Archives for category: Crochet as Art

I’m still in the process of making the afghan for my nephew and his soon-to-be new wife – I think I’m safe to say that because I don’t believe either one of them follow this blog! – and so I thought that doing a piece on dream catchers would be very appropriate for mid-summer’s reveries.

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Black Magic Boho Dreamcatcher by CleanS18 at https://www.etsy.com/shop/CleanSl8?ref=l2-shopheader-name

DC feathers

Many dreamcatchers have feathers – why not make your own? https://poppyandbliss.com/2017/05/19/tunisianfeathers

Black and White DC

Monochromatic design by Marion van Kooten-Stok at http:// https://www.facebook.com/handmadebymarian

Red Star DC

Not a dreamcatcher, but wouldn’t it make a fantastic one? Starflower Mandala from Zelna Olivier, free pattern at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/starflower-mandala

3D DC

Dreamcatcher on steroids! By AGAAZRA at https://www.etsy.com/shop/AGAAZRA?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Granny Stitch DC

Even the iconic Granny Stitch gets to show off! Rainbow Granny Spiral Sun Catcher by Jaime Ramsey at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rainbow-granny-spiral-sun-catcher

 

Pleasant dreams everyone!

I couldn’t resist the allure of Irish Crochet Lace for this most wonderful of Irish holidays, St. Paddy’s Day!

Paraphrased from Wikipedia, “Irish crochet” was originally developed in mid-nineteenth century Ireland as a method of imitating expensive Venetian point laces. Irish crochet lace is characterized by separately crocheted motifs, which were then assembled into a mesh background.

This lace is made with a very fine steel crochet hook and fine crochet cotton or linen thread. It begins with an outline of the pattern on a piece of cloth. Each motif is then crocheted separately, using cotton cord for volume and shaping. The finished motifs are then basted (sewn with a loose stitch for temporary tacking) onto a cloth in the shape of the pattern. The motifs are then joined using chains and picots. When all the motifs have been joined together forming one piece of lace the basting stitch is removed from the back cloth revealing the completed lace.

I’ve gathered the following examples of Irish lace from Pinterest, all coming from Russian sites. However, I did find a wonderful Facebook group called Irish Crochet Lab that is run by Larisa Chilton, who is an instructor and has developed an online course for those who want to learn Traditional and Modern Irish crochet lace. You can find Ms. Chilton’s site at https://www.facebook.com/videotutorialsandpatterns/ . Enjoy!

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From postila.ru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish crochet 3

From postila.ru, a type of Pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish crochet 6

https://www.livemaster.ru/item/17305403-odezhda-vintazhnyj-kaftan-suvenir

Irish crochet 5

http://www.facebook.com/Asia-Verte

Irish crochet 7

http://www.facebook.com/Asia-Verten

Oh, yes, just one more thing. Today is my brother-in-law’s birthday – Happy Birthday, Craig!

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Posted from Pinterest, designed by Turkish artist Sebahat at https://www.etsy.com/shop/irregularexpressions 

Sometime in the fall of last year I was rambling through crochet pages on Pinterest and happened upon “cuffs” (aka “cuff bracelets”, “Turkish cuffs”, or boho/shabby chic bracelets), seemingly a combination of bracelet and an elaborate cuff. Of course, I was completely enthralled and searched for more.

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I have fallen completely in love with this style and it is definitely on my agenda for this year to create one of my own. However, at the rate I’m going, this year may need to stretch out to about 16 months. Anyway, all the photos were taken from Pinterest, and the crochet artist and shop are as follows, top to bottom –
Wedding Jewelry by Emelie at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Emeliebeads
Beaded Bracelet by Stanislava at https://www.etsy.com/shop/stasiSpark
Crochet Cuff Bracelet by Kremena at https://www.etsy.com/shop/KSZCrochetTreasures
Flower Crochet Bracelet by Stanislava at https://www.etsy.com/shop/stasiSpark

IMG_0435ASo in my last post I let you know I had gotten a job as a crochet teacher at Needles, Hooks, and Yarn in Glendora, CA. I’ve certainly been quite busy since then, not only with students but with creating items to promote yarns, classes, or just crochet itself. Yarn companies have a notorious tendency to omit crochet when making samples, so it’s my job to bring this art to light for Needles, Hooks and Yarn!. The other reason I’ve been so busy is that Nancy, the owner of the shop, came down with shingles at the beginning of August and asked me to keep the store open for her while she recuperated. Thankfully, she is well on the mend now and back to her old self again.

I have reworked the poinsettia and now have an official pattern available in my store. I do want to make a cream and pink version, but those are on the back burner for now because I’m busy making a very cute ghost and will be starting a witch’s hat soon.

Below is my VERY FIRST top that I’ve ever made, and it was created using Weekend DK by Berroco. I call it “The Weekender” (yes, I know, but I thought the name was appropriate). I was so happy that it actually fit the mannequin! The original pattern I saw is free and was written by Emma on her blog Gathering Beauty at http://www.gatheringbeauty.com/2016/04/diy-granny-square-crochet-top.html. However, the pattern Emma found is free and posted on Maria Valles’ blog atIMG_0450 - CopyA http://www.mariavalles.com/blog/i6k6696x8q4zkndhkqf7tko06iyj8g. I have written a very detailed pattern for my version of this top, but ethics dictate that I too should list this pattern for free. I’ve put a lot of work into this pattern, though, so I don’t want to do that. I’m thinking that if I let people know where the pattern is available for free and give them the option, that should let me off the “ethical hook”. Please let me know your opinion!

