Over in Germany you can observe that many people have picked up a crochet needle and are busy learning or re-learning the art of crocheting. Combine your crochet details with handmade or store bought clothes/items and you will be absolutely in the hip and now!
I found some great blogs were you can see the result of were crochet meets sewing such as here.
Or on the Farbenmix blog I found other beautiful examples.Crocheing is great because you can take it along pretty much any were. I was crafty on the beach, at the playground, my backyard and whilst watching/listening to TV my hands were always busy.
The learning process was pretty quick with these great videos (even though they are in German, I believe following along you would still get the idea) but there is also a wealth of crochet teaching videos to be found if you type in "how to crochet" or "crochet flowers" on you tube.
For the wonderful flowers above I used an e-book from Farbenmix. This e-book is super easy to follow... If you speak German. For the English speaker it most likely would not work too well I am sorry to say
Another e-book I fell in love with is this one, for a round collar shirt. So awesome don't you think?
The collars can be attached to shirts as well that have a slightly larger neck opening such as the raglan shirt Zoe from Farbenmix.
And look next it is super easy to up cycle store bought clothing as well with a bit of cotton cross stitching thread and crochet flowers. In almost no time at all these formerly boring jeans are one of a kind.
OK, if this is all a bit much for a beginner I also found this really awesome tutorial on crochet edging! And it's in English ;o) So cute and this would also be such a great alternative to a otherwise boring skirt hem.
I really didn't need yet another hobby but I am hooked to my crochet needle and I am sure you will be too once you see the finished result in your lab. Give it a whirl and you will see : )
P.s: I JUST noticed another e-book that must have just come up on Farbenmix. Check it out! Goodness the possibilities with all these buttons are endless.