Coming Out of the Crochet Closet

I started crocheting in my twenties, plying my hook furiously and fearlessly for a few years. Quilting and painting obsessions were added fairly quickly (I have drawn my entire life, but painting came much later). Now, inexplicably, I am mad about crochet — again. There is no explaining it, or denying it. I am thinking and dreaming about crochet and designing stuff in my head. What I love most about it is that any shape is possible. A hook can be inserted anywhere. And the texture! Crochet artists have re-invented the art of attaching crocheted motifs together to make stunning pieces of clothing.

I have used it in my mixed media bag of tricks as an edging, a joining mechanism, and even for adding a motif here and there along with other collaged items to my paper quilts and paintings. Stitch and crochet are complete compliments, blending beautifully together in such an organic way. But now, I want to make bigger items, like jackets or tops, maybe even dresses. We’ll see if this cools, and the fever passes.

In the meantime, I’m checking out crochet links on the Web. There are MILLIONS of them, and that is no exaggeration.

About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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3 Responses to Coming Out of the Crochet Closet

  1. Tammy Vitale says:

    I just read that needlepoint is making a come back – my kind (design, not frou frou). I used to design for a store in Boca Raton Florida. Thinking about reactivating that. I even (still) have unused canvas, and needles and yarn……..I guess if you wait long enough it all comes back around! I crocheted a lot when I was younger too.

  2. Deb Sims says:

    You go girl! I have a friend who makes the most incredible crocheted jackets and scarves and anything else that pops into her head. She uses stunning yarns and adds beads and crystals and anything else she can attach. I can’t wait to see your creations!

  3. Carol Wiebe says:

    I think what I love the most about crochet is its geometric quality. Those little knots line up so beautifully into patterns, and have wonderful texture, too.

    Crochet seems to have made a big comeback, as well, and it’s the new ways of working with it that have really excited me with the possibilities.

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