Thursday, 15 June 2017

International Freeform Fiberarts Guild Annual Challenge


Each year an international group of fiber artists choose a theme for their challenge. This year's theme is "Pattern in Nature."  They then work secretly on their submissions without any contact with each other.  The resulting entries are then presented in an online gallery:  2017 Challenge

This one is mine:

As the seasons change so do the leaves as they go from the lightly coloured green of new leaves to the brilliant colours of autumn which gradually disintegrate into leaf skeletons.


I am somewhat obsessed with the gradual decline that nature brings. Abandoned buildings, fallen trees, objects lost or discarded, and leaf skeletons all provide captivating opportunities for inspiration.


The influence of nature is undeniable and one of its most compelling patterns is the ever repeating cycle of the seasons.


For this piece, each leaf is a separate little scrumble and no two are alike. Since leaves change and slowly disintegrate over time, I had to consider how best to achieve this. After a little experimentation I developed a technique that I call 'deconstructed crochet'. The techniques I used in this challenge are crochet, Irish crochet, deconstructed crochet, deconstructed Irish crochet, and deconstructed Tunisian crochet.





THE BYRDS LYRICS

"Turn! Turn! Turn!"

To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Here be dragons

Now I am in a dragon phase.  There will be more to follow but for now, here is my tatted dragon: 



Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

I have neglected my blog for a long time, but have continued to make things.  Here are some things I have made since the last time I blogged:




 A little micro macrame.  from Angel Wings pattern in MacrameSchool's Youtube channel





A little bead embroidery.  from techniques learned in Myra Wood's Craftsy class




A little tatting.  from patterns in Marilee Rockley's Craftsy class







A little beading.  inspired by Kate McKinnon's 'Geometric Beadwork'





And some more beading.  from a pattern in Diane Fitzgerald's 'Shaped Beadwork and Beyond'



Saturday, 12 March 2016

Continuing the Adventure: Creative Crochet Lace

My Almost Random Lace Scarf pattern has become very popular since the Crochetville Blog Tour much to my surprise and delight.  In the pattern, I have some suggestions for continuing to explore the possibilities of creating random lace.  But, I would be remiss if I did not also mention a book by a fellow Raveler, Myra Wood, which takes the technique on to great heights.

Creative Crochet Lace explores filet crochet, doodle lace, Irish crochet, and lace scrumbling from a new and fresh perspective.  The book will take you through the process of creating lace in each of these techniques.  There is also a fabulous gallery of artists' works at the end which is sure to inspire you!

My purpose in this is the same as it was for my creating the Almost Random Lace Scarf pattern, to encourage you to pursue this most relaxing and rewarding method of creating lace.


Monday, 7 March 2016

CGOA

As part of the National Crochet Month Celebrations I have rejoined CGOA - The Crochet Guild of America.  Here is the Badge designed by Gwen Blakley Kinsler (a.k.a. Crochet Queen) for the Guild which she founded in 1993:





The Crochet Queen has always been supportive of crocheters as a group and of me as well.  Check out her Blog here:  Crochet Queen: Royal Ramblings


I was a featured blogger on her site a while back. The Queen was a very helpful and gentle editor and allowed the use of many great images from her book, The Fine Art of Crochet: Innovative Works From 20 Contemporary Artists   You can see the article here:   Alternative Materials: A Practical Guide

So thank you, Queenie, and thank you crochet for giving me a chance to explore my creativity and find a little peace along the way.






Friday, 4 March 2016

Crochetville 2016 Blog Tour -- The Crochet Express Stops Here!




Today the train stops here at my blog! I am offering you my Almost Random Lace Scarf pattern free on Ravelry from March 5, 2016 until March 13, 2016 with the code: 2016.  You don't need to be a member of Ravelry to get my pattern,  but it is truly a great community and I recommend that you join.  If you already have this pattern, send me a message and I will gift you one of my other patterns.




I designed this pattern to show that randomness isn't all that scary. This pattern is both written and charted and is designed so that anyone can crochet a ‘random’ lace scarf. The benefit is that I have done the math so that the edges are nice and even.  Along with the pattern for the scarf shown, I have included tips to help you delve further into randomness. This pattern also includes instructions for blocking as I think it helps bring out the beauty of any lace.




But wait! That isn't all. There are many more fun stops ahead. Not to mention prizes,give aways, and fantastic yarns and patterns to discover. 



For the Crochetville Blog: crochetville.com

This fantastic event continues for the entire month of March, so don't miss out!


Thursday, 3 March 2016

Random Creations from the Past

I am feeling especially random today so I thought I would put up photos of some of my past creations.  Yes, good blogging for me is lots of pictures and a few words.  Here we go...



My first freeform piece made while touring Europe 1977-8.  I didn't know about freeform then, I called it doodling with yarn.  It is framed in an old window with a partial screen that I found in the basement of my house which is over 100 years old:




A wall quilt I made sometime around 2000:




 My four seasons of trees - a little exercise for myself in creative knitting and also the first pattern I ever wrote out.  The pattern is free here:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/four-seasons-of-trees




A nest with eggs I made by manipulating fabric:




A friend gave me a bag of old electronic parts and said "do something with this"  So I made some necklaces:






 This was for the Itsy Bitsy Bikini Challenge in the Freeformations group on Ravelry for the Ravelympics 2008 and, no, I haven't worn it yet...




Well, that's enough for now.  I will end with my Loon.  I am currently using it as my Ravatar so you might recognize it: