The delicate little wallflower that has stood in the shadows of its big sister for far too long is making a surprising reappearance this Spring. Crochet is adding a fresh and airy vibe to the world of design, as doily-like dresses and lacy tunics sashay down the runways, and home decor is revived with the homespun craftiness of bohemian styling not seen since the seventies. This retro trend has such a strong influence, keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page as Debbie Bliss introduces her first ever Simply Crochet collection later this month, while Vogue Knitting dusts off a few hooks with an early May release of their first all-crochet magazine in almost twenty years.
Crochet differs from knitting, in that only one stitch is active at one time, it grows incredibly quick and can easily be manipulated into a circular design or a variety of sculptural organic shapes. Unusual textures and raised stitches are easy to create with crochet whereas regular knitting has a smooth flat appearance.
Taking it to the next level, crochet has also evolved into an art form-
Deborah Valoma, a textile artist from California created her stunning art exhibit, Twelve Tears, by utilizing river rocks and crocheting web-like casings in cotton.
The Crochet Chair is the brainchild of Dutch furniture designer, Marcel Wanders, branded as the ‘Lady Gaga’ of the design world by the New York Times. In his innovative furniture collection, individual crocheted motifs are sewn together, dipped in resin, then formed over a mold until dry.
Copenhagen is known for its ‘green’ status as one of the world’s leading bicycle cities, and colourful crocheted fender skirts stand out like rainbows against the concrete pavement. The above example looks a little more artistic than roadworthy, pictured on a vintage two-wheeler, but there are websites where commissioned pieces can be ordered in your choice of colours.
This mega size doily is actually a four foot wide rug created from heavy cotton rope, available as a special order from Ladies and Gentlemen, a craft business on Etsy.com.
Queen Anne’s Lace is a gallery installation by Brooklyn-based textile artisan, Kristen Wicklund who works entirely with clay and fibre. Each of these exquisite handmade doilies is dipped in liquid porcelain and gently formed into sculptural shapes.