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 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 designerÂ Hadar Kaplan uses humor . . . → Read More: Crochet housewares: lamps, yoga balls, and faux taxidermy
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
These figures look charmingly comical to me – like a cartoon character, or a farm animal, with a head so over-sized that it can’t be held up for another minute.
They are actually furniture pieces by the Latvia architecture and design practice called Sampling. From the series ‘Farming,’ they are crocheted using hemp twine. . . . → Read More: Morphing crochet furniture by Sampling
Grande peau ficelle de boucherie 200 cm X 250 cm 2011
(detail) Grande peau ficelle de boucherie 200 cm X 250 cm 2011
Artist Cecile Dachary takes inspiration from the human body, not just its external form, but also the non-visible elements like the internal organs. I love how she uses crochet to . . . → Read More: Crochet installations and sculptures by Cecile Dachary
1. Crochet necklaces by Okapiknits. Okapiknits is the creative child of a Paris, France based fashion designer who sells her wares on her Etsy shop.
2. Chunky necklaces by Atlanta, Georgia based designer Yokoo Gibran. I first heard about her in this NY Times article. Her goods are on her Etsy Shop.
3. DIY . . . → Read More: Crochet necklaces
“Aura” 9x5cm, magnolia leaf and cotton thread
UK based artist Susanna Bauer collects leaves and handstitches them with cotton thread. With over 16 years as a modelmaker in the television and film industry creating objects like King Arthur’s chalice and cheeses for Wallace and Gromit, Bauer has developed a keen eye for the unusual, as . . . → Read More: Stitched leaves by Susanna Bauer
It’s that time of year when I long to curl up on my couch and knit. Here are some inspiring pieces I’ve recently encountered.
1. These are too-cute-to-be-real sheep hand-knitted from wool. Made by the April and May shop, they are available in multiple sizes and colors. Click here to see details.
2. The . . . → Read More: Knitting Finds
“TLHOGO” performance, approx 3 hours 30 min, 2010
Performance artist Lerato Shadi uses knitting/crocheting, video, installation and sound to investigate themes of absence and presence, as well as the transformation of subject and object. She is a more traditional performance artist in that she lends her physical body to performances that last many hours.
. . . → Read More: Performance art involving knitting and crocheting by Lerato Shadi
1. Egg warmers by Latvia based Imali.
2. The Cutie Pie Chart by London-based Dawn Finney. The “perfect companion for the lonely mathematician or statistician” is available to purchase on Etsy.
3. Hangover masks by New Zealand based Heather Barnes. Barnes was commissioned to make these masks for Saatchi and Saatchi for use in a beer . . . → Read More: Unusual knitted goods: egg warmers, a pie chart and a hangover mask