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Crochet Design

Runes In Filet Crochet

I have a few balls of DMC 80 cotton and thought I’d use it for a birthday present, so I set to work with pencil and notepad. I had a few ideas and landed on working in Filet Crochet, a technique I very rarely use as it does not really appeal to me, but my plan of making a wall hanging of sorts with some ancient rune writing made me fall back to Filet Crochet. I had thought of freeform – something like the motorbike from last summer, but that didn’t appeal either, so Filet Crochet it is!

Filet Crochet Runes by Irene LundgaardFilet Crochet Runes – in the making
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

This is where I have gotten so far. I am working on my size 0.75 mm hook and the cotton thread is DMC 80 in Ecru.

Soon the main crochet will be done, then I will add some frilly edges and once that is all done, a good blocking will make it possible to actually read the runes, although that obviously will require knowledge of the ancient script of runes. Runes are an old Norse alphabet used by the Vikings among many others. I have always been struck by the beauty of this old script. If you are curious, you can read about runes here.

Once the crochet is completed I will write about the actual writing on this piece which is also ancient and something that has followed me as a thing of beauty since my childhood.

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crochet necklace Design flowers

It’s That Shamrock Time Of Year

Soon Sct Patrick’s Day will be here, on March 17th to be exact and I know many have their hook out to celebrate. Last year I made this free Shamrock pattern available and I just thought I would remind you that it is still available.

St Patrick Day Shamrocks by Irene Lundgaard details 2Crochet Shamrocks On A String For St Patrick’s Day
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

All you need to get the pattern is to click here! Sit down and celebrate that spring is on the verge of being sprung while using your crochet hook and go out on the day and celebrate with your pretty home made shamrocks draped around your neck. Enjoy!

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Crochet Design Doily freeform crochet

Birthday Crochet – The Ultimate Celebration

This weekend saw Pia & Thue’s 40th birthday and I celebrated with a spot of crochet – the ultimate from of celebration if you ask me. Pia & Thue are avid bikers, this summer saw them “do Sweden” on their bikes and next year they are planning a very long bike trip in America… What could I do but crochet them a motorbike doily to celebrate?

Crochet Birthday Motorbike for Pia and Thue September 2013Crochet Birthday Motorbike for Pia and Thue September 2013
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I played around with the rough image of the bike and bikers and then softened the image by using some edgings from my Great Granny’s sampler book which I have found inspiration in and written about many times before. I mounted the bike on a gorgeous tangerine coloured card with rice paper behind as I have a feeling it will end up on a wall at Thue & Pias

Pia & Thue have been graceful enough not to comment on the fact that the bike very much resembles the 3 gear Puch moped I rode in my teens…

Happy Biker Birthday folks!

Note: I used Ecru DMC 100 and a 0.75 mm crochet hook.

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Amigurumi Crochet Design Dolls

Horseplay With The Hook

While I was in Denmark earlier in the month a message with a fun order ticked into my mail box. I usually say I don’t “do” commissions, but then again, I do “do” commissions, but only when my creative freedom is not constrained. Fortunately, this was the case again this time. This was an order for two small figures of about 12 cm. One male and one female, he was to wear black trousers and a red coat, she was to wear a black dress. And I was to crochet a horse too…

I have crochet like something of a lunatic ever since as today was the deadline for completion of the project.

Crochet Amigurumi Male and Female with Horse by Irene LundgaardCrochet Male & Female and Crochet Horse too
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I could have done many different styles of people and horse, but knowing the person who ordered them, I kept the whole thing fairly simple.

I had a really hard time making the horse. I have never been a horse girl, when I was a child, so a bit of research went into getting that neck made somewhat right!

Crochet amigurumi horse by Irene Lundgaard 2Detail of Crochet Amigurumi Male and Female by Irene LundgaardCrochet Male & Female Detail and Crochet Horse too
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I have just handed over the lot and fortunately they were well received! That is always a gamble when doing commissions, even with pictures of the progress during creation, there are no guarantees that the customer is going to be happy with the finished work, so I’m delighted again this time!

And now, I’ll go back to crocheting wild pink roses, I have a little neck piece in mind for the shop for tomorrow.

