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Knitting + Papercrafting = A Fun Afternoon

Jan 26, 2011
    
My collection of yarn labels

A long time ago I saw a craft I loved in a knitting book, and it wasn't knitted! It was an old-fashioned dress form covered in yarn labels. The book author had used decoupage techniques to apply the yarn labels, and the result was fabulous!

I can't for the life of me remember where I saw this wonderful bit of craftiness, but it sure stuck with me! (If you know which book this project is in, leave a note for me below in the comments section.)

I've been saving yarn labels ever since I saw the dress form, hoping to make my own version. I've also been looking for a dress form to use, but I've been unsuccessful, so the labels just continue to lounge in their Ziploc bag.

I've mentioned that I recently moved, and in doing so I came across several little messes that needed organization, and one of these was my collection of double-pointed knitting needles. The double-points and the yarn labels surfaced at the same time, and it got me thinking—I should use those yarn labels to fashion some sort of holder for the double-pointed needles.

So off I went to the craft store to search for the perfect container. I found a longish box that looked promising, so with that and a fresh pot of Mod Podge in my basket, I was all set.

I dumped out my bag of yarn labels and choose some of my favorites to feature on the top of the box. I just love the photo of the alpaca on the Blue Sky Alpaca label, so I knew that one was going on the lid, and the peacock feathers on the Great Adirondack label was a must, too. The colorful Cascade label was a good one as well.

Then I realized that I didn't need to use the entire label, I could cut them apart and use just the parts I wanted to use. So I did!

I looked for interesting colors, shapes, and images (like the two little, dancing bugs on the Colinette Jitterbug label!). I love the graphic sheep that's part of the Tahki logo and the kitty in the Schoppel-Wolle logo, too. So much fun.

    
My DPNs in their old "storage system."
If you've never used Mod Podge, it's super easy! It's like runny white glue, which you apply with a foam brush to the surface you want to decoupage, and then apply whatever decorative elements you want. The initial coat of Mod Podge secures the elements, and then to seal everything in place you brush on another coat or two. Don't be alarmed if you get some bubbles or creases while the Mod Podge is wet—it magically evens out when it dries.

I'm so happy with the project! I wanted the box to be cute, but I also wanted it to be a fun reminder of the things I've knitted: the Karabella cowl I designed, the Alpaca with a Twist shawl (still on the needles, but not forgotten), the myriad socks I've knitted from Blue Moon Socks that Rock and Jitterbug sock yarn, the striped sweater I knit from about ten colors of Filatura de Crosa Brilla, the baby blanket I knit out of Encore, and so on and so on!

I added a little pull to the front of the box; I drilled a tiny hole and used a metal brad to attach a bead pendant. I think it looks so cute.

    
The finished product!
I had so much fun putting this little box together! My needles are living there now, but I don't think I'm done because the inside is a blank slate that mocks me every time I open the box. I think I'm going to use some cute fabric to line the interior, and then it'll be totally finished!

Crafting and knitting go hand in hand for me, and I'm sure they do for many of you, too. I'm inspired by all sorts of things, but one that I love to recommend to all of my friends is Cloth Paper Scissors magazine; it's full of amazing, crafty ideas in every issue. Try it! You won't be disappointed.

Cheers,


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on Apr 12, 2011 6:46 PM

I know it's April, but I finally am cleaning out old emails that are still lurking in my inbox that I have missed. I ran across this one and I found a web site where a gal dressed up a dress form and turns it into a lamp. You would not have to go that far, just with the labels. So, here it is:  

www.hgtv.com/.../index.html

yrngrl wrote
on Feb 25, 2011 3:53 PM

Now I feel stupid...just scrolled down and realized several others found it also...anyway hope you had fun with this project!!  :)

yrngrl wrote
on Feb 25, 2011 3:40 PM

In case you haven't found the answer to where you saw the Decoupage Dress Form as mentioned in the Knitting Daily 01/26/2011, I was browsing through my copy of Alterknits by Leigh Radford and found a similar project on page 111.  Just wanted to pass this info along.

on Feb 9, 2011 5:59 PM

There's some quilting cotton fabric out now that has sheep knitting and balls of yarn all over it. It would be perfect for the inside of your label box.

