Most design houses have a fall collection, but here at Fitting and Proper we also like to pay extra attention to that most important event which livens up the beginning of fall. So here are some creations for the Halloween season! Spooky earrings, with skulls and black crochet.
Clip made of a silver bat on a bed of cotton lace. The lace is a scrap leftover from a friend’s project; another example of zero waste sewing.
So you’ve seen me crocheting necklaces, and purses; now here is both at once. Amulet bags go around your neck so you can carry something special close to your heart: a lucky penny, a crystal, a ring you can’t wear on your hand. Or you can carry something practical like a spare key or bus fare. The beads make a nice texture; come over and feel it at my next show.
Having some fun designing with beads. These reticules take quite a while to crochet, because the stitches need to be tight enough that nothing can poke out through the holes (even a bobby pin, or the tip of a pencil).
The grey and black one was a commission, which also included these matching gloves.
I have been making fingerless gloves for the last month or two, crocheting them out of several different weights of wool yarn or cotton thread. The pattern is my own and I revise it as needed to suit the thickness of each yarn. The glove shown modelled is made from size 10 crochet thread that has a tinsel-like metallic plied in. The metallic keeps the thread from stretching as much as cotton normally would, so I had to work carefully and loosely so the gloves could stay supple.
In recent months, as I have been rolling out new designs of crochet lace chokers and bracelets, it has been nice to hear them admired by acquaintances and colleagues. The comment I heard most often is “You should make matching earrings, of course!” So here is my response to that request. I am improvising crochet patterns to utilize my particular tension / gauge and the stiffness of the different threads.
We will be vending at the new gothic event Philtre with DJ Unseelie at the Elbo Room in SF on May 22. Many new pieces will be making their debut that night, including chokers made of cotton thread, feather-light and comfortable against your neck.