Let’s look at crochet news from February 18 – 24 … not only from this year but in review of the past two years as well. It’s recent crochet history updated and the best of this week’s crochet news all wrapped up in one.
This Week in Crochet 2011
First let’s look at what was on the blog during these dates in 2011.
The crochet artist that I profiled at this time last year was Shauna Richardson, the artist who coined the term “crochetdermy” and who is the creator behing the big Lionheart Crochet Project for the London Olympics. Her large-scale realistic-looking crochet animals are endlessly impressive to me and I also love the fact that she is eco-conscious enough to source local yarn for her work. Her crochet lions were recently on display at Twycross Zoo in the UK. I so look forward to learning what she’ll be doing next!
In crochet fashion I wrote about Edun, the eco-friendly fair trade clothing business founded by Bono’s wife Ali Hewson. Their 2011 collection included bohemian fashion inspiration from the Gypsy / Romany culture. At the time they were working with The Crochet Sisters, Kenyan artisan nuns. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of crochet in their 2013 spring collection; the sweater skirt shown above is the only piece I spotted.
This was when I first learned about the Beans for Brains Scholarship Program, a really unique scholarship from @jimmybeanswool for crochet and knit designers. It is now in its fourth year. Applications will start being accepted on March 1, 2013 and will be accepted through the end of March. Scholarship info here.
This Week in Crochet 2012
Now let’s look at what was on the blog during these dates in 2012.
The crochet artists I looked at during this week last year were the yarnbombing artists that make up the group The Ladies Fancywork Society. They had just done a crochet taxidermy piece for a clothing/ craft store in Colorado. I haven’t seen any new large installations from them lately but I do follow their Facebook page to see cool stuff about yarnbombing, art and Denver. (The Facebook page is where the above photo was posted). In other yarnbombing news at this time last year was an announcement from Knit the City about a yarnstorming bootcamp in the UK; they also offer workshops and other events periodically.
In crochet fashion I did a roundup of some of the best Dolce and Gabbana crochet handbags. I don’t see any crochet purses in their current collection (online store) but there are a ew crochet garments including the boucle raffia crochet pencil skirt shown above. Also in 2012 fashion I reviewed the little bit of crochet fom designer Elsa Schiaparelli; this brand is re-launching in mid-2013.
I wrote about a group of male inmates at Folsom State Prison has made their very first donation of knit and crochet items to a shelter for women and children. This is one of many, many different programs in the California Department of Corrections rehabilitation program. The progrma, called the Lifer Crochet Group, is described as “compassionate community support via crocheted donations from inmates”. I think there are many benefits to prison crochet programs.
2013 Crochet News
And now the crochet news from this week, this year …
1. Jimmy Beans Wool (mentioned above for the Beans for Brains Scholarship) has had a lot of media mentions recently. This is a great thing because this is a small yarn shop led by a strong woman (Laura Zander) that has succeeded in so many ways. Please watch the following video about her; it’s so touching. (And yes, Laura’s a knitter but the shop is crochet-friendly; see the posts I’ve done about their upcoming Crochet Red project).
This video was posted by @TheStoryXchange. The New York Times did a nice article recently about how the brand was successful with social media. And Laura did a TED talk about the power of imagination:
Dezeen shares: “London fashion designers Sibling crocheted colourful flowers and giant accessories for their Autumn Winter 2013 womenswear collection.” More about Sibling knitwear here.
3. News in crocheting for cancer. “The loss of a parent is something people dread. But Hatboro-Horsham mathematics teacher Nicole Dow-Macosky, with the help of Learning Support teacher Susan Milnazik, turned her grief for the loss of her mother to cancer into a project that could help many chemotherapy patients. Dow-Macosky and Milnazik have organized Project Chemo Crochet by the Pink Warriors to make knitted and crocheted blankets for cancer patients going through chemotherapy.”
Check back next Sunday for more crochet history updates and breaking news in crochet!