Friday, April 30, 2010

More Upcoming Projects

These are two doilies by Herbert Niebling, a 20th Century German designer of lace, of "Art Knitting". If you are a knitter, don't they rather radically revise your notion of what it is possible to achieve in knitting? And even if you aren't a knitter, don't these images rather stretch your idea of what lace is? They do both of those for me, which is why I am eager to knit them.

They're intended to be doilies, but by knitting them with baby fingering yarn instead of crochet thread, and on normal needles instead of toothpicks, I'm going to make baby blankets or afghans out of them.

The one reminds me of jellyfish, and I already know how I'm going to attach it to a background in a color very close to the one shown here, a deep, ocean blue.

The other is gladioli or some such flower, not sure. Haven't figured out the color(s) for it yet.

I've acquired both patterns and can hardly wait.


Anam Cara said...

You're back! How does the carpet look? I bet it's wonderful!

margaret said...

Hard to believe the second one is knitted at all. It looks almost like bobbin lace.

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

I love both of these designs !

Emily H. said...

The first one looks like spiderwebs and coral but I agree the second really does remind me of a jellyfish! I hope you have fun making them!

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Margaret, in the interest of perfect accuracy, it must be said that the pointy cords forming the outermost edges are in crochet. They are simple chain stitches, attached with what we call a single crochet stitch, but I believe in the U.K. it's a double.

Emily, to me, it's the first one that looks like jellyfishes, viewed sideways. Those blob thingies look to me like the "umbrella" of the jellyfish, and all those squiggly lines, like tentacles.

To me, these are just such UNUSUAL designs. A departure from traditional lace, for sure.

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