I am determined to use what’s around me and recycle instead of buying more materials. So I had a rumage through my recycling box to see what I can use. This is great for the environment but it can also limit my samples and restrict my creativity. On the plus side it also helps me to be inventive and resourceful with what my recycling bin affords me. So I started with some card used for packaging. I used some colourful thread and threaded it through the gaps already in the card. I then knotted the thread to make some gaps in between the card. This sample reminds me of the method used for decking. Below images of a table and a board walk.

For my next sample I used bubble wrap and proceeded to crochet the gap. I joined three pieces of plastic together. I had to be careful not to pull the wool to hard and break the plastic. The crochet is not as tidy as I would like but it works. The crochet could add some decorative value if used and executed in a better way than my sample below.

Below: examples of how joining straight edges with a gap can work. This method is used frequently to Join granny scares to create a bigger blanket.

Above; an illustration in my sketch book showing how I could join a knitted item with thread allowing a gap.

I like this clever use of crochet to join some ring pulls from some recycled cans. The crochet also acts as a way of softening the sharpness of the metal. Another bonus with this method is that I am able to construct a 3D structure.

Above: I used crochet to join a patchwork blanket made for a baby. The use of wool to join Cotton adds another texture and trimming to the fabric as well as joining the two materials together. I also used different accent colours to add interest to the blanket.

In these pictures I joined a crochet top with another colour and pattern this sample is more suited the previous exercise as I haven’t left a gap.

Above: I used some crochet to join and make spaghetti straps to a top I made. I like this combination as it decorative as well as being soft and practical.

Using beads to create an join a straight edge, the size of the bead determines the size of the gap.

Thread and knots allow for movement which can make a sample more interesting and less restrictive, especially when cutting the threads at different lengths.

I experimented with different colour pencils and string. I knotted the string and loosely placed the pencils. This reminds me of how I used to make leaders for my dolls house 🏡

Above: I used some Perspex (from old packaging) that I had previously used for mixing inks. I cut the perspex in strips and joined them with some wool thread. I enjoy the splattered paint on the slippery plastic!

The images above are from the Dr Matens shop in Covent Garden. They had loosely attached some visual cards with recycled cables embracing the industrial look that the building has to offer. It also sets a funky effortless look. I love this shop! Can I talk about shoes now?