It always makes me feel sad when I come across a blanket that someone has spent long hours and love to make just….tossed away at a thrift store. I wonder to myself, “how did this blanket; that seems to be in excellent condition, end up at this store?”
I decided to start giving these abandoned pieces new life and so I present to you a new pet project of mine: Reclaimed Crochet.
So what is Reclaimed Crochet? Well, simply put I search out these abandoned pieces and then dismantle them and take the yarn and give it new life as a new piece. The best part? I am able to sell these pieces at a discount price to my customers because of the thrift store prices I paid on the abandoned projects all.
To give you an idea of how this is done, I have taken pictures of the steps I go throw to reclaim this blanket:
I picked this Granny Square blanket up at Talize, it looked to be in decent condition give or take a few squares. My first task was to separate the squares from one another and the border. This took me quite some time but luckily the original creator of the blanket used an easy to see thread to attach the squares.
I started by carefully removing the edging from the blanket like so:
I picked off the bits that were left behind from the border removal then started in on separating the squares.
For this part, I just took my scissors and began to carefully cut the seams. Ideally, I would be using a seam ripper but mine was missing at the time. Anyways, after separating the squares and removing any of the ones that were felted together like this one:
I was left with a lovely few stacks of Granny Squares.
At this point, you see the multitude of possibilities this amount of Granny Squares can offer. I chose to make this purse:
And there you have it! I barely used any of the squares from the Reclaimed Blanket and I now have this lovely purse which you can purchase for $25.00+ Shipping.
Stay tuned for my walk through regarding how I assembled this bag.