88 Photos - Mar 19, 2012
Photo: Hang-ups! - freeform crochet exhibition on show in Sydney, AustraliaPhoto: Geraldine Alix, Le Cendre, France ‘Pas de nuages Sur la lune’ on Ravelry  Poppies of Love – ‘When I was very young, in spring my dad brought me to the school, and on the way we walked past a big field of poppies. And every day I asked if I could collect an enormous bunch of these magic flowers for my teacher.  My father explained to me poppies are wild flowers and it was necessary to let them live in the field, and if I collect them they would die.  But he patiently let me make my bunch and see it dying by the time we arrived at school.  My father has died now too, and I think of him each time I see a poppy......... they are my poppies of love.’Photo: Nanette Sarquiz, Opelika, Alabama, USA ‘lilquiz’ on Ravelry  Treelander: The Glorious Challenge – Freeform tapestry using knit, crochet, embroidery and beadwork techniques.Photo: Liz Keltie, Cupar, Fife, Scotland  bizzielizzie’ on Ravelry, ‘dizziebizzielizzie’ on flickr  Cascade – freeform crochet techniquesPhoto: Sharon Maher, Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs, Vic, Australia - Closet Monster – ‘Remember when you were young, and just a little bit terrified of the dark? I hated sleeping with my cupboard door open – because I just KNEW that there was a monster in there.  Of course, I didn’t ever see him…but I heard those tell-tale bumps in the night.Now that I’m older (and oh so much more mature) I know that there’s nothing to be afraid of. I’m not saying that The Closet Monster doesn’t exist – in fact, I believe that he is VERY REAL! But he’s harmless…Really, he’s just a giant Dust Bunny hanging in the back corner of your wardrobe, back with the garments which you rarely wear – like those wetsuits. And such a hoarder, too! He’s holding on tight to your missing keys, lost receipts, ransom buttons, and orphaned earrings…there’s even the odd tissue, lolly wrapper, and manky bandaid in there. Not to mention that broken leg from your sunnies, an audio cassette, some odd screws and that missing button from your telly remote.’Photo: Myra Wood, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA  ‘myrawood’ on Ravelry; ‘laigeez’on flickr  My Butterfly Garden – ‘I love to visit the butterfly gardens at the Los Angeles County Museum in the summer.  I dream of living among the butterflies when I’m there and could easily see moving right in with them.’Photo: Liz Keltie, Cupar, Fife, Scotland  bizzielizzie’ on Ravelry, ‘dizziebizzielizzie’ on flickr  (Coat)Hanger! – ‘ I used a 30 year old size 10 plastic needle, 2 plastic coated metal screws and a rubber cork to make the ‘hanger’ and decorated it with embroidery thread’Photo: Daiva Houston, Santa Monica, CA, USA  Spring Story – ‘Spring is renewal, rebirth and new joy.  I created this spring story in the shape of an egg, or the oval, or a circle – a symbol of eternity and never ending story.Photo: Jean Bates, Robigana, Tasmania, Australia ‘jeanintasmania’ on Ravelry   – knitting and crochet techniquesPhoto: Jorel Thomson, Menlo Park, CA, USA ‘Jorel’ on Ravelry  ‘I was not inspired by using an actual hanger, but took the idea of hanging something and worked with it.  All of the things in this piece were found in the massive stash of bits and pieces I have accumulated over the years.  I had fun turning the oddments into something unique.  I’m very happy with the result.’Photo: Pam Birchley, Innisfail, Queensland, Australia                             ‘gypsyrain’ on Ravelry  Outdoors/Indoors – ‘Living in the tropics of Far North Queensland is challenging at the best of times.  The climate is hot and humid for most of the year, and the rainfall total for the year is always substantial.  These factors contribute to a rather lush environment, with lots of rainforest and beautiful greenery.  Just about everywhere you look, there are all shades of green.  Now, some of that green is not always the vegetation, but fungus and mould which also flourishes in such conditions.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t only stay outdoors.  The wardrobe, where most of the hangers in my house live, is also subject to this warm, moist environment.  So great care needs to be taken to ensure that items stored in there are really dry.  Otherwise...........    I can’t help but think of all the greenery appearing in the wardrobe.  My piece is a reflection of that thought.’Photo: Marg Knight, Mornington, Victoria, Australia                       ‘freeformfibre’ on Ravelry  ‘These smaller purple/pink crocheted hearts have been made from a beautiful kettle-dyed fine wool from Chile and it felt just right for this project.  This was a gift from my son’s fiancé, Zoey, who fortunately shares my passion for yarn and who was making some of these hearts for Valentine’s Day from a pattern by June Gilbank (PlanetJune).  The mix of fancy fibres which my sister-in-law introduced me to several years ago and turned me into a yarn junkie with a stash that now rivals hers.  Lynn and I have worked on several projects together and she is currently working on “The Heart of the Matter” exhibition in Melbourne.  