I Live in a Granny Square World | Webster Fiber Arts

I Live in a Granny Square World

Crochet, Embroidery

Hi folks,

I hope your August is going well. It has been unusually cool in Kansas City so far this month and we have had our windows open and the attic fan going. All of that fresh air has had me in cleaning mood, so I have been organizing my art supplies, cleaning out closets and tubs, and finding all sorts of fun stuff.

One of the things I found was a couple of packages of Lion Brand Bonbons. I got these little skeins of cotton yarn a looooong time ago thinking I would do some sort of embroidery with them, but now crochet seemed like the way to go. I started making tiny granny squares without a plan beyond making a bunch of tiny granny squares in a bunch of fun colors.

Before long, I was surrounded by 1 inch squares. I decided to group the natural colored squares together as the background for a little sketchy self-portrait I created by couching black cotton yarn on top of the joined squares. Then, I added all of the color.

The finished piece is attached to a 12″ x 12″ canvas (I found a lot of those while I was cleaning, too). Here is I Live in a Granny Square World:

I Live in a Granny Square World | Webster Fiber Arts

Until next time,
Annie

Crunchy Granola Baby Blanket | Webster Fiber Arts

Honorably Mentioned

Crochet, Dyeing

You guys!

I was mentioned! With honor! My Crunchy Granola Baby Blanket received honorable mention in the Home Décor & Afghans category of the annual Crochet Guild of America Design Competition. Yay!

Crunchy Granola Baby Blanket | Webster Fiber Arts

I created this blanket as a way to showcase my plant dyed yarns. In this piece there are fibers I dyed with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, tea, dandelions, and the leaves of violets.

Crunchy Granola Baby Blanket Detail | Webster Fiber Arts

I chose to crochet hexagons with my yarn because I love them. I toyed with doing some half-hexie shapes to make the edges even, but I liked the ragged edge when I put it together, so it stayed that way. I went with a baby blanket size because that’s the amount of yarn I had (some decisions are easy to make).

Until next time,
Annie

WIP: The Rainbow Thing | Webster Fiber Arts

WIP: The Rainbow Thing

Crochet

Hi Folks,

I have several pieces I am working on right now, and several more that need to be photographed. Today, I am working on this one:

WIP: The Rainbow Thing | Webster Fiber Arts

This one doesn’t have a real name at this point, so I’m just referring to it as “The Rainbow Thing.” I have been working on this piece on and off for a few months, but this week, I started piecing all of those colorful blobs together.

The yarn in this piece is all scraps from other projects, or yarn from projects that never really got off the ground. It is a mix of acrylic and wool, cheap and pricey, hand dyed and commercial dyed, smooth and novelty, and tiny bits and longer strands.

I am now in the process of filling in the holes where my randomly created blobs (they are called “scrumbles” in the freeform crochet world) don’t line up perfectly. I filled in between the orange and yellow sections and the yellow and green yesterday and this morning.

Once I get all of the holes filled, I’ll begin squaring off the edges. When finished, this freeform piece will be mounted on a 24″ x 36″ felt covered canvas for hanging.

I’m pretty in love with this rainbow thing!

Until next time,
Annie

Mammatus | Webster Fiber Arts

Mammatus

Crochet

I have another new 12″ x 12″ piece to share with you. This one is called Mammatus:

Mammatus | Webster Fiber Arts

A few weeks back, we had some pretty stormy weather here in Kansas City. That’s not too unusually for late spring in Missouri, but our stormy skies don’t always generate mammatus clouds—those bumpy, lumpy, smushy looking clouds that stretch across the sky in a sheet. We had them with that storm a few weeks ago. The storm wasn’t that bad in our area, which is good, and the clouds inspired me to make this piece. Bonus!

Mammatus Side View | Webster Fiber Arts

After I made my clouds and attached them to a blue background, I added some glass bead raindrops to finish off this stormy weather piece. The crochet work is attached to a felt wrapped canvas and is ready to hang from a wire attached to the back of the piece.

You can see more photos and purchase Mammatus in my Etsy shop.

Until next time,
Annie

This Old Thing? Fiber Wall Art | Webster Fiber Arts

This Old Thing?

