I've just completed a crocheted wedding bouquet. An exciting first for me and I have to say it was fabulous creating it for one of my most supportive customers! I had been working closely with the bride-to-be deciding upon a pattern for a wedding shawl, when it came to me that perhaps a wedding bouquet might be a lovely idea as it can be kept afterwards.
First of all I needed to work out how the flowers would be supported and mounted, and finding some youtube videos on bouquets made of brooches, decided upon using a polystyrene sphere mounted on a wooden handle. The most difficult part of this exercise was covering the handle in ribbon!
I then created an array of flowers and leaves trialling the use of pearl headed and sparkly pins to both be a feature of the flower, and also a means by which to firmly attach them to the sphere. (Obviously, having used pins this means this style of bouquet would be for an adult only). Crochet flower and leaf patterns can be found in books and online, although if you are like me you will find that you can very quickly design your own once you understand the principles. I used Scheepjes River and Stonewashed cotton rich yarns for their artistic top quality finish and also Drops Muskat which has a matte look and Drops Paris which has a mercerised sheen as a contrast.
Once I had created an array, these were carefully pinned on to the sphere in the manner of a floral bouquet. Plenty of different leaves, including a long trailing fern style leaf I designed to fill spaces added to the overall effect. I made sure to include teeny forget me nots, pansy shapes, daisies and asters, and found that different hook sizes, and thickness of yarns enabled me to make different sizes for more visual impact. My customer has kindly written to say it's "The most magical and beautiful wedding bouquet I have ever seen", and I'm thrilled to say that her intention is to keep it forever as a reminder of her happy day.
Like me you may find this instructables page on a crochet bouquet helpful too
Having been a fine art painter for a considerable part of my career, I've recently been exploring the idea of making crocheted blankets and throws with a more painterly artistic feel. Rather than follow a pattern, I am using a simple granny square and then the yarns as if they were paints, and letting my feelings and sense of colour inform the work.
My painted artworks were always based on abstraction, with the idea of conveying a deep emotion or mood, and I must confess they were rather sombre and serious pieces! Now, however with the wonder of crochet I find I want to convey happy, joyous feelings, so use bright colours and colour changing yarns.
I am still drawn to the idea of a division of space, as you find in American Abstraction by painters such as Robert Ryman and Mark Rothko (two of my favourites). You can see how I've used a division of space on this throw which has an offset square of a different colour entirely to the main blanket.
Careful use of colour changing yarns can bring to mind large artworks, and this can really enhance a room. I named this throw 'Monet's Garden' and allowed the randomness of the yarn and the simple granny floral motif to completely take over.
Using Yarn to create a Watercolour effect
On these customer ordered blankets made big enough to use on a sofa or a single bed, I used an array of stitches to give the impression of swirling washes of paint. By randomly altering the stitch heights and carefully selecting the colours that appeared side by side for the most visual impact, this gives the feel of a large abstract paintings, rather than crocheted blankets.
By dividing up the space, and a mix of two strands of yarn a textural Colour Field painting effect can be created - as seen in the Super King Size Crochet Blanket below. I will be exploring more painterly blankets and throws throughout the year. DO get in touch if you would be interested in pre-ordering. In the meantime, here is a link to all of the blankets I have previously made.
Having trained as a fine art painter, I have long been wanting to create a 3 dimensional crocheted artwork on canvas, and ta-dah! Here it is!
This has been made with heaps of tiny crocheted flowers made with the most beautiful, top quality cotton rich Scheepjes river and stonewashed yarn in yellow, orange, sky blue and green tones. There is an array of different flower designs in this piece, with lots of delicious texture and hues.
The flowers have been carefully sewn together and then mounted onto a 40cm square and 4cm deep top quality, fine art stretched canvas. A one -off piece, do snap this up if you love it as much as I do! Ideal for any wall in your modern vintage home. A wonderful gift and heirloom.
You can buy this piece here. Why not send someone you love a hug in the post? This star shaped, love heart mandala is the perfect treat for your friends and family to receive, showing them that you are thinking of them. Let me know when ordering if you have a personal message you'd like me to include! Made in 100% pure quality cotton this vibrant crocheted artwork is 30 cm / 12 inch diameter and looks wonderful in any room in your home. Pop it on your table, sideboard or cabinet, under a vase of flowers or frame it! Made with love just for you or your friends, this is made with bright tangerine, hot and pastel pink, mocha and cream hues. Just £13 inc UK postage and you can get in touch to choose your own colours too!
Many people have fallen in love with the Katie Jones designed crochet pattern called The Blooming Bomber Jacket. Normally made with a black background and bold primary colours; this funky one-size-fits-all jacket works in all sorts of colour schemes. This is the third one I've made, and this time I've tried a hippy, boho theme, even adding a wooden button closure.
This is available to buy right now on my website here. Be quick, as I like to make these in one off colour schemes.
If you would like to commission me to make a Blooming Bomber Jacket for you, in colours of your choice please get in touch
Fancy a pure cotton handmade crochet handbag? Look no further than yay retro! Made with thick durable mercerised cotton, this neat little bag is perfect to carry all your daily essentials and even has a vintage button closure.
Recently I have begun making crocheted clothing and yay retro customers seem to love this. This is another version of the Blooming Bomber Jacket pattern, designed by Katie Jones Knits. It's made from super soft Aran yarn and this time I've made in my customer's colour choices, with teal green as the main colour. The pockets this time around are striped and feature bobbles which match the ones on the sleeves. With all the colours of the rainbow teamed up with a green base this striking jacket looks amazing on. It's a boxy unfitted shape meaning it suits a wide range of body shapes and sizes - ideal when making clothing to suit everyone. For a limited time, I can take special order requests for these jackets though would prefer each jacket I make to be of a different colour to keep it interesting for me. Please get in touch to discuss your ideas.
I've just completed crocheting this cute light weight summer jacket. Crocheted in cream, lime green and fuchsia, it has a button tab neckline and a big watermelon motif pocket - this has a matching button to close. Neat, and stylish this can be dressed up or down with a dress or t shirt and jeans. You can find out more about this cute cardi here.
This is the amazing 'Square Deal Sweater' pattern crocheted with Super soft Aran yarn. This retro styled pattern brings back the 1970s and is a simply fabulous, comfy jumper to chuck on when it gets chilly. It features detailed bell sleeves and a fantastic psychedelic pattern front and back! Find out more and buy this retro styled handmade jumper here
Recently a friend gave me a Golden Hands crochet book from 1974, inside was an amazing pattern for a crocheted beach wrap.
This pattern features a loose openwork design of an array of stitches in rainbow colours to create a loose fitting jacket, ideal for summer or as a coverall in winter. I've shorted the bell sleeves to just below the elbow, making it an easier wear when working or going about your daily bits and bobs. I've had two customers ask me for these in just a week and I think you can see why.