One Year Ago in Crochet: Crochet Stitch Motifs, Vince Quevedo, Monsoon, Daisy Lowe, Beauty and the Beach, Vionnet
Let’s take a look at what was going on here on the blog last year during this same week and see how it’s been updated or changed. It’s a great chance to not only review that old content for fun but also to see what crochet artists, authors and designers have been up to.
All I did in crochet art this week was a roundup of some of the crochet artists I’d already found myself enjoying. That article linked to info on Laurel Roth, Mandy Greer, Shauna Richardson, Robere Mertens, Patricia Waller, Joana Vasconcelos, Jack Davis and Olek. We’ve looked at all of those again recently in these “one year ago” roundups but the latest news I know about any of them is the reveal of Olek’s crocheted balloon structure shown above (via DNA Info).
The crochet book that I reviewed was Crochet Stitch Motifs, an Interweave Press/ Harmony Guides book edited by Erika Knight. This stitch dictionary features 250 different stitches to play with. Knight has a new book coming out this fall called Simple Crocheting: A Complete How-to-Crochet Workshop with 20 Projects.
I shared the sweet story of a couple celebrating their seventieth anniversary; the woman knits and the man crochets. This past week in a nice twist on that I shared a similar story but one in which the man knits and the woman crochets.
And I asked the question: “do women crochet because they are losing other domestic skills?” What great timing to resume this conversation again since this week’s Friday Open Discussion was on the topic of how you feel about crochet being called “domestic”.
I loved the crochet skirts in the Fall 2011 Vionnet collection by Rodolfo Paglialunga which was revealed during this week last year. In October the creative director decided to leave Vionnet after doing ten collections with the label. Italian twin sisters Barbara and Lucia Croce replaced him. As far as I can tell there is no crochet in the current collection.
And I was really inspired by the crochet (above) of Vince Quevedo.
Vanessa Hudgens mentioned her love of crochet clothing. Certainly true considering that since then she’s been spotted in a crochet crop top, a crochet-inspired tank, a Lisa Maree crochet swimsuit, and a crochet cap.
We looked at the crochet swimsuits of the brand Beauty and the Beach. This Hawaiian brand continues to put out sweet and sexy crochet swimwear like the Magnolia design above.
We looked at granny square crochet on the runway and the similarities between 2009, 2010 and 2011 runways. Above are the images from that post: 2009 Romance Was Born collection, 2010 runway show by Paul Smith and House of Holland in 2011. I checked these designers for 2012 collection crochet. Romance Was Born doesn’t seem to have any and neither does House of Holland. However, Paul Smith has some cool crocheted hats for men this year:
And finally there was a roundup of crochet in the UK store Monsoon.
Crochet on Etsy
I interviewed Etsy crocheter Nita of Lilena. I especially loved her crochet wine bags and her crochet baskets and bowls. I continue to love those but am now also really loving her crochet earrings.
The Etsy crochet features that I chose for this site during this week of last year were:
- Crochet Glass Slippers by amoriconi.
- Crochet Shawl by nurlu.
- Crochet Bobble Scarf by ClariceOnline.
- St. Patrick’s Crochet Lariat by MadeByFlower.
- St. Patrick’s Crochet Shrug by MonetCreations.
The crochet quotes that were featured on this site during this same week last year were:
“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.” – Joss Whedon
“These days, knitting and crocheting clothing, accessories and home decor items is as much a sanity saver or a social outlet as they are a creative effort.” – Kate Walsh
“Just have fun and use your imagination to the fullest – you will be amazed at the results. Don’t be afraid to experiment. You can even combine crochet with knitting, macrame, or embroidery. Try adapting patterns for bigger crochet items, or make miniature pieces using thinner thread or wire and see what unusual results you achieve.” - Waejong Kim and Anna Pulvermahker
“The only way to get any of these animal fibers is by hand. The fibers are all sheared, combed, or plucked from the animals by other animals – humans! This is what I love most about working with fibers. The human touch has to be present to achieve all of the possibilities. No machine has been designed to hold and shear an animal.” – Gail Callahan
“Live to Dye.” – Mary Francis Davidson
Crochet on Twitter
I suggested last year that crocheters on Twitter might want to follow these ten tweeps. Let’s see what they’re up to now:
- @CrochetMagazine. The Twitter feed for Crochet!, one of the US crochet magazines.
- @CrochetMe. I’m still actively following this one and I also check in on main blog writer @tonilrex on Twitter.
- @planetjune. June Gilbank is pushing the edges of how crochet designers work today and I love staying on top of that.
- @MeghanGranholm. This one seems to be inactive now.
- @Crochet_Chick. Another inactive one with no posts since last May.
- @knit-n-scribble. This one also seems gone now.
- @YarnHarlot. This is the Twitter account for Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, author of hilarious knitting books that I appreciate even though I’m a crocheter who doesn’t knit.
- @CrochetLibFront. Like June Gilbank, Laurie Wheeler of CLF is taking crochet to new places through innovative and creative community minded ideas. Definitely one to follow.
- @KristenTenDyke. She’s a knit and crochet designer and tech editor, still active on Twitter.
- @futuregirlcraft. Alice is a friendly San Francisco crafting gal worth following.
Here’s What I was Up to A Year Ago:
Making crochet hats:
And trying to get voted to win the Flamie for best crochet blog. I knew it was a long shot since this blog was pretty new back then so I wasn’t too disappointed that I didn’t win.
What do you think will be happening one year from now in crochet? What excites you as you look forward?