Crochet

Hi folks,

I have been working on a LOT of new pieces and I am finally ready to show you one! I call this piece This Old Thing?:

This Old Thing? | Webster Fiber Arts

This piece began with picking apart a sweater that I didn’t want anymore. This thing was like putting on a shirt made of plastic wrap. It was so hot and so uncomfortable, but I really liked the colors in it, so I unraveled it. I forgot to snap a picture before I started the destruction of the sweater, but you can get the idea of what I was working with from this piece:

This Old Thing Sweater | Webster Fiber Arts

I separated the unraveled yarns into piles of the base colors of red, yellow, purple, and white. I knew I wasn’t going to make another wearable item with theses fibers, so I tied the pieces together to make big yarn balls of each color (I will note that as I picked apart the sweater, I noticed the manufacturer tied each of the colors together to make the joins—most crochet folks frown on that because they are uncomfortable and can come undone with wear).

Since that sweater was so confining, I wanted to make shapes that were open and airy. I came up with these little cup forms, then attached them to a black wool background that I crocheted to match the size of the canvas I was going to be using. I attached the cups to the background, attached black felt to the canvas, then attached my piece to the felt.

This Old Thing? Fiber Wall Art Detail | Webster Fiber Arts

This piece is ready to hang from a wire attached to the back of the piece.

You can see more photos and purchase This Old Thing? in my Etsy shop.

Until next time,
Annie

Waste Not Want Not by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

Hands Across Missouri Exhibit

Crochet

Hi folks,

I am going to have two pieces in the upcoming Hands Across Missouri Exhibit in Chillicothe, Missouri. This is a juried exhibit put together by the Missouri Artisans Association/The Best of Missouri Hands. I’m taking my pieces to Chillicothe tomorrow, and I might be just a little excited to be in my first juried show.

My pieces include Bulldog Landmines, which I wrote about when it was included in the 12x12xMoFA exhibit last year:

Bulldog Landmines by Annie Webster |Webster Fiber Arts

My second piece is one I finished a couple of months ago. This is one is called Waste Not Want Not:

Waste Not Want Not by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

I originally conceived this piece as a rug, but for display purposes, it hangs on the wall. I used numerous bits and bobs of yarn leftover from past projects for this piece. All of those scarps can turn into something big (around 3 feet across) when you put them all together. This piece also reminds me of the rag rugs my grandma had at her house (a lot of grandmas had those rugs).

Hands Across Missouri opens June 2, 2017 and runs through July 7, 2017. The exhibit will be at the Cultural Corner Gallery in Chillicothe, MO:

Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery
424 Locust Street
Chillicothe, MO 64601

Hours:
Tuesday through Friday: 10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 2 PM
Closed Sunday and Monday

There will be an opening reception on June 2 from 6 PM to 9 PM. The reception is free and open to the public.

Until next time,
Annie

In the Weeds Detail | Webster Fiber Arts

In the Weeds

Crochet

Hi folks,

A few weeks back, I showed you some yarn I dyed with natural dyes. Today, I have one of the pieces I made from that yarn to show you. This is In the Weeds:

In the Weeds | Webster Fiber Arts

I made a large mandala from my yarn. It is earthy and muted and I am quite happy with it.

I started my mandala on the computer. I drew a chart for several rounds of the piece, but I wanted to get to crocheting, so I didn’t draw out the whole thing, and even the part I did draw, I didn’t make a full 360-degree chart of—just the parts I needed to get me going on each round.

I made it six or seven rounds in before I started deviating from my chart. I love the look of the bullion stitch when made with a chunky yarn (those are the coil-looking stitches in light yellow in my mandala), so I made a bunch of them. This gave me a bit of waviness in my piece, which is not usually something you want in a mandala or doily, but in this case, I thought it worked, especially since I knew I was going to be mounting my piece so it could hang on the wall.

In the Weeds Detail | Webster Fiber Arts

My finished mandala is about 16 inches across, so I got an 18-inch square canvas to attach the crochet to. Mounting crochet to hang is something that I am still getting the hang of, but this piece was fairly easy to mount. I dyed some wool felt with tea to get my tan background color, then stretched it around the canvas and stapled it down with a staple gun. I had to put the canvas on the floor to do my stapling. I needed the support of the floor on the base of the stapler to work against as I squeezed the trigger because I don’t have the hand strength to just go shooting off a staple gun willy nilly (probably for the best).

Once the felt was attached, I stitched the mandala to the felt with beige all-purpose thread.

I loved working with these natural dyed fibers. I’ve dyed a few more yarns since, and I have almost completed another piece with those yarns.

Until next time,
Annie