It’s the second week of my new series This Year, Last Year, The Year Before in Crochet. Let’s look at crochet news from January 7 – January 13.

This Week in 2011 Crochet

Crochet Concupiscence was born on January 15, 2011 so I don’t have a 2011 news selection for you this week but those will kick off in next Sunday’s edition of this series.

This Week in 2012 Crochet

2012 photo by Erin Cecil of crochet art by Adrian Kershaw

The crochet artist that I profiled during these dates in 2012 was Adrian Kershaw. She takes old VHS tape and recycles it into sculptural artwork through crochet. Sadly in May 2012 one of her pieces was vandalized. Of course this didn’t deter her from continuing on with her work. In August 2012 the Boise Arts and History Blog did a great article about her process. Are you interested in recycled VHS crochet? There’s a tutorial from Spotted Gazelle.

Another amazing crochet art exhibit happening during this week in 2012 was the “Sticks, Hooks and the Mobius: Knit and Crochet Go Cerebral” exhibit in Pennsylvania. It included the conical crochet piece by Kathleen Greco of Jelly Yarns show above, which was inspired by coral, as well as other science and math-based crochet. I wrote a lot about mathematical and scientific crochet throughout 2012; perhaps my favorite was the crochet clouds by Ciro Najle.

Finally during this week last year I wrote about the then-new social networking site Hobzy designed specifically to let people interested in hobbies and crafts (like crochet) share their interest with one another. I never ended up getting active in Hobzy myself. There are just way too many social networks to join! (Recently I became part of Sulia as their crochet expert, for example). I do see from a look at the site today, though, that there are people using it and a lot of them are interested in crochet so it may be worth checking out.

Crochet News 2013

The three most interesting crochet news items I spotted this past week were:

1. Michael’s Names 2013 Craft Trends. This big craft store named four trends for the year in crafting:

  • Nostalgia and vintage
  • EcoChic
  • Use of unexpected materials
  • Personalization of everyday objects using crafting.

How are you liking this new way of looking back at the recent history of crochet?

2. The Upper Moreland Needlecrafters is a group of elderly members crochet afghans for those in hospice care. Here’s the news video about them:

3. Teen Teaches Crochet For Girl Scout Award

I love seeing teens who crochet and it’s even better when they teach the craft to others. Kate Rosenberg has been crocheting for ten years and wanted to honor the craft to get her Girl Scout Gold Award. “The Gold Award is earned by Girl Scouts who demonstrate 80 hours of creative, focused service in their community. Rosenberg’s project included writing a crochet handbook filled with design patterns and instructions in addition to helping those interested in learning first-hand.” Wow.


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