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Crochet Design Dolls

No Idle Hands

I am busy teaching crochet these days and was delighted to have a great day in the Deirdre Minogue Shop in Tinahely, Co Wicklow on Saturday where my crochet sold well – I have a shop in Deirdre’s shop and love the concept of cooperation in that way!

My good sales on Saturday means some of the nicer pieces of mine are now sold and I am busy making something new – pink wild roses are on the agenda as a little reminder that summer is nigh!

Male and female with armsCrochet Male & Female
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

However, I had a request for a few little crochet figures which I have to complete by the end of the week. The yarn is fine and there are many stitches to do. These two little people need a coat and a dress and a horse too…  No idle hands indeed.

Note: Deirdre Minogue’s Sale Shop, Tinahely, Co Wicklow is open every Friday and Saturday from 11am to 5pm. I man the shop every Saturday (although through May I will be manning the shop on Fridays) and I hope you call in to say hello if you are in the area!

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Design granny square

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
©
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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Design freeform crochet Workshop

Crochet In The Bold Corner

It has been too quiet about this place for the last week or so, all due to much teaching of crochet and many very capable hands turning out well defined crochet stitches.

I am also busy preparing handouts for my next workshops in Denmark; or rather, I should be doing that as they do not just manifest themselves just because I have crochet the relevant samples. I have not yet mastered the art of printing them out straight from my brain – if you have found a way, please let me know.

As I said, I should be preparing handouts but my imagination ran riot the last few days and I started no less than four different projects, and they are all in a state of non-completion. I am being very bold and I had to send myself in the bold corner.

Freeform in Green by Irene LundgaardBold Corner Freeform Crochet © Irene Lundgaard 2013

That move proved counter productive and matters escalated in that corner as I found about 100g of yarn that just had to be crochet there and then. The crochet has absolutely no relevance to the workshops I am preparing other than I just may be able to turn it into a pretty cushion cover, that way it fits the crochet “Living” workshop I’m doing. Can’t you imagine this crochet stretched over a pretty piece of violet coloured silk? My imagination can, but I really do not have the time for these sort of ideas popping up in the middle of an otherwise well scheduled time plan. Fortunately, I don’t actually have enough yarn to complete the project – and I don’t have any violet coloured silk either. Yet…

I better get back to those handouts… Are you good at being disciplined or are you bold like me?

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Crochet Crochet Collar Design Yarn Classes

Vintage Crochet & Buttons Too

The week before I went to Denmark to do the Workshops in Skive Library, I found a picture of my Granny being held in the arms of my Great Granny, my Great Grandfather and my granny’s siblings are also in the picture and I spotted a few crochet collars on the girls in the picture, cute little ones and I am sure they came from my Great Granny’s hand. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make out any detail to try to replicate them.

Vintage crochet collar and buttons by Irene LundgaardCrochet Vintage Collar & Buttons © Irene Lundgaard

However, I was inspired and today I set to work with some mercerised cotton and a 1.75 mm hook and started making up my own little collars, they are very much on the experimental side of being anything yet – as is my choice of buttons.

I love buttons, my granny had the most wonderful collection of buttons as she was a dress maker, a few of the ones in the picture are actually from her stash. Some of the ones I found as potential buttons for the collars I am playing around with are just too ancient and worn to be used, but they are still charming and will be put back in the box where they normally live once I have picked out the ones I want to use.

I’m not quite sure what I am going to do with the collars once they are done, but perhaps they will find their way to my stall at our annual Christmas Spirit Fair at the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely that Margarete and I have organized for the last few years. I think they just might make it there and who knows, a pattern may roll off the fingers too!

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Asterix & Obelix Crochet Design Fun tea cosy Yarn Classes

Propping Up Asterix & Obelix

A year ago I was approached by the Set Designer of the new “Asterix & Obelix: On Her Majesty’s Service” movie. Parts of the movie were filmed on location here in Ireland and crochet was needed for some of the props. I was excited and delighted to be approached, particularly when I realized I had near complete freedom once the colours were decided.

One scene is set in a wonderful garden where Obelix is taking Five O’Clock Tea with the ladies and Véronique Melery had this idea that there was to be frilly edges on the Wedgwood tea cups, the teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug. Quirky fun!

