Paper Crochet – 20 Beautiful, Fun and Creative Ideas
by Hannah Ege
We love to see how creative people get with mixing mediums within the fiber arts world and fashion in general. We often see this featured with popular fashion designers like those profiled in our 50 Famous Designers list. One of the reasons we want to highlight these designers is because of their work incorporating crochet with other forms of fashion.
But crochet can go beyond just garments and fashion pieces. From hammocks to camping supplies to purses and gift ideas, there is an endless way of incorporating crochet into non-clothing pieces and mixed with other materials.
Here is a list of 20 ways you can combine paper and crochet together to create your own mixed medium crochet project.
Crochet with Paper
Whether crocheting with paper yarn or crocheting onto paper, there are so many ways to incorporate unique mixed media crafts with paper and crochet!
Top of the list has to be the independent Italian artist, Ivano Vitali, who used newspapers to make paper yarn and crochet lovely garments and fashion pieces.
Although paper yarn has deep roots in Japanese textile art, it wasn't seen for creating clothing until the late 19th century in Germany. There was a big increase in making and using this yarn during the World Wars, but was out of necessity and lack of other supplies.
Ivano's work creates beautiful pieces out of recycled newspapers and puts beautiful life back into trash. His mission was to show that fashion can be sustainable and even free. Check out the archives of this artists work on his website.
If you are inspired by Ivano's work and want to try your hand at creating your own paper yarn, this is a great tutorial that will show you how to do that with a simple handheld spool.
If you are not quite ready for the step of making your own paper yarn, but still want to explore crochet with paper yarn, we highly suggest looking into raffia paper. This is a man-made fiber made with wood pulp. There are multiple variations with some including other synthetic fibers blended in.
Another simple yet great pattern by Rico Design, these bowls can be used to hold fresh fruit in your kitchen, markers for color time, or any number of things around the house. The pattern comes in multiple sizes and is easy to make!
Pierrot (Gosyo Co., Ltd) via Ravelry
Another great way to mix paper and crochet together is adding to or enhancing cards and gifts to people. These crochet edge valentines are so cute, simple to make and is such a great personal touch for someone you love.
Have you ever seen or made beads using paper and glue? There are all types of ways and styles to make and are a fun way to create your own jewelery! This bracelet is made using a small paper beads crocheted together.
Create decorations for a party or for seasonal decorations by making a mixed media bunting! With paper bunting and tiny crochet flowers in between, this adorable pattern is just one example you can combine paper and crochet for decoration