Crocheting is NOT exclusive and limited to grandmothers, spinsters or closet crafters. I’m nowhere close to any of those categories but I did start on a wonderful journey into the world of crocheting.
It is a fantastic way to de-stress and the resulting product could be a one-of-a-kind, saleable, giveable item or just simply a pretty framed accent on an otherwise boring wall or a conversation piece Christmas tree ornament.
The interesting part is that this Do-It-Yourself (DIY) tutorial on crocheting is done with pull tabs of canned drinks. You can find “Crochet a Flower With Pull Tabs” on http://www.escamastudio.com/how_to.html and while you’re there, read about this social enterprise based in California and Brazil whose mission is “to create innovative on-trend fashion accessories while promoting sustainable development through trade.”
I like this site because it proves that even in this day and age of self-preservation and unabashed commercialism, social enterprise can both be a profitable activity and a socially-conscious endeavor.
Escama Studio partners with workers and producers living in underprivileged communities who make these lovely products, focusing on sustainable initiatives and programs that help community enterprises earn decent livelihoods and encourage a sense of responsible productivity.
In seven steps, artisan Eumary Moura Alves Novaes Pinto shows you how to crochet a flower using recycled materials like pull tabs and turn out a beautiful artwork piece.
All you need are strong synthetic fiber crochet threads in two colors (I chose aquamarine blue and apple green), a lighter, a pair of scissors, wire cutters and a crochet needle (get number 3) and you’re all set. You can do no wrong if you follow Eumary Moura’s DIY tutorial exactly as she has laid it out.
And another thing I like about this DIY tutorial is the fact that the crocheted pull tab flowers are washable. Just make sure your threads are non-abrasive and fade-resistant.
You can go one notch higher than your normal creative level and crochet a pop top necklace using, again, pop bottle tops and a few basic tools such as a nail clipper and an emery board. Check out their website http://www.escamastudio.com and see the finished product yourself.
Oh, by the way, they actually hold the patent for this design. So who says that only Cartier can make one-of-a-kind collectible accessories? Resize it and you have an equally eye-catching and durable bracelet to match your necklace.
Honestly, this site has caught not only my attention but has me wanting to start a project like theirs in my community and even in my city.
All of a sudden there’s this burning desire to genuinely help sustain lives and not just hand dole-outs to these communities. I don’t know how desperate I sound right now, but I do urge you to visit their website and go through their inspirations for vests, hats, dresses and pet clothes, all made from pop tops.
This website has given me more than a few hours of reading pleasure. It has given me encouragement to try a vastly different, if a little quirky, way of doing things and helping others at the same. I can’t say it enough.
Visit http://www.escamastudio.com and discover how ordinary men and women with their extraordinary desire and courage to have better lives and become better people start out with what they have, what they know and what they do best.