materials ready and get to work on this stuffed vampire bat The Textile Toy world is an art form that Omar Gad, founder of the Piti Piti studio (@pitipiti), is an expert of. Starting with designs that he first creates on paper or the computer, he creates a whole universe of characters by giving them volume and shape and transforming them into adorable stuffed animals. He is sharing this bat pattern with huge eyes and ears, and sharp vampire teeth, with Domestika. Time to recreate one yourself.

  • Materials: Needle Felting

    Materials: Needle Felting

    The designer Maria Filipe Castro, as known as droolwool, shows us the extensive list of tools and objects that she uses to make dolls with felt, wool, and lots of creativity Maria Filipe Castro is a toy artist, specialised in the design and production of characters and figures made with textile materials like felt and wool. She regularly exhibits her creations and sells them on her online store. In her Domestika course, focused specifically on the manufacture of toys and animals through needle felting, this designer, as known as droolwool (@droolwool), uses different types of needles, brushes, wool, cutters, scissors, and other tools. In the video below, droolwool shows us these materials in detail:

  • Upcycling Tutorial: How to start patching your clothes

    Upcycling Tutorial: How to start patching your clothes

    Learn to prepare patches to repair your clothes with Ofelia & Antelmo Fixing damaged clothes is not only good for our pocket, but also for the environment. Patches are a canvas on which you can paint, draw, and embroider: they allow us to extend the life of our favourite garments in style. Gabriela Martinez, specialist in embroidery and textile art and creator of Ofelia & Antelmo (@ofeliayantelmo), will show us the first step in fixing and adding personality to our torn or stained clothes with patches that you can even embroider if you so fancy. You can see the tutorial here.

  • Materials: Crochet

    Materials: Crochet

    Steel & Stitch gives beginners a primer on the different types of crochet hooks and tools One reason why crafting can be intimidating is that it’s difficult to know where to begin. Before you can make your first stitch, it’s important to have selected the correct materials and tools since these elements will greatly impact the process, and result, of your project. The tools you use in crochet can do more than shape the yarn itself. As a repetitive physical motion, crochet can put stress on your wrist or tire your hand if you don’t pick wisely. In the video below, crochet and upcycling expert Emma Friedlander-Collins, also known as Steel & Stitch (@steelandstitch), gives a primer on the pros and cons of different types of crochet hooks, as well as other tools you can use to take your projects to the next level.

  • What is Shibori?

    What is Shibori?

    Discover this traditional Japanese technique for dyeing textiles Costume and textile designer Carolina Raggio (@carolina_45) reinterprets ancestral techniques to achieve modern results. Carolina is the creative director of her own eponymous brand, for which she develops timeless garments and accessories. In this blog, Carolina explains more about the history of this technique and how you can experiment with it to create unique designs and patterns.

  • Knitting and Crochet: Keys for Starting Out in Hand Weaving

    Knitting and Crochet: Keys for Starting Out in Hand Weaving

    This small guide will help you discover, finally, the difference between knitting and crochet For anyone not familiar with weaving, it can be complicated differentiating between knitting (weaving with two needles) and crochet (weaving with a hook): they share many similarities but there are some key differences. Bárbara Bremer and Carolina Herrera, founders of Binge Knitting (@bingeknitting)–a company specialized in the creation of hand woven collections of contemporary designs–explain how the two crafts are alike and how they differ so you can learn to enjoy them and discover which would be best for your own creations.