Now I know what I might do with all my ball bands!

Stephiegirl

elona wrote
on Feb 1, 2011 8:52 AM

Hi Kathleen,

I have not been saving yarn labels but have a lifetime collection of garment labels that I would like to use creatively some day.  The dress form sounds like a perfect use for my labels!  I have accumulated many labels over the years as I used to do many alterations and clients told me to remove the label while I was at it and I just saved them all!

Hope you find someone with the information on the dress form.

Elona in wintry Ontario

Marinemom59 wrote
on Jan 30, 2011 8:26 PM

I'm sure you already know the Decoupage Dress Form covered in yarn labels is from Alterknits by Leigh Radford.   On page 111, she writes that she used 250 labels for the project.  There is even a source for dress forms listed on page 119: Grand & Benedicts Used Annex (www.grand-benedicts.com).  Interesting book, generally.  

                   Barbara Carbonell

                   Miami Lakes, Florida

bgvt wrote
on Jan 30, 2011 7:00 PM

So - any way/plan to sort sizes, and/or keep sets together? Posts with the plastic coils are only one way. (I've sewn a couple of fabric eye glass cases, first with vertical stitching to separate sizes, then sew two together; I travel a lot and this is easy to tuck into luggage.) Are you going to do anything with the interior of the box to sort and separate them? Beth

mb1bzbee wrote
on Jan 30, 2011 6:10 PM

Either Hancock's or Joannes has a dress form on sale for S$99.

on Jan 29, 2011 11:51 AM

I love your box ... and I love "ALTERKNITS"!

but I also love "The Sweater Workshop" book which also has a needle  holder pattern that can be sewn up rather quickly.  I love the one that I made (with the help of my seamstress sister!).

Cheers!

tstaples51 wrote
on Jan 29, 2011 1:51 AM

The article about the dress form covered with yarn labels is in the book ALTERKNITS by Leigh Radford., published in 2005.  It really is a cool idea.

Tess@23 wrote
on Jan 28, 2011 6:09 PM

Dear Kathleen, I just wanted to say that I have loved your posts!!! You did a great job on the box !!! I too love to do more than one kind of craft!!! Sewing,knitting,quilting ,scrapbooking & card making too! you name it I have got to be doing something! If I am not being creative it gives me a headache LOL!!! I just wanted you to know that I wish I could tell you where the directions are to do the dress form project but alas I am of no help~ but I can be of assistance by offering you an 1940's dress form that was given to me that I only use occassionally as I make a dress or blouse pretty much in a day so it just sits there whereing an old T~shirt & a skirt so if you want it ~it's yours!!! Teresa C.

dazzle2k wrote
on Jan 27, 2011 3:06 PM

Could you be thinking of the dress form project in Leigh Radford's Alterknits book?

LyraJ wrote
on Jan 27, 2011 10:23 AM

Yes, it is Alterknits. I had to go home and check it out. I remembered I thought it was a clever idea. I'm going to use it on a cigar box purse. Thanks for reminding me.

alexisknits wrote
on Jan 27, 2011 9:05 AM

Alterknits by Leigh Radford -- one of my favs!!!

Sstar1948 wrote
on Jan 27, 2011 6:53 AM

you might want to consider leftover yarns for the interior rather than fabric, more in thinking with the theme and a great use for leftovers.

on Jan 27, 2011 4:49 AM

What a great idea. I have been throwing awaythe ball bands for years. Next trip to my ACMoore store I will look for a wooden box. have a 50% off couponn for this week, but we are under about a foot of snow this AM. Maybe Friday I can get there for the box and Mod Podge. I may line it with some felting disasters that are begging to be cut up and recycled.

thanks for the great idea,

knittingrammy

Pitman, NJ

JudithH@14 wrote
on Jan 27, 2011 2:22 AM

Hello

I don't know which book you saw but on the threads magazine newsletter a while ago they mentioned making your own dress form from tape and paper I think.

It looked easy to do but you need a friends' help. It will more than likely be in the archives if you do a search for make your own dress form.

