Sunday, January 18, 2015

Newest Irish Crochet Lace Heart - In Marsala Reds!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade on Bonanza and Privately - and on Etsy


Irish Crochet Lace Heart in Marsala Reds


This time I made this "Irish Crochet Lace" Heart with all lustrous DMC Pearl Cotton Threads - with the main color theme being what is being called this year "Marsala" (Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year).

I have had DMC Pearl Cottons in this deep Earthy Wine Red for years and years - I believe DMC named it "Dark Garnet Red" at one time, but when I saw what "Marsala" was, I knew it was that color, which I love!!

For the 3 Multi-layer Irish Crochet Roses inside the Heart, I used a Variegated or Shaded Thread in the same color family - with Marsala Red the darkest and Baby Pink as the lightest in that Shaded Thread.

I did my best, when I photographed it to capture the luster or sheen of the DMC Pearl Cotton Thread - all of their Pearl Cotton Threads have this special "glow" to them - I understand from their description that this comes from the way it is made and twisted in France.  I just love this DMC Pearl Cotton Thread - in all sizes and colors!!

This Deep Red, "Marsala" is an indication of deep Love or Friendship - it seems to me it would make a great gift for any occasion or holiday about Love or Friendship!

I have been crocheting all kinds of things with Hearts since I started crocheting in Thread - 2003 ---

See more Irish Crochet Hearts like this one in my Etsy Shop Here:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/RSSDesignsInFiber?section_id=15433511

----- and below is a You Tube video I did:
  "My Hearts by RSS Designs In Fiber"




-- and here is my current Pinterest Board, "Hearts in Fiber Arts I Made"

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Drawing A Picture with Crochet - This Time It's Fantasy Art - A White Dragon!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade on Etsy or Bonanza or Privately


The White Dragon - Fantasy Art - Filet Crochet Art Decor - Fiber Art
The White Dragon - Fantasy Art - Filet Crochet Art Decor


Yes - you can DRAW WITH CROCHET!

The technique used for this "Crochet Drawing" is Filet Crochet.

I kept the Edging of "The White Dragon in Filet Crochet" simple with a rectangular shape.  It is 14 Inches wide and 18 Inches High - it could be framed against a dark background to bring out the Image of the Dragon - with a mesh background and border.

Filet Crochet is a crochet stitch design involving blocks and mesh - some of the mesh is just square/rectangular empty blocks - and some of the mesh is more complicated with "lacet stitches", which is what is used for the mesh background around the Image of the Dragon in this, "The White Dragon".

Though I got the pattern from one of Elizabeth Hiddleson's Original Books of her Crochet Designs, Volume 29 - my real inspiration is from one of Anne McCaffrey's book on the "Dragonriders of Pern":   "The White Dragon"!  Reading Anne McCaffrey's books about the Dragonriders of Pern, I discovered a love for Dragons - and their smaller cousins, "Fire Lizards" (actually small dragons)!

It was fun to make - though rather complicated!!

I've used Filet Crochet to "draw" a few other pictures - some my own design, some others' patterns - here are pictures of a few of them:






Cottontail Rabbit In A Bush - Filet Crochet Textured Mat with Wildlife
Cottontail Rabbit In A Bush - Filet Crochet Image of Wildlife