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What do you do with craft project rejects?

Asked by gemiwing (14708points) March 26th, 2010

What do you do with those craft projects that ended up looking like they were made by a five year-old in the dark?

I recently took up crochet and I’m really enjoying it. Problem is, the “scarf” (quotation marks very appropriate) I’m working on is horrible. It’s not even wearable.

I’m not sure what to do with it once I’m done. Some sort of repurposing is in order until I can crochet something that doesn’t vaguely resemble Cthulhu.

Have you ever had a craft project that once completed, however poorly, you found a different use for? What was it? How did you come up with the idea?

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zophu's avatar

Well, you could cut it up and use it as coasters or something. Or, you could hang it on your wall and contemplate it every day, “what could this scarf mean in a ‘Deterministic’ sense”

Really quite drunk for this post. Just labeling it appropriately. I can’t feel my teeth. . . My grammar’s still pretty good. Maybe I should focus more on writing as a creative pursuit since I can still form words so intuitively. Now, I can’t feel my calves. My calves are numb. Being drunk is great. even if it is before noon. fuck

crazyzo2000's avatar

I started making a scarf once, but then didn’t like how it was coming out, so I closed the sides up, left a flap, sewed on a button, and a strap and turned it into a purse! Ta-da!

gailcalled's avatar

Rip it out, wash the wool and then make dozens of potholders. Knitting is easier, by the way.

JeffVader's avatar

I think you should just keep going with it until its miles long…..

gemiwing's avatar

@gailcalled I already knit and I agree it’s easier, even if it does take a lot longer.

I might frog it, but I was hoping to use it. I like the purse idea @crazyzo2000 . Only problem is the scope of this poor scarf. It’s not even enough to sew into anything wearable. I have rows of five stitches right next to rows of ten stitches. It’s the jackson pollock of scarves at this point.

gemiwing's avatar

Maybe I should turn it into a slip-n-slide

jealoustome's avatar

Finish it. Wear it proudly. Say you did it on purpose. Get signed to design your own line of Jackson Pollock Scarves and Hats. Become famous. Write a biography in which you admit it was all a fraud. Become more famous. Go on Oprah. Cry on Oprah. Get your own reality show.

gemiwing's avatar

@jealoustome Big profit? Actually, I like that plan. You’re hired!

jealoustome's avatar

@gemiwing You could probably switch the order on some of those. :)

Edit: Truthfully, I’ve just torn out my bad crochet projects and reused the yarn.

boxing's avatar

A cat probably would love to play with crochet stuffs…

cazzie's avatar

I love crafting. It’s what gets me through and it’s cheaper than therapy. It’s important to have a sense of humour about your muck-ups.

If the yarn was expensive, I’d frog it and do something else with it. If not… scarves are scarves and they come in all sorts of designs. Have you seen all the handmade crafts on etsy.com? Have a look there and see if something doesn’t inspire you.

gemiwing's avatar

@cazzie I was on Etsy as a seller for a while. It’s a fun site. It’s cheap yarn so I may just frog it. I feel more upset (even if mildly so) by the time it took to make it.

My first knitted “scarf” ended up being a twenty-row wide headband. A very hot headband.

cazzie's avatar

Oh… and my most creative use of a mucked up craft project… I had discolouration in a batch of goat milk soap…nothing wrong with it.. it just looked ugly… so I grated it up, remelted it and made 3.7kg, 26cm tall volcano for a children’s science tv show. THAT was fun.

Seek's avatar

Well, it’s crochet – I’d just pull it all apart and start over.

My most recent complete botch was an attempt at making a stuffed rabbit for my son. It turned out looking like Frank from Donnie Darko, after getting hit by the car. It wasn’t pretty.

It’s still sitting by my sewing machine… glaring at me evilly…

cazzie's avatar

@gimiwing have you tried nÃ¥lbinding? I find it easier than both knitting and crochet, but it takes longer and if you make a mistake, you can’t ‘frog’ it.

gemiwing's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr That is absolutely hilarious!

@cazzie I like the volcano soap. Now that’s something you should sell on Etsy right there. You could put some pumice in it.

Nalbinding? No, but I’m assuming it’s knotwork? Lemmie google it.

zophu's avatar

Strange hobbies, knitting, crochet. Textiles seem to be a purely machine deal. Why not focus on something like painting or something else more open to creativity. Not that you can’t be creative with yarn and stuff. It’s just, if you can be creative with your weaving, doesn’t that mean you could be creative with other arts that allow for more flexibility during creation? Just something to think about.

Not to bash all you knitters out there. What else would my grandmother do in her spare time?

. . .

okay, a little bit of bashing

MekmanSupreme's avatar

I put them in my portfolio >_>;; If I like it I stick it in there. A picture you may not deem worthy that others like can be a good indicator of gauging your audiences tastes. A lot of good work comes out of things that seem to start out like rejects though.

gemiwing's avatar

@zophu I paint acrylic and watercolor, draw, sculpt, photography, chalk pastels, knit, crochet, sew, plastic canvas, embroidery and doodle. Few knitters or crocheters only do one thing. Plus, how else can I make a Zoiberg balaclava?

Seek's avatar

@zophu

“Art” and “Craft” are two similar, but inherently different things.

I love to paint, and it’s a wonderful emotional outlet, but there’s a certain amount of pride that comes from creating something that has a real and true purpose.

xRIPxTHEREVx's avatar

sew it up, stuff it, and make it into a dog toy.

zophu's avatar

lol, you guys are great. I’m going to have to make a “craft” now. Maybe a mug or something from clay I can cook in my oven. I might have to watch football and drink beer from it to counteract the gayness though.

Seek's avatar

Dude, a clay beer stein would be awesome

cazzie's avatar

@zophu Working with wood is crafty AND manly. There are LOADS of male Etsians…

gemiwing's avatar

@zophu I don’t think crafting will affect your sexuality. You’re safe.

zophu's avatar

@gemiwing better safe then sorry, I think I’ll buy a welding torch before attempting anything with fibers involved as the medium

cazzie's avatar

Soapmaking has become quite manly, thanks to ‘Fight Club’. It’s got dangerous chemicals too…. quite daredevil, really.

faye's avatar

Does “frog it’ mean tossing it? I would also take it out and re use the wool. I’d love to see this scarf! I once knit a sweater with several different wools in the argyle style. I was so proud until I tried to sew it together. Way too thick a seam. I did feel proud to produce something usable, same as sewing.

cazzie's avatar

@faye No.. Frogging means that you unravel it.

Seek's avatar

Oh, if anyone cares, here’s the demon-bunny.

cazzie's avatar

Oh, no… @Seek_Kolinahr I can ‘hear’ it screaming. Satin is a bastard if you’re not an experienced sewer.
If anyone wants to see pics of the volcano PM me. I can even send you to the science tv show online where you can see it’s 15 seconds of ‘fame’. hahhaaha

gailcalled's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr : Having plied a needle for years, I care. That bunny has a certain bizarro charm. Please keep it.

Seek's avatar

Oh, I still have him. I removed most of the stuffing, and reused it for a different bunny (cut from the same pattern, but only top-stitched. It’s just a nametag for Ian’s easter basket, anyway ^_^) But yep, he’s still here. Freak that he is.

gailcalled's avatar

Have @gemiwing crochet him a bed jacket or ear covers.

Seek's avatar

Ha ha… maybe a strait jacket.

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