View Full Version : Jute/Hemp Hammy House

12-18-2010, 05:38 PM
I finally dug out a decent roll of hemp from mine and my mum's macrame-supplies and grabbed my biggest crochet hook and managed this lovely... er... lump of hemp?

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs1369.snc4/164165_1647643305443_1067746976_31712426_5599350_n .jpg

In hindsight, i made the opening too large... i'll have to fix that, but then again i'm not working from a pattern, i kind of made it up as i went. Not too shabby though, if i do say so myself :cool:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs754.snc4/65401_1647643505448_1067746976_31712427_7001927_n. jpg

I'm making one more since my girls have to have two cages, and i plan on making the door on that one slightly smaller. Since Purl seems to be the chubbier of the two, i'll give her this one! lol. Yay for Hammy Christmas gifts!

Oh, and i haven't tried it yet because i need to buy some more on Monday, but does food coloring work on hemp?? o.O I kind of want to paint stripes on them...

12-18-2010, 05:43 PM
that's amazing, I wish I was skilled with things like this hehe :)

found this on yahoo answers for dying hemp with food colouring:

"if you try to use food coloring, add vinegar. I would suggest filling a coffee mug with hot water, add the coloring, then add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Next put the hemp in and let sit for about 5 minutes, then check."

12-18-2010, 05:45 PM
Aww, thankies ^.^ and awesome! :-D Luckily i have vinegar from all the holiday stuff going on XD ill have to try it on a test-swatch later and see how things turn out B-)

12-19-2010, 03:20 PM
Aww, thats wonderful <3
Great job, i wish i would be as crochet skilled as you xD It looks so sweet xD

12-19-2010, 03:22 PM
Oh my Gosh! Thats truely Awsome! I do too, wish i had your skills:D!x

12-19-2010, 06:04 PM
Thats brill well done you, Im all fingers and thumbs wheb it comes to creating things xxx

12-20-2010, 03:56 AM
Aww looks really cosy! :-)

12-30-2010, 02:25 AM
Maybe I should have my mom teach me how to crochet. I can do the first line but thats about it lol! Hemp wont hurt hammies if they swallow it will it?

12-30-2010, 03:23 PM
camerafreak -- Not that i've read at least... I know they sell hemp/jute/grass houses at the petstores, and it's not painted, or dyed or anything, nor does it have any nasty chemicals on it :-3 so it should be okay -- it's just a grass afterall :-3

12-30-2010, 06:41 PM
Well I might have to go on a crafty spree and see what I can make lol. Thanks for the idea by the way. I hope you don't mind me playing around with your idea to see what I can make.