In the previous blog we talked about some of the working artists out there who are using crochet in their artwork. That was only a taste. If you know of others, please put up a post on that page. The crochet community is a small but close-knit group (or should I say close-crocheted?) The best way to get information out about anything crochet is to share what you know and by the same token, that’s the best way to learn more about crochet. That’s what I am hoping to do with this website. There are lots of websites out there that have demos, free patterns, and crochet alongs. But there is not much related to crochet as an artform. If you love crochet and love to see or hear about the most wild and wonderful things being done in crochet, this is the place to come to. I will be posting stories, links, and as much information as possible.
The way we keep crochet alive as a living craft is to disseminate information among ourselves. Start a local crochet group and meet somewhere other than a yarn shop. Local yarn shops are great and we should support them, but they are often small, hard, to find, and can be intimidating for some people. Right now, people don’t have a lot of money, so meet with others in a home or public place, share what you have, if you can, and most of all encourage others.
Start a local crochet group. Believe me crocheters will welcome it. There are lots of knitting groups, but few crochet groups. Make it friendly and fun. Include time to show some amazing crochet projects that you have seen from others or online. Go beyond just meeting up and doing a little show and tell, then spending the rest of the time with local chit/chat. Start a conversation anyone can contribute to. Talk about upcoming crochet events, websites or blogs that you have seen on line, opinions and ideas about different techniques and styles of crochet. Plan a group trip to see a local artist’s work or travel together to a conference.
If you are in a small town in the middle of the US, like me, you may find it hard to start up a group. Crafts have their niches,. I don’t know why that is, but the most crafty states, seem to be on the east and west coasts, with some of the more northern states having pockets of crafters. This is based strictly on my observations from traveling and living in a lot of different states. Do you live in a crafty place? How many yarn stores are in less than one hour’s drive from you? How many active guilds or craft groups are in or near your town? If there is a craft or fabric store in your area, does it put the craft items right up front or have they stuck a bunch of home decorator items in the front? I’d like to see a WolframAlpha chart comparing the number for fiberarts clubs to number of Walmarts across America. My guess would be, the fewer Walmarts, the more clubs or organizations related to fiber arts or making things in general.
Just a last word about the website. Eventually, I hope to have a lot of images. Right now, that’s not possible because I need permission to use images. The best way to get that permission is through the publishers, artists, and photographers. If you are in this category and would like me to show your crochet related work, please contact me. The more images I have available the more beautiful the website will be. It is hard to write about the visual arts without images, and crochet is definitely a visual art!