Italian Yarn Sculpture – Simply Awesome

In, 2007, the Filpucci yarn company in Italy  celebrated their 40th anniversary with a dinner at the glorious Pitti Palace in Florence. One of the centerpieces of the event was a long table laden with trompe l’oeil sculptures made from their wonderful yarns. More pictures and story at link below, where a pattern for a knitted wedding cake can also be found. (I don’t think I’ll be making this one…)

article and pattern


Fantastical Crocheted Sea Creatures

Simply amazing in themselves, these gorgeous creations are even more so when you realize that they’re all made from recycled plastic bags! Pure magic! Art by Helle Jorgensen.





















For a profile of this extraordinarily creative artist, check out crochetinsider.

Textile Folklore: Venus was a Spinner

Amy Clarke Moore, editor of Spin-Off magazine, has posted an interesting little article about the most famous Venus of them all, Venus de Milo. She read about the belief that, although Venus is now missing her arms, originally, she was engaged in spinning. It’s true that in ancient times most women spun to clothe themselves and their families, but in Greek and  Roman mythology, spinning is a metaphor. The Greek goddess Aphrodite, Venus to the Roman’s had the job of spinning the neuma, or clouds, into the life-force. Further information, along with a book reference, can be accessed here.


Knitting as Art: The Wicked Pullover

photo: John Scarist

photo: John Scarisbrick

photo: John Scarisbrick

photo: John Scarisbrick

Some of the creations of fiber artist Sandra Backlund. Referring to her technique as “heavy wool collage” she fancies herself as a sculpture more than a knitter.

Well, it’s not too hard to figure out why the model looks like that.


Ancient Images of Spinning

People have been spinning flax for thousands of years. The first image is Egyptian, the other four, Greek. All figures are depicted using drop spindles, and the Grecian women are also using distaffs. Click on individual images to see enlarged versions.


Textile Terms: Wool Gathering

When someone is daydreaming instead of paying attention to the talk at hand, it used to be, and sometimes still is said that the person is “wool gathering” .  How did that saying come about? Most people don’t require any wool at all to do their fanciful thinking.

Henry Herbert La Thangue - Gathering Wool

The answer is simple enough. When sheep are out in their meadows or even in their stalls, they often rub their sides along fences, trees, bushes, and other upright, stable objects, probably to scratch an itch or just because it feels good. In the days when wool was processed by hand, someone in the family that owned the sheep would have to go into the fields to collect the pieces of wool that rubbed off and stuck to the “scratching post.” Waste not, want not, after all. As this is not a very taxing occupation, it’s likely that the wool gatherer would be thinking about all sorts of things.


Knitting in the Movies: Miniature Knitter for Coraline

It’s called “microknitting” , and Althea Crome has hit the big time as knitter of Coraline’s tiny sweater and gloves for the movie based on Neil Gaimon’s fantasy novel. Althea is a full sized adult human who knits miniatures. Her work is painstaking and positively amazing! Seeing this video has lit a fire under me to get out there ASAP to see Coraline, unusual for me because I generally wait for the DVD release. Maybe I’ll take my mom…

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