In honour of crochet…

March is crochet month. I dont know exactly what that means, but it did get me thinking more about crochet than any previous month-which obviously renders the ‘month’ a success! As a result of all this thinking, I came to discover some creatives who are using crochet in really fun and unusual ways.

In a recent post about my fave fibre artists, I mentioned a couple crocheters who make street art. Today I have an expanded list that highlights the diversity that crochet brings to the table.

If you still associate crochet only with doilies and dishcloths, prepare to have your mind blown! These amazing artists are able to string together everything and anything with a single hook and a bit of yarn-from food, to playgrounds, to taxidermy and even portraits!

In honour of crochet month, here is a short list of crocheters to be inspired by…

1. Jo Hamilton is a Scottish/ American crocheter who makes ‘paintings’ with yarn and a crochet hook. Lucky for us she’s made a stop motion video of her progress during a crocheted portrait so we can watch the magic.

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Crocheted doggie portrait by Jo Hamilton

2. Olek is a Polish/American crochet artist who encases everything she comes in contact with in yarn-houses, people, statues, she even crocheted text messages from a breakup! Her work always includes a political or social message: learn about the significance of the house she crocheted in Finland.

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A Finnish house covered in crochet by Olek

3. London Kaye only uses one stitch and crochets imaginative images for the streets of New York. This is a crocheter who’s definitely going places-in fact she’s just announced that shes going to be on Amazing Race so it should be particularly easy to keep an eye on her!

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Crochet street art by London Kaye

4. Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam is a Japanese/Canadian fibre artist who makes crocheted playgrounds. My inner child jumps for joy at just the thought of playing in one! Obviously, I love that she’s a representing the east coast of Canada. With her in Nova Scotia, we’re pretry much neighbours!

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Amazing crocheted playground by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

5. Kate Jenkins is a Brit who crochets a lot of pictures of food and they look really good too. After last year knitting my way through SE Asia, its hard to not want to gobble this particular piece up! She makes a lot of crocheted food art but follows the philosophy that anything can be created with yarn, as long as it’s made with love!

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Crocheted stirfry by Kat Jenkins

6. Patricia Waller is a German fibre artist who crochets all sorts of impressive 3D things that often take a dark, gory or unexpected twist….because crochet doesnt always have to make you feel warm and fuzzy!

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Patricia Waller’s crochet for grown ups

Do you follow any other amazing crocheters? Let me know in the comment section below or link to me on Instagram and Twitter. I’de love to see who inspires you or what you are creating! Special thanks to Rev. J-also an impressive crocheter- for the inspiration on this post!

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5 thoughts on “In honour of crochet…

  1. crawcraftsbeasties says:

    Awesome! I love Jo Hamilton’s portraits… Isn’t it cool how she leaves the ends loose, so it looks like paint dripping off a canvas? And I recognised Kate Jenkins’s food crochet immediately – I’d seen it in a book I bought a few years ago on people who were doing interesting things with craft! You’ve really found some great crochet inspiration here, thanks for sharing! 😀

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    • The Rock Vandal says:

      Hey Crawcraftbeasties, thanks for your ongoing, kind works of encouragement! Crafters in general continue to blow my mind-the form can be so simple and yet people are able to create these beautiful things with such range! There is one thing i am disappointed about though, and that it’s that there are no crochet playgrounds in my neck of the woods! I figured since Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and I are neighbours and all…well you get the idea! 🙂 Perhaps, a trip to Japan is in order!

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      • crawcraftsbeasties says:

        It’s easy to join in when you keep finding such interesting stuff for me to read! And if it makes you feel any better, there don’t seem to be any crochet playgrounds in Dublin either… So I might have to go back to Japan myself!

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