One of the things we love about Japan are the numerous workshops available. They also have dozens of online projects like this one from Craftie Style which we will attempt to make. Instead of stone plastic clay we will be using air dry clay available at most craft stores. After concentrating on making similar pins we hope to graduate to larger projects like hanging ornaments and coasters. Incidentally, use Google translate since Craftie Style is in Japanese.
With so much left-over yarn we decided to make the stripe pillows shown on top. They are the creation of Ingrid van Willenswaard, a knitter, crocheter, artist and blogger. Over the years she has made many things from wool to paper. She has also included many patterns and descriptions of her homemade projects on her blog. The author of three craft books also contributes to Dutch and English magazines in the form of DIY projects and/or illustrations. This Dutch maker is so successful that she has foregone a full-time job and concentrates solely on her creativity. In an article on Cosy Project she says this about her craft:
“I knit and crochet because it gives me a feeling of peace; it’s a kind of meditation, the counting of the stitches and the focus on your hands leaving little room for worries. I don’t have a special goal doing it – it’s just the fun of it.”
“Because I can’t choose what I like most, I make a lot of different things,” says Ingrid. “I like to crochet, to knit, embroider, draw, make cards and fold paper. I am not a specialist – I like to keep things simple and easy.”
Punch needle art has lately been considered a new craft hobby but it really isn’t new. It was used in the 60’ as physical therapy in military hospitals. Glad it’s in vogue again as it is a very simple project. Found this visual instruction on the Japanese website, Courturier. It is in Japanese but we use Google translate to interpret the instructions. There are beginners kits on Etsy that you can purchase. The kit shown on the bottom is from the shop, Yasminhobbykit.
Images: Courtesy of Courturier and Yasminhobbykit.