I'm overwhelmed with the requests for patterns of my creatures! I wasn't going to publish patterns but due to so many emails, messages and comments I've decided to write up a couple of them.
So a few patterns are in the works! Most notably, for my big buddy with all the accessories... plus a few others I have in mind.
I'm still looking at about 6-8 weeks to get anything written, test knit, photographed and then put into a nice PDF format. So, keep on the lookout! And.. if you might be interested in test knitting eventually, please send me an email or message.
My Celestarium piece won the People's Choice vote at the 2nd Annual Fibre Arts Exhibition at the Baggage Building Arts Centre!
I am so honoured that my piece was chosen and want to thank everyone who voted for my piece! There were so many beautiful and creative pieces in the exhibition and I was already humbled to be part of such a talented group of artists; To win the People's Choice vote is just so exciting for me. Thank you.
I'm already thinking of ideas for next year's exhibition!
This is my second year participating in the Annual Fibre Arts Exhibition at the Baggage Building Arts Centre, which is just in its second year. I have several pieces exhibiting again this year.
“Camp Happy Heart” (of course!) is a gang of hand knit, stuffed creatures of various sizes and shapes, including three two headed pieces, a momma monster with a baby in her kangaroo pocket, two gnomes in Nordic sweaters and a pair of
“Teeny Tiny” is a compilation of eight miniature knit pieces mounted in a picture frame about 8x10” in size. There are a gnome, unicorn, panda, pirate, sheep, hedgehog, teddy bear and little bunny. They are made of a variety of scrap
wool and other yarns leftover from other pieces and hand knit using needles measuring 2 mm wide.
“Linientreu” is a hand knit shawl which is an example of modular and row knitting. It is a knit, semicircular shawl, alternating the modular equilateral triangles with the straight rows. Each triangle module is knit and then joined to
the piece as they are worked. This piece took approximately 40 hours to complete and is made of 1,098 metres / 1,200 yards of wool.
Finally, a piece that I’m particularly proud of is called Celestarium. It is a knit, circular, beaded shawl that is a constellation chart. Beads are used to represent the stars and it is an accurate view of the night sky from the North
Pole. I used a crochet hook that was 0.75mm wide to add the beads as I worked the piece. The wool for it was hand-dyed for me specifically for this project by a friend who was a fibre artist in Minneapolis, who passed away last summer. Her inspiration for
the colour, named Northern Lights, is the northern area of the continent that we live on. This took me about 65 hours to complete by hand and is made of approximately 900 metres of wool with 361 silver-lined crystal beads and is @ 42-43” diameter. (in the
photo I’ve put string through a few of the constellations to demonstrate them)
Most pieces I make are sold or gifts, while many are also donated to charity raffles or fundraisers. I really enjoy seeing the child in everyone come out when they are able to hold, touch, or play with my creations.
While my main craft is toy making, I enjoy making pieces like Celestarium and Linientreu as a type of palate cleanser and a challenge to do something new to me, use different tools, fibres and other materials and to expand my skills.
There are a lot of fantastic pieces by really talented fibre artists in the exhibition so if you haven’t already – treat yourself to a viewing!
Remember the roller skating, unicorn loving monster? How could you not? Well she made it to her new home with my dear friend Michelle in California, who is a yarn dyer by trade and owns Dancing Dog Dyeworks. Michelle has named her Francine AND created two fabulous colourways inspired and named after her!
Feast your eyes on "Francine of Camp Happy Heart" which comes in a veriegated worsted or a two-stripe (one stripe pink and one stripe the veriegated) fingering weight. I just love it! I know I'll make some happy stripey socks from the fingering weight and definately a monster or two from the worsted weight! How about you?