Obelix On Her Majestys Service Drinking TeaObelix Drinking Tea With The Ladies © 2012

I met with Véronique at The Yarn Room where we found suitable yarn in the required colours (we landed on the beautiful Einband from Istex in a rose colour and moss green – gorgeous!). Normally doily style crochet is done in cotton, but for these props the frills needed to “hold their own” and time was of the essence deeming starch and cotton out of the “picture” – if you’ll pardon the pun – sturdy North Atlantic lace weight yarn was ideal for the purpose.

I was issued with no less than nine delicate Wedgewood cups and saucers and only a few days to finish the task. I needed to figure out how to attach the lacy edges to the porcelain and all I can say is “Thank God” for super glue, a very well stocked local grocery store and a very obliging husband, who did a few runs to pick up more glue when I perhaps became just a little bit hysterical when I realized how much liquid wool soaks up… Just a bit hysterical, mind!

Asterix and Obelix On Her Majestys Service Tea Pot PanoramaTestel 1Asterix and Obelix On Her Majestys Service Sugar Bowl and Milk Jug Tea CupTea Pot, Tea Cup, Sugar Bowl & Milk Jug
Asterix & Obelix © 2012

Veronique also asked me to crochet a few pretty covers for some apples, these I worked in Shoppel-Wolle Zauberball Lace. The richest red colour. I worked them very simply and I think they turned out quite well.

Asterix and Obelix On Her Majestys Service Apples coverred in CrochetAsterix & Obelix Crochet Apple Covers © 2012

I crochet this 3D piece of Strawberries & Cream a couple of years ago and this I also lent to Veronique, she thought it might work in the context, but I am not sure if it was ever used. One way to find out is to see the movie, I suppose…

Asterix & Obelix Strawberries and CreamStrawberries & Cream © Irene Lundgaard 2010

I also made a nest box for birds and a nice little bird, but I written about that separately. I really enjoyed this commission – it was a privilege to be given a relative free reign with my hook, yarn and imagination!

I would love to see the movie in the cinema, but I don’t think it’s going to be in the Irish cinemas but I know it was released in Denmark yesterday, I’m going to Denmark next week, ’nuff said!…

For a woman that doesn’t “do” commissions, I most certainly have been taking a lot of them within the last year or so…

Note: The props from the movie are going on display in the Museum at the Asterix Park near Paris… I feel a trip to Paris coming on!

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Crochet Design

Tinahely Arts Group Craft Fair

Arts and Craft Fair Farm Shop Tinahely 2012There are no idle hands here these days. Last night we, the Tinahely Arts Group, celebrated Culture Night with interactive displays and Words in the village, I also had crochet words in the village but I will write properly about them later because right now, the focus is on the Tinahely Arts Group Arts & Craft Fair at the Tinahely Farm Shop tomorrow Sunday 23rd from 11 – 5.

I am one of the stall holders at the event and seeing that Rebecca and Philip use real vintage china cups in their Tea Rooms, I thought it appropriate to theme my stall around Tea Cosies and also something vintage. What’s more vintage in crochet than Granny Square?… I have made them medium to small as I hear a lot of single people complaining that they can’t get a tea cosy for small pots. Obviously, there will also be family size ones.

Granny Square Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard Granny Square Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

Crochet Chickens by Irene LundgaardI thought I would also make a bit of fun stuff like a few little chicks, seeing that we are going to have the fair on a farm. I created the chicks a while back but they never really got any further than the development stage, but now that I have actually made a few, I think I will have to make a pattern. They are cheerful to have hanging in a fish line about the place, I think.

My mother is a florist and instilled a love of cut flowers in my from an early age. She had a fantastic flower border in the garden when I was a little girl and Rebecca Hadden of the Tinahely Farm Shop is also a fine florist and for that reason I thought I would also keep a flower theme going on my stall so pretty flower brooches are running off the hook at the speed of light here. I will do a crochet flower demonstration on my stall and I hope you will join me and be inspired.

Crochet Flower Broches by Irene Lundgaard Crochet Flower Brooches © Irene Lundgaard 2012

The Tinahely Arts & Craft Fair opens at the Tinahely Farm Shop on Sunday September 23rd at 11 to 5, the tea rooms and shop will also be open. I hope you can join us!