When I first launched my series on 1970s hæklede designere, Jeg havde aldrig hørt om James Walters og Sylvia Cosh. Du forrygende hæklet elskere hurtigt meddelt mig, at disse var hæklede designere og forfattere, som jeg havde brug for at vide!
Readers Love James Walters and Sylvia Cosh
In my first post listing the 1970s hæklede designere that I was going to research, Jeg fik en kommentar fra Susie Hewer der sagde: “Oooh, don’t forget James Walters and Sylvia Cosh!” That was quickly followed by a comment from Marie (@ UCrafter) der sagde: “Jeg anden James Walters og Sylvia Cosh. (Hun døde, men han er stadig i live.)”
Later when I did my roundup of 20 top mandlige krog designere, AltoBarb commented that it would have been nice to see James Walters on the list. And in a comment on my 100 Unikke Hæklet Sjaler roundup, Janice Davey commented: “Lad os ikke glemme vores eleder hæklet statespeople, Sylvia Cosh og James Walters, early scrumblers, møl coat, freeform etc.”
I did mention James Walters and Sylvia Cosh on this blog myself in my overview post on Bosnian crochet, noting that these two had done work in that niche. But I admit that I hadn’t really taken the time to truly explore these 1970s crochet designers yet, so it’s about time!
About Crochet Designers James Walters and Sylvia Cosh
I learned from my online crochet research that these two crochet designers began working together in the UK in 1977. They specialized in scrumbling (a word that describes freeform crochet; they also often called it organic patchwork).
They continued to work together all the way through 2000 when Sylvia passed away from cancer. I know from my own very brief correspondence with James (who was such a sweetheart to respond to me at all!) that Sylvia passed away during a short period that they considered their “gap year”; they’d moved and stopped doing workshops and planned to resume that again but then she got ill and passed on. James hasn’t done a lot with crochet since; understandably dealing with the grieving process of such a loss.
As for their early starts in crochet, Sylvia learned when she was quite young and pretty much crocheted throughout her entire life. James Walters was a dancer and musician who learned to crochet at the age of 30. Sylvia also knew how to knit and James learned the basics of knitting, også; you could even find some hand and machine knitting in a few of their pieces if you looked hard enough but mostly they stuck to their love of crochet.
1970s James Walters and Sylvia Cosh
The Woad Coat; Sylvia and James’ first joint project; see tons of photos here
It was at the beginning of the 1970s that James Walters turned 30 and got into crochet. Fra hjemmesiden:
“I 1971, as an impulse-driven self-taught crocheter, he won a nation-wide knitting and crochet design competition, moved to a cottage in Wales and immersed himself in handspinning, natural dyeing and experimental crochet”.
James published his first book, Hæklet Mønstre, i 1976 through Queen Anne Press. It featured 18 crochet patterns for garments. At this same time Sylvia “was the director of her own company making trimmings and accessories for the fashion trade”.
These two designers started working together in 1977 after meeting at “at the first of Pauline Turner‘s memorable Crochet Summer Schools in Morecambe, Lancashire”. They basically did it all when it came to crochet. Their website says that they spent their years together “designing, making things, doing commissions, writing books, appearing in films and on television, and teaching”. They lived 150 miles apart and still managed to collaborate creatively in a time when people weren’t just an Internet click away!
I 1978 the two published their first collaborative crochet book. It was an update to Crochet Patterns and was called the same thing but this time read “by James Walters introducing patterns by Sylvia Cosh”. It featured a whopping 51 hæklede mønstre (including the original 18 by James).
I 1979 James Walters came out with his next solo book called Crochet Workshop.
Selvom de to synes at være mest kendt for deres hæklede wearables (især kapper, cardigans og trøjer, men også tilbehør) what I personally really love is their home decor crochet art like their crochet wall hangings (over), chairs (nedenfor) and mobiles.
1980′s Crochet from James Walters and Sylvia Cosh
The two crochet designers published four different crochet books in the 1980s:
Octopus, offentliggjort i 1980, featured 20+ crochet projects from multiple designers
Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches, i 1986, which James says on the website is “the original volume of the Stitch Dictionary which the publishers extended to become a series without our involvement”.
The Crochet Sweater Book, offentliggjort i 1987; dette var den første til at liste Sylvia navn først.
Den Hæklet Workbook. Dette var deres eneste hæklet bog, der var ikke et mønster bog, men i stedet diskuterede hele processen med freeform / scrumbling og opmuntret crocheters at få kreative!
James Walters’ Hjemmesiden nævner om Sylvia: “I 1986 Sylvia blev præsenteret i J&P Coats film, “Alt i en dag”, om hækling rundt omkring i verden. Jeg har kigget højt og lavt for at finde nogen optagelser af filmen og har ikke fundet det, så hvis du fyre tør prøve Jeg ville elske at se, hvad du kommer op med!
I samme periode blev Sylvia skabe ready-to-wear hæklede beklædningsgenstand samlinger ved hjælp af detaljerede garn processer for at skabe tekstur arbejde alt imens hånd-farvning hendes egne garner. Disse beklædningsgenstande blev solgt til butikker i USA og Storbritannien.
Jeg tror (korrigere mig, hvis jeg er forkert) that this was also the time during which they were teaching classes. Fra hjemmesiden, James says:”For more than ten years we were closely involved in the activities of The Knitting Craft Group of the British Hand Knitting Association, promoting the teaching and learning of crochet, writing and designing resource material for schools and participating in workshops and in-service training courses for teachers.”
1990′s Crochet Workshops by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh
The 1990s were a rich time for these collaborative crocheters, da de rejste verden sprede deres hækling inspiration til othres gennem workshops. Mange af almisser fra deres hæklede workshops er blevet arkiveret online. Disse er generøst tilbudt gratis download i både amerikanske og britiske hækling. Du kan lære en bred vifte af ting, herunder bosnisk hækling, Tunesisk hækling scrumbling, farve / garn / krog valg, gennembrudt freeform, indgribende hækling og mere! Du kan også finde et par gratis hæklede mønstre der. I 1995 og 1996 Walters og Cosh rejste til USA og undervist workshops på den årlige CGOA konference kaldet Chain Link; har nogen af jer se dem der?
I en smuk lovprisning af Sylvia (at du kan læse) hendes søn sagde: “While we were growing up we didn’t really see another side of her that was blossoming as the years went by; her teaching of crochet. There are now many thousands of people around the world that have been privileged to have attended one of her workshops.” He notes that she didn’t limit her creativity to crochet, selv; she loved exploring texture and color and was getting more and more into photography as her years drew to a close.
21st Century James Walters Crochet
As I mentioned earlier, James hasn’t done a lot with crochet since Sylvia’s passing. He did participate in the TAFTA Forum in 2003 because that had been booked before Sylvia’s condition was discovered. He noted that it was an especially significant event for the kind of freeform crochet the two of them had been teaching. I would guess that was both painful and cathartic but I’m just projecting my own feelings onto that; I don’t actually know what his personal experience was. He thinks that crochet will probably find him again when the time is right; he just doesn’t know yet what that looks like. Og selvfølgelig, det er okay. He gave us more than twenty years of devotion to the freeform craft of crochet, which we can all celebrate!
What other 1970s crochet designers would you like to know more about?