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More Recycled Plastic Tote Bags February 3, 2008

Posted by barn owl in crochet, recycling.
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foxy bags

I think I’ve escaped the Winter Solstice holiday mode of creating these tote bags as gifts. I think. Now I’d like to sell a few, especially since I have several new pipelines for plastic bags of different colors.

Nothing like a cheap-as-dirt crochet hobby, and it keeps the immortal buggers out of the landfill and off the landscape….


Litterflies Journal Quilt September 1, 2007

Posted by barn owl in collage, embroidery, quilting, recycling.
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Last November I attended the International Quilt Festival in Houston with my mom, my sister, and a friend; it was very inspirational. We all loved the extensive display of journal quilt pages, each about 8″ x 11″. I decided to start a series of journal quilt pages with an environmental theme, using issues of litter, recycling, pollution, and residential development as starting points.

The first piece I’ve finished counterposes the abundance of butterfly species we have here in South Texas, with the curse of litter that creates eyesores and health hazards in the landscape. I created butterfly shapes with plastic bag scraps, twist ties, aluminum foil, and gum wrappers, and added beads and embroidery as embellishments. The background is a hand-dyed, sun-printed piece of fabric created by my mom. Initially I tried quilting the piece in an embroidery hoop, which was a big mistake; when I switched to quilting without the stretcher, my stitches became smaller and more evenly spaced.


In the background is one of my tote bags, crocheted from cut-up plastic carrier bags and newspaper wraps.

Recycled tote bags August 6, 2007

Posted by barn owl in crochet, recycling.

Just a quick post before going off to teach anatomy lab (difficult dissections today: contents of vertebral canal, suboccipital triangle). Good thing that one year of Iyengar yoga practice has improved my posture, opened my shoulders, and reversed the overpronation of my feet, else I’d be a wreck after a few hours of teaching.

I’ve been crocheting tote bags from yarn made with strips cut from plastic carrier bags and newspaper wrappers. People are happy to donate their stashes of plastic! Two bags are shown below; they work great for holding produce picked from the garden.

Recycled Plastic Totes