Mixed media textiles inspired by rebellion and the natural world
Yesterday I worked on this piece of freestyle crochet for a necklace. ‘Freestyle’ crochet differs from conventional crochet in that a pattern is not followed and it is worked spontaneously. Therefore it often has an irregular appearance. I choose to use this approach as I want these pieces to look organic, almost as if ‘growth’ is taking place in the work. It is an amazing way to explore with crochet as it is experimental and hence exciting and unpredictable. I found it very liberating when I fell upon this way of working, as I had never considered breaking the ‘rules’! It also fosters an understanding of crochet and how it is used to create shapes and patterns.
I selected some fabrics to use with the crochet lace. I will cut these pieces up and fray them before stitching the fragments together and attaching the lace. I will then decide whether to add more ornamentation. The crochet is quite elaborate so it may not need anything else.
I worked some free form crochet while stitching it to the heart as decoration. I think that the addition of beads and sequins could be nice too.
I am obsessed with hearts at the moment and experimenting with ways of using my explorations into free form crochet with pre-loved fabrics to discover ways to make and decorate them.
Freeform crocheted lace heart
Crocheting a medallion to make into a brooch for cuff in autumnal colours. I love the velvet background!
Fabric scraps were selected in autumn colour scheme. The fact that the scraps are in tatters is also somehow reminiscent of fallen leaves. When I am able to or it makes sense to do so, it is very rewarding to take inspiration from the current season.
The fabric scraps were stitched around a padded velvet circle for the crochet medallion to be fastened to. I quite like the idea of a padded pin cushion-type shape as a brooch! I may even make some pin cushions using this idea, or would the crochet be annoying, getting in the way of the pins? I guess there’s only one way to find out and that’s by trying one out!
Love Lourdes x
I thought it would enhance the ‘prettiness’ of the cuffs if I used a crochet flower brooch as a fastener. This has the additional advantage of allowing the wearer a lot more choice in how they wear the cuff and also allows for it to be tailored to any size.
This is the first crocheted flower medallion I made and is very simple. There are unlimited ways in which this can be varied and I am particularly drawn to the possibilities of adding beads. Of course the brooch can just be used as a brooch alone or even a hair adornment!
This is the third cuff I made for the ‘pay it forward’ challenge I mentioned a few posts ago. It is based on the colours of autumn which are surrounding us at the moment.
My favourite part of this cuff is the red velvet combined with the stitches. I also like the contrast between the red metallic net and the crochet.
Last year I took part in a Facebook challenge to ‘pay it forward’. Basically the idea is to give gifts to people who agree to also give away gifts and so on, resulting in hopefully a very long continuation of gifts being both given and received. 3 people respond to each person taking part, but due to some misunderstandings, I had 5 responses! Anyway each person is supposed to send a gift to 3 people which could range from a card or postcard to an object of some kind or well, anything! I thought it would be nice to send things I made myself and I decided to design some wrist cuffs incorporating the ideas I have been working on recently such as crochet combined with fabric scraps and stitching. The year has progressed quickly and I have been focusing my attention on getting these completed before the year has passed!
I have completed all 5 cuffs but I haven’t yet finished the fastenings, I decided on brooches as both fastenings and extra adornment, but I haven’t made them yet so I will include them in a future post.
This was the first cuff I worked, using one of my favourite colour schemes of lilac and greens, it includes a couple of pieces of free-form crochet and small hand stitches.
I am experimenting with ways of building up sections of fabric to form garments. I really like the idea of allowing a piece of clothing to emerge from the combinations of shapes; it seems somewhat magical and as if the work has an intelligence of it’s own! Perhaps it just suits my personality to work in an unpredictable way! The photo above has had the colours enhanced which has made the colours bolder and like the vibrancy of a watercolour or ink painting.
Here the colours are faithful to the actual piece. However I quite like to play around with the editing as new possibilities become apparent and the whole mood can be altered.
This is a close-up photo of white silk dupion which has frayed holes in it, it may be hard to see but in places the stitches cover some of the holes creating areas which are lace-like.
Here the contrast between areas which include embellishment and areas where the fabrics are held together with simple stitching and left plain is shown. I really like the look of ‘construction in progress’ that is suggested by the lines of tacking-type stitches.
This is yet another work in progress!