Posts Tagged ‘Yarn bombing’

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Inspired of Glen Iris Here …

August 1, 2014

It is impossible not to be inspired (and a little overwhelmed) by the plethora of extreme crafty talent around the world.  I could waste hours trawling pinterest, following facebook leads and jumping from site to site looking at really stunning works of art (and I sometimes do).  For those of us who get excited and inspired by these things, the internet has opened up a multitude of avenues for googling, ogling, and salivating over incredible artworks.  I am constantly amazed, stimulated and inspired.  No wonder I wake early most days with my head brimming with ideas.  So to share a couple of my recent favourites with you … and I can see what will happen here … you will link onto one or another of these links never to see my post again.  My tastes are eclectic and range from the cutest little bunny softies to the hardcore steampunk knitting at the end of this post.  So lucky to live in the age of the internet.

This one because it’s close to my heart …. nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies planted outside the tower of London … but that’s not the only amazing thing on this site http://www.thisiscolossal.com/

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Flow Like Blood from the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood

Loani Prior … the DOYENNE of tea cosy art https://cosytea.wordpress.com/tag/loani-prior/

Prudence Mapstone … the Queen of freeform http://prudencemapstone.blogspot.com.au/
who inspired me to think outside the knitted square so many years ago and really urged me to think creatively about my craft work

The ladies at Yarn Corner and I expect there will be men in there somewhere too … who decorate our everyday lives with colour and life http://www.yarncorner.com.au/

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What I am calling rightly or wrongly Steampunk Knitting … that is really knitting on the edge, gritty, edgy and very, very sexy.  I love these looks (although the model could use a good feed).  This at the Darker Horse … the Photo is attributed to Caroline Munro (must follow that name)

And Tess Gibersen (must follow that name)

 

 

 

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Happy New Year

January 13, 2014

Christmas came and went … New Years came and went … and now it’s back to work … I really should NOT have blinked.  I am thinking that most of you feel the same.

2014 looks set to bring many wonderful challenges this year and I am feeling very excited about what’s in store.  Poppies will be foremost in my year … no doubt … but there are other projects that I will also be working on including the latest International Freeform Challenge … the theme this year is “one colour” … which was my preferred theme … but now that it’s settled I am starting to realise that one colour is really a difficult theme to interpret.  My sister-in-law Marg and I usually collaborate on this project and we have had our first planning meeting … and settled on a way forward.  You will need to wait now until the challenge is published before we will be allowed to reveal our work … but we are feeling very inspired.

Today was our first Poppy Playtime at Fed Square in Melbourne and we had a great turnout … with lots of poppies to add to the total.  After the workshop … Marg and I walked down to the City Square in Melbourne to have a look at the newly installed Yarn Corner yarnbomb installation  … and were suitably blown away.  Big … nay HUGE congratulations to the Yarn Corner team for an inspiring installation … worth a look if you get the chance to visit in Melbourne.

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Cancer Council’s Garden of Hope

August 20, 2013

So I promised to share what we were doing with all those daffodils …. 120 of them to be precise. And here they are : our first sanctioned yarn bombing … does that even qualify as a bomb if you were commissioned to do it????? A conundrum.

The Cancer Council is building a Garden of Hope in Fed Square to mark this year’s Daffodil Day.  Gorgeous plantings of both real and crocheted daffodils.

Kinda like a pimple of a pumpkin really … but given the time constraints … Marg and I are VERY happy with the outcome.  If you are near Fed Square in the next week you can see the garden and write a message of hope to those affected by Cancer everywhere.  Did I mention how cold it was.  Thank you so much Deb Lewis for braving the elements and helping me install …

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120 Daffodils

August 18, 2013

More than 120 daffodils and 62 granny squares ready for yarn bombing this Tuesday … and finished with a day and a half to spare.  Now for my life back … or I should say … now back to poppies.  I will post more photos once we have installed.  Suffice to say … a lovely bright project.

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Flowers Springing Up Everywhere …

August 11, 2013

Thought I would share with you a sneak peek of a secret project Marg and I have been working on for the last two weeks … suffice to say … I feel like I’ve been here before and my house is chock full of daffodils and poppies right now.

All will be revealed in another couple of weeks.

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Next Project Please ….

May 2, 2013

I have been at a bit of a loose end projects wise … even though I still (always) have a couple of things on the go … which I pick up from time to time and keep plugging away at … nothing that pushes my buttons has arisen for some time … so I have just been playing with ideas and perfecting techniques, blog hopping and scouring pinterest for inspiration. This is what I have been working on the last week … a new project with my lovely SIL Marg.  Quite excited about this little project … but you will have to wait a while to see the outcome.

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The Wellington Group

October 15, 2012

I met Norma, a wonderful lady recently at one of my Glastonbury Squares workshops who does voluntary work with The Wellington.

The Wellington is a small community centre in Collingwood just over the road from the public housing estate. On the estate there are over 50 different nationalities and there is a huge problem with isolation and loneliness of people who either from a language barrier, mental illness or health issues find themselves unable to cope with life. The Wellington provides programs that encourage people to socialise and come together with others that they may not normally associate with. One of the programs is a knitting group.

Each year Norma encourages each participant in the knitting group to create an article for the Royal Melbourne Show. This year the knitting group’s entries won two 1st prizes, two 2nd prizes, one 3rd prize, a Very Highly Commended, two Commended and their yarn-bombed bicycle won an overall best in show.

What an amazing group … what amazing achievements … I am constantly reminded in the craft work that I do … just how generous the craft community is … on so many levels,  and I agree that this group are proof that an craft/art such as knitting or crotchet can be a wonderful tool to bring people together to enjoy each others company and alleviate loneliness.