The larger knitted hearts are from a pattern which she passed on to me.’Photo: Marg Knight, Mornington, Victoria, Australia                       ‘freeformfibre’ on Ravelry  Purple Hearts – ‘Why hearts? The name of the exhibition ‘Hang Ups’ made me immediately think of all the things people hand onto unnecessarily in their life, many of which are centred around out emotions and I automatically associated this to the heart.  Why purple?  Purple hearts are associated with bravery and I think we all need to be brave to deal with the hand ups we have.  Other influences:  The hangers, which I inherited from my Mother who was a very talented knitter, are reminiscent of a heart shape with the little uplifting curve on each end.’Photo: Hang-ups! - freeform crochet exhibition on show in Sydney, AustraliaPhoto: Daiva Houston, Santa Monica, CA, USA  Linen Story – ‘Linen holds a special place to me from all the fibers, because it grows really well in my native country, Lithuania, and because it is so earthy and strong.  And my grandma taught me to crochet using linen yarn.  There is so much more to linen story than I can consciously understand, and that is why I let my hands lead, and not my head, in creating it.Photo: Marie-Christine Gosse, Charente Maritime, France        ‘FibreFantaisie’ on Ravelry  Spring – ‘I was feeling that the spring will come and suddenly we are under the snow! Crocheted with a lot of my own handspun skeins from locks and batts and some commercial yarns – freeform crochet, crochenit and Tunisian crochet.’Photo: Heloise Gosse, France  ‘freecolors’ - http://freecolors.over-blog.com  Mister Rainbow –  Mister Rainbow is a little friend for children’s clothes.  Héloïse is a freeform crochet storyteller, who has had her creations featured in French knitting magazines.Photo: Hang-ups! - freeform crochet exhibition on show in Sydney, AustraliaPhoto: Sirpa Viitanen, Karjaa, Finland http://sipsansilmut.blogspot.com.au  Lärpäke - nothing in particular! or ‘the colour of my soul’ – ‘I had been painting, trying to find the right shade of a violet and lichen...in vain. Then I found these yarns, decided to knit what I was trying to paint. Changing the technique gave me the freedom to use "wrong" colours.  Maybe brown was the right colour of my soul, at that moment!  (This shows me the magic and the therapeutic power of all kinds of arts. You must literally "handle" things in order to understand them!)’Photo: Elisabeth Schurz, Schwechat, Austria  Dusty bell-pull – ‘When I was a very little girl I liked to visit my grandparent’s house in the daylight hours, but I was never happy to sleep there at night.  In the corner of the large bedroom where I slept there was a bell-pull, a remnant from when they were rich enough to afford servants.  It hung there morosely, looking dull and very dusty, and I always felt that it watched me, ready to ring a bell and tell on me if I read too late into the night.  I have gathered together many dull yarns and created an abstract piece in crochet, representing my childhood hang-up.’Photo: Hang-ups! - freeform crochet exhibition on show in Auckland, New ZealandPhoto: Pauline Fitzpatrick,  Sutton on the Hill, Derbyshire, England     ‘crochetblue’ on Ravelry  Hanging Garden – crochet techniquesPhoto: Sarah Crittenden, West Tisbury, MA, USA ‘MsBusyFingers’ on Ravelry  My Ginny Doll – ‘My mom, Ginny, had a Ginny Doll when she was a little girl.  Her sister Kathy had one too.  When my twin sister Mary and I were old enough we got the Ginny dolls.  Along with their cute little metal trunks that opened up to be closets – full of clothes!  I adored the tiny little hangers.’Photo: Jean Bates, Robigana, Tasmania, Australia ‘jeanintasmania’ on Ravelry   – knitting and crochet techniquesPhoto: Jean Bates, Robigana, Tasmania, Australia ‘jeanintasmania’ on Ravelry   – knitting and crochet techniquesPhoto: bu Liz Keltie, Daiva Houston and Myra WoodPhoto: Hang-ups! - freeform crochet exhibition on show in Auckland, New ZealandPhoto: Nanette Sarquiz's 'treelander' - detailPhoto: Pam Birchley, Innisfail, Queensland, Australia                             ‘gypsyrain’ on Ravelry  Outdoors/Indoors – ‘Living in the tropics of Far North Queensland is challenging at the best of times.  The climate is hot and humid for most of the year, and the rainfall total for the year is always substantial.  These factors contribute to a rather lush environment, with lots of rainforest and beautiful greenery.  Just about everywhere you look, there are all shades of green.  Now, some of that green is not always the vegetation, but fungus and mould which also flourishes in such conditions.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t only stay outdoors.  The wardrobe, where most of the hangers in my house live, is also subject to this warm, moist environment.  So great care needs to be taken to ensure that items stored in there are really dry.  Otherwise...........    I can’t help but think of all the greenery appearing in the wardrobe.  