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Stray Ends and Creative Ideas
Do you ever think about what to do with all those stray oddments of yarn you have lurking around?
A few years ago I came across freeform knitting and crochet but have to admit that although I experimented a little bit I really didn’t have the nerve to create pieces with it or take any steps forward. I didn’t believe I was creative enough to try it. However times have changed and as regular readers are aware I’ve been on something of a journey that is putting me in touch with my creativity – it all started with being made to draw in public and has developed from there.
Living in Southampton means I’m very lucky to have met Jani Franck, one of the creators of the Art House Cafe and also a designer and tutor of wonderful online craft classes and groups. I’ve recently joined her #creative beings group on Facebook. Its a group for creative people to share their work and I must admit I was a tad nervous joining. Each week we also receive a weekly prompt – this week’s is Earth – and this has lead to the creation of 2 freeform pieces, mainly in crochet.
In last Monday’s Hope post I talked about my recent trip to Devon. Driving from Hampshire to Devon means taking the A35 – a lovely route through rural Dorset and Devon, where you are surrounded by green fields, many with evidence of ancient hill forts or settlements created by iron age chieftans and farmers.
When I got home I started making green leafy type shapes, just out of my head, and then wondered how they’d look sewn to a ball…….. and somehow they seemed to morph into the green fields I’d been driving beside all week:
I’ve taken 3 shots of the finished ball from various angles:
Earth Note Book
I also thought about ploughed earth and the different colours of sands and soils surrounding us and made lots of random, textured shapes and flowers to create the front cover of an A6 notebook. I’ve designed it to be detachable so that it can be transferred to other notebooks in the future, added a back cover of a random crochet fabric and a button closure. I then edged the finished piece in a rich brown
Earth Flowers and Bullion Knots…. or Roll Stitch
Its fatal for me to get onto Pinterest in terms of time, but I decided I’d have a browse at the freeform pieces others were sharing and discovered it would be a good idea to learn a new crochet stitch – the bullion knot – as many freeform artists make good use of it when creating their pieces.
Basically what you do is:
1. Wrap the yarn around your crochet hook between 6 and 12 times – I think you can do more wraps if you feel brave!
2. Insert the hook into the foundation chain or circle, wrap yarn over hook again and pull the stitch through.
3. Wrap the yarn round the hook again and carefully pull through all loops until you have 2 loops left
4. Yarn over hook again and pull through both loops
There’s a great pictorial tutorial here with a pattern for a flower brooch
There is a really useful video tutorial provided by “The Art of Crochet By Teresa”
So once I’d grasped the concept I decided to try bullion knots into a ring of random heights to create a centre for a flower. From there I experimented with various sizes of petals – using clusters of tall crochet stitches and chains, until I found one I liked – I think it was a quadruple treble – and came up with this lovely little brooch: