What have I been up to? While recovery mode I assumed I would be stitching but quickly found that it involved a little too much movement – twisting in one direction to reach that colour thread, then deciding that colour bead on the shelves behind me were needed then back to dig about in my lace motifs (in a box on another shelf).
I decided that I needed something that was not going to have me bounding from one side of the room to another – or even getting in and out of a chair – so I dug out my scrumbling. I love scrumbling but never seem to get enough time to do it. Some people refer to it as scrumbling and others call it freeform crochet and knitting. This is what I have been doing…
Recently I treated myself to Jenny Dowde’s book Freeform Knitting and Crochet so it was time to sit down and explore some new possibilities with this book in hand.
This is an unexpectedly mixed book. Mixed in the sense there is a section that takes the reader through step by step the basics of scrumbling. There are also some projects which would help a beginner start this form of work. The projects range from the very basic to the innovative such as crochet with wire and beads! However the book is not solely project based as there is a section on colour theory, how to choose your yarns and using a computer as a design tool.
There is material in this book that is useful for the more experienced freeformer too. You can add to your repertoire of textured effects in both crochet and knit in the FunkyFX section of the book.
Assembly, putting it together and finishing off techniques are also covered. There is a great section on buttons and closures which includes creating your own polymer clay buttons. That is what I meant by mixed, as there seemed a bit of everything – like scrumbles – that mix together and form a whole eventually.
It was with great pleasure that I read it, then set about experimenting with Freeform Knitting and Crochet at my side. I have had a good few enjoyable hours with this book and don’t hesitate to recommend it.
If you have not encountered this type of work before take a look at these examples of free form crochet
Marlo Cairns has also published a Freeform Pattern to illustrate how scrumbles are built up. Myra Wood has another Freeform demo on her site. While there check out Myra’s freeform wearables and her blog
For heaps of inspiration (and getting lost for a few hours) browse the 8 exhibitions on the A girl can never have too many handbags site. Another series of exhibition can be found on the If the hats fits site.
Yet more visual stimulation can be found on Bonnie Pierce’s site Elegant Freeform Crochet
60 Odd a Fiber Odyssey is an interesting site as it was a challenge in which 61 freeform prctitioners swapped 61 five yard bundles of yarn and then set about scrumbling. The results of the challenge are on the site
As you can see I am nearly back to my normal but not yet bouncy self – back doing some textile related thing and back blogging. It has to be a sign of health returning!