Joana Vasconcelos crochet art

Joana Vasconcelos

Joana Vasconcelos’ work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums in Europe, Asia and South America. In her work she combines daily life objects like cutlery, lids, TV’s, computers and other domestic utensils with needlework like crochet, embroidery and knitting. This creates a special kind of magic when she combines massproduced objects with crafted needlework. Her work is not limited to fibers, since she also uses different mediums as glass, plastic, tiles, iron, feathers and ceramics.

She is Portuguese and has a team that helps her with these amazing installations. Her sculptures are often monumental and look quite spectacular in churches or castles. Read more about her work at her website.

Some of her artworks remind me of Christo’s work, when she wraps up dead animals made of ceramics, pianos or household objects. The crustacea and other animals are wrapped in the most delicate crochet lace. In some of her pieces many crochet doilies are crocheted together to embrace different animals or objects. There is a strong reference to a feminine world, when she selects domestic utensils and needlework as her working material.

When she names her art, she sometimes has references to modern culture like David Bowie or Monroe. Bowie is a green frog wrapped in crochet – well, he is the chameleon par excellence.

Below you see two guards. Checkout these amazing installations at the Versailles Chateau here.

I looove this installation with the tampons as a chandelier.

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Yarnbombing in Malmø, Sweden

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Yarnbombing at Malmøfestivalen

Malmø in Sweden is my favourite place to go shopping: Friendly people and good prices make a great mix. Right now the city has a festival with many events. Amongst them there is a yarn bombing event at Stora Torg and Lilla Torg. Yarn bombing is a popular art movement, where public places are decorated with yarn. It is a form of graffiti, sometimes used to illustrate impersonal or ugly architecture by contrasting it with yarn objects.

Above a picture of the yarnbombed Karl X Gustav at Stora Torg.

At Lilla Torg, the romantic square with the many medieval buildings, antique street lamps and a fountain have been covered with crocheted and knitted fabrics.

yarnbombing malmø sweden

yarnbombing malmø sweden

yarnbombed street lamp

yarnbombed street lamp at lilla torg

When you go to Stora Torg there is a tent, where you can chill out with folks from Hemsløjden, a Swedish craft organization. The walls are decorated with dozens of crocheted potholders. Well seated in their sofa you can study Swedish books on embroidery, crochet and knitting.

Art Deco Crochet Purse

crochet clutch free pattern

Art Deco Clutch

My mother pitched me a couple of weeks ago, that she needed some kind of little bag or pouch thing:  “I need a little bag for the car keys and my wallet, when I go to the physical therapist. Who wants to carry along a big bag for that? You crochet all these things, so you can surely come up with something pretty for me”.

I gave it a try and made the above clutch. It is made with a simple stitch that results in a thick fabric, which is OK for a crochet bag like this. I have seen this crochet stitch described as the woven stitch or seed stitch.

The design is a simple rectangle. I included a lining, so the crochet fabric has something to hold on to and doesn’t grow out of shape over time.

Material 2 skeins KnitPicks Shine Worsted in cream and 1 skein in robot (grey). 50 g / 75 yrds – 69 m. 60 % Pima cotton – 40 % Modal.

Yardage     Total yardage: 220 m/241 yards. About  128 m/140 yards in beige and  92 m/101 yards in robot (grey).

1 Button

Fabric  47 cm x 28 cm    18½ inches x 11 inches. I used a very thin cotton fabric, so the bag didn’t become too bulky.

Hook  4 mm   US: G/6

Sewing Thread  in grey and white

Sewing Needle

Level  Easy/Beginner

Stitches  Chains and single crochets.

Finished size   width: 23 cm/9 inches    length before sewing together: 43 cm/17 inches. Height after sewing together: 17 cm/6½ inches.

Pattern

This is a free written and charted crochet pattern for a clutch. The stitch pattern will result in a dense and thick fabric with this kind of yarn. It is a very simple pattern and the fabric resembles woven cloth.

Start crocheting with the beige yarn.

Row 1    Chain 50.

Row 2   Chain 1, skip 1, 1 single crochet, [chain 1, skip 1, 1 single crochet]. Repeat 24 times between [ ].

Row 3    Chain 1, skip 1, 1 single crochet into chain stitch, [ chain 1, skip 1, 1 single crochet in chain stitch]. Repeat 24 times between [ ].

For guidance please see the crochet chart below. The chart only shows a part of the pattern and not the whole row across.

Repeat row 2 and 3 until work measures  3½ inches – 9 cm.

Change to grey coloured yarn and work until the grey part measures 6 1/4 inches – 16 cm.

Change back to beige coloured yarn and crochet until this beige coloured part measures 7 1/4inches – 18 cm.

In this last row make 7 chains in the middle as button holder.

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

woven stitch crochet chart diagram

The work should look like the photo below.

Cut the lining, so it is ½ inch/ 2 cm larger than the crocheted fabric. Pin the lining to the fabric and sew it by hand. Your work should look like the photo below now.

Fold the fabric and sew it from the outside with beige and grey sewing thread.

