I have really had a hard time keeping the props I made for the new Asterix movie “Astérix et Obélix Au Service De Sa Majesté” under my belt, I did all this work more than a year ago and I have been so excited about it but had to keep quiet – people that know me well, might say have a wee snigger at the thought of a quiet me… One way or another, I managed to keep quiet!
Set designer Véronique Melery not only asked me to work the pretty frilly edges for the Wedgwood cups and apple covers, she also asked me to make a nesting box and a bird for the garden in which Obelix takes his afternoon tea. We chose the wonderful Double Knit yarn from Cushendale Woollen Mills, probably my all time favorite double knit quality yarn – yes, I like scratchy yarn. The colours and stitch definition in this yarn is second to none!
Véronique asked me to do a Robin which strictly speaking would not nest in a nesting box, but that is merely a technicality and aren’t the movies all about make-believe anyway? The Robin also ended up having blue eyes which should have been black, but they did not stand out enough in black…
The nest box was fun to make and the bird was no less than exhilarating to have a go at. I used Istex Einband for the bird and used a combination of crochet and embroidery to capture the details.
If I don’t get to see the movie while it’s in the cinemas – which is now, I will definitely have to go and visit the Museum at the Asterix Park outside Paris to revisit the props I crochet.
I feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity to crochet for an Asterix movie – as my brother put it, “it’s cult”!
Crochet World Domination, I’m telling ya!