A good few years back I hit a rough patch and sank into depression. I’m not going to talk about the reasons why, as I’m not about to go back to that place and relive things that I’ve left behind. What I would like to write about is the wonderful transformation that I went through that has led me to where I am today.
Drawing was something I always wished I could do. My parents are both incredibly creative and both can paint beautifully, I was of the opinion that I hadn’t received those particular genes. I have doodled for years and my doodles did have a sort of artistic quality. However, to me they were just doodles.
On the day I was signed off work I felt really low and I started to draw. I quickly realised that I wasn’t as bad as I thought. In fact I wasn’t bad at all.
I drew this on the night I had been signed off work.
But more than this I realised that when I was drawing I zoned out of the world around me and got a much needed break from all the feelings and thoughts that I was stuck with. Creating artwork soon became a therapy, an escape. Creating things allowed me to heal. Without finding and fostering that creative ember that smoldered within me I could still be in that sad dark place.
Creativity is such a big part of who I am now. I’m happiest when I’m making things. Exploring my creativity led me to crochet… and I love crochet.
I must continue with my Lollo bear I’m making. I started this ages ago and the motifs are relatively easy to make.
However, the organisation of those motifs (which can, for some, body parts be slightly different sizes) is quite a challenge.
But I’ve only got the arms and legs left to do… it will look great when it’s done. I might try and crack on this weekend.
I’ll write a more comprehensive post when I’ve finished. The pattern for this bear isn’t free but is available here
Yesterday I made this. I have no idea what it is but it was fun just letting it manifest in front of me using hyperbolic crochet principles.
I began with a short tube of single crochets and then switched to single crochet increases in each stitch. Waves began to appear much more quickly than before creating a very ruffled effect. The tube was then turned and I worked the other way; experimenting with double crochets in a chain 5 loop, with added Single crochet increases to follow.
It was nice not having a pattern and just going with my gut.
I’ve now been challenged by Shana Rae to create a dragon with hyperbolic elements… best get my thinking cap on 🙂
Here’s an amigurumi I made some time back. I’ve only made this once but really liked the pattern ( free and available here) and how some of the parts were crocheted. This fierce Little Dragon (pattern name) can also be found over on Shana Rae’s blog NYAD Designs http://nyaddesigns.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/ongar-the-dragon/.
I love how they body is one shaped piece of crochet; beginning by joining two small circles for the nose. The legs have shape to them and join nicely to the body. The spines are formed using a simple repeating pattern and look really effective- I’ve used these spines on some of the snow dragons I’ve made.
Spines and wings inspired by those on the Fierce Little Dragon
But the wings! These took me a while to grasp and were quite fiddly. This was my first try at frontpost stitches and perhaps the reason why I had so much difficulty. They look great though and I was really pleased. I’ve adapted (shrunk) the wings to fit some of the snow dragons I’ve made.
Sadly, this fierce little dragon disappeared shortly after I made him :-(. I took him to work to show off and I think one of the kids I teach accidentally took him home and took a liking to him. Or maybe …. maybe he flew away and is having some fantastic adventures somewhere (I like the thought of that more 🙂 )
Talking about this amigurumi is making me want to make another… watch this space 🙂
So last night I began a piece of hyperbolic crochet. Playing around but intrigued by all the amazing organic shapes I’ve seen.
At first my work looked like little more than a disc… (1sc, Inc) repeated over and over. But then the edges began to lift and form rolls. 🙂
I’m now recieving a steady flow of amazing ideas. Ways I can use these forms in interesting ways 🙂
I’m going to have to have a go at hyperbolic crochet. There are some amazing examples on pinterest of how how mathematical principles can modelled through crochet.
Maybe I could create a sort of mobile for a Baby or a hanging sculpture.
This page is full of beautiful hyperbolic crochet from Gabriele Meyers – http://pinterest.com/pin/448741550341775514/
The other day I designed a small flower/motif based upon one described by a friend.
Six motifs were created and stitched around a crocheted sphere. My friend’s daughter can hang onto this when her comfort blanket eventually falls apart (hopefully not for a good while).
I enjoyed this short project and wonder whether something like this might make a nice wardrobe freshener if filled with potpourri or lavender. 🙂
This video is a really interesting look at crochet and links to mathematics. It’s long but interesting and rather inspiring. 🙂
It just fell into the basket… honest!
Yesterday, a friend described a motif that was in a blanket belonging to her daughter. The crocheted blanket has seen better days but her little girl loves the pattern in it.
So after I’d done all the Work I needed to do at home, I had a go at creating the motif… I’m quite pleased with the result and am pretty sure that only minor tweaking will be required 🙂
Motif with supervising cat