Sunday, July 27, 2008

Dead Sea Stole



This is a Monster Crochet first peeps! Yes indeedy. This is the first piece that I have made from my very own hand spun and dyed yarn!

I began this project by dyeing merino roving in blues and greens and then combined it with other hand dyed roving that I had previously purchased. Next, I spun the blue/green roving into singles, eventually plying them with black/navy/brown singles I had spun around same time to create the dual colored yarn making up the body of the stole.





Once I had accumulated about 1000 yards of homespun, I began to research stitch patterns and decided on a crocheted chevron.



At this point, I knew I'd be "making waves" and as such this creation was ripe for an applique I had been wanting to design for some time. Fish skeletons!



Bone colored fish skellies did not appeal to me however, so I dyed worsted weight wool with a mixture of yellow green and glow in the dark acid dye. (Yes, it is possible to purchase glow in the dark acid dyes!) The chartreuse fish skelly applique was born!

These skeletons were crocheted using a G hook and then sewn onto the front of the stole with sewing thread. I finished each fish head off with a needle felted eye.



I am absolutely thrilled with the results of this HUGE project! Not a fast process, but very satisfying nonetheless. You can be sure that there will be more "from fluff to FO" projects to come from ChezLinoleum!

Copyright 2008 Regina Rioux Gonzalez. All rights reserved.

34 comments:

naomi said...

OMG!! I love it !! And it glows in the dark too !!

Annika said...

I LOVE IT!

Kiki said...

That is so freakin sweet!!! I absolutely love the glow in the dark fish skellies, and what pretty yarn!!

Miz K said...

I LOVE this - beyond fantastic! Even my husband proclaimed it "awesome" - you do the best work!

Lynne E. said...

An amazing work of art!

Micky said...

OMG! Pure awesomeness. The name could not be better.
:)

tata said...

Wow - it's absolutely fabulous! I love all the colors - especially the yarn you spun all by yourself! WTG!

Sara said...

cool cool cool!

laura said...

I absolutely LOVE THIS! And that it's handspun? Just super bonus.

SpeakDog said...

I love it! How cool to make the skellies glow in the dark....I have some variegated yarn in those blue/green tones....I see this awesome shawl in my future...It will be perfect for sipping tea on my deck here in Chicago come September....

La Mañosa said...

Wow, what a fantastic finish! I love the beautiful colors in the ripple and the fish are the perfect touch! Glowing in the dark is nice bonus. Congrats on your finish.

Caroline B said...

Stunning! What a fabulous result and how satisfying to have made it from fluff to finish!

Sus said...

That is possibly the best use of ripple crochet I have ever seen. Glow-in-the-dark fish skeletons? Genius!!!

Nichole D. said...

I am always blown away by your ambition and drive. Great job! As always, I LOVE it! The fishies are the perfect touch.

MX said...

You should be verrrrrry proud!

woolanthropy said...

You are masterful!
The glow in the dark fish skellies are perfect.
Your powers over fiber are awesome!

Vicky aka stichr said...

perfect! the fish skeleton goes with my current embroidery theme, of which i have used some yarn that came from a certain donor...

Crochet Diva said...

OoOoooH good job! I LOVE it!

Jim said...

very pretty colors

Kare said...

I ran across this on Ravelry and fell in love with it. I should have known it was yours! It's great!

SylvChezPlum said...

It's totally awesome !! I'm in love with all your crocheted appliqué projects and this one is even better.. Yay for homespun ! I've yet to start knitting/crocheting with mine, but my mind is full of ideas.. ;-)

Madge said...

I bow to your monster crafty skillz! Handspun AND hand dyed AND crocheted AND glow in the dark = AWESOME.

Leith said...

That is the awesomest thing I have seen in ages. Me want!

Fiber Deviant said...

OMG... this piece is just AWESOME!!!

wow... how great it must feel to have created such an ambitious project from start to finish... now that is artist control!!!

as always, i bow to your monster mad skills!

Piroska said...

Truly amazing, I love the fish bones, and the fact that they glow in the dark makes them even cooler. You are very talented!

Ansley Bleu said...

Congrats! It is awesome.

Lady Blogger said...

Simply fabulous!

Gina said...

you are incredible, your creativity has no bounds and i love what you did, the scarf and the colors are amazing, terrific job!

Meg said...

COOL! And .....it's just so cool I don't know what else to say. Not your granny's crochet, for sure! You're giving me ideas.

Sheryl said...

That is amazing! You found a fabulous way to use handspun yarn.

CopperScaleDragon said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Oh yes, and did I mention, I LOVE it!!!

Melissa said...

Wow! I'm in love with the Dead Sea Stole. That's my favorite project of yours to date!

Pamelamama said...

that's so great!

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

Iam new to crochet and your wrap rocks!!!Hugs darcy