Judith

eljulia wrote
on Jan 27, 2011 1:44 AM

Clever! Sure gets my brain going. Thanks for that, it's good to jog the brain cells once in a while. ;-)

on Jan 26, 2011 10:10 PM

I started saving my yarn labels after seeing the same picture in the book that others have named before my comment.  Michael's craft store sells a paper mache dress form that would be just right for our labels.  Your decorated box is marvelous and inspiring.  It's a jumpspring for us.

JaynaM wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 8:48 PM

decoupage dress form: see  Alterknits by Leigh Radford and John Rizzo

babysbuddy wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 8:19 PM

Love the needle storage box idea!  My local tobacco shop sells their "leftover" empty cigar boxes for a dollar or 2 - some are very nice wood...almost look like jewelry boxes.  They would be great decoupaged with yarn labels.....hmm....

on Jan 26, 2011 7:57 PM

what a fabulous box!  I have never decoupaged anything or thought to save my labels, but I am now inspired.

Kneedle Pet wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 6:40 PM

I love the box you created. I too had the same dilemma with the dpn. So I created an item called Kneedle Pet. Kneedle Pet holds several knitting needles and crochet hooks ranging in 0-10 US size at once.

Currently there is an adorable, whimsical, durable fish and sheep shape to hold your needles.  It can be found at www.kneedlepet.com

Kneedle Pet has been featured in Piecework, knit simple, SQE Professional, Belle Armoire Magazines as a must have for knitting and crochet needs.

Jacqueline

on Jan 26, 2011 6:39 PM

I can't believe someone else saw the same dress form decopauged with yarn labels.  I've been trying to find that same article.  My collection fills hat box waiting for a dress form.  I am interested who else might be collecting for this project.

SusanK wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 6:27 PM

Hi Kathleen,

I remember seeing that project too... and absolutely LOVED it!!  Now I wonder where we both saw it!!!  Love your idea for a home for your knitting needles!!

Susan

Mernick wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 5:50 PM

There are at least two instructional videos on the internet on how to make your own dress form.  Might as well make one that fits you.  In both cases, it is a two person job.  The form person wears an old turtle neck and is wrapped in packing tape (brown paper type).  Cut out from the back and patched.  The other example used duck tape.  I would think that would be softer.  Once the form is removed, trace the bottom and the neck on plywood and cut the circles out and staple, tack, etc the form to the wood for sturdyness.  The bottom and top wood should have a hole in it for a pole to go thru.  I saw one just like that in a junk shop and they used a closet rod for the center pole and had extra cross members for feet.  There are more costly versions where the final form has plaster of paris applied and covered with knit fabric.  Very nice.

cre8tivsingr wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 5:34 PM

As a seamstress, I've made several dress forms with the "t-shirt + duct tape method" (so far, just for my clients, but it's time I made one of myself)

Usually, I cover them with a thin layer of batting and fabric sewn on and molded to all the curves (the batting adds some wearing  ease to your finished garment and you can pin into it when doing a fitting).

I never thought of decoupaging...

Build up enough layers of duct tape to make it durable enough for repeated use and it could serve double duty. Not only would it be pretty to look at, but you could  actually use it to "try on" garments that are still in progress!

CherylwithaC wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 4:23 PM

I love this idea.  I have a box full of labels, too.  I'm thinking this would make a great covered yarn basket.  Thanks for the idea!

JoyB wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 4:14 PM

I have the dress form for you. Its old, I bought it on ebay but its not working for designing, its mostly for display. Contact me if you're interested.

Joy Benson labmother6@yahoo.com

Lindajane wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 3:42 PM

Yup, I think it was Alterknits.  I thought it was pretty cool, too.

MicheleC@11 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 3:39 PM

Dear Kathleen,

Your needle-storage box is amazing!  Thanks for the suggestion, the directions, and the illustration.

How about lining it in 2-inch (gauge) squares of your favorite stitch patterns?

Any dog sweaters on the horizon?  Fitting them is giving me fits!

Love your column!

Michele

on Jan 26, 2011 3:14 PM

What a lovely article that was about the knitting labels and your dpn's.  You got me to remembering something from my youth.  

