The tagline of Craft Leftovers is "Tutorials, patterns, and inspiration for using what's on hand." It's a blog for what every recreational crafter wants—projects that use exactly what you have in the house at the time. Find sewing projects, recipes, and decorations that won't require a trip to the craft store.
Art Vacancy: Free Floating
I know I know, no posts forrrever, then boom. Two in one night. But I have big news, and different topics and I really wanted to let you all know about it. This weekend, if you happen to live in the central Iowa area, you really need to come check this out. I’m one of 12 installation artists in an event called Art Vacancy Free Floating this weekend. We are all created non-invasive temporary installations that take on issues relevant to the natural surroundings. Each artist is creating a monumental work. Some people are doing paintings (how in the river you might ask? well, you’ll just have to come see), others sculptural, others are doing performances. And you have to physically get on the water, in a boat or tube, and float on by to see it. It’s not approachable from land – for the most part anyway. It’s a 3 mile stretch and takes about 3 hours to experience. It’s going to be amazing. Amazing. … if the weather and water levels cooperate. My fingers are so crossed. This is our rain date because we had some flooding here in the midwest that caused the river to surge to unsafe art making/floating levels. Such is the nature of art in nature. All the details and information and updates (on rain dates and the like) are on the facebook event page. What am I doing for my project? I’m upcycling the structure from the Cyclical show this past summer. This is what it looked like […]
Free How to Knit Zine + Workshop + Knit Bombing a Building!
Want to learn to knit? Well, I want you to too. I’m pretty excited to share with you some pretty exciting news. I just finished a new zine for Iowa State University’s Intertwine Project. The coordinator and dream maker come true, Jennifer Drinkwater, conceived this project and enlisted my help. We (me, her, a ton of locals, regionals, and nationals – hey, internationals too – why not, the more the merrier, we need 2200 squares!) are yarn bombing a building on main street in Ames. You can read ALL the project details on the Artists Next Door tumblr. So here is the fun part. There’s a digital edition that we are distributing for free. You can download it here. And I’m also teaching a FREE and open to the public knitting workshop tomorrow evening from 5 – 7pm at ISU’s Design on Main Gallery. You get a print copy of the zine, yarn, and needles! And I’ll show you how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off your way to a knit square. Get the details on the facebook event page too. Learn to knit, make a square, send it into the project and help us make an amazingly monumental art installation! And if you live in the area, maybe I’ll see you tomorrow :) Until Next Time… Kristin M Roach
The Perfect Size for a Crocheted Dishcloth
Coming up on Christmas – just 10 days of crafting/baking left – I thought it was the perfect time to give you all some ideas for some last minute gifts. This weekend I’ve spent some time on a hand full of things like scarves, hats, and bootwarmers (will shoot pictures and share with you once they finish blocking). But for this first last minute gift, I thought I would go with the one I’ve been making in mass for all my friends and fam: Crochet Dishcloths. Crochet dishcloths make the perfect last minute gift. You (and I) can tuck it into a basket of baking or tie with a card for extended family, neighbors, co-workers. One evening of crocheting and you can easily have half a dozen or so. And they are useful! And by next year, they should be worn out enough that no one will mind getting more! Excellent! (In theory anyway, ha). Jump to the bottom of the post for the free crochet dishcloth pattern I love to make. For the most part, I grab my favorite stitch dictionary, select a slightly textured heavy weight pattern, and have a go at it. FYI, if considering stitch dictionaries, I highly recommend Harmony Guides: Basic Crochet Stitches. I have often wondered what size I should crochet my dishcloth. Sure I could go measure the current ones in my kitchen, but when making them from yarn, there are other considerations. Like how wide should it be if I want to get two out of one ball of peaches n’ creme […]
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- Oct 07, 2014 Studio Tour
- Sep 27, 2014 DIY Instruments Zine
- Sep 19, 2014 Knit Top Notch Simple Socks
- Sep 12, 2014 This is the biggest milestone project of my crafting life
- Sep 03, 2014 Gardening Gains
- Aug 15, 2014 Home, home on the range…
- May 06, 2014 The White Whale of Foraging for Morels
- May 02, 2014 so long Job. hello leftovers.
- Feb 10, 2014 Meal Plan: Mapping out a week of delish
- Feb 09, 2014 Getting my Thrifty Barrings
- Jan 20, 2014 Finally, crafting!
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