My piece is a reflection of that thought.’Photo: Nanette Sarquiz, Opelika, Alabama, USA ‘lilquiz’ on Ravelry  Treelander: The Glorious Challenge – Freeform tapestry using knit, crochet, embroidery and beadwork techniques.Photo: Pauline Fitzpatrick,  Sutton on the Hill, Derbyshire, England     ‘crochetblue’ on Ravelry  Hanging Garden – crochet techniquesPhoto: Geraldine Alix, Le Cendre, France ‘Pas de nuages Sur la lune’ on Ravelry  Poppies of Love – ‘When I was very young, in spring my dad brought me to the school, and on the way we walked past a big field of poppies. And every day I asked if I could collect an enormous bunch of these magic flowers for my teacher.  My father explained to me poppies are wild flowers and it was necessary to let them live in the field, and if I collect them they would die.  But he patiently let me make my bunch and see it dying by the time we arrived at school.  My father has died now too, and I think of him each time I see a poppy......... they are my poppies of love.’Photo: Geraldine Alix's 'poppies of love' - detailPhoto: Hang-ups! - freeform crochet exhibition on show in Auckland, New ZealandPhoto: by Jorel Thomson (above) and Nanette Sarquiz (below)㡠ចPhoto: Myra Wood's 'butterfly garden' - detailPhoto: Liz Keltie's 'cascade' - detailPhoto: Hang-ups! - freeform crochet exhibition on show in Auckland, New ZealandPhoto: Prudence Mapstone, Brisbane, Qld, Australia                          ‘PrudenceM’ on Ravelry http://www.knotjustknitting.com  Spice of Life –  freeform crochet onto onion-bag covered coathangerPhoto: Daiva Houston, Santa Monica, CA, USA  Spring Story – ‘Spring is renewal, rebirth and new joy.  I created this spring story in the shape of an egg, or the oval, or a circle – a symbol of eternity and never ending story.Photo: Elisabeth Schurz, Schwechat, Austria  Dusty bell-pull – ‘When I was a very little girl I liked to visit my grandparent’s house in the daylight hours, but I was never happy to sleep there at night.  In the corner of the large bedroom where I slept there was a bell-pull, a remnant from when they were rich enough to afford servants.  It hung there morosely, looking dull and very dusty, and I always felt that it watched me, ready to ring a bell and tell on me if I read too late into the night.  I have gathered together many dull yarns and created an abstract piece in crochet, representing my childhood hang-up.’Photo: Sarah Crittenden, West Tisbury, MA, USA ‘MsBusyFingers’ on Ravelry  My Ginny Doll – ‘My mom, Ginny, had a Ginny Doll when she was a little girl.  Her sister Kathy had one too.  When my twin sister Mary and I were old enough we got the Ginny dolls.  Along with their cute little metal trunks that opened up to be closets – full of clothes!  I adored the tiny little hangers.’Photo: Heloise Gosse, France  ‘freecolors’ - http://freecolors.over-blog.com  Mister Rainbow –  Mister Rainbow is a little friend for children’s clothes.  Héloïse is a freeform crochet storyteller, who has had her creations featured in French knitting magazines.Photo: Marie-Christine Gosse, Charente Maritime, France        ‘FibreFantaisie’ on Ravelry  Spring – ‘I was feeling that the spring will come and suddenly we are under the snow! Crocheted with a lot of my own handspun skeins from locks and batts and some commercial yarns – freeform crochet, crochenit and Tunisian crochet.’Photo: Sharon Maher, Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs, Vic, Australia - Closet Monster – ‘Remember when you were young, and just a little bit terrified of the dark? I hated sleeping with my cupboard door open – because I just KNEW that there was a monster in there.  Of course, I didn’t ever see him…but I heard those tell-tale bumps in the night.Now that I’m older (and oh so much more mature) I know that there’s nothing to be afraid of. I’m not saying that The Closet Monster doesn’t exist – in fact, I believe that he is VERY REAL! But he’s harmless…Really, he’s just a giant Dust Bunny hanging in the back corner of your wardrobe, back with the garments which you rarely wear – like those wetsuits. And such a hoarder, too! He’s holding on tight to your missing keys, lost receipts, ransom buttons, and orphaned earrings…there’s even the odd tissue, lolly wrapper, and manky bandaid in there. Not to mention that broken leg from your sunnies, an audio cassette, some odd screws and that missing button from your telly remote.’Photo: Sirpa Viitanen, Karjaa, Finland http://sipsansilmut.blogspot.com.au  Lärpäke - nothing in particular! or ‘the colour of my soul’ – ‘I had been painting, trying to find the right shade of a violet and lichen...in vain. Then I found these yarns, decided to knit what I was trying to paint. Changing the technique gave me the freedom to use "wrong" colours.  Maybe brown was the right colour of my soul, at that moment!  (This shows me the magic and the therapeutic power of all kinds of arts. You must literally "handle" things in order to understand them!)’Photo: Hang-ups! - freeform crochet exhibition on show in Auckland, New ZealandPhoto: Daiva Houston, Santa Monica, CA, USA  Linen Story – ‘Linen holds a special place to me from all the fibers, because it grows really well in my native country, Lithuania, and because it is so earthy and strong.  And my grandma taught me to crochet using linen yarn.  