Sea Anemone with Tentacles – Locker Hooked Purse

I’ve had this locker hooked purse design in my head for some time. I was doing some spring cleaning and was planning to donate old t-shirts.  It was time. I pulled out an old gray t-shirt and got started. The result is this little purse I call the Sea Anemone. I need to make more in different colors!

Sea Anemone Purse locker hooked on 3.3 mesh canvas with t-shirt and sheer strips.

Sea Anemone Purse locker hooked on 3.3 mesh canvas with t-shirt and sheer strips.

It’s locker hooked on 3.3 mesh canvas with t-shirt strips layered with torn grey drapery sheer strips on top. It’s attached to a chrome purse frame with rods. The loops are locker hooked in variegated length to create the body. I pulled out the tails of t-shirt strips to create the tentacles and added a few more. A few snips, a bit of glue and stretching, plus a light touch of luminescent gold paint on the tentacles finished them. More tentacles?!? I’m still debating the chain handle/strap–would something out of fabric be more appropriate? Hmmm…I do love the way it turned out and I can easily change the handle.

I had a swatch of leftover grey cotton knit and a small swatch of tapestry fabric I used to create the lining. I also added a small square of sari fabric I recycled for a pocket. Some hand stitching, some machine stitching plus glue, and the lining was attached.

Sea Anemone Purse side view.
Sea Anemone Purse side view.
Inside view of Sea Anemone purse

Inside view of Sea Anemone purse. Includes pocket out of Sari fabric.

See varied steps below:

Creating the locker hooked Sea Anemone purse

Creating the locker hooked Sea Anemone purse

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Locker Hook Easter Egg Coasters & Baskets

It’s that time of year again!  I’m always tempted to buy more chocolate in egg and bunny shapes–love the malted milk eggs. I just wish they had more options in dark chocolate. I’m also inspired to create more with bright colors, so I couldn’t resist creating these Easter egg coasters. So easy and fun.

I also include my favorite baskets in this post.  The Floppy-eared bunny basket from the Locking Loops book is a favorite.  The colorful green and purple is a favorite with my readers.  Can’t help but imagine a fun kids tea party with these coasters…

Locker hooked Easter egg coasters

Locker hooked Easter egg coasters on 5-mesh canvas with Color Crazy strips

 

Locker hooked Floppy-Eared Bunny Basket--featured in "Locking Loops" book.

Locker hooked Floppy-Eared Bunny Basket–featured in “Locking Loops” book.

 

Easter basket in fabric and yarn--featured in "Hook, Loop, & Lock" book.

Easter basket in fabric and yarn–featured in “Hook, Loop, & Lock” book.

Here’s how to make the egg coasters…

How to locker hook egg coasters

How to locker hook egg coasters

 Some of these have a ruched frame right in the center with just a little padding stitched underneath with a heavy yarn. Learn more about the “ruched frames” technique in my Locking Loops book or view some of the videos at colorcrazy.com.

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Locker Hooked & Stitched iPad Cover – Egyptian Figs Motif

Did you know the Egyptian fig tree is known to have sprouted as far back as 3,000 B.C.? I egyptiantreegoddess4love Egyptian history and this bit of info is what inspired me to create a fig motif design for my iPad cover. How fun to juxtapose something so ancient in a design that functions as a protective cover for something so modern.  The colors I chose are also the exact opposite of the neutral, modern white of the iPad–wonderful contrasts in design and color.

I wanted it to be padded so I chose to use the “ruched frames” technique. Here’s how I locker hooked and stitched it:

First I settled on a simple fig motif design after trying different ideas.

First, I settled on a simple (Egyptian) fig motif design after trying different ideas. 

Here is the final locker hooked frame with the stitched in figs. I chose 5-mesh canvas and the Wheat Poppana strips to locker hook the frames for texture–leaving a one square row around the edge for further framing. I stitched in padding with heavy matching yarn.

Locker hooked frame with  fig motif stitched in.

Locker hooked frame with fig motif stitched in.

I chose two rich colors that contrast well and complement the modern, neutral color of my white and chrome iPad–Mulberry wine and Copper hand-dyed Color Crazy fabric strips. I could have reversed the colors for the design as I believe Egyptian figs are more of a dark orange, but I do love the way this turned out.

Almost complete--Ruched Frames stitched in half of cover.

Almost complete–Ruched Frames stitched in half of cover.

Ruched frames completely stitched in.

Ruched frames completely stitched in.

Once, the frames were stitched in within the locker hooked frames, a few of the stitches needed a little help with tiny drops of glue to hold them in place–especially for the larger design elements. Now all I had to do is finish the outside frame by locker hooking with the Mulberry Wine strips and then stitching the sides together with the same color. The idea was to create an envelope design.

