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Monday, 23 March 2015

Structure, Design and Form!

This week, I thought I would share with you, the books that 
I am finding inspirational, in the hope that you might find
something to inspire you too!
I am stuck with my stellar rug at the moment, as I can't have 
access to the overhead projector until Mr C's rib is healed sufficiently,
to rescue it from his studio.
One of my other loves, is freeform knitting and crochet.
Whilst looking for a knitting pattern, I came across this, which proved
very diverting .....


Written in the early 70's, it is a mine of information, 
using crochet to make 3D hangings and structures, whilst
also giving the basics.


These are examples of some of the shapes inside.....


and a finished piece that caught my eye!



The books that inspire my knitting are also quite vintage.


Two books by Mary Thomas, written in the 1930's.


I thought she only wrote about embroidery but I found these
in my favourite charity shop. They are in perfect condition and
have cream linen covers. They are crammed full of technical details.
Just what you need, when setting off on a journey of
exploration!



Last but not least is this, by an American, Mary Walker Phillips.



She wrote this in the 80's and took knitting to an entirely different level.
Instead of functional garments, she made knitting into an art form.
It makes for a fascinating read!


These are two of the structured knitting pieces, that interest me.


I have already made a number of freeform pieces, using all sorts
of different materials, such as plastic

 ( one of my lichen series).
but there is always more to be learnt.
Enjoy your week, everyone!