Posts Tagged ‘Art’

October 9, 2013

Now That’s a Pompom!

Photo © Eleanor Davies

London-based artist Eleanor Davies is the creative force behind this magnificent, colossal pompom. Titled Over 200 Beautiful Colours, it is made from wool, newspaper, and rope and took two years to construct.

Photo © Eleanor Davies

The yarn used for the project (and there’s a lot of it) was sourced from (an online recycling network), purchased from mills in Yorkshire, or donated by Eleanor’s family and friends.

The photos of the construction process are just as fascinating as the finished piece. Here’s the pompom in progress–gorgeous isn’t it?

Photo © Eleanor Davies

It took a pair of really sharp scissors to cut through all those layers. The exact weight of the sculpture is a mystery, but Eleanor did tell us that it takes five people to lift it.

For more photos of the pompom in process and to see more of Eleanor Davies’s art, visit

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March 20, 2012

The Aesthetic of Funk

Handmade Portraits: Xenobia Bailey from Etsy on Vimeo.

A thought provoking video on artist Xenobia Bailey.

It’s intriguing that she thinks of her mandalas as color exercises. Just like an athlete does exercises to strengthen muscles. So must the artist perform exercises to stay on top of their game.

Perhaps, we need to stop loathing swatches and think of them as knitting exercises. Especially since they do help us to make better finished objects. A simple change in perspective.

As a knitter or crocheter, what is your signature style? Do you have a visual icon that time and time again you turn to as a source of inspiration?

Ms. Bailey’s reference to her family, the type of household she was raised in and her culture as defining her personal signature is a compelling discussion.

How much of what you like is simply based on your family?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Just keep knitting, knitting, knitting…


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March 13, 2012

Helsinki’s Cathedral, Finland

Photo copyright Peter Norris of Boxford, Suffolk

Unfortunately, there isn’t much information about this amazing photo. Research regarding this mega afghan has been difficult to obtain, especially since no one at Blue Sky speaks fluent Finnish.

Here are a few basic facts. This is the Helsinki Cathedral, located in Helsinki, Finland. It was built in 1830 to 1852.

This astounding yarn bombing is the Guinness World Record attempt for the largest crocheted patchwork quilt in the world.


This is not the largest crocheted patchwork quilt in the world.

Who made the largest and why?

Regardless, this is yarn bombing at it’s best!

Photo copyright Stefan Bremer, 2011

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