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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.

Asterix & Obelix Blue Morph Crochet tinahely arts group Yarn Classes

Have A Crochet New Year

I have had the most fantastic year in crochet with very exciting happenings, fun workshops and not least many creative crocheters hatched.

New Year Greetings 2012Asterix & Obelix, Blue Morph and the Tinahely Sheep Flock
© Irene Lundgaard 2012

It has been a year of statement crochet and even the year where my crochet hit the big screen, but there was much more quiet crochet  pursuits too! Therapeutic, rhythmical movements with the hook in silent contemplation…

I look forward to exploring 2013 in crochet with you in workshops, at regular crochet classes or perhaps just in the virtual world. Wherever I meet you I wish you health, happiness and not least loads of crochet for 2013

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Free-form Crochet Is A Hoot

I am privileged to be a member of the Tinahely Arts Group who are invited to do an arts exhibition at the Tinahely Show this coming Monday.

A Hoot - Freeform Crochet by Irene LundgaardColourful Free-form crochet © Irene Lundgaard 2012

A Hoot - Freeform Crochet detail 1 by Irene LundgaardA Hoot - Freeform Crochet detail 4 by Irene LundgaardColourful Free-form crochet detail © Irene Lundgaard 2012

I thought I would break out the free-form hook and this is my contribution…

Note: I will offer free form crochet workshops during the autumn. Drop me a line if you are interested in participating and I will let you know when and where the classes are available:

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Free Form Crochet Fun

One of the great joys of my life is when I get a chance to prepare something new for my crochet classes. Sometimes it’s just a description of a technique that needs to be smartened up a bit or it can just be new inspiration both for my pupils and for myself.

At the moment I am preparing some free-form workshops for the autumn and while I’m doing that, my current weekly classes are being introduced to this wonderful funky fun style of crochet. A style where only one’s imagination is the limit.

freeform crochet by Irene LundgaardColourful Free-form crochet © Irene Lundgaard 2012

As always I am trying hard to bring texture into the equation, texture is one of the most exciting elements of free-form, and as always, as you can see, it’s the colour that’s winning here and I have come to conclusion that I have to allow my mind be ruled by my heart on this – at least on the current piece I am working – and just go with the colours – textures do not come easily to me! I wonder if they ever will…

If I have a notion what this piece might turn into? I might, but we’ll see if my heart is in agreement…

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Sheep Unleashed

The last few days were hectic as the deadline for the Tinahely Sheep Flock was looming. I had to complete my contributions and as I was not working in crochet but with paint on metal I found it a bit stressful, to be honest – but mostly a fun challenge…

Doily The Sheep and Origin Of The Species with their friends - Tinahely Sheep Flock - Tinahely Arts Group - by Irene LundgaardDoily The Sheep and Origin Of The Species and friends
Tinahely Sheep Flock – Tinahely Arts Group

Irene Lundgaard 2012

I’m not used to expressing myself with anything but yarn but managed to make “Doily The Sheep” and “Origin Of The Species”.

Fortunately, today all the stress subsided completely as most of the sheep flock were put in place and ready for the Tinahely Walking Festival this coming weekend and my own two made the deadline too – and the paint had even managed to dry.

Note: We open the exhibition Saturday April 14th at 4.00PM. You are welcome to join us!

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Fleeting Forest Art

As a member of the Tinahely Arts Group I invite you to join us in Tomnafinogue Woods, Tinahely, Co Wicklow on Saturday March 3rd from 11am. The arts and craftspeople in the group will be making “Art of The Woods”.

I hope you will put the date in your diary and if you can’t be there then enjoy our efforts in the days, weeks and months to come.

Fleeting Forest Art - Tinahely Arts Group - poster

“The forest changes every minute. Winds blow and leaves fall; animals leave their track; rain comes and washes away…

Shouldn’t art in the forest be just the same? Fleeting?

With this thought in mind, the Tinahely Art Group (TAG) had an idea; To bring together TAG members to create ‘Fleeting Forest Art’. This event will be open to all TAG member to participate in and will be a public event.

TAG’s Fleeting Forest art in Tomnafinogue Woods, Tinahely, Co Wicklow (Saturday 3rd March from 11 am) will leave art in the woods that is created only using small materials found on the forest floor. No outside materials (apart from
pen-knives!) will be brought in, no eco-systems will be disturbed.

The art pieces will be transient, ephemeral… fleeting.”

Now, the question is if the forest can be crochet?…

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The Big Knit In Tinahely

Innocent Smoothies Big Knit by Irene Lundgaard - Robert making pom pomWe had a blast of a cultural weekend here in Tinahely. There was much celebration of Culture Night, with all sorts of activities. The Courthouse Arts Centre dished out some good concerts too and the Tinahely Arts Group were delighted to have our Arts & Craft Shop in the barn of The Farm Shop yesterday where Phillip and Rebecca had played a blinder preparing for us.
Tinahely Arts Group Arts & Craft Fair The Big Knit stall by Irene LundgaardRuths hats
I had a Big Knit stall and some 80 hats were churned out on the day – every little helps.

