Asterix Asterix & Obelix Crochet tea cosy Workshop

Morning Glory Tea Cosy

A couple of weeks ago a friend asked if I could make her a tea cosy for a vintage teapot, which she was going to give away as a present. She showed me the teapot some days later and I was simply just inspired by the delicate China and not least the pretty colours.

Morning Glory Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard - 2Morning Glory Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

Morning Glory Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard - 1Morning Glory Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

My first thought was Einband wool from Ístex as the tea cosy needed to be made in something that would keep the tea warm – and what better than wool for that – but more importantly, the colours were to be just right too. I wanted it to add to the shape and delicate feel of the China teapot too so the yarn could not be too bulky.

Morning Glory Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard - 4Morning Glory Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

Morning Glory Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard - 3Morning Glory Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

I like the result and think that the Éinband worked on a 2.5 mm hook does exactly what it should with beautiful stitch definition.

There is no doubt that the tea cosy is related to the one I did for the Asterix movie, the materials are the same and the relatively delicate feel is the same too. I worked some Forget-me-nots, Daisies and Morning Glories along with some leaves; wild and beautiful flowers.

I have this sense that more will be rolling off the hook sooner rather than later!… Yes, I’m inspired. Wonderful!

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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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2nd Prize – People’s Choice

Hyperbolic Tea Cosy for National Tea Cosy Competition 2012 by Irene LundgaardYesterday was the day that the winners of the National Tea Cosy Competition were declared and I hear there was great excitement at the event. I wasn’t able to be there myself, but my friend Sue was there and gave rave reviews of the entries!

The overall winner of the competition was superb and it was the right tea cosy to win! Absolutely gorgeous, it was made by Suzie Sullivan who had made The Tea Fairy. The other category winners were gorgeous and I’m proud to have had my tea-cosies exhibited alongside them.

Prize from National Tea Cozy Competition 2012What I am proud of the most though, is that my Hyperbolic Tea Cosy In Colour won 2nd prize in the Public Vote section! I’m thrilled to bits and thank all the people who took the time to vote for my entry! I really appreciate that very much!

Not only do I appreciate getting 2nd, I am also very pleased with the goodies that came with the prize, tea bags, biscuits and a cute little modern tea pot! It’s very nice to get a prize as well as the honour although the honour matters the most!

Thank you everyone!
The hook is sharpened for next year’s event!

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TADAAAAA! Pattern Release

I have spent the day putting finishing touches to the pattern release for my Sunny Cuppa Tea Cosy pattern. I thought the crochet sunflower tea cosy would bring a ray of sunshine even to the most dull of days.

The pattern is worked in pure wool in Lett Lopi from Istéx, a yarn I have a serious love affair with but any worsted or aran weight yarn will do. You will need 50 g/2oz each of brown, yellow and green Lett Lopi (or any Aran/worsted weight yarn in the colours of your choice) and a 5 mm/H hook.

The tea cosy is worked from the top down which makes it flexible in the height if you tea pot is not of the average pot bellied type, once the flower crown in crochet. There are two sizes available in the pattern a small and a large.

The pattern is available in PDF format with both US and UK terminology and it is not suitable for an absolute beginner crocheter.

I have really enjoyed making this and if it wasn’t for Mary and Siobhan, it would never have made it to be a pattern, so thank you for the push and the numerous shoves, good women!

Note: The pattern is also available as a Ravelry download here or directly from me through the PayPal Buy button below.
Sunny Cup Of Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard Pattern Cover

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Another Cuppa Tea

Yesterday saw me high-tailing it into town to make the afternoon post, I had my two tea cosies all wrapped in pink tissue paper and carefully placed in a brown cardboard box. They were duly sent off to Karen who is running the National Tea Cosy Competition here in Ireland this weekend. I look forward to seeing ALL the entries. I have seen a few previews and let me put it this way, competition will be steep!

Hyperbolic Tea Cosy for National Tea Cosy Competition 2012 by Irene Lundgaard - side view Hyperbolic Tea Cosy In Colour – side view
Irene Lundgaard 2012

Hyperbolic Tea Cosy for National Tea Cosy Competition 2012 by Irene Lundgaard - top viewHyperbolic Tea Cosy In Colour – top view
Irene Lundgaard 2012

Hyperbolic Tea Cosy for National Tea Cosy Competition 2012 by Irene LundgaardHyperbolic Tea Cosy In Colour – front view
© Irene Lundgaard 2012

As you can see, my second entry is wildly colourful – perhaps on the scary side of crazy, but crazy is good, isn’t it? I believe all entries will be up on the Irish Craft Festival website or perhaps on Facebook, check them out!