Let’s look at crochet news from January 21 – January 27 … not only from this year but in review of the past two years as well. It’s recent crochet history updated!
This Week in Crochet 2011
First let’s look at what was on the blog during these dates in 2011.
One thing I noticed at this time last year was that a lot of people were making anatomically correct crocheted body parts like hearts and lungs. I revisited this topic later in 2011 when I did the birthday post for my dad on organ donation crochet. More recently, I did a profile of crochet artist Sarah Louisa Burns who specifically does this type of work.
In 2011, Australian crochet swimwear designer Lisa Maree was super excited that Net-a-porter.com wanted to work with her. Lisa Maree has continued to expand since then. Her crochet work has been seen on several celebrities, walked the runway at Australian Fashion Week and recently got picked up by Free People which is probably the largest chain brand that regularly offers crochet items. The line has expanded to include swimwear that’s not crocheted but crochet still makes up the bulk of her line. I featured one of her pieces in my 2012 roundup of the 30 most beautiful crochet swimsuits.
Finally, the crochet artist I profiled in this week of 2011 was San Francisco’s own Jack Davis who is known for his 35+ year career making and exhibiting crocheted penises. It may not be everyone’s cup of crochet tea but I am impressed by his dedication to his craft. It can’t be easy to make the same item in new ways over three and a half decades! Davis started his work in the 1970s and I just realized he would be a great candidate for a post for my 1970s crochet designer series; I’m going to have to look into finding out if I can interview him somehow!
This Week in Crochet 2012
Now let’s look at what was on the blog during these dates in 2012.
This was the week when I profiled one of my favorite crochet artists, Catherine Carr, who uses a unique technique to actually knit and crochet glass. She had regular exhibits of her work in Europe throughout 2012; I’m not sure if she has any new upcoming exhibits but she can be followed on Twitter @CatCarrGlass.
I did a Designer Crochet profile of Diane Von Furstenberg. A search of her online site right now turns up no 2013 crochet items although there are a few lace dresses that are similar in style to crochet. However, a search on net-a-porter turned up the above dress, which is a mixed-media Furstenberg dress that incorporates crochet with raffia and metallics. I’m always seeing this designer on shows like Project Runway and love seeing what she has to say about fashion of all kinds.
Also during this week I did a post about the benefits of craft groups, whether virtual or local. I strongly believe that crochet offers many benefits including those related to community-building. If you’re interested in being part of an online group and also interested in the health benefits of crochet then you may want to join the Crochet Saved My Life Ravelry Group that I launched in late 2012.
2013 Crochet News
And three of the most interesting news items in crochet this past week this year have been:
1. Benefits of YarnCrafting in a Group. There was a great news article about a Yarn Shop crafting group that I just loved because it celebrated the power of such community crafting situations. From the article: “You can call it retail therapy, girlfriend therapy, yarn therapy or just therapy on its own. There’s something that happens when all these women get together,” says Salli Sternberg, owner of the Yarn Shop.
2. Crochet Raises Money for a Good Cause. “The ladies of the Monica Village Crochet Club did it again. They raised enough money to donate pediatric trauma kits to a pair of Valley Stream schools, continuing a long-standing partnership between the seniors, the Kiwanis Club and the school community.”
3. Crochet Artist Irene Reed Passes Away. Sadly I learned about a crochet artist I’d never heard of before only because there was an announcement that she passed away from heart problems. The article says about her: “She worked with thread and combined it with found objects — twigs, chicken bones, plastic religious figures and beads. What brought all these disparate elements together was crochet — a traditional women’s art, which Reed totally redefined.”