Monday, July 30, 2012


Time for a new challenge!  Using traditional Irish Crochet techniques, create a motif or design inspired by SEASHELLS.  They have a symmetrical and mathematical design but are straight from nature and will provide us with countless jumping-off points.

Google Image Search:  SEASHELLS result sample

Take a look at what Jeff is creating: Sealife Collar

What other inspiring images can you find?  This might be an excuse to head to the beach to hunt for real-life inspiration.

I'm excited to see what you create.  Goal date for completion is August 30, 2012.  Send your photo(s) to Kim at  These challenges are open-ended so send in photos even if you finish a challenge after the goal date!  We always love to share!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Blog Challenge--Blue Valentino--Results

Our blog challenge using the Blue Valentino dress from the cover of InStyle magazine is posted here.  I encourage those of you who are working on this to send me a photo ANY time.  There won't be a deadline on the challenges, they will be open-ended and I'll post photos whenever I receive them.   Here is my project.  You can see further details on my personal blog: modern crochet goddess

Kim's blog challenge June 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Modern Lace--Olgemini's Blue Dress

Many of you are already fans of Olgemini, a modern Irish crocheter from Moscow.  She contributes to Zurnal Mod magazine, a Russian publication filled with amazing work and patterns.  This year, Olga attended Maire Treanor's Summer School in Clones, and brought some of her garments for up-close inspection.  Were you one of the lucky ones who met her there?

Olga's inspiration comes mainly from antique motifs.  She has a beautiful antique Irish Crochet collection and examines the pieces to learn about construction and motif design.  She has also purchased some Irish Crochet books on Amazon, and then learned the patterns by studying the photos, as her English is not fluent. She says she loves the antique motifs, and regarding creating new motifs, "My hands do crochet as they want :=) I try to add elements of freeform in traditional motifs."

Her Blue Dress took two months to create, a long time for her, she says!  Only two months!  I think it's safe to say that most of us could work for a year and not come close to completion of something so beautiful.  She used 100 percent cotton Yarnart Violet thread for the motifs, with a 1mm hook.  For the joining, she used Nilo thread and a .75mm hook.

front of dress
back of dress--I see a shamrock spray!

I love the pansy.  I will be trying that one for my new project!

I aspire to have tension this even

traditional motifs

skirt--I love how the hem design has a repeating pattern of heavier motifs to define it

hem detail

Thanks so much to Olga for sharing her photos and for talking with me!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Field Trip-Clones Lace Workshop, Lacis 2012

Lacis, in Berkely California
I had a very special treat today!  Although I'm not able to attend Maire Treanor's Clones Lace Workshop at Lacis this year, I was able to pop up to Berkeley today for a little visit!  It was so wonderful to see Maire, and also some familiar faces from last year.

The workshop is fairly informal, with a variety of projects and experience levels happening at the same time.  Maire breaks the chatting once in a while to demonstrate a technique for the whole group, and is otherwise occupied giving individual attention to the participants.  I saw people working with No. 10 thread, and with No. 80.  I saw colored thread and white.  Beginners were assembling their first small projects, and a few advanced folks were laying out more ambitious creations.  There were traditional motifs, motifs from Russian inspiration, and brand new motifs.  What an inspiring day for me.  Thank you everyone for welcoming me just for those couple of hours I was able to join you.--Kim
Maire demonstrates the Clones Knot
Leanne works on her shawlette.
Tiny hook and thread!  Leanne is using No. 40 DMC
Shawlette laid out on muslin.  Detail is of Roz's cyclamen leaf.

Design discussion.
Showing us the layout.
Look at how much she has finished!  These motifs are in different threads and lightweight yarns.
Cynthia designed her own grapeleaf.  She picked a real grapeleaf from her garden for inspiration.  
Patty's work-in-progress using No. 10 thread.  She is inspired by MOD.  We were all envious of her sketching skills too!
Maire has photos from her Summer School in Clones workshop on her Facebook Page.