folk crochet

American Denim: A New Folk Art

Before we get to the book review, please be aware that some images contain nudity–there’s butt, boobs, and one embroidered bush, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

American Denim: A New Folk Art

Somebody actually cut a picture of a jacket pocket into the shape of a pair of pants.  1975, folks.

Right away, you can see why I had to show you this book.

Most of the stuff inside inspired three thoughts, in this order:

  1. That’s really ugly.
  2. That must have taken forever.
  3. I bet you can’t wash that.

Here are some highlights:

Our young model will be all the rage at punk shows, with her pants covered in sequins and zippers.  The macrame necklace is a nice touch.

The horror so horrid, they show it to you twice: a shirt covered in hands.  But just the sleeves and shoulders.

This artist saw Manos: The Hands of Fate and said, “Yeah, but what IF..”

These pants are apparently based on the garden of Eden.  I do not know what is going on with that tree on the ass of the jeans.

This is a front panel on a denim jacket.  There’s a similar lady on the other side.  Do you think someone once wore this in public, with pride?

Here we have pants made out of tiny pieces, because apparently pants that fell apart as soon as you stuck your leg in them were an artistic statement.

There are a lot of ass shots in this book.  This is the best one, though.

Dinosaur ass!

This poor model has grown barnacles.  They are awaiting scraping.

And lastly, tits surrounded by raw meat.  I guess that’s an iron-on?  But, just.. why?

This book is absurdly expensive on Amazon, your best bet if you need more terrifying weirdness is a library sale or something.


I bought this acrylic piece of folk art Americana yesterday. It is King size (100, 9" squares set 10x10 with an inch border between each and around the outside). It was so hideous hanging in the thrift store I just couldn’t bear for it not to have a home.  I swear whoever crocheted this, went to the thrift store and bought the grab bags of assorted acrylic yarn scrap balls that people donate when grandma dies and nobody knows how to knit or crochet.

Why would I pay good money for that?

  1. Each individual block contains some REALLY ugly yarn but the overall effect is pretty cool
  2. It had only one flaw that I could find, and that’s easy to fix.
  3. I needed a lighter weight cover for our bed for summer, because our comforter is too hot to sleep under.  This was $10.  Do you know how hard it is to find a bed cover for $10?!
  4. There’s probably $40 worth of yarn in this thing even at cheap Red Heart prices, and it’s more effort than I want to put in right now, ready made.
  5. I want to make a quilt for our bed but I’m slow getting started so this’ll do
  6. It goes with anything
  7. Acrylic yarn is machine wash and dry-able and wears like iron.  I’ll probably still own this thing when Jesus comes back.
  8. I have to admire the dedication and imagination it took to persevere in crocheting 100 blocks of really ugly yarn and then hook them all together.
  9. Have I mentioned it was $10?

Unbending never ending tablets of time
Record all the yearning
Unfearing all appearing message divine
Eases the burning


Whew! My pastel Animal Crossing bell pouch is finished! This was pretty easy to do, and while it has a lot of slouch, it starts to hold pretty well when you have enough stuff in it. After I took these shots I ended up putting 2 more 3DSes (N3DS and small normal 3DS) in there along with the one above, and it all fits well! :) (Though, it is a bit of weight if I take it with me I’m just going to hold 1 in it if I travel with it.)

If you want to make your own, check out below the cut what I did! I use the US lingos for crochet and I’m aware it’s different in the UK, but I’ll be providing videos so if anything we’ll probably be on the same page.

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ATTENTION KNITTERS (and crochet folks too, if you wish)

Reblog this if your blog features knitting and/or crocheting (doesn’t have to be the main focus of your blog). My yarn obsession needs to be fed so I need some blogs to follow. :)

Also I am on ravelry. Feel free to ask for my username.

___ Edit: okay, so I might have just realized it’s a little overwhelming to follow each and every one of you. I expected maybe 5 people to reblog this but the knitting/crochet/yarnlr community is very enthusiastic apparently and a lot more than 5 volunteered as tribute. But feel free to keep reblogging because a lot of people have mentioned they want to use this to find other knitting blogs, too. And I will still add you on ravelry if you ask. And I’ll still be following a lot of blogs on this post. I just can’t promise I’ll get every single one.

COOL QUILT3 - P.O.T.W. - Revlon - coastal surf

  • Revlon - coastal surf
  • O.P.I. - funky dunky + kiss me on my tulips
  • Sinful Colors - Chick Chick
  • Sally Hansen - white on
  • Wet n Wild - black creme
  • blue, black, pink and purple rhinestone cabs

This is the second look using Revlon - coastal surf. Check out the CHALLENGES -> P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches.


@dickgraysoff asked recently about what Jason Todd would read. It’s canon that he reads Jane Austin. He also reads business and marketing books, fashion, historical novels, fantasy, Sun Tzu, any and all philosophy, math theory, and so on. In short, Jason Todd reads. He reads everything and anything. He and Alfred had a book club before he died, they probably resumed it after he came back.

I should probably look for more canon Jason and books. Because learning is his one true love.