Art Of The Woods

Last year the Tinahely Arts Group had a great day of making art of our local woods and this year we are repeating the success.

Monday March 18th at 11am group members of TAG will gather in the woods with only a penknife as an aid. All art must be made by debris from the forest floor and no “foreign objects” are allowed to be introduced, another aspect is that no major ecosystems must be disturbed – a dogme project of sorts. My own contribution last year was very simple and the same will be the case this year.

Art of The Woods Project Poster 2013

If you live locally I hope you will come along and see what we are up to in Tomnafinoge Woods, Greenhall, Tinahely, Co Wicklow.

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Crochet Workshops In Denmark

I am delighted to be going back to Denmark in early April for a couple of Crochet Workshops, bookings are currently being taken for the workshops at the Library in Skive.

Include the Danish poster and workshop description as I have an inkling that the most people attending will be people who master the Danish language. Hope to see you there!

Hækle Workshops April 2013 Skive Bibliotek plakat

Workshop Decription:

Hækle Workshops – Hæklet Summer Living – Skive Bibliotek
fredag 5. april 2013, kl. 14.00 – 18.00
Undervisningen vil fokusere på hækling af lyskædedekorationer, glade flag med sjov til boligen og haven. Sjove maske- og farvekombinationer til plaider og hynder. Teknikker vil inkludere variationer over alternative maskeformer i farver.
Kursisterne opfordres til at medbringe garner i eget valg i sommerfarver og tilsvarende hæklenåle.  Materialer vil også være tilgængelige til køb på dagen, hvis det ønskes.  Kurset egner sig ikke for nybegyndere.
Antal deltagere: Maks 12 personer per kursus.

Hækle Workshops – øvede – Skive Bibliotek
lørdag den 6. april, kl. 10.00 – 16.00, (ca. 45 min frokostpause)
Free-Form hækle-workshop –

Undervisningen vil fokusere på Free From hækling, som er en spændende teknik hvor den enkelte kursist virkelig får mulighed for at udtrykke sig i farver, struktur og form. Teknikken egner sig især til frembringelse af reliefbilleder, tasker, smykker og lignende. Et element af kurset vil inkludere hækling med perler integreret, en teknik der egner sig til blandt andet hæklede smykker.
Før frokost læres basisteknikker inklusive dekorationselementer, farvearbejde og sammensætning af delelementer, efter frokost fokuseres der på at arbejde med perler og hvad vi nu ellers kan finde på at indarbejde i vores hælerier.
Kursisterne opfordres til at medbringe nødvendige materialer:  samling af hæklenåle i forskellige størrelser og garner i alle kvaliteter inklusive tråd og fine nåle samt diverse perler i forskellige farver, der kan gå på tråden. Begrænsede materialer vil også være tilgængelige på dagen.  Kurset egner sig ikke for begyndere.
Antal deltagere:
Maks 12 personer per kursus.

Materialer:
Kursusnoter, hæklenåle og garn til teknisk undervisning leveres af Irene Lundgaard.
Hæklenåle: 20 kr per person medmindre de bringer deres egne.
Garn:  40 kr per deltager (nok til at lære teknikken)

Tilmelding:
Skive Bibliotek – telefon: +45 9915 7000

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My New Adventure

I have always been a maker, I have made everything from papier-mâché puppies to stencilled postcards but yarn has always been my staple medium for making – be that in knitting or in crochet. Crochet, in latter years, has taken the largest chunk of my maker energy as I always have to be ahead with new ideas for my classes and workshops and then there is the odd pattern that runs off the hook too.

Crochet Flwoer Headbands in Flax and Wool by Irene Lundgaard 2Crochet Morning Glory Hair Band and Necklace by Irene LundgaardCrochet Flwoer Headbands in Flax and Wool by Irene LundgaardCrochet Flower Headbands & Scarf In Flax and Wool
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I am often asked if I sell my work, which I have not done much but that is all changing now as I have started selling my crochet in Deirdre Minogue’s Sale Shop in Tinahely, Co Wicklow which is full to the brim with gorgeous and distinctive clothes at reduced rates.

I have a nice space in the shop where my unique crochet is on display. At the moment I have focused on pretty flower hair-bands along with scarves, hats and some fingerless mittens too – and there are hand knit socks on offer as well! Everything is made in natural fibres be that flax, wool, cotton, alpaca, silk and mohair and many are one off pieces, never to be replicated. My stock and range will build up as I get the hook going.

The shop is located on Bridge Street in Tinahely, just on the left as you enter the village from the bridge and it’s open every Friday and Saturday from 11am – 5pm. I will be manning the shop on Saturdays and I hope you will join me, come in and say hello, I’d love to see you there!

I will be selling items in my Etsy Shop too, however, for the moment, I have to focus on making, but I will let you know when I have stock available on Etsy too.

Note: Regular crochet classes are still available, details can be found here!