Ruth came to the final September class with her first ever crochet hats for The Big Knit. They are so cute!

You can participate in The Big Knit in aid of Age Action Ireland too, check it out.

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A Lively Handbag

I have not exactly been going to bed early the last week or so and that is for a very good reason, if I may say so myself. I allowed myself to indulge in a spot of my all time favourite crochet discipline, namely tapestry crochet.

I have harboured the idea for a colourful handbag for a while but never got around to doing the number crunching to make it possible to manifest. However, the Tinahely Arts Group are having huge Culture Night celebrations on Friday September 23rd and one of the events is a group exhibition at the Riverside Business Centre and I thought my Live Life * Love Life Tapestry Handbag would lend itself to an outing for that.

There is nothing like a deadline to focus the mind and this is the result of my labour.

Life life - love life tapestry crochet handbag detail 1 by Irene LundgaardLive Life * Love Life Handbag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Life life - love life tapestry crochet handbag by Irene LundgaardLive Life * Love Life Handbag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Life life - love life tapestry crochet handbag detail 2 by Irene LundgaardLive Life * Love Life Handbag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I rolled out a large ball of the wonderful Kauni Effektgarn. The colours are rich and clever – they inspire me every time I have a ball about the place. It’s actually not just the colours that inspire me, but also the coarseness of the wool and not least the wonderful scent of lanolin that emits as one works through the ball of yarn resulting in baby soft hands. The contrast colours are worked in Einband from Ístex, another one of my all time favourite yarns which is coarse too. Coarse yarns are great for stitch definition, a vital ingredient in anything I crochet.

I used simple, classical bamboo handles which I got at The Yarn Room, they are ‘au naturel’ which plays well with the yarn, while they, at the same time, are delicate enough to give the bag balance. They make the most wonderful clicking sound when one grabs the two handles together.

Oh yes, the aesthetics of a handbag…

The pattern is available in UK as well as US terminology and it is also available in Danish.

I love the material of the bag and not least the sentiment of the writing on the bag. I hope you will enjoy this bag as much as I do too!

Approx 30cm x 30cm / 12in x 12in.
100g / 4oz Kauni Effect Yarn EQ;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 9028 – A or single colour Kauni;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 1770 – B or single colour Kauni.
Approx 60cm / 24in length of rope (approx 3-4mm / 1/8 in diameter);
2 D-shaped cane handles;
Approx 100cm / 40in of leather strap in contrast colour for tying on handle.
Hooks & Notions:
2.5 mm crochet hook, tapestry needle.
Tension: Approx 26 sts x 26 rows to 10 cm / 4 in.
Special skills:
This bag is worked in tapestry crochet. The design pattern is worked from a chart only, all other instructions are written. I would classify the level of difficulty as intermediate.

€ 3.50

The pattern will be sent to you by E-mail as a PDF-file ready to print with both UK and US terminology or in Danish if that is your chosen language. It will be sent to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

The pattern is also available in my Ravelry shop and can be found here: buy now

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Wild Colours For The Fair

I don’t know what has come over me, but I seem to have gone completely 80’s in my colour choices this spring. My stall at the Arts & Craft Fair in Tinahely this coming Sunday May 1st is going to madly coloured and flowered too, although that could be argued to be more of a 60’s style!…

Tinahely Arts & Craft Fair - poster

There will be some more toned down stalls too with everything from wood turning to beautiful art and pottery. It should be nice! I’ll be there, will you?

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Perhaps Ewe’ll See A Lambshade

plarn for tinahely arts group sheepballs of plarn for tinahely arts group sheepIt’s time for me to get down to the real sheep business. The shapes are cut, the holes are drilled and my plan of action is in place. ‘Tis just the action bit that’s missing somewhat.

The first point of call has been collection of the horrid ties from the turf briquette bales; I will never understand why Bord Na Móna doesn’t use biodegradable hemp ties – but I suppose that is just me being too sensible.

The cold winter was a help for generating a collection of ties although our own seasoned firewood was our main source
of heat.

My Tinahely Sheep Flock ewe is going to be wrapped in the ties somehow, that is once I get down to that afore mentioned action business… I also need some other colours in there somehow. Fortunately, my sister-in-law has the best stash of polythene bags I have ever seen in my life and she is kind enough to share this incredible colourful treasure with me. I picked the most colourful ones out yesterday and started my ‘plarn’ making and who knows, ‘ewe’ might see a ‘lambshade’ yet…

Note: Plarn is Plastic Yarn – made by turning plastic bags into strips to be crochet.