The finished iPad cover with Egyptian figs motif.
Voila! The finished iPad cover with Egyptian figs motif in a locker hooked and ruched frames design for padded protection. 

 I finished the top edges by wrapping with a little padding–using a piece of heavy yarn to wrap with stitches along the opening edges on top. I added suede strips for a closure with ties. This was entirely optional but it added to the ancient feel of the design. My iPad now has a cozy, colorful and protective cover that travels well.

 

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Color Inspired by Spring: Grow it, Paint it, Create it…

Rununculus!

Rununculus-a rare beauty

Who doesn’t love the energy you feel with the fresh colors of spring? It’s the time of year you feel motivated to create something–whether you’re planting it and watching it grow, changing something in your home, or crafting something to enjoy or give.

This year I’m growing hydrangeas, peonies, dahlias, ranunculus, roses, poppies, camellias, gardenias, and alliums among other colorful beauties (like the heirloom veggies about to go in). Some inspirational ideas loaded with color below. For more colorful ideas, visit my Pinterest pages. Search for some inspirational color this season and create something.

Two Roses by Susan Fox- Beautiful colors...

Two Roses by Susan Fox- Beautiful colors…

This year I’m growing some all-time favorites–ranunculus, cabbage roses, peonies and a variety of dahlias.

Lavender Dahlia

Lavender Dahlia

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Firepot Dahlia

Bouquet of Dahlias & Zinnias

Bouquet of Dahlias & Zinnias

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Allium about to bloom – Can’t wait to see these bloom this year!

I adore the idea of a door or passageway and the symbolism behind the image…the mystery, surprises, and opportunities. For more colorful doors and pathways, visit my Pinterest page.

The French town of Giverny

The French town of Giverny

 

Ceramic Talavera Pot. I just had to buy this!

Ceramic Talavera Pot from Fine Crafts & Imports. I just had to buy this for my studio-office!

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Ellin Larimer’s Beautiful Fiber Art Quilt – I want to locker hook something like this.

Danny Ivan's Color-Rich Illustration

Danny Ivan’s Color-Rich Illustration

 
Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields – gorgeous color and aroma.

 

Georgia O'Keefe Abstract

Georgia O’Keefe Abstract – Like a wave of surging color

 

 

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Hook Colorful Boxes, Purses, Floral Pins

Locker hooking–It’s not just about hooking rugs, you can hook so much more with so many different kinds of fabrics, yarns, and fibers. You are limited only by your imagination. Below , some of my favorite colorful creations that don’t at all resemble rugs.

p.s. Don’t Forget the February Sale at Color Crazy! 20% Off Supplies on orders over $50 with code: Color & Texture at checkout. Oh, and all orders over $50 also get a complimentary Locker Hooking Toolset & Orchid Fabric Strips.

Locker Hooking is not just for rugs--Hook boxes, mats, purses.

Locker Hooking is not just for rugs–Hook boxes, mats, purses.

Locker hooked box with cotton muslin, rayon ribbon and vintage accents.

Locker hooked box with Vintage Appeal- on 5-Mesh canvas with cotton muslin, rayon ribbon and vintage accents.

 

Sterling Rose Box featured in "Locking Loops" Book--Cotton Muslin & Recycled Silk

Sterling Rose Box featured in “Locking Loops” Book–Cotton Muslin & Recycled Silk on 5-Mesh Canvas.

Locker hooked Kindle Cover with Ruched Frames on 5-Mesh CanvasLocker hooked Kindle Cover with Ruched Frames on 5-Mesh Canvas-It can also be made into a clutch style purse. Learn how to make this with my how-to video lesson at Curious.

Locker Hooked Floral Medallion with Ruched Frames-Color Crazy Fabric Strips

Locker Hooked Floral Medallion with Ruched Frames-Color Crazy Fabric Strips in Caribbean Blue, Persimmon, Copper, Chartreuse and Deep Indigo.

 

Bottle Carrier Locker Hooked on 5-Mesh with Recycled Sari Silk.

Bottle Carrier Locker Hooked on 5-Mesh with Recycled Sari Silk.

 

Dahlia Floral Accent Locker Hooked on 5-Mesh with Color Crazy Plaid Ribbon Strips and Marigold.

Pretty & Simple. The Dahlia Floral Accent Locker Hooked on a 2 inch square of 5-Mesh with Color Crazy Plaid Ribbon Strips and Marigold. Use as a pin, an accent on a gift box, or as part of a scrapbook design. The fastest and easiest design to locker hook.

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My Loopy Valentine

Vintage Valentine

Vintage Valentine – Be Mine!

I still remember that special Valentine when I was 6 years old. I was so thrilled with the look of it. It made me feel special so I saved it for years and would bring it out occasionally and reminisce.

