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I… Love…Threadwork…

Chant with me…I …. LOVE…Threadwork…

What?

I know, I know modern crocheters shy away from thread…why oh why I’ll never know. For me thread is the quintessential medium in which to crochet.  It’s just counting people, so much of beautiful thread work is just a series of negative spaces created by chains at repeated intervals. Don’t fear the steel hooks (we need more cowbell)…

Beautiful and quickly made ornaments and appliques can be easily achieved with so little effort! Don’t let people fool you, it’s not hard, it’s just a matter of paying attention to your counting! So, why not make some snowflakes or flowers? If you don’t like thread, MANY sock yarns will work up beautifully too!

Let me inspire you with some of the thread work I’ve found on Ravelry…and may this inspire you to dust off those little hooks, grabe some size 10 thread, and have jingly and merry crochet time :D

Click on the pretty pictures to get to the pattern pages on Ravelry :D

By CLF member KidMay using a Patons pattern

These cute stars were made by catsmum on Ravelry, the pattern (click on photo to get there) is by Julie A. Buldoc for JPF Crochet Club.  Love MUCH!

SHINY!!! SPARKLEY! Now that's what I'm talking about!!

I love the glass ornament covers! WOWSIES…and they aren’t as difficult to make as they look…the fabulous use of negative spaces involves really long chains, that’s it folks…COUNTING…I know you can do this!! This lovely pattern was designed by Susan M. Allen, click the pretty picture to get to the pattern download on Ravelry.com!

Pretty Angels, flat even :D

These angels are just too dainty :D Click the photo to get to the project page on Ravelry.com. Designed by Pascilla Hewitt, this pattern is free via a direct PDF download on the project page on Ravelry!

I just thought they were too sweet…
Stunning cameo effect…

In the words of Molly from the musical Annie, “Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!” This is such a beautiful keepsake ornament! It’s worth EVERY penny of the $5.00 price tag! Click on the photo to go to the pattern download page on Ravelry.com. Designed by Sue Pendleton. I have to say I am in love with this beautiful piece!

Now, if you have trouble crocheting with thread because of the small hook shaft, take a few pointers:
A) Loooooseeeeennnnnnn up! No death grips…that leads to injuries, trust me. Just think about how you hold your knife or pencil, you don’t death grip those do you? (I dunno maybe you do, so lighten up!)
B) If you can’t seem to lighten your grip there are several things you can do.
     1) Get foamy hook covers that help with ergonomics
     2) Get the egg shaped hook handles that you can put over your steel hooks.
C) Don’t be afraid of thread at all…and get this, you can make the same kinds of ornaments in sock yarn :D I usually use a C or D hook, and crochet tightly :D
Don’t be afraid of thread, it doesn’t bite!! It’s fun…it’s fast…and it’s pretty :D (Well unless you’re making a bedspread or a table cloth, but that’s another story!!)

About Laurie A. Wheeler

Laurie A. Wheeler is a blogger, crochet addict, yarn designer and champion for independant artisans and crafters. She is also known as Fearless Leader of the Crochet Liberation Front.


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7 thoughts on “Thread Heads

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    homegrownandhomespun

    Oh, Fearless Leader! A girl after my own heart! Speaking of hearts, I LOVE that heart ornament, too! I just might have to make some of my own…no, not some, but LOTS! :D

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    Alana

    After finding a stash of crochet thread at my mother-in-law’s house I’ve been making snowflakes with shiny beads on them. I love thread and snowflakes are pretty quick to make so it’s almost instant gratification. The heart ornament is beautiful too.

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    Linda

    I recently started doing threadwork again after buying a bag of #10 thread in various colors at an auction. I played around with an handkerchief edging in crochet, and ended up sending it to a relative with a dying husband. I am considering using #3 for dishcloths as the worsted weight cotton is sometimes a bit heavy. Anyone have any experience with that?

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      Eneida

      I have made dishcloths with scrap leftover size 10 threads (and also a size 5 and 3). I make them in a generous size using the filet crochet stitch. They are fabulous!