Asterix & Obelix

Asterix & Obelix – Bird And Nesting Box

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!

Bird at nest box Asterix and Obelix movie 1
Bird at nest box Asterix and Obelix movie 3Robin & Nest Box – Asterix & Obelix © 2012

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.

I have written about the pretty Wedgwood crochet covered china cups and apple covers that I also made here!

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!

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!