Creator's Diary 01: Prototypes of plastic bags crocheting

Creator's Diary 01: Prototypes of plastic bags crocheting

Inspiration: Molla Mills

 Prototypes I made using plastic bag yarns

Prototypes I made using plastic bag yarns

 

Inspired by the crochet master Molla Mills' book Virkkuri, I started my material exploration of plarn (plastic yarn) using crocheting techniques (single and double crochet) from the book. I mainly want to find out how this material looks and feels like, and whether this material fits this traditional techniques.

 Molla Mills and her crocheted products, image source: www.mollamills.com

Molla Mills and her crocheted products, image source: www.mollamills.com

Pattern designed by Molla is simple and timeless. She usually uses 1-3 colors in one project, the final product is minimalistic and with strong visual identity.

People encouraged to build a table with their own hands will be able to understand the thinking behind it.
— Mari, Enzo. Autoprogrettazione

Objective

To find out whether my plastic yarn (which made out of waste plastic bags) is suitable for crocheting, especially with different combinations of colors and patterns.

 

Methods

1. Cut wasted plastic bags into yarn (please check my tutorial on Youtube: https://youtu.be/qozL9pcTAq0)

2. Find patterns from Molla's crochet book, decide which pattern to make

3. Decide color combination

4. Crochet

Since this is just a material testing, I didn't spend too much effort on design part.

 

Outcome

 The result turns out to be beautiful, high quality objects.

The result turns out to be beautiful, high quality objects.

I am very surprised with the outcome, these prototypes turned out to be strong, beautiful and durable. This experiment shows the potential of plarn to be turned into household objects (basket, bag, coaster, slipper). The value of the raw material (plastic bags) has been increased, which means they were successfully "Upcycled".

Jing

Creator's Diary 02: Key words & Book List

Creator's Diary 02: Key words & Book List