Sew the button onto the fabric.

If you are unfamiliar with reading crochet charts, please see my tutorial how to read charts.

Note: This pattern uses US crochet terms. If you are unfamiliar with those see my crochet translation chart for US, UK, German and Danish crochet terms.

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Copyright  2012 Birgit Tüchsen. All rights reserved. This pattern is intended for personal use only. Photocopying or reproduction of this pattern is not allowed in any form including electronic. It is not allowed to sell this pattern. It is also not allowed to sell items made from this pattern. All text, images, graphics and other materials on this website are subject to the copyright and intellectual property rights of the owner.

Art Deco Häkeltasche

crochet clutch free pattern

Art Deco Häkeltasche

Meine Mutter gab mir einen Auftrag vor ein paar Wochen: “Du häkelst so viel und da kannst du mir sicher eine schöne, kleine Tasche häkeln. Es ist mir zu umständlich mit der grossen Handtasche, wenn ich schnell zur Physiotherapie fahren soll.”

Also habe ich versucht eine kleine Tasche zu machen, die handy ist und gut aussieht. Das Häkelmuster ist super einfach für die Clutch. Mit diesem Häkelmuster entsteht ein Stoff, der an Webstoff erinnert.

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Zpagetti Rug Free Crochet Pattern

free crochet pattern for rug

5 Spirals Rug

Last year I crocheted a bath mat, but I wasn’t really satisfied with the result: I had used a thin yarn and the mat doesn’t stay on the floor as it should.

I searched for a thicker yarn and found the jumbo sized Zpagetti yarn from Hoooked. Zpagetti is a supersized, elastic cotton yarn, that is made from leftovers in the textile industry. The colours vary according to which ones are trendy at the moment. Also the nature of the fabric can vary, because different cotton fabrics are used to make Zpagetti cones. It is a very soft and stretchy yarn and therefore pleasant to work with. Because the yarn is very thick you need an equivalent large hook to crochet with it.

If you are looking for a sustainable and eco friendly project – make a rug from this yarn! You could also try to make it with yarn made from old T-shirts. It is a fast as well as enjoyable project. Usually I hold my hook the pencil way, but this large hook made me hold the hook like a knife many times. It feels a little akward in the beginning with this large hook – I got fantasies about making a rug for the Flintstones…

Material  One cone Zpagetti  from Hoooked, 120 m/ 131 yards in a beige colour. Yardage can vary from cone to cone though and I had just enough with one cone. (I am a tight crocheter).

If you are in the UK Hoopla Yarn might be a good yarn substitute.

If you are in the US, you can find equivalent yarn on etsy.com. Search for super bulky cotton yarn or T Shirt yarn and you will find this kind of yarn in many shades.

Hook  12mm   US: 17

Level  Easy/Beginner

Stitches  Chains, slip stitches, double crochets and magical ring. Picot: Chain 3 and 1 slip stitch in first chain.

Finished size Diameter 56 cm/ 22 inches. You can make the rug bigger by continuing the spiral pattern or crochet a different edging.

Pattern

This is a free written and charted crochet pattern. Make a magic ring/adjustable ring. If you are not familiar with this technique, see my crochet tutorial magic ring.

Make the ring as explained in the tutorial until this picture in the tutorial. (Since you are using a much thicker yarn it will look a little different).

Round 1  You continue crocheting into the ring in this row. Chain 4, [1 double crochet, chain 2]. Repeat 4 times between [ ]. 1 slip stitch in this row’s 2nd chain.

Pull the yarn tail, so the ring closes in a neat way.

Round 2   Chain 2, 3 dc in chain space,  [chain 2, 4 double crochets in next chain space]. Repeat 4 times between [ ]. Chain 1, 1 slip stitch in this row’s beginning 2nd chain.

zpagetti crochet bath mat

Round 3   Chain 2, 2 double crochets in first chain, 2 double crochets, chain 3, [ 2 double crochets in next chain space, 3 double crochets, chain 3]. Repeat 4 times between [ ]. 1 slip stitch in this row’s 2nd beginning chain.

Round 4  Chain 2, 2 double crochets in first chain, 3 double crochets, chain 4, [ 2 double crochets in next chain space, 4 double crochets, chain 4]. Repeat 4 times between [ ]. 1 slip stitch in this row’s 2nd beginning chain.

Round 5   Chain 2, 2 double crochets in first chain, 4 double crochets, chain 5, [ 2 double crochets in next chain space, 5 double crochets, chain 5]. Repeat 4 times between [ ]. 1 slip stitch in this row’s 2nd beginning chain.

Round 6   Chain 2, 2 double crochets in first chain, 5 double crochets, chain 6, [ 2 double crochets in next chain space, 6 double crochets, chain 6]. Repeat 4 times between [ ]. 1 slip stitch in this row’s 2nd beginning chain.

Round 7   Chain 2, 2 double crochets in first chain, 6 double crochets, chain 7, [ 2 double crochets in next chain space, 7 double crochets, chain 7]. Repeat 4 times between [ ]. 1 slip stitch in this row’s 2nd beginning chain.

