Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bullions Golore!


Ode to Prudence


I have finally finished my first attempt at real Freeform Crochet. I must admit, I’m not very good at what is seen as your typical freeform, scrumbles and what not, I can admire this kind of crochet; I’m just not that good at doing it. I think it goes against my weaver senses (kinda like Spiderman and his spidey sense). I like order, patterns, sequence, symmetry, asymmetry, etc... (Even though I was scrumbling and freeforming the pieces I made for the Crocheted Coral Reef Project, they were still very orderly..)


But, well, between trying to organise a class on Freeform Crochet, and the Prudence Mapstone Workshop I’m going to, in October, I finally decided to try my hand at true freeform, Prudence style.


Over the past few years, I’ve managed to gather a good collection of freeform books, with various styles, techniques, and stitches. But it's Prudence Mapstones bullion and shell shapes that have become my firm favourites. And I was determined to learn it. I haven’t got her Bullions and Beyond Book, but I do have her 'Never Too Many Handbags' book, so a Bullion Bag, it was going to be...



Trying to do the Bullion stitch isn't easy, there's a bit of a knack, and definately some types of yarn work better. So, make lots of Bullions and stitch them together to make a bag!! Yes I know the colours are a bit bizarre, and completely 'not me', but I was trying to use up all the odds and ends left over from the coral. They made great coral!!






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4 comments:

KerryFelter said...

Oh, Orla!! You have to call over and teach me some of those stitches!! I am waitlisted for Prudence, but I doubt I will get in. I love the shell stitches and I SO LOVE to make a handbag like that!!!

Bionic Laura said...

Love the bag. I love all the colours. Fair play to you for having the patience to sew it all up...

springstitches said...

Beautiful!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Orla, Your bullion purse is truly truly lovely. What a great idea to use them beside the coral reef project.

Over this Christmas break I have made my first crochet bullions. It took watching many times the tutorial on Utube to finally get them right.

I bought the "Somewhere In My World" book and found your lovely SOS project. Hugs Judy