Thursday, 28 April 2011

Documenting Knitted Graffiti

Yep, you read that right. Knitted graffiti, also known as yarn-bombing is (hopefully) getting its very own documentary! I wanted to share this because I think it's about time this most colourful and tactile form of urban art got a little bit of recognition :)

Find out more about the Yarn Graffiti Documentary project here.

Monday, 18 April 2011

The Silken Thread

I was recently inspired by this gorgeous cashmere & silk yarn created by the lovely Snowberrylime to collate an etsy treasury along a similar theme, entitled "The Silken Thread" - I hope you like :)

The interactive thingy above was created using CraftCult's Etsy Treasury Widget. Yay!

Friday, 8 April 2011

Make Some Noise...

...for the Beastie Boys! :D

beastie boys textile art
I'm excited to say that a piece of Textile Art I created some time ago has recently been featured on the Indie Fixx blog - a guest post by the lovely Michelle of Craftsville (and several other crafty ventures!) on UK stitchery! Read the article here.

textile art1
The work was inspired by the Beastie Boys album artwork for "To the 5 Boroughs" - if you're not familliar with it, it features a line drawing of the New York city skyline - an illustration by Matteo Pericoli.

Twin Towers
to the 5 boroughs
Have a lovely weekend, dear readers! I'm going to enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

Sunday, 3 April 2011


Day Seven: Embellish the story.

I can't believe it's the last day of Knitting & Crochet Blog Week again, already! This week has really flown by but it's been a lot of fun and I've very much enjoyed reading the blogs of other crafters taking part too.

Most folks are covering "your knitting and crochet time" today, but as I did a post last year which I feel would be a bit too similar, I have gone for the wildcard topic which will hopefully make for a more interesting read!

I'll be honest here, I don't really do huge amounts of embellishment on my knits as I like them to have fairly clean, classic lines. An obvious example is these shell buttons which finished off a pair of shoes neatly:

Crafting 365 Day 214

There have been, however, have a few memorable occasions where I have had a bit of a play around with some ideas!

When I was working on pieces for my degree show, I experimented with knitting on huge needles and creating my own yarns from strips of fabric sewn together - I decided to make the stitched joins a feature, using zig-zagging contrasting thread:

lace handmade yarn scarf

Around the same time, I also tried various ways of embedding fibres into knitted woollen fabrics, using needlepunch and hand felting techniques:



...and finally: you'll probably think me a little bit nutty for including this, but I'm going to incorporate it anyway for the fun factor!

Comic Relief Knickers

In case you're wondering, they're meant to be 'textile art' and were made for a Comic Relief challenge project several years back ;)

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Living in Dreamland

Day Six: Something to aspire to.

I have seen many knitted things, but one which really stopped me in my tracks was this knitted *ballgown*. The pattern is called Arwen and is quite simply, utterly divine.

beautiful arwen gown
arwen gown detail
I really don't think I will ever find the time (and patience) to make this Thing of Wonder...I can but dream! *sigh*

full ballgown

Friday, 1 April 2011

Pinch, punch - first of the month!

Day Five: And now for something completely different...

I decided to create a flash animation for today's post - I made two variations but couldn't choose between them, so I have uploaded both!

Yarn-obsession + knowledge of flash = Yarn animation! (Yarnimation?!)