There is so much more to linen story than I can consciously understand, and that is why I let my hands lead, and not my head, in creating it.Photo: Prudence Mapstone, Brisbane, Qld, Australia                          ‘PrudenceM’ on Ravelry http://www.knotjustknitting.com  Suspended in mid-air...kite-like!Photo: Jorel Thomson, Menlo Park, CA, USA ‘Jorel’ on Ravelry  ‘I was not inspired by using an actual hanger, but took the idea of hanging something and worked with it.  All of the things in this piece were found in the massive stash of bits and pieces I have accumulated over the years.  I had fun turning the oddments into something unique.  I’m very happy with the result.’Photo: Liz Keltie, Cupar, Fife, Scotland  bizzielizzie’ on Ravelry, ‘dizziebizzielizzie’ on flickr  (Coat)Hanger! – ‘ I used a 30 year old size 10 plastic needle, 2 plastic coated metal screws and a rubber cork to make the ‘hanger’ and decorated it with embroidery thread’Photo: Hang-ups! - freeform crochet exhibition on show in Auckland, New ZealandPhoto: Marg Knight, Mornington, Victoria, Australia                       ‘freeformfibre’ on Ravelry  ‘These smaller purple/pink crocheted hearts have been made from a beautiful kettle-dyed fine wool from Chile and it felt just right for this project.  This was a gift from my son’s fiancé, Zoey, who fortunately shares my passion for yarn and who was making some of these hearts for Valentine’s Day from a pattern by June Gilbank (PlanetJune).  The mix of fancy fibres which my sister-in-law introduced me to several years ago and turned me into a yarn junkie with a stash that now rivals hers.  Lynn and I have worked on several projects together and she is currently working on “The Heart of the Matter” exhibition in Melbourne.  The larger knitted hearts are from a pattern which she passed on to me.’Photo: Marg Knight's 2 'hearts' coathangersPhoto: Prudence Mapstone, Brisbane, Qld, Australia                          ‘PrudenceM’ on Ravelry http://www.knotjustknitting.com  Spice of Life –  freeform crochet onto onion-bag covered coathangerPhoto: Hang-ups! - freeform crochet exhibition on show in Brisbane, Queensland, AustraliaPhoto: Orla, Ireland 'stitchlily' on RavelryPhoto: Vicki pointing to her hanger, on display at the Brisbane Craft and Sewing ShowPhoto: Vicki, Gold Coast, Qld., Australia  'vicstar1969' on RavelryPhoto: Vicky Ledwy, Clermont, Qld., Australia  'whichcraft25' on Ravelry
'Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble'Photo: Hang-ups! - freeform crochet exhibition on show in Brisbane, Queensland, AustraliaPhoto: Hang-ups! - freeform crochet exhibition on show in Brisbane, Queensland, AustraliaPhoto: Hang-ups! freeform crochet exhibition at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt fairPhoto: Hang-ups! freeform crochet exhibition at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt fairPhoto: Hang-ups! freeform crochet exhibition at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt fairPhoto: Hang-ups! freeform crochet exhibition at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt fairPhoto: Hang-ups! freeform crochet exhibition at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt fairPhoto: Hang-ups! freeform crochet exhibition at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt fairPhoto: Hang-ups! freeform crochet exhibition at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt fairPhoto: Detail of piece by Geraldine Alix, Le Cendre, FranceGeraldine Alix, Le Cendre, France at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Pam Birchley, Innisfail, Queensland​, Australia at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Daiva Houston, Santa Monica, CA, USA at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Sharon Maher, Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs, Vic, Australia at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Nanette Sarquiz, Opelika, Alabama, USA at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of Ravelry group piece at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of Ravelry group piece at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Prudence Mapstone, Brisbane, Qld, Australia at Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Sirpa Viitanen, Karjaa, Finland at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Marg Knight, Mornington​, Victoria, Australia at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Marie-Chri​stine Gosse, Charente Maritime, France at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Heloise Gosse, France at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Daiva Houston, Santa Monica, CA, USA at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Pauline Fitzpatric​k,  Sutton on the Hill, Derbyshire​, England at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Geraldine Alix, Le Cendre, France at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Myra Wood, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Detail of piece by Orla, Ireland at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt FairPhoto: Hang-ups! freeform crochet exhibition installation shot with labels at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fair