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Crochet figures by Yulia Ustinova

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Moscow, Russia based artist Yulia Ustinova is captivated by the roundness of the female figure. Hips, buttocks, tummy and breasts. Armed with a crochet hook and variegated yarn, Ustinova renders the curves, twists and turns, covering the underlying metal armature with a skin of tightly wound fabric.

From an interview with ZoneArts, the artist says . . . → Read More: Crochet figures by Yulia Ustinova

Giant Crochet Doilies overflow the walls of a gallery by Ashley V. Blalock

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Lying on a side table, a lace doily is a symbol of refinement and femininity. Change the scale of that doily and add them to other giant sized doilies and suddenly the mass of crochet takes on an overpowering and even threatening air. In “Keeping Up Appearances”  Southern California based artist Ashley V. Blalock built an ongoing, . . . → Read More: Giant Crochet Doilies overflow the walls of a gallery by Ashley V. Blalock

“Fierce bunnies” made from salvaged sweaters by Sonja Ahlers

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These bunnies are “melt my heart” cute.

Created by Canada based artist Sonja Ahlers, each woodland creature is hand-stitched from cut-up discarded sweaters made of natural fibers such as angora, lambswool and cashmere.

About her process, Ahler writes, “Many steps are involved in their creation. The carefully sourced vintage sweaters are prepared individually: . . . → Read More: “Fierce bunnies” made from salvaged sweaters by Sonja Ahlers

R.I.P. Ruth Asawa (1926-2013)

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Monday night San Francisco lost one of its most admired sculptors, Ruth Asawa. Asawa’s signature works are her transparent wire mesh sculptures. If you go to the de Young Museum, you can view several of these pieces hanging from the lobby area of the Museum’s tower. Composed of entwined wire, they appear to float in . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Ruth Asawa (1926-2013)

Conceptual earrings about the bonds between twins by Sachiko Burgin

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There’s something poignant about this whimsical pair of earrings, entitled “Attached.”

In the artist’s statement, the Toronto, Canada based artist Sachiko Burgin writes, “(Attached) is about the closeness that twins share during childhood. The little sweater sleeves grow into one another to emphasize this connection, and the piece (which is purely . . . → Read More: Conceptual earrings about the bonds between twins by Sachiko Burgin

Third International Yarnbombing Day in the San Francisco Bay Area

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work in Palo Alto by “Knits for Life”

work in Palo Alto by “Knits for Life”

Here are some images from the Third International Yarnbombing Day in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For the un-informed yet curious… yarn bombing is guerilla knitting, or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn, rather than spray . . . → Read More: Third International Yarnbombing Day in the San Francisco Bay Area

Unusual display ideas for lace doilies

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Lace doilies make my heart race. Here are a few ideas I’ve been collecting about how to display them. (starting from the top and going clockwise)

1. Lace doilies hung in embroidery loops clustered in a window at the Mercy store in Oakland, California. (flickr)

2. A table runner. Simply gorgeous. (pinterest)

3. A . . . → Read More: Unusual display ideas for lace doilies

Lamps shades made from re-purposed crochet doilies

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Here are some ideas for using up those old crochet doilies as lamp shades. They cast some amazing shadows!

(top left) Four lamps shades made from doilies.

(top right) A bohemian-style lamp shade.

(2nd row) Rustic tea lamps made from recycled glass jars.

(3rd and 4th rows) An exquisite pendant lamp composed of vintage . . . → Read More: Lamps shades made from re-purposed crochet doilies

Crochet housewares: lamps, yoga balls, and faux taxidermy

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Crochet is the step-sister of Knitting: versatile, silent and a little subversive. 3-dimensional curves fall from the hook of the crocheter into these devastatingly unique objects.

1. I am no a fan of taxidermy but I do appreciate the satire of a faux mounted animal head. Tel Aviv, Israel based designer Hadar Kaplan uses humor . . . → Read More: Crochet housewares: lamps, yoga balls, and faux taxidermy

Free-form crochet doilies by Asimina Chremos

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Besides holding a full-time job, Philadelphia-based artist Asimina Chremos also pours her creative energy into crocheting free-from doilies. Using a tiny hook (size 10 or size 12) and cotton thread, Chremos works improvisationally, discovering new forms and adding different colors as the doily grows.

The former dancer says, “I have a sense of the . . . → Read More: Free-form crochet doilies by Asimina Chremos