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Women Of The World

This coming Friday is a significant day in the year for women. It is March 8th and it is International Women’s Day – which by coincidence was established in Copenhagen.

Today I had the privilege of having early celebrations with a women’s group in Arklow called Women Of The World which was established in 2009 and is, literally, made up of women from all over the world.  A wonderful dynamic group that meet every Wednesday morning in the Wicklow Partnership Office.

Women of The World in Arklow with Roisin Markham

Women of The World in Arklow with Roisin Markham 2Women Of The World in Arklow
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I was invited to attend their meeting as they have plans of a spot of yarn bombing inspired by the creative and dynamic Róisín Markham. I look forward to seeing what they get up to with that crochet – cheeky things were running off those hooks!

As for my own International Women’s Day celebrations,  I will be celebrating with the Tinahely Women’s Network, on Friday 8th March at the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely from 10.30 – 12.30 with a theme of “Influential Irish Women 1913 – 2013”.
Celebrations will continue that evening with a pot luck supper, starting at 7.30 p.m. (Bring a small portions of food to share).

Perhaps I’ll see you there? If not, I wish you a happy International Women’s Day!

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International Crochet Month

March has for some years now been declared Crochet Month Of The Year in the US – and some of us have embraced this and see it as an International Crochet Month. I thought I would celebrate, not just by crocheting all day every day for the month of March (and the rest of the year for that matter) but also by highlighting and giving shout outs to a couple of the crochet sites that I really enjoy to visit and find inspiring!

First and foremost, I must highlight Laurie Wheeler’s Crochet Liberation Front website. Laurie is the Fearless Leader of the Crochet Liberation Front and has been blowing the trumpet for crochet in the yarn industry for years now and she has even set up a forum where crocheters can meet and chat on Hookey.org. If you don’t know these two sites already I can only recommend that you check them out and sign up to become a member!

Hyperbolic Crochet at the beach on the island of Fur in Denmark by Irene LundgaardHyperbolic Crochet I at The Beach on Fur Island
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Then there is the Crochet Concupiscence website, which has a wealth of inspiration every single day of the year. Kathryn Vercillo has a burning fire in her crochet belly and shares what she finds on her way with great generosity. Kathryn has even written a book called “Crochet Saved My Life” about how her crochet hook helped her heal from illness. I have not read the book myself, but I have read the reviews and they are good and all of us who work with yarn, I think we have an innate understanding of the healing effects there are in repetition and creativity.

Finally, there is Ravelry.com. Ravelry is a great yarn community with nearly 3 million users worldwide. The site is bursting with pattern ideas, groups that share the same crochet interests as you, or knitting interest or spinning or… I cannot recommend membership of Ravelry enough. If you are already a member or you are going to sign up, I hope you will hook up with me on the site and join my Ravelry Group, the language of the group is both Danish and English. Or you are welcome to “friend” me on my profile on Ravelry.

There are very many other inspiring crochet sites in this world, but they will appear here some other time. I hope you found these links as inspiring as I do and I hope you will hook this March and crochet loads and then some, I know I will!

Note: You are also very welcome to Like my page on Facebook, which you can find here!

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In-between Crochet

I have an idea for a sweater I want to try and make but somehow I can’t get my crochet mojo in gear for it, so in the meantime I am having fun with flowers. Cute flowers, brash flowers, pretty flowers and all to be worn either on the head or around the neck!

Crochet Coral Flower Headband by Irene Lundgaard smallCrochet Coral Flower Headband
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Irene Lundgaard 2013

I thought I would share a picture of one of the headbands I’ve made over the last few days. It’s made in flax and wool. I have some beautiful cones of spring and summer coloured flax all suited for about a 2 mm hook. I think the rustic yarn gives a nice texture to the flowers, not like the smooth look of mercerised cotton and I have this notion it will be easier to keep in place too.

I love crocheting flowers!

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Coronation Crochet

I have noticed that a lot of people who come to crochet are doing so inspired by Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers more so than their own mothers; I have to say that this is true for me too, although my mother is an eternal inspiration for my own crafty adventures. I wonder if this is a trend or just something I imagine to be the case as I learnt to crochet from my own Grandmother?

Helen is one of my crochet pupils and she is drawing inspiration from her Great Grandmother too. Helen has brought in the finest of lace to share and the other night she brought what she called her Great Granny’s Coronation Blanket in for inspiration. It is a large blanket, very large for a single bed, done in squares in the most exquisite colours. It is so elegant and Helen told me she actually has two of these magnificent pieces of crochet in her possession.

Crochet Coronation Blanket by Helen's Great GrannyHelen’s Great Granny’s Coronation Blanket
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Irene Lundgaard 2013

Isn’t this just wonderful? The colours are exquisite and completely contemporary even though this blanket is over 60 years old. Helen’s Great Granny made no less than four of these wonderful pieces of crochet and she called them Coronation Blankets as they were crochet to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation – the 60th  jubilee of which was celebrated last year in the UK.