Round 8  Chain 2, 2 double crochets in first chain, 7 double crochets, chain 8, [ 2 double crochets in next chain space, 8 double crochets, chain 8]. Repeat 4 times between [ ]. 1 slip stitch in this row’s 2nd beginning chain.

Round 9  Chain 2, 2 double crochets in first chain, 8 double crochets, chain 9, [ 2 double crochets in next chain space, 9 double crochets, chain 9]. Repeat 4 times between [ ]. 1 slip stitch in this row’s 2nd beginning chain.

Round 10  Chain 2, 2 double crochets in first chain, 9 double crochets, chain 10, [ 2 double crochets in next chain space, 10 double crochets, chain 10]. Repeat 4 times between [ ]. 1 slip stitch in this row’s 2nd beginning chain.

Round 11   Chain 2, 5 double crochets, 1 picot, chain 5, 1 slip stitch in first chain, 1 picot, 5 double crochets, chain 11. [ 2 double crochets in next chain space, 4 double crochets, 1 picot, chain 5, 1 slip stitch in first chain, 1 picot, 6 double crochets, chain 11]. Repeat 4 times between [ ]. 1 slip stitch in this row’s 2nd chain.

crochet bedroom mat

Weave in ends by grabbing the yarn with a smaller sized hook.

Please see the below crochet chart for guidance! It will be much easier for you to crochet the rug, when you look at the visual instruction. I only show you the complete rows of row 1 and 2.

You have to imagine how you crochet the rug as a circle from row 3. I have drawn the first stitches of the rows and then you continue crocheting as indicated in the first stitches.

crochet chart diagram rug

If you are unfamiliar with reading crochet charts, please see my tutorial how to read crochet charts worked in the round.

Soak the rug in water and put it into a large towel to remove extra water. Pin the rug in proper shape and wait until it is dry. The drying took about 4 days.

Note: This pattern uses US crochet terms. If you are unfamiliar with those see my crochet translation chart for US, UK, German and Danish crochet terms.

Do you have a friend who crochets? Tell her about this project with the sharing buttons below!

Copyright  2012 Birgit Tüchsen. All rights reserved. This pattern is intended for personal use only. Photocopying or reproduction of this pattern is not allowed in any form including electronic. It is not allowed to sell this pattern. It is also not allowed to sell items made from this pattern. All text, images, graphics and other materials on this website are subject to the copyright and intellectual property rights of the owner.

Zpagetti Matte Häkelvorlage

5 Spirals Rug

Letzten Sommer habe ich eine Matte fürs Bad gehäkelt, die aber leider etwas zu klein ausfiel. Das Garn war zu dünn und die Matte verrutscht immer auf dem Fussboden.

Auf der Suche nach einem dickeren Garn bin ich auf Zpagetti von Hoooked gestossen. Zpagetti ist ein superdickes Baumwollgarn, das aus Restmaterialien der Textilindustrie gemacht wird. Die Farben des Garns richten sich nach dem was gerade modern ist. Es kann also schwer sein die gleiche Farbe nachzubestellen, wenn einem das Garn ausgeht. Das Garn fühlt sich angenehm weich und geschmeidig an. Das Häkeln hat richtig Spass gemacht, da man schnell vorankommt und etwas Ungewöhnliches produziert. Die Häkelnadel muss entsprechend gross sein, um das Garn verarbeiten zu können.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Two persons were so kind and nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award: Hannah at Not Your Average Crochet last week and knitnrun4sanity a couple of days ago. Thank you both for doing so!!! I am very flattered receiving this award.

What is the Versatile Blogger Award?

You are nominated by another blogger, who thinks your work is inspirational and worth visiting. That means bloggers recognize their peers for writing good content. Check out the VBA site for more information. In return you have to do some tasks.

  •  Tell 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for the VBA (I don’t read that many – less is more)
  • Inform these bloggers that they have been nominated for the VBA
  • Link and say Thank you to the ones who nominated you

7 things you do not know about me

1    I have lived on 2 continents, 3 countries and in 9 different places.

2   I looove anything Japanese, whether it is Japanese craft, sushi, crochet books, butoh dance or Noro yarn. Before I set my feet to rest I have to go there some day.

3   My favourite dish is sole. Seafood is so very yummy and always better than red meat.  I’m no chochaholic, but I looove Peter Beyer’s  chocolate. There is a shop in my neighbourhood where I stop by frequently…

4   My hands are not green: The only kind of plants that survive in my apartment are succulents – they need very little water.

5    I am a bookworm and before falling asleep I love reading a poem – or 2…

6   My favourite actor is Bruno Ganz.

7   My favourite vacation spot is Greece: One feels like Odysseus on any Greek island.

 Blogs I read more or less regularly in random order

1    Heegeldab

2    Virkverket

3    A Mingled Yarn

4    Lutteridyl

5   Artful Explorations in Nature

6   According to Mat

7    Hello Craftlovers

8    Tipsy Tessy

9   Arielle de Pinto

10   Innovart En Crochet


Enjoy the above crafty bloggers.