My mom had heard of  a way of making a dress form to her specifics and this how it was done.  She put on her best undergarments (those she would wear to special evenings out with dad) then on top of that she put on two piece long underwear (think cheap, thin and knit).  My sister and I then took long rolls of packaging tape (the brown paper pre-glued type) cutting strips and wetting them thoroughly to fit around and up and down her body between neck and upper thigh.  

The small shaping pieces for around breasts, armholes, bottom and neck were placed directly over the long underwear.  Once the shaping was done longer pieces were placed to even out the surface.  Eventually I think there were four or 6 layers built up for stability.  She wore that for about 6 hours or so while it dried (or mostly dried).  Then we cut it up the front center so she could get it off.  

After an overnight drying and inspection she wasn't happy with the resultant shape.  She then made some adjustments taping the corrections and let those dry.  The neck, armholes and bottom were fitted with small and large flat shaped pieces of wood, glued in place. They were covered  with brown wrapping paper (to keep with the theme).  The entire figure was finish coated with something - Mod-Podge(?).  

She then set contrasting coloured bias tape at the armholes around the neck, waist, bottom of the piece,  the front and back  from neck hole to bottom and sides from armhole bottoms to bottom of figure.  These were for pinning pieces for exact adjustment to her "figure".  In spite of her adjusting the taped figure, it worked beautifully and she used it for many years.  She was a fine sewer.  

She had purchased a wooden mop handle which she then mounted into the centre of a round piece of wood.  The figure was attached to the mop handle through a hole in the bottom to the neck piece at the top with the entire piece set at her own height.

We saw her using this for many years as she was a fine sewer.

If you'd care to comment or question you can reach me at sjohnson@bcsupernet.com  

on Jan 26, 2011 3:14 PM

What a lovely article that was about the knitting labels and your dpn's.  You got me to remembering something from my youth.  

My mom had heard of  a way of making a dress form to her specifics and this how it was done.  She put on her best undergarments (those she would wear to special evenings out with dad) then on top of that she put on two piece long underwear (think cheap, thin and knit).  My sister and I then took long rolls of packaging tape (the brown paper pre-glued type) cutting strips and wetting them thoroughly to fit around and up and down her body between neck and upper thigh.  

The small shaping pieces for around breasts, armholes, bottom and neck were placed directly over the long underwear.  Once the shaping was done longer pieces were placed to even out the surface.  Eventually I think there were four or 6 layers built up for stability.  She wore that for about 6 hours or so while it dried (or mostly dried).  Then we cut it up the front center so she could get it off.  

After an overnight drying and inspection she wasn't happy with the resultant shape.  She then made some adjustments taping the corrections and let those dry.  The neck, armholes and bottom were fitted with small and large flat shaped pieces of wood, glued in place. They were covered  with brown wrapping paper (to keep with the theme).  The entire figure was finish coated with something - Mod-Podge(?).  

She then set contrasting coloured bias tape at the armholes around the neck, waist, bottom of the piece,  the front and back  from neck hole to bottom and sides from armhole bottoms to bottom of figure.  These were for pinning pieces for exact adjustment to her "figure".  In spite of her adjusting the taped figure, it worked beautifully and she used it for many years.  She was a fine sewer.  

She had purchased a wooden mop handle which she then mounted into the centre of a round piece of wood.  The figure was attached to the mop handle through a hole in the bottom to the neck piece at the top with the entire piece set at her own height.

We saw her using this for many years as she was a fine sewer.

If you'd care to comment or question you can reach me at sjohnson@bcsupernet.com  

Donna@195 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 2:56 PM

I found a decoupage dress form using yarn labels  in the book Alterknits by Leigh Radford.  Page 111.

Peachie12 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 2:35 PM

Hi Kathleen!

Love your DPN box.

I too have been looking for a dress form as I saw a blog where someone was using one for putting their sweaters together they had knitted.  I had never thought of using a dress form with my knitting but it seems like a good idea.  Anyhow I did a search today and found this link to making a dress form from duct tape:  www.threadsmagazine.com/.../duct-tape-dress-form-1      

Hope this helps.  

Thanks for all your great ideas!

