Friday, November 23, 2012

Tapestry Weaving and Knitted Flowers

So much to learn and so little time....I've been piddling around with freestyle tapestry weaving for over a year and now it's time to get serious with it.  From looking at the picture, you would think I was working with 10-12 balls of yarn, actually thanks to Noro slow progressive gradient skeins, I'm working with about 4 balls. So far, this is progressing nicely but far far away from the finished idea. This work in progress will be the only photo I show until the unveiling. Presently, I have 3 freeform challenges for 2013 and I haven't made up my mind which challenge this will go to.

Also, I've never knitted flowers, the beginning of another freeform challenge. At this time not certain which one either. :) Freeform is about working without patterns, but not completely either. The patterns to these lovely roses come from a book by Lesley Stanfield '100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet'. There is not only just flowers, but leaves, fruits, vegetables, bugs, and a couple of butterflies thrown in. A very handy book indeed.
November 24, 2013
I decided to add another photo to show progress of a beautiful bouquet unfolding.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Thru With The Two Step Freeform Wall Hanging

The 2012 Kentuck Art Show is one week away and I have created a freeform wall hanger to celebrate my 3rd year attending the show with the West Alabama Fiber Guild

This wall hanging was inspired by a song by Robert Plant from his solo album "Principle of Moments".  I fell in love with this album when it first came out in 1983 and found every track inspiring and innovative. You can't go wrong when your drummer is Phil Collins from Genesis...another insanely talented musician.

'Thru With The Two Step' is my first abstract wall hanging, and certainly won't be my last. These are the close up photos of the knitting, embroidery, beadwork and crochet.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Rothbury Poncho

Back in April this year, I took a trip to Michigan to visit family. I knew it was going to be quite a bit cooler than Alabama so I decided to make myself a wrap...or so this project started out as a wrap.

During the visit, mom showed me a poncho she knitted years ago. The poncho was beautiful, but I was fascinated by the construction. Two pieces, same size put together and then pick up and knit for the collar. While mom's poncho was different, it had yarn fringe, a pom pom tie collar and aran style cables in the body, I measured what I started on the drive up and set about making what you see in the photo. Mom offered to give me the pattern but I wanted to design my own. I measured her poncho and made notes. I didn't even take a picture of her poncho.

I took some classes this spring on embroidering knitting and beaded knitting. While there is no beaded knitting in this poncho, I did add beads to the palestrina knots in the collar.

The finished piece fits pretty good for an adult woman, its not too long and looks good over a turtle neck top. The embroidery gave the overall design some life where otherwise, I wouldn't give this poncho a second look.

I have some more tweaking to do on the design but that's for another time. :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

IFFCG Challenge 2012 "Treelander: Awaken"

"High vibration, go on to the sun
Oh, let my heart dreaming
Past a mortal as me, where can I be?

Wish the sun to stand still
Reaching out to touch our own being
Past a mortal as we, here we can be."

-'Awaken' by Yes from the album 'Going for the One'

The latest addition to Treelander series, on exhibit with in the International Freeform Crochet Guild website. You can view the exhibit at:

Yes and Roger Dean were no question perfect for this challenge. The phenomenal talent the musicians and surreal art of their album covers have inspired me to create at a level of excellence making this piece a fun process.

I've never had the privilege of meeting the band or artist but if they ever see the exhibition, they'll find their inspiration in with other artists as Van Gogh, Picasso, Beethoven, Tchaikowsky, The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Klimt, Frank Lloyd Wright, George Gershwin, Monet and many others. 
Treelander: Awaken incorporates knit, crochet, embroidery, and Kumihimo braid. Embellished with birds, beads, a dragonfly and shells.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Treelander: The Glorious Challenge

This year I decided to participate in an art Australia.

The inspiration of Treelander came to me one afternoon when I was indexing files at work and listening to the wonderful progressive rock on my iPod. Once the idea came to me, I had to stop my indexing and grab a piece of paper to sketch this (or a facsimile) concept of a tree growing in rocks.

Created with no pattern to speak of, freeforming this piece came in 4 stages. I first knitted the sky in patches and had to figure out how I was going to attach it to a wire hanger. Then to create the tree trunk in random knitting and embroidering (and some crochet) in the branches. Then crocheting the rocks and landscape....piecing it together and adding the tree roots.  Finally came the beadwork and embellishments with buttons.

Once I mail out the piece to Prudence Mapstone in Queensland, Australia, I won't see the hanger until I get it back in late November. I hope the exhibit does well.