Yesterday, I got some amazing news! The winners of the design competition were announced at the annual Chain Link conference, and both my entries won prizes! My "Kyoto Coat", a baby jacket, won the Grand Prize and my "Jewels of the Sea" necklace won 1st prize in the Accessories category. I am beyond thrilled! I really wish I could have been at the conference, for the award ceremony and to share in the fun. Congratulations to all of the winners! Here is a complete list of the winners with descriptions of their entries.
I am excited that I can now show photos of my entries! Here is the necklace, and I am in the process of gathering photos of the baby jacket. I will post those soon.
The idea for the necklace was inspired by shells I found on the beach in Kuwait. I like to include found objects in my freeform crochet, and I loved the colors in these shells. They formed the basis for my yarn selection. I made several scrumbles with a beach theme in mind. Then, by the process of trial and error, pinned them to a form until I had an arrangement I was happy with. I used a little more than half of the scrumbles I made. I like to have a large pool to choose from. I think I get a better result when I am not forced to use everything I make. I have a large bag of unused scrumbles, which is actually very useful for adding to other projects or for making a quick gift of a brooch or a greeting card. I also like to include wool felt pieces in my work to break up the crochet, so I embroidered a few pieces and added them to my freeform puzzle. I carefully stitched them all together and then, there it was, a lovely souvenir of my day at the beach!