Mary

AilsaO wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 2:06 PM

I live in New Zealand and was thrilled to see the use of the wool labels article.  I wish I could see the article in the book you were talking about.  I started collecting wool labels here about 2006 through a knitting club I run by mail through NZ.  I have at 19th January 2670 different ones and hadn't a clue what I was ever going to do with them.  I started collecting them as a fun thing just to see what would happen and it really snowballed.  Love reading your newsletters and this one was so special.

BenteT@2 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 2:02 PM

You can see it here

cadenceandcalliope.blogspot.com

BenteT@2

on Jan 26, 2011 1:41 PM

I would love to see more knitting related papercrafts!  What a great idea to join my two loves!  Your box is fabulous, hope you show more projects like this!

on Jan 26, 2011 1:13 PM

Yay--AlterKnits! I love that book. Thanks, everyone.

Oh, and Mod Podge is available at just about any craft store. I got mine at JoAnn's.

cbrady wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 1:00 PM

I used Mod Podge to cover my kitchen countertop with rice paper then coated it with 12 coats of polyurethane. It is extremely durable, looks like some exotic stone and cost less than $50 to do the whole thing. The mica countertop underneath was in great shape except for scratches and outdated color. So first step was to prime with Kilz primer.Super simple project.

CelesteS@4 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 12:51 PM

I love this idea of  yours. The Modge Podge box looks fantastic. I never thought of using labels. My Mom and my 6 sisters do this with pictures. My nieces and nephews love to make their own special treasure boxes.  The kids use pictures of things they really like. Like trucks for the boys and animals or flowers etc for the girls.Then they date them and put their names on them. They love doing it. I think I'll start saving my labels from now on. This will get me to try lots of new yarns also. Thank you Kathleen. You are very creative.  Take Care  Celeste

Ellie@48 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 12:35 PM

The picture of the decoupaged dress form is on page 110 of Leigh Radford's fun and inspirational book, Alterknits. Instructions follow. The book is full of unusual ideas, comes with your own design notebook, and is well worth buying or searching for at your local library. I often get knitting books from the library to see which ones I truly want to own, kind of a test drive before purchase.

on Jan 26, 2011 12:18 PM

I love this!  Decoupage has been a fun way for me to embellish things over the years, too.  I love the idea of using the yarn labels.  Thanks for sharing this project!  kc

KristaR wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 12:09 PM

I am not planning on decoupaging a dress form, but I do have a 3 drawer chest (formerly from an old hotel) and I plan on doing it to that ugly piece of furniture.  It currently holds my wool yarns.  I thought that it would not only make the chest look more attractive but help identify what is inside it.

NancyB@5600 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 12:06 PM

If you add a bead or button to the bottom half (flat, not dangling) you can lock the box the way the ancient Egyptians did: wind a piece of yarn in a figure-8 around the top and bottom buttons a few times. To lock it securely add a glob of wax to the string so it can't unwind itself.

bquiltstitch wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 11:56 AM

Really easy to find with a google search:

simplycrafted.blogs.com/.../books_magazines

Patterns Using Thrift Store Finds

Finally, both books have patterns for repurposing thrift store finds with no hand-knitting required. Simple Knits with a Twist includes a pattern for Customized Cushions, while Alterknits includes a felted Zigzag Sweater Blanket, Recycled Sweater Totes, and a Decoupage Dress Form covered with old yarn labels.

www.amazon.com/.../ref=pd_bbs_1

About the Author

Leigh Radford is the art director of Interweave Knits magazine and an award-winning graphic designer. A lifelong crafter, she designs knitwear for Interweave Knits as well as knitting pattern and yarn companies. Her designs also appear in Weekend Knitting and Handknit Holidays (both STC). She lives in Portland, Oregon.

on Jan 26, 2011 11:35 AM

For your box, why not glue small samples of the yarn you used to outline the lables. Would add a little color and texture to a great project!

on Jan 26, 2011 11:34 AM

For your box, why not glue small samples of the yarn you used to outline the lables. Would add a little color and texture to a great project!

SusanD@43 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 11:32 AM

The decoupage dress form instructions are in the book Alterknits by Leigh Radford.  The book says forms are available at www.grand-benedict.com.

goze wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 11:18 AM

Love your new storage box! Very clever.

Tgene52 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 11:00 AM

Another idea for yarn labels is under a glass table, or desk top, saw a card table done with matchbook covers from all over once, a yarn label table could be neat too.

on Jan 26, 2011 10:36 AM

Cute idea for the ball bands that we all seem to accumulate.... just can't throw them away... if I add up the cost of the yarn from those ball bands, I would be really surprised I am sure.... now.. am looking for a source for hat forms out of black wrought iron to display my knitted hats at shows etc... much better than the white styrofoam ones... any ideas out there ???? please let me know....

Carole

Milagros369 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 10:31 AM

Kathleen, when I saw that box filled w/ loose needles, I knew that I must tell you about Knit Picks "knitting needle coil wraps." I use them to hold all of my sets of needles together. The are WAY cool!!! Am not sure if a link can be posted, but here it is: www.knitpicks.com/.../Knitting_Needle_Coil_Wraps__DKPCoilNdlHldrs.html

Blessings,

Rev. Cynthia

on Jan 26, 2011 10:19 AM

I'm sooooo doing this!  I know where I can get some great cigar boxes - now I know why I was saving all those ball bands!

sharlene01 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 10:14 AM

I loved the article and wonder where does one find Mod Podge - I too have always wanted a dress form - what a novel idea - I too have collected my yarn bands/labels and would love do the decoupage.

Thanks

chic-click wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 10:11 AM

Lovely your daily newsletter

This website has picture of yarn labeled dress form near the bottom of the page.

craftapple.wordpress.com/.../sweater-purse

Book is Alterknits: Imaginative Projects & Creativity Excercies by Leigh Radford & John Rizzo

Amazon list many new and used books.

LindaD wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 10:03 AM

What a clever idea. Does Modpoge work on plastic boxes? i saw someone use napkins to modpage a basket. I wonder if labels were wet enough would  they  stick to a woven basket?

volma wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 10:01 AM

Not sure if this is what your looking for...Alterknits by Leigh Radford

craftapple.wordpress.com/.../sweater-purse

Ella07 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 10:00 AM

Love this box!  What a great idea.  Can you tell me where I can get written information on the knitting technique that  Andrea Wong calls portagese (sp?) knitting?  I've looked at Interweave, B& N and Amazon for books but to no avail. Does it go by another name?

on Jan 26, 2011 9:53 AM

Great idea!  Now I know what to do with my yarn labels!    

on Jan 26, 2011 9:53 AM

Great idea!  Now I know what to do with my yarn labels!    

ginny0 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 9:40 AM

Haha - Your story is my story.  I did the same thing after seeing the project in Alerknits and I still have my stash of labels waiting!  I love your DPN box.  You have re-inspired me!  It was great fun to see your post today - Thanks!!

aandefisher wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 9:27 AM

You said you were looking for a dress form, I have one I would like to get rid of , it is in real good shape. My E-mail :  aandefisher@hotmaul.com

I love your box keep up the good work.

BarbaraG@2 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 9:18 AM

Love the idea for double pointed needles, but it's just too much work for me.  I went to the dollar store and bought a bunch of travel toothbrush holders, wrote the size in permanent marker on the outside and stored each size in it's own toothbrush holder.  They all sit in a box, ready for me when I need them.

aandefisher wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 9:11 AM

You said you were looking for a dress form. I have one I would like to get rid of.  It is in real good shap and ajustable .                                                                               My e-mail address is:  aandefisher@hotmail.com  

Diane@104 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 9:06 AM

Your DPNs looked like mine until I found an inexpensive way to keep the sets together.  

I purchased a package of coiled key rings - the type designed to go on your wrist - and cut each one into 1 1/2" sections.  

They wrap around the DPNs and securely hold them together.  The best part? $2.00 for a 3 pack - enough for a dozen or more sets of needles.

