CRAFT BYTE 6 – PIQUE ASSIETTE

Deanna Williamson, Charis's China, mosaic door hanger, 2016, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Charis’s China, mosaic door hanger, 2016

Pique assiette (or picassiette) is mosaic made from bits of broken china, pottery, glass, figurines, and/or jewelry. You can use these materials to make a conventional picture, decorate a piece of furniture or even cover an entire house.  A good example of the latter is the mosaic garden in France called Maison Picassiette. Probably the most famous collection of pique assiette is in the city of Barcelona where public places are filled with mosaics by the architect Antoni Gaudi. He and his assistants covered walls, benches, buildings, and fountains  with shards of broken dishes and pottery.

Pique assiette appeals to the modern interest in upcycling. It also gives a way to preserve items of sentimental value like the roses on this humble door hanger. They are shards of cups, saucers and plates from my daughter’s china collection.  It took a few years for the children to break this many things but it was worth the wait.

CRAFT BYTE 5 – STARFISH

Deanna Williamson, Starfish, 17 x 27, latchhooked rug, 2016, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Starfish, 17 x 27, latch hooked rug, 2016

Here is another latch hooked rug made of recycled t shirts.  I made it for a friend of mine who loves everything marine.  She says her cats are enjoying this rug.

Below is a detail of the starfish. I hooked in extra strands into it to make it look more defined.

Deanna Williamson, Starfish detail, 17 x 27, latch hooked rug, 2016, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Starfish detail, 17 x 27, latch hooked rug, 2016

 

CRAFT BYTE 4 – UPCYCLED DENIM COASTERS

Deanna Williamson, Coaster 1, 6" x 6", denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 1, 6″ x 6″, denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 4, 6" x 6", denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 4, 6″ x 6″, denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 3, 6" x 6", denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 3, 6″ x 6″, denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 4, 6" x 6", denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 4, 6″ x 6″, denim

This is a good way to recycle worn-out or out-grown jeans. And it makes a very practical coaster.  These lie flat, are absorbent, machine washable and dryable, and very easy to make.

  1. Cut the denim into whatever size squares – or circles –  you want.
  2. Stitch two or more layers together by hand or on a machine.
  3. Color them with permanent felt tip markers.  You can color on both sides and make them reversible.

When you wash them the first couple of times they will get some straggly looking loose threads loose around the edges. Just trim them off with scissors – unless you LIKE scraggly looking edges. To each his (or her) own.

CRAFT BYTE 1 – SUPER HERO ETHOS

D.Williamson, Super Hero Ethos, 27" x 17", latchhooked rug made of recyled t-shirts
D.Williamson, Super Hero Ethos, 27″ x 17″, latch-hooked rug made of recycled t-shirts

I designed this rug for my grandson whose room is decorated with super hero comic figures. It’s made of t-shirts cut into strips and latch-hooked onto regular rug canvas.  If you like recycling, this is a perfect way to use up some old shirts.