For those of you who aren’t aware of ‘the Dark Side of Crochet Patterns’, unethical people will take other designer’s free patterns, rework the graphics a little and/or make minor changes to the pattern, then SELL the pattern on their site. Of course this is much easier to do than to come up with an original design and write the pattern from scratch. Technically, this is what I’m proposing to do with The Weekender, but if I give the URLs to the free sites before someone purchases my version, then they can decide for themselves. I don’t see a problem with this, but please give me your feedback. Sometimes I get tunnel vision and need other people’s objectivity. Thank you for letting me know what you think.

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Yes, once again it has been forever since my last post. But this time I have a REAL good reason. I now have a job – I’m a crochet teacher! My husband found an employment ad and passed it on to me, so I called. The classes are being held in Needles, Hooks & Yarn, 209 W. Foothill Blvd., (626) 824-4101, a new yarn shop in Glendora, California (just minutes from where I live!). Currently I’m in the store Mondays 10 – 1 pm, Wednesdays 6 – 8 pm, and Saturdays 10 – 5 pm, but I’ll accept appointments. The owner, Nancy, and I are trying to put together beginning and intermediate classes, but  working with people who need help on a pattern is no problem, either.

Nancy has me busy working up a poinsettia pin for “Christmas in July”, but if it doesn’t work out for July we can do it for December. I’m also working on a granny square openwork top/swimsuit coverup for a beginner class. There are also plans for a Cro-hook Tunisian baby blanket.

Right now the classes are two hours long and it’s $80 for four and you get the fifth one free, plus you have to buy your materials from the store. If you are coming in with your own pattern and yarn for help, the classes are $15 an hour. And for those who just aren’t sure if needle art is for them, we offer a one hour free class with the purchase of a beginner’s kit. Monday mornings and Wednesday evenings are “open” times for anyone to come and knit/crochet. Nancy also offers classes on knitting, weaving, and needlepoint as well as a wonderful assortment of yarns and accessories.

So if you know anyone in the Inland Empire of California that would enjoy a little social time while advancing their skills, we’d be glad if you passed the word along. Plus I’d be happy to hear any suggestions regarding classes and how to get more people in the store, please!

Below is one of the poinsettia pins (still have to do the leaves), and I’ll be posting photos of what I’ve accomplished for the classes as I go along.

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Since spring is here and many flowers have shaken off their winter inertia, I thought I should come up with a seasonally appropriate post. Plus, I just recently joined Crochet.Community (an online group) and they hold quarterly competitions where the winner is awarded $50 and a t-shirt. This current competition is, of course, flower themed. The only really good flower I’ve made I gave to my mom, and didn’t take a photo of it beforehand. So instead I entered a very elegant (if I do say so myself!) Poinsettia Potholder. Not the spring flowers the CC had in mind, I’m sure, but it didn’t get kicked out either. So we’ll have to see. Results will be in on May 1st – just in time for my next post.

Earlier today I was perusing Pinterest and came across some of the most gorgeous crocheted flowers. BTW, as a general rule I don’t like crocheted flowers – too kitschy for me I guess – but these are definitely the exception. Enjoy!

Carnation

Happy Patty Crochet offers exquisite floral patterns and products at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HappyPattyCrochet (I just love carnations!)

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Japanese fibre artiste JungJung at http://www.jungjung.jp Museum quality work!

 

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I loved this flower so much I wanted to show you two versions!

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Posted from postila.ru from sheru.ru Wonderful Irish crochet and more

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by postila.ru on Pinterest, originally from cmpana mam

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Duitang.com 3-D flower

Reposted from http://www.duitang.com/blog; photo states https://dikulya67.ru/ Love this little flower! Definitely could see this on the bottom edge of a scarf with pearl centers.

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And lastly, my Poinsettia Potholder. Keep your fingers crossed I win!

Once again it is Valentine’s Day – a wonderful reminder to let our loved ones know how special they are to us. So for today, since I can’t send all of you mountains of chocolate, I will offer you the following crocheted eye candies – all with zero calories!

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Lunarheavenly, an Asian crochet artist, found at https://twitter.com/Lunar_h

Grandma's Heart

Grandmother’s heart from belladia.typepad.com

Flowered HeartA

Victorian charm from solocrochet-manualista.blogspot.com.ar

Lace  Heart

A modern twist by gibritte2.blogspot.com.br

Ruffled Heart

Heart Pillow by Shellie Wilson of CraftBits.com

Irish crochet heart

Irish Crochet Heart Ornament by Annie Potter; Photo by Nik_OC on Flickr

Sweet Hearts

Little lovelies by midnightpoem.tumblr.com

Flowered Heart by LH

Another beauty by https://twitter.com/Lunar_h

Gorgette, 2006 JV work

As many of you might know by now, I am a lover of lace. There, I admit it! Through the magic of the internet (and a wonderful free service called “Bloglovin”), I was recently enlightened to the existence of Joana Vasconcelos, a Parisian-born artist that uses crocheted lace in many of her artworks. Her works shown here are “Gorgette”, 2006; “Beastie”, 2014; “Giallina”, 2008; “Super Model”, 2005; and “Minerva”, 2005. You can see more of her work and biography at joanavasconcelos.com

.Bestie, 2014 JV work A      Lace snake AB                                                                                                                                                        The following is an excerpt of an article written on her from “The Ten Best Contemporary Still Lifes” from The Guardian –

Joana Vasconcelos looks to her Portuguese roots in works such as Giallina, which incorporate national handicrafts. She first selects a number of cotton doilies bought from local craftswomen, then dismantles and reassembles them over the surface of a glazed snake. She uses ceramics from the traditional Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro factory, and her “second skin” is sewn together by a specialist team. Vasconcelos’s work conflates Duchamp’s mode of not making with a custom of making by hand in order to question what we conceive of as natural.

Super Model, 2005       Minerva, 2005    All in all, I just call them beautiful!

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