Monday, May 17, 2010
recycling plastic bags
I've been thinking a lot about plastic bags lately... and how to use them in my craft.
There a challenge running for the month of May, over at my group on Ravelry... to create a project which recycles a plastic bag.
Any kind of project at all.
Using any technique you like.
Which got me to thinking... there's so many things that I haven't yet tried with plastic...
One is to FUSE it... to take about eight layers of plastic, sandwich them between sheets of greaseproof paper, and then iron them so that they fuse together. The resulting plastic sheet can be cut and sewn, just as you would with fabric.
I've tried fusing once before. It wasn't exactly successful, so I tossed the idea... but I'm starting to think that it would definitely be worth another try.
The second idea that I would love to try is WEAVING with plastic strips. I saw a fabulous bag (you can see it here) which I would love to make. It uses woven squares of plastic, which are then patchworked together and stitched into a bag... and it looks amazing.
Despite those ideas running around in my head, I started on an entirely different plastic project:
I'm working on a crochet bag... using two strands of plarn (plastic yarn) and on strand of audio cassette tape. It's my first attempt at combining plarn and cassette tape.
So far, so good... Stay tuned to see how it goes!