Makin'ology

Much to do with fiber & yarn arts & crafty inspirations. Miscellaneous things I make, others make that are to be admired, fuel for creative imagination & mishaps that happen in the making.

holy yarnnation! … there’s a name for the condition my condition is in … !

~via mad queen mother, facebook



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holy yarnnation! … there’s a name for the condition my condition is in … !

~via mad queen mother, facebook

the theme du jour must be art ‘based on lace’ …. magnificent !

"In an ongoing series by Joana Vasconcelos, the Portuguese artist has been wrapping various animals—wasps, lizards, snakes, crabs, lobsters, frogs, bull-heads, donkey heads, horse heads, wolves and even cats—in five-needle lace, handmade cotton crochet. But these aren’t any old animals. Vasconcelos has appropriated the ceramic artwork of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846-1905), one of the most renowned Portuguese artists of the 19th century.

Each of the pieces “are ambiguously imprisoned/protected by a second-skin in crochet-work,” says Vasconcelos. At once both beautiful and strange …  “


~via http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/07/animal-and-insect-sculptures-wrapped-in-crocheted-webbing-by-joana-vasconcelos/

beautiful street fiber arts …. based on lace … by NeSpoon of Warsaw Poland …

"Warsaw-based artist NeSpoon uses ornate lace patterns in her unique brand of street art that translates into ceramics, stencils, paintings, and crocheted webbing installed in public spaces. NeSpoon refers to her art as “public jewelry,” specifically as an act of beautification by turning abandoned and unadorned spaces into something aesthetically pleasing. You can see much more over on Behance.”

'joining' squares zig-zag fashion … great tutorial with little granny squares & kaleidoscope blanket example by the lovely Angie of Le Monde de Sucrette …

tutorial here —-> http://www.lemondedesucrette.com/?s=join

hello ! … I just signed up on this call for entries for knitted or crocheted rectangles or 8” doilies to yarn bomb grand central market in downtown los angeles … and you can too ! … they need to be submitted by september 24th, 2014 … fun !


"We’re at it again! This time we’re going to yarn bomb Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles, floor to ceiling! Based on the Greek idea of the polis, the installation looks at the coming together of crafters, pedestrians, and downtown Los Angeles districts in the space of an open air market. The grand finale will be unveiled November 2014.We are taking submissions for:12 inch  x 72 inch OR 12 inch x 18 inch rectangular pieces in the following colors:-Hot Pink-Cyan8 inch circular “doily” pieces in the following colors:-WhiteBoth knitters and crocheters are welcome to submit. Use your imagination for the stitch and design - we can’t wait to see what you come up with!Please mail your work to the following address postmarked by September 24, 2014:Yarn Bombing Los Angelesc / o Carol ZouOtis College of Art and Design10455 Jefferson Blvd, #A128Culver City, CA 90232Lastly, email us at yarnbombing18 (at) gmail (dot) com, or fill out the form on the right to let us know that you are participating.Happy stitching!


more information & to sign up here ——»» http://www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com/call-for-entry.html View high resolution

hello ! … I just signed up on this call for entries for knitted or crocheted rectangles or 8” doilies to yarn bomb grand central market in downtown los angeles … and you can too ! … they need to be submitted by september 24th, 2014 … fun !

"We’re at it again! This time we’re going to yarn bomb Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles, floor to ceiling! Based on the Greek idea of the polis, the installation looks at the coming together of crafters, pedestrians, and downtown Los Angeles districts in the space of an open air market. The grand finale will be unveiled November 2014.

We are taking submissions for:

12 inch  x 72 inch OR 12 inch x 18 inch rectangular pieces in the following colors:
-Hot Pink
-Cyan

8 inch circular “doily” pieces in the following colors:
-White

Both knitters and crocheters are welcome to submit. Use your imagination for the stitch and design - we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Please mail your work to the following address postmarked by September 24, 2014:

Yarn Bombing Los Angeles
c / o Carol Zou
Otis College of Art and Design
10455 Jefferson Blvd, #A128
Culver City, CA 90232

Lastly, email us at yarnbombing18 (at) gmail (dot) com, or fill out the form on the right to let us know that you are participating.

Happy stitching!

more information & to sign up here ——»» http://www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com/call-for-entry.html

still playing around with ‘maybelle’ flowers & maybelle granny squares … modified them a little so there were smaller holes … not sure on the actual project yet, but I do love the crazy colors of the squares … to try your hand, I’m using the pattern below … (I also posted it in an earlier post a few days ago before I started working with the squares … I’m a slowpoke) pattern & picture tutorial:
http://myrosevalley.blogspot.com/2013/06/maybelle-square-crochet-pattern.html?m=1 View high resolution

still playing around with ‘maybelle’ flowers & maybelle granny squares … modified them a little so there were smaller holes … not sure on the actual project yet, but I do love the crazy colors of the squares … to try your hand, I’m using the pattern below … (I also posted it in an earlier post a few days ago before I started working with the squares … I’m a slowpoke)

pattern & picture tutorial:

http://myrosevalley.blogspot.com/2013/06/maybelle-square-crochet-pattern.html?m=1

top picture …man acts as swift as woman knits, 1817….
what is a ‘swift’ ? :

A swift is a tool used to hold a hank of yarn while it is being wound off. It has an adjustable diameter so that it can hold hanks of many sizes, and rotates around a central rod.They are generally made out of wood or metal, however other materials may also be used. In the 18th and 19th centuries, swifts were sometimes made of whale ivory and they are now sought-after antiques. Swifts are not used very much in the textile industry, but are used more by knitters and crocheters who buy their yarn in hank form. The swift allows for easy balling, without the yarn getting tangled and knotted.”  ~wikipedia

similarly, & for the same purpose, to make sure the yarn or fiber doesn’t become tangled, are the ‘spinner’s weasel’ (shown above) & the ‘niddy noddy’ (shown above & in ‘madonna of the yarnwinder’) …

spectacular ! … ‘stripe-tease’ socks … as if I don’t have enough on my future projects list … but these are a must … 

free pattern through ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stripe-tease

spectacular ! … ‘stripe-tease’ socks … as if I don’t have enough on my future projects list … but these are a must …

free pattern through ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stripe-tease

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