Monday, 14 July 2014

Art of Crochet- an inspiration

 Since time immemorial fashion has been an integral part of our life. Fashion has been changing trends at every stage but there are certain things that have not taken a backseat ever. Crochet work has always been present in our fashion world. Crocheting is a technique of creating fabric from yarn, thread, or other material strands using a crochet hook. Crocheting like knitting consists of pulling loops of material through other loops but it also uses the working material or thread at the same time by wrapping it around the hook one or more times.

Crochet in the fashion world

 Crochet is different from knitting as in the former a hook is used whereas in the latter, work is done with the help of two needles. Crochet is a French word. Crocheting gained popularity during the 19th century in Europe. In the earlier days crochet laces were made in different vibrant colours. Fashions in crochet changed by the end of 19th century. It slowly became more elaborate in texture and more intricate stitches were introduced. More work was done in white or off white threads, except for fancy purses, which were often crocheted in bright coloured threads using beads to beautify these. Over the years crocheting is used to make tapestry ,table linen, laces to be used for dresses and for making jackets , tunics etc. Besides, this form of thread work has also been prevalent in the Indian fashion industry also. Crochet designs are also used for making colourful doilies, potholders and other home items. A very popular design is the granny squares, a motif worked in the round and incorporating bright pieces of cloth in it. Crocheting can also be done as an extension of any dress and to beautify it in turn. Crochet bags in varied materials are extremely popular and add colour to any ladies wardrobe and accessories.

How to Crochet?

Basic materials required for crochet are a hook and the material that will be crocheted like common yarn, thread or wool. The crochet hook can be made of many materials and comes in many sizes. Hooks can be made of bone, bamboo, aluminium, plastic and steel. The size of the hook is determined by the diameter of the hook’s shaft. The worker or the person crocheting selects the hook depending on the size of the stitch required.  Steel crochet hooks range in size from 0.4 to 3.5 mm. These kind of hooks are used for fine crochet work such as doilies and lace. The yarn or the thread that is to be used for crocheting is determined by the design and the utility of the finished product. Patterns and motifs are a bit rough with thicker yarns like wool and produce bold designs. On the other hand thinner yarns are suitable for fine and delicate laces and patterns.

 Crocheting is a wonderful example of handwork or thread work which is used to bring out the designers creativity and skill.

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