Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Crochet clinic

Above, the Curiosity Shoppe's photo showing a crochet workshop I gave in the gallery space there a couple of weekends back - it was so much fun for me, and I hope to do more things like this in the future. We were officially making sand dollars, but it was awesome to see people going in new directions with their own designs - bracelets, rings, coin purses, squids...

I had a lot of help from some of the more advanced crocheters there in teaching beginners, who started out making chains and progressed to working in the round.

For the more complicated stuff, I filled this old curio cabinet with crocheted samples, varying certain parameters one at a time (working in both loops? double stitch? slip? increase?) to show how these basic elements can be combined to create virtually any three dimensional object.When I started crocheting, I spent a lot of time messing around (crocheting for 5 minutes, frogging, crocheting, frogging, etc) to get some frame of reference on how certain stitches would look. My aim in making these samples was pretty much to expedite those early stages of the prototyping process for others.

6 comments:

Ansley said...

Totally great!

studiolo2 said...

Amazing work--how beautiful! I am in awe of your patience and dexterity.

Diana said...

I love the sculptural elements display - sometimes the little details are the best to look at!

cake or something like that said...

JESSICA I AM STALKING YOUR WORK AND PUTTING IT ON MY BLOG.

This is Anna Potter, BTW

Sara said...

Oh, this is beautiful. A mini wunderkammer. I'm primarily a knitter, but am really enjoying the free-form nature of crochet. See my own little octopus here: http://ibbyskibby.wordpress.com/2008/06/04/octopus-redux/
Sara in Salt Lake City

esther said...

Love this!