Friday, July 29, 2016

Letting Your Yarn Write the Pattern!

This past weekend I travelled by car up the Oregon Coast from Lincoln City to Astoria. Such a beautiful drive, and opportunity to crochet! I decided to make a panel for the Desert section of the Weaving Stories project, using a beautiful variegated yarn I bought in my local yarn store in Kuwait. It has many of the colors from the color palette I have put together for the project, so I thought it would be perfect for the panel. 

I wanted this piece to be about texture to reflect desert terrain, so I had the idea to change stitches whenever the yarn changed colors from beige to green. When I crocheted the beige portions, I worked random single, half double, double, triple, and double treble stitches, and when the yarn turned green, I crocheted a stitch pattern of 2 double crochet stitches in a stitch, then I skipped the following stitch. It was truly the perfect project for a winding road car trip. I was able to complete the entire 1 meter panel! 

I am now planning to add some surface embroidery, of Al Arfaj flowers, the national flower of Kuwait, to finish off the panel. 

If you have a skein of variegated yarn in your stash, you can do this freeform crochet exercise by simply changing stitches whenever the color of the yarn changes. You can also change direction to make a real freeform piece when not limited to a particular size or shape! You will be amazed at what you create with this technique!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Layering Crochet, a Project in Progress!

I am in the midst of creating a special panel for the Weaving Stories project I am managing. The piece is inspired by Islamic motifs, and will be woven into a 12 meter long panoramic wall.

I wanted to achieve a window effect, so I crocheted the motifs, and was planning to stitch them onto the panel that I knitted in variegated yarn. I was hoping the colors would show through the openings in the motif, but the yarn colors were too subtle to show through. I decided to crochet a disc to go underneath, in the same colors that appear in the variegated yarn, for a bolder effect. I then attached it to the motif by crocheting them together. The motifs are now drying on the blocking board, and when they are dry, I will stitch these completed and joined motifs onto the knitted background. I am excited to see the full layered effect, and how it will look woven into our installation!

Friday, July 1, 2016

eWoodStory Nouveau Necklace Crochet Kits are Back in Stock!

We have arrived in the US, and are now restocking our Etsy shop with Nouveau Necklace crochet kits, and Stitchable Pendants. Also, we will be shipping worldwide from Oregon until August 22nd! New items will be added to the shop daily, until they are all listed!