Carolburk wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 9:06 AM

Oh my goodness!  It is beautiful!  I do not do decoupage really but I do origami, and the ball bands are perfect for this too.  If I can keep them fairly neatly and not too crumpled.  Small boxes for small things like stitch holders and so on are possible to make from small papers, but I have not tried to make a longer box or a sturdier one that could be for DPNs.  I keep those in a mug...

susqknitter wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 8:58 AM

This is really eerie!  I was just about to post a piece on my blog, showing how I made  needle cases out of wrapping paper tubes (use toilet paper tubes as the caps, they're slightly larger), then papering them with labels.  I love the box idea for knit-knacks...I'll have to make one of those next!  : )

Jan Kearns wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 8:53 AM

I saw that too and have been saving yarn labels ever since! Now to dust off that old dress form that's been in the garage for the past 5 years...

knitter.pam wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 8:46 AM

Kathleen -

You had me at the email's title!  Ever since we closed down Angel Hair Yarn in Nashville, I've been involved in papercrafting with Club Scrap.  My knitting mojo is back in full force, and this idea is truly the best of both worlds!  Thanks for sharing with us.

KnitterPam

nanrotary wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 8:43 AM

Awesome DPN box...what a quaint idea.    I store all my DPNs separately in travel toothbrush containers....they fit perfectly and I just write the size on the outside of the tube in permanent marker.  It's how I stay organized!

RuthK@9 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 8:41 AM

I think what you were looking for is this decoupaged dress form...

<img src="3.bp.blogspot.com/.../alterknits-dress-form.jpg">

dfm wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 8:37 AM

www.suite101.com/.../review-alterknits-imaginative-projects-and-creativity-exercises-a270657

This is a book from 2005 by Leigh Radford that includes a decoupage  dress form.

tamdoll wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 8:35 AM

I love your box project - it's a great idea.  I've been saving yarn labels for a while since I've thought they're so pretty.  Will have to do a decoupage project like this some day.

JulianaH@2 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 8:21 AM

Alterknits by Leigh Radford

MarilynV@2 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 8:16 AM

Just the other day I saw a dress form at Jo-Ann etc.  Good luck. - Marilyn

anniebeet wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 8:12 AM

I also saw this in an old Country Living magazine in an article about collections! It was then that I realized I was also one of those obsessed yarn/knitting people. I never knew why I was keeping all those labels until I saw this idea and was inspired.

RNMOM502 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 8:12 AM

"Alterknits: Imaginative Projects and Creativity Exercises"  Could this be the book you are talking about?

on Jan 26, 2011 8:12 AM

You go girl!  What a great idea - I too have been saving yarn labels (not only for the patterns on the back)!  Can't wait to give it a whirl.  Hi De Ho!

MarilynMS wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 7:54 AM

Hi Kathleen.  just read about the needle box with labels afixed and you have now implanted a memory into my mind.  I love this project and I, too, have lots of needles and labels enough to cover a steamer trunk since I've been knitting for 70 years.  Marilyn in San Antonio, TX

LauraBGM wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 7:54 AM

There is a picture of the dress form at this link:

craftapple.wordpress.com/.../sweater-purse

LMorrill wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 7:45 AM

That is just one of many wonderful ideas that you will find in the book called "AlterKnits" by Leigh Radford.   I love buying and giving this book as a gift to fellow knitter friends and family.......Enjoy!!!

DeeJ wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 7:36 AM

A great idea, and I plan to duplicate it .

cyndeebee wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 7:20 AM

Loved this post about "recycling labels" and combining craftiness with "cleverness."  I've been wondering about the best way to store those pesky dpn's, and this is it!  It will also help me to recycle a chocolate box, left over from Christmas, that I can't bring myself to discard.

Clever, clever, clever!  I think I'll take your idea, combine it with one of the "Cloth/Paper/Scissors" ideas, and get crafy and clever this week.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Judi K wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 7:13 AM

Kathleen, I went searching and I found one possibility: "Alterknits: Imaginative Projects and Creativity Exercises" by Leigh Radford. A decoupaged dress form is referenced as being in this book on simplycrafted.blogs.com/.../books_magazines.  I hope this is the one you need!

Judi

abitofdesign.blogspot.com

kittylinda wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 7:05 AM

What a cute idea.  If only you had posted it earlier.  I'm going to balme the misfortune of having just thrown out lables on cabin fever!  Guess I'll just start saving them again.

on Jan 26, 2011 6:50 AM

There is one in a book called Alerknits.  You can see a picture of it a little over halfway down on this site:

craftapple.wordpress.com/.../06

~TriciaP

AnnH@25 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 6:50 AM

Hi Kathleen,

I don't know which book had the dress form in it, but I LOVE your box with the labels for your DP's.  I'm going to start one today in fact!!!  I have a lot of labels and just love that idea.  Thanks for always inspiring me!