Yes, this day is over-commercialized, but it’s a great reminder to celebrate colorful creations, beautifully written words, or an extraordinary bouquet of flowers. It’s good to celebrate by giving.  Here, my loopy locker hooked hearts to inspire some creative and romantic creations and some printable vintage valentines. Just add chocolates!

 

Locker hooking a heart shaped box

Loopy Locker Hooked Heart Box with Raffia, Fabric Strips & Yarn

Heart Box with Locker Hooked "Ruched Frame" Lid

Ruby Red Heart Box with Locker Hooked & Ruched Frame Lid – Just Add Chocolates

I painted this small box with luminescent Lumiere paint and used recycled Color Crazy Sari Ribbons and Fabric Strips on 5-mesh canvas for the lid. The ornament below is fun to hang on a door frame, or door handle. It’s 7 1/2 inches wide and is locker hooked with fabric strips, novelty yarn and a touch of glitter.

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Locker Hooked Heart Ornament from “Locking Loops” book.

 

Vintage Daffodil Valentine

Vintage Daffodil Valentine

Link to print this valentine here.

Victorian Valentine

Victorian Valentine

Print high-res Valentine image from Vintage Fan Girl here.

Vintage Valentine - Cupid

Vintage Valentine – Cupid

Print Cupid Valentine.

Locker Hooked Heart Box

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Pantone’s Radiant Orchid for Locker Hooking? Love it…

Over the past few years, Pantone, the company that has become a leading trend setter when it comes to color, has branched out into various industries with numerous partnerships that help promote their color choices. And every year Pantone selects a color of the year. The 2014 color is a delicious and rich Radiant Orchid. It’s already being interpreted in many designs–from nail color and makeup, to designer fashions and remarkable interior designs and furnishings.  Pantone even has indoor paint available in this rich color. Well here at  my tiny Color Crazy studio, I was inspired to pull out some supplies and designs in varied shades of Orchid. (I even changed one of my fabric strips names to Orchid from Hyacinth! It seemed more descriptive.) It’s making me want to create with this yummy color when locker hooking. Below are some new locker hooked designs and some colorful inspiration.

Radiant Orchid inspires Color Crazy Creations

Various Shades of Orchid from Color Crazy

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Pantone paint in Radiant Orchid. You can find it at most hardware stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot.

Mini Blossom basket from Color Crazy in Mulberry Wine hand-dyed fabric strips and Orchid Rayon Ribbon. Free pattern available.

Color Crazy Hand Dyed Cotton Fabric Strips in Orchid

Raspberry Thick & Quick Yarn at Color Crazy

Locker Hooked Heart in hand-dyed fabric strips and framed in recycled silk. Free heart frame pattern at Color Crazy.

Locker hooked textured square in T-shirt Noodles Yarn in Winegum color with Orchid Rayon Ribbon center. Fun!

Rayon Ribbon in Orchid from Color Crazy. 1/2″w.

Fleurette oversized coaster in Mulberry Wine and Orchid fabric strips. Framed in Orchid rayon ribbon from Color Crazy.

Fleur de Lys pad locker hooked with Color Crazy Poppana strips in Wheat and a fleur de lys design ruched and framed in Orchid cotton fabric strips. Framed in Orchid Rayon ribbon.

 

 

 

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Locker Hooking Fiber Gems Jewelry

When locker hooking new designs, you inevitably end up with lots of small bits of canvas and leftover strips of fabric. The leftover bits of silk are so pretty, I decided to make more jewelry using my ruched frames technique from the Locking Loops book. I call these small locker hooked pieces Fiber Gems. Here are the results.

This ruched frames necklace is hooked and stitched on 5-Mesh Canvas with recycled silk and beads. I think I’ll use strands of silk ribbon and silk bamboo yarn to create the tie and closure.

The Cleopatra Fiber Gems Necklace

Cleopatra Fiber Gems Necklace

Cleopatra Fiber Gems Necklace with Ruched Frames on 5 Mesh Canvas

To make this, use the ruched frames technique covered in the Locking Loops book.

 

This Fiber Gem Ring is also hooked and stitched on 5-mesh canvas. To make fiber gems stand out, make sure to finish edges with a contrasting color. Creating ruched frames on small canvas pieces is easy and fast. The key is to use strips of pretty silks or other  favorite fabrics–preferably with a glimmer or textural sheen.

Glimmer Statement Ring

Fiber Gem Ring

Fiber Gem Ring

You can also create bracelets and super fibrous rings by locker hooking loops on small bases.

Fiber Gems Bracelet & Matching Rings

Fiber Gems Bracelet & Matching Rings

 

A Super Fibrous ring locker hooked with recycled silk on 5 Mesh Canvas. I love the contrasting bits of color and frayed strands in this design.