Crochet Coronation Blanket by Helen's Great Granny corner detail detailHelen’s Great Granny’s Coronation Blanket
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Irene Lundgaard 2013


In each corner there is a square done in white, red and blue – to mark the Coronation. These colours are somewhat out of tune with the rest of the blanket, but they totally work. Helen’s Great Granny’s sense of colour is exquisite and she was a practical woman too as she crochet the beautiful edge around this, finishing it off with a black edge – no dirt showing there any time fast!

It is on the shoulders of giants we stand – also in crochet – and Helen has some beautiful boots to fill!

Note: Thanks to Helen for allowing me to take pictures of this blanket and to share them here. I find this work very inspiring and hope you do too!

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Featured In SIMPLY CROCHET MAGAZINE

Back in October I was approached by journalist Judy Darley who had seen my Halloween Webs and would like to do a feature article on my crochet for the new SIMPLY CROCHET MAGAZINE due to be released this January.

I was first and foremost excited about the interview and also delighted to hear that another crochet magazine was to hit the shelves. Crochet is sometimes treated like the poor cousin of knitting by the print media although I have to say that is very much changing, particularly now that the models on the catwalks are draped in creative crochet around the globe – the awareness of crochet is definitely heightened.

Simply Crochet Issue 2 February 2013 by Irene LundgaardSIMPLY CROCHET MAGAZINE February 2013 Issue
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Irene Lundgaard 2013


Anyway, I live out in the sticks of Ireland and had a hard time laying hands on a copy of the first issue of the SIMPLY CROCHET MAGAZINE and only found it when I was passing through London visiting my sister. The first issue was bright and cheerful with what I saw as an emphasis on targeting the beginner crochet market. There was nice photography in it and fun projects. I liked the feel of the magazine, the light-hearted approach to crochet and having a background in printing I really appreciate the quality of the paper the magazine is actually printed on. Lovely detail! And the hook gauge in the second issue; what a hoot…

Irene Lundgaard in Simply Crochet Issue 2 February 2013SIMPLY CROCHET Magazine February 2013 Issue
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Irene Lundgaard 2013

I was to be featured in the second issue and I only laid hands on it during this week just gone by and I’m chuffed with the result. Judy has done a great job on making sense of my unstructured meandering answers.

It is always nice to be recognized by ones peers and I hope you enjoy the article and the magazine, I know I do!

Crochet world domination, I’m telling you! 😉

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The Power Of Crochet Flowers

I teach crochet classes in the Market Square building right in the centre of Tinahely, Co Wicklow. At the bottom of the steps the Tinahely ICA erected a granite bench for people to congregate at for at chat. Behind the bench there is a tree – a tree that I appear to have “something” for

Basket of Crochet Flowers in Tinahely by Irene Lundgaard

Crochet flowers in Tinahely Co Wicklow by Irene Lundgaard

Crochet Flowers on the tree in Tinahely Co Wicklow by Irene Lundgaard

flowers in the tree on the square in Tinahely Co Wicklow by Irene Lundgaard

Crochet flowers in Tinahely Co Wicklow by Irene Lundgaard at duskCrochet Flowers On Dwyer Square, Tinahely, Co Wicklow
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Irene Lundgaard 2013

Today the crocheters of Tinahely sprinkled crochet flowers onto the branches of the tree while it is still bare, just because we can! Colourful flowers, imaginative flowers, mad flowers, fun flowers, pretty ones, romantic ones – in other words a great concoction of crochet flower biodiversity in one place, flowers to brighten up the last few weeks of winter.

Perhaps the flowers will be stolen, perhaps they will be laughed at, frowned upon, embraced, torn apart, picked and be never seen again and perhaps they will cheer up the people passing and make them smile…

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Loads Of Crochet

I have been busy giving crochet workshops in Denmark and busy in my regular crochet classes here in Ireland too. So busy I have not been able to get my web page updated which is a disgrace as I have loads of news to share.

However, I will not be able to get to that until tomorrow afternoon, but I can tell you that it involves the mention of an article in the current edition of the new UK magazine SIMPLY CROCHET in which I’m delighted to feature – have you seen the magazine? It’s bright and cheerful and if nothing else, check it out for the paper quality alone – having a background in printing – I’m a sucker for nice paper!

I will also roll out my new regular classes as well as making suggestions for one day workshops that might be of interest to you. And then there is a whole other crochet venture which involves sales of select pieces of my crochet too.

Crochet Hillarity at Skive Bibliotek by Irene Lundgaard

Doing The Crochet Thing at Skive Bibliotek by Irene LundgaardUntidy, chaotic teachers workstation at
Crochet Workshop at Skive Library, Denmark
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Irene Lundgaard 2013

In the meantime, I share a couple of photos form the workshops I did at the wonderful library in Skive, Denmark. As you can see, they were a busy lot! Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of the beginner class on the Friday. They were a great and came through in flying colours with a great grasp of more than just the basics on the day.

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