Monday, November 24, 2014

leaves and vines -- another crochet pattern

When I started designing crocheted necklaces, my focus was on the flowers, but even with my first floral necklace,


I had fun making leaves as part of the decorative closure in the back.

Crocheted Leaves, Crocheted Jewelry, My Giant Strawberry, Anne Butera

Delighted with the leaves, I started thinking that I should create a necklace where the focal point wasn't flowers, but leaves. Which I did. And I loved it.

Crocheted Necklace, Crocheted Leaves, My Giant Strawberry, Anne Butera

When I received a custom order for the same leafy necklace in a different size and then in a different color, I crocheted with a notebook beside me, counting stitches and jotting down notes so I could make identical necklaces. That's not my usual way of working -- my creations are usually one-offs -- but it was necessary in that instance. With the pattern written down, I always had the idea in the back of my mind that I wanted to transform my notes into a pattern that other people could follow. After writing my first crochet pattern, I decided to tackle this necklace.

Bit by bit I worked my way through my notes. Photographing the process and typing up my notes to make sense as a crochet pattern.

Leaves and Vines Necklace, Crochet Pattern, My Giant Strawberry, Anne Butera

Crocheting with fine crochet thread isn't easy -- it requires concentration and good light -- but the results are so beautiful.

I worked at my painting (and sewing) table, facing the front window of my studio and the plants spending the winter on the built-in cabinet beneath the dormer window. While crocheting leaves eventually something caught my eye.

jasmine, My Giant Strawberry, Anne Butera

It was the jasmine that came back with me from California (really, not that many plants share that same story!), secured behind the passenger seat, keeping us company and blooming away, state after state.

Jasmine flowers, My Giant Strawberry, Anne Butera

That plant's leaf clusters look very much like my crocheted leaf clusters. I hadn't really noticed it before.

Crocheted Necklace, Crocheted Leaves, My Giant Strawberry, Anne Butera

You never know where inspiration will come from. I didn't have this plant growing on my windowsill when I designed my crocheted leaves, but I had seen that variety of jasmine many times before. Was the plant an unconscious inspiration? I don't know. I do know that I love my leaf design and I love this necklace. I'm so happy to be able to share the pattern in in my shop.

What about you? Where do you find inspiration? Are you conscious of it or is it something you only realize later?


4 comments:

  1. Anne, your necklaces are just beautiful! I love the blue leafy one and the gorgeous white roses in the first photo. I need to learn to crochet so I can make your patterns!

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  2. Your necklaces are so delicate and beautiful Anne. I am not sure where I find inspiration other than things that I am drawn to. :-)

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  3. So pretty Anne. Congrats on your second pattern. :)

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