Did you see the post I had awhile back about Tina Dean Designs? I mentioned then that this amazing plarn designer was creating items that will be going into the press bags at the Emmys this year. Well, the photo of what those items look like is now ready. Take a look:

Rather than being made from the traditional plarn (if you can call any plarn traditional!) of plastic bags, this wristlet is made from VHS tape. This actually impresses me more since I recently tried crocheting with cassette tape ribbon and absolutely couldn’t figure out how to get it to work out.

Aren’t these recycled material crochet wristlets so cute?! And you can see lots of other amazing items on the website.


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    • Kathryn Reply

      @FoFO – I think it’s genius but I think it’s also difficult. Of course, I also find it difficult to work with plastic bags (plarn) so that’s just me.

  1. I once tried to crochet with cassette tape. I couldn’t figure out what to make with it. I also couldn’t figure out how to make a decent looking project with it.

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Daphne – When I did it I couldn’t get it to stop breaking no matter what hook I tried. I have seen some amazing work done with it (there’s someone who makes great doilies with it for wall art). I’m just going to appreciate it from afar, though.

  2. Thanks so much for posting this!

    From experience, cassette tape breaks frequently on me, so I’ll stick to VHS tape for projects like this. This wristlet is a mix of yarn and VHS tape. If you do anything with VHS tape, I would recommend using the tape that’s shiny on both sides. :)

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Tina – Thanks for dropping by and sharing some more info on these. I’ll probably give the VHS tape a try at some point – probably next time I visit my parents since I don’t have any VHS tapes at my place. :) People are really loving your work!!

  3. Do be careful and research well before trying audio or video tape, I have heard that it wasn’t meant to be touched and could be coated with stuff that isn’t good for you. That was one guy in a forum, but still, it sounds like a good warning. :)

  4. Love the material used on the inside. Sets the black off so nicely.

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Monica – Isn’t the lining so beautiful? Really enhances the VHS crochet work.

  5. These wristlets are just SO adorable!

    I’ve never heard of audio or video tape being coated with something that is not good for us. Obviously, it was never recommended to touch those tapes because the oils from our hands would make spots on the tapes and it would affect the audio-video quality of the tapes (to play). Never heard anything else about it.

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Nathalie and @CarmelJ – I haven’t heard anything bad about that tape either but it would probably be worth doing some research into if you were going to spend much time using it.

  6. You’re welcome, Kathryn! The lining was a great find in the remnant section. I’ll have enough to create a few more wristlets like these. I guess you could call it a limited run.

    One of the reasons I said to use tape that’s shiny on both sides is to, not only maintain the shine throughout, but also to not wind up with black fingers from the dull side of the tape. Crochet yarn and tape together so your finished product doesn’t squeak, and it also makes it easier to crochet.

  7. What a great way to recycle (upcycle) items that would end up in a landfill or worse. And they are gorgeous! >^..^<

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