Ann H.

sewfar@comcast.net

quiltsalot13 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 6:49 AM

What a cute idea,  Another great reason to buy yarn especially the ones with fancy labels!( like we need a good reason) I think lining the box with swatches would be cute! Thanks for the great newsletter!  Its always so informative.

imaknitwit wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 6:42 AM

I love the idea I have a CD cabinet that is so plain I may use this technique to spruce it up.  I am one lucky women when it comes to organizing my needles including dp's.  I was fortunate to find in the parking lot of a department store... a file cabinet that at one time housed the Dewey decimal system from a library.  It's all oak, the drawers are dove tailed in; a real beauty how someone would abandon it I don't know.  It has 12 drawers enough for all of my needle sizes.  I bought some bun feet and its now a piece of furniture.  So if you're out flea marketing or yarn saling keep your eyes peeled for a similar item, its the best.

ladymda wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 6:39 AM

Can't help you with the dress project, but LOVE your box!

I used to decoupage a ton & now I mainly stick to knitting in my free time.

Thanks for the inspiration, since I too have a ton of yarn labels. I typically use them to make fun "fancy" labels for give-away projects & gifts.

Thanks, Kathleen!

mangosalsa wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 6:32 AM

Years ago I had a friend who wallpapered her breakfast nook with the covers

of Gourmet magazines.  Worked like a charm...looked terrific....who would have

thought?

The box is a charmer.  I like my needles to lay horizontally to prevent any

possible warping.  My drop spindles get hung by the hook for the same reason.

Some friends and I did the duct tape dress form thing....we never laughed

so hard in our whole lives.   It is humbling to see ones self in duct tape.

I don't know what they did with theirs but I discretely put mine in the trash

in the middle of the night so no one would see it.  The darned thing looked

like a dismembered torso.

on Jan 26, 2011 6:31 AM

I love this idea!  I keep old yarn labels and this is a great way to use them.  You did a great job and I'm sure you're happy with the solution to storing needles.

on Jan 26, 2011 6:21 AM

Kathleen,

Your box is fabulous!  Thanks for the idea!

Why not line the inside with scrumbles?

Shirley

CathyC@45 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 6:17 AM

using the yarn labels to personalize boxes, journals, etc is a fabulous idea! thanks for sharing  :D Cathy

kirbyj wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 6:14 AM

I don't remember the book, but I saw it too, and have been adding labels to a small wooden body form for a while now!  I add the really unusual, colorful labels.  Nice to know someone else thinks like I do!

Oh, and I have also been doing my own version of the knitted flower chair that was in the Lionsbrand catalog a couple of years ago as well.

MarthaH@14 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 6:01 AM

Threadsmagazine.com has an article about making your own dress form out of duct tape.

Honeychild82 wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 5:52 AM

Dangit, you all beat me to it!  Yes, it was alterkints. They used yarn labels to decoupage a dress mannequin.  How lovely!

Lisa In ND wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 5:46 AM

What a great idea!  Now how could I have thrown away all those ball bands for the last two years that I have been knitting???  I guess I had better start saving them for when the creative bug bites me just right.  Very nice box!

mitchellle wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 5:42 AM

That box is really cute!  You have a nice creative flair.

I think I would have gone a different direction.  I would have bought 3 of these pencil organizers www.officemax.com/.../sku.jsp|prodPage~15^freeText~pencil+cup^paramValue~true^refine~1^region~1^param~return_skus^return_skus~Y , glued them together and then decoupaged the labels on.  I like my vast collection of DPN's to stand up, like a lovely forest, beckoning me to come and play.

Hugs & Prayers

Serene Knitter

Janinga wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 5:28 AM

agreed, Alterknits.  LOVE that book!  Fun way to run with the idea.  

debaries wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 5:25 AM

I really like your your DPN box, but I wish you had taken a couple more pic's from different angles.

Anyway... It looks great!

:-Deb

ee! wrote
on Jan 26, 2011 5:19 AM

Alterknits!