Crochet on the road

Crochet is a great travelling craft

I am sure that I have said this before, but one of the many advantages of crochet is (usually) how portable crochet is and how light the projects usually are. It is very easy to put a ball of wool, a hook, and a pair of scissors into a pencil case or sandwich bag and work on your granny squares or 3D amigurumi cakes, popping the finished pieces away to keep them clean in your backpack or handbag.

Travelling to Cornwall from Spain, I stuffed a tote bag with some different shades of blue and spent my downtime on the road crocheting new bunting. And there can be a lot of downtime sitting around when you are driving around the UK, or stuck on a ferry for a day and a half at a time!




Art and design notebook planning

After parking up in Cornwall to help out, I have time and space to continue working on the bunting. I’ve also spent a bit of time planning the colour combinations in my notebook.

Thinking about different ways to crochet different colour combinations around my completed triangles. I have found journalling my art process a good way to trouble shoot and problem solve.

I had a fair few triangles for bunting, so decided to make a few different strands in a few different colour schemes.

Bunting finishing touchess; buttons and tassles

I added wool tassles to the bottom of the triangles, using a simple tassle pull-through technique.

After the tassles, I used some found beads from a broken necklace and mismatching buttons, as well as wool stitches in the bunting for extra detail.

Makes the van more colourful and I like the look of hanging textiles. Good way to display extra pearl buttons, mismatched beads, found objects that might be tucked in a drawer at the moment.


I craft a lot in the road; making a lot of functional soft furnishings like pillow cases and rugs.

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About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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