Did anyone know there is also pineapple yarn? I can imagine the textures. I had no idea.
Habu Textiles is one of the companies that makes pineapple yarn. The description says it is great for making “mats, window covering or knitting & crocheting hats, bags, etc.” It is supposed to work great for both knitting and crochet. I’m going to put pineapple fiber yarn on my list of products to try.
Every year the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance hosts this exhibition. It is free to enter, un-juried, and open to everyone regardless of age, skill level, location, or SEFAA membership. The rules for submission are that each entry must be 12″ x 12″ or smaller and must include at least one fiber technique. Also, only one entry is allowed per person.
The show is available for viewing until the closing on May 7th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm. The exhibition can also be viewed by appointment. Call 678-235-4328 if interested in seeing the show during other hours.
I didn’t have an entry this year. My project just didn’t come together in time. Next year … Here are some of the photos I took from the exhibition. There are more photos from the show and also last year’s show on my Instagram account.
It’s been a while since I have been able to blog, but I have to come to share about Mary Jane Hall’s new book, Colorful Crochet Lace because it is so fabulous!
Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories is a collection of modern garments and accessories designed by Mary Jane Hall and published by Interweave/F+W Media, Inc. Hall used traditional lace techniques, such as fan, shell, popcorn and love knot stitches, and a variety of yarn weights to design clothing and accessories that work for women of all ages and sizes.
Hall created elegant lace scarves, shawls and tops that have a vintage, Victorian flare, but she also went beyond the expected to include other fashionable pieces such as a hooded jacket, flared hem dress and crop top. Some of the garments with more lacy openwork include the Le Chocolate Skirt, Dominique Dress Overlay and Magnifique Modular Tunic, which work well as stylish layers to be worn on top of other garments. Also, the Michelle Ma Belle Shrug and Haute Couture Peplum Top are perfect for those who prefer more solid lace garments.
My personal favorites from the book are the Brigitte Wide Belt, Juliette Scarf and Au Naturel Cropped Top.
Each pattern includes a chart that breaks down the anatomy of the lace stitches. Schematics are also available for the items that require seaming. This book is designed with a French chic look and feel, and it contains stunning images that show the garments and accessories from multiple angles. The instructions are well written and contain several notes for additional assistance.
Hall concludes her book with an explanation of her Graduated Stitch Method, which she is known for using to shape her garments, along with crochet abbreviations and a stitch glossary.
Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories is the perfect book for anyone who loves the look of lace but has been intimidated to try making something fashionable. Also, the repetition of the lace patterns makes it easy for experienced crocheters to make adjustments, if needed.
Chrysanthemum is a full-length crochet cardigan that moves effortlessly with you as you move through your day. Wear it with a bright belt as an unexpected punch of color. Wear it as an extra layer as you head to an early morning yoga class. Wear it as a light coat throughout the transitional seasons.
Featuring long sleeves and an open front, this cardigan is crocheted from the shoulders down and joined at armholes to complete the remainder as one piece. Alternating groupings of double crochet and chain stitches create an elegant rippled pattern. Size increases are made in the dc sections, and the edges are finished with a reverse single crochet stitch border.