 Swirls of Silk Ring

Swirls of Silk Fiber Gem Ring

Fiber Gems Ring Locker Hooked & Stitched on Canvas

How it all gets started…

Hooking & Stitching the Fiber Gems

Hooking & Stitching the Fiber Gems

Locker hooking can also be just stitching on locker hooked canvas. After all, you are stitching loops of fabric, yarn and ribbon and locking them in place. I think it’s amazing what you can create with so little using the techniques for this needle craft.

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Floral Lace-Like Medallion in Rich Colors — Locker Hooked

I’ve had this locker hooked design in my head for a long time. Actually, the design I’ve had in mind is larger and more complex, but I wanted to give this a try to see how it would turn out, so I created something a little smaller. This Floral Medallion measures 14 1/2″ in diameter. I locker hooked it with the ruched frames technique using the Color Crazy fabric strips in some of my favorite colors: Deep Indigo, Caribbean Teal, Copper, Tomato Red and Avocado. I don’t think the photos do it justice because the colors are super rich in real life. What’s different about this? Well, I wanted to try cutouts and it worked. I’m loving this piece. I can’t wait to try some more designs with this technique. You can use this design as a trivet, an interesting accent on a table or credenza, or even as wall art. They would certainly add a unique touch as chargers for a table setting.

Floral Medallion Locker Hooked with Ruched Frames

Floral Medallion Locker Hooked with Ruched Frames on 5-Mesh, 14 1/2″ x 14 1/2″

Here’s the hand drawn design with the finished framed piece on 5-Mesh canvas. Edges were secured with a waterproof adhesive (my favorite is Quick Grip).

Hand sketched design that is symmetrical and framed canvas.

Hand sketched design that is made symmetrical by tracing on each side.

Here’s the locker hooked frames ready for the ruched padding and stitching. This ruched frames technique is featured in the Locking Loops book.

The floral medallion with locker hooked frames ready for the ruched stitching.

The floral medallion with locker hooked frames ready for the ruched stitching.

Once you have the design frames locker hooked, stitching on the padding and ruched stitching goes by quickly. It definitely gives it a quilted look in a cut-out design. Try doing this by tracing one of your favorite designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s Catching On…Tried Locker Hooking?

On Earth Day, it just seems appropriate to write about locker hooking. It can be a great “green craft.” You just take leftover scraps of fabric or old clothes, tear them or cut them into strips, and hook with them. You can recycle old garments, plastic bags, leftover yarn, sheets, drapes, and so on. And lately, it finally feels like locker hooking is being discovered. I’ve written two books about this craft, Hook, Loop & Lock, and Locking Loops, and while I still get people saying “what is that?!?” when they see it, I’m seeing all sorts of creative posts on blogs, via Facebook, Pinterest, Ning, and Etsy. There are quite a few items for sale on Etsy. If you want to see more of what is being locker hooked, just go to Pinterest and search for “locker hooked” or “locker hooking” and do the same on the other sites.

Below are a few items I’ve locker hooked using recycled items and some great finds I discovered recently while perusing online.

 

Bangle Bracelet Locker Hooked with Recycled T-Shirt & Eyelash Yarn

Bangle Bracelet Locker Hooked with Recycled T-Shirt & Eyelash Yarn on 3.75 Mesh Canvas

Locker Hooked Bottle Carrier with Recycled Sari Strips on 5-mesh Canvas

Locker Hooked Bottle Carrier with Recycled Sari Strips on 5-mesh Canvas

 

Spirals Squares Rug Locker Hooked on 3.75 Mesh Canvas with Recycled Denim, Flannel & Osnaburg Fabric.

Spirals Squares Rug Locker Hooked on 3.75 Mesh Canvas with Recycled Denim, Flannel & Osnaburg

 

Rainbow Locker Hooked Journal Cover by Kat Cranston on Etsy.

Rainbow Locker Hooked Journal Cover by Kat Cranston on Etsy

 

Locker Hooked Kindle Cover with Ruched Frames on Etsy by Fern Cottage Fiber Arts

Locker Hooked Kindle Cover with Ruched Frames on Etsy by Fern Cottage Fiber Arts

Trivet or Wall Hanging by Farm Country Crafts on Etsy - Locker Hooked with Yarn

Trivet or Wall Hanging by Farm Country Crafts on Etsy – Locker Hooked with Yarn

 

Colorful Pillow Locker Hooked by Charlotte Dey - Found on Pinterest

Colorful Pillow Locker Hooked by Charlotte Dey – Found on Pinterest

Locker Hooked Cosmos Rug Found on the Ordinary but Interesting Blog via Pinterest

Locker Hooked Cosmos Rug Found on the Ordinary but Interesting Blog via Pinterest

 

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