I’ve been meaning to post this sooner, but time slipped away from me. I wanted to share the process of this creation that I put together for the Holiday gift swap.
I have always appreciated the freedom of freeform crochet, but admit that sometimes I feel like it can be done well or it can be done to look tacky. This left me with hesitation, but I set out to create a lovely piece. I knew I wanted to do a landscape. I began with the left corner. I switched from using beads, a button or two, irregular shapes, and stacked stitches. I raided my stash for any color matching supplies and found beads from an old necklace, some vintage buttons, and some beaded trim that I stitched into different sections. I let the project basically steer the creation itself and tell me where to go. A little blue here, a little darker color here, a bead there, back loops there…
I then realized it was too stretchy and had to anchor stitches as I went. I found some old unfinished granny squares that my late Great Aunt had made years ago. I slip stitched them together to make a frame and backing piece. I attached here and there as I went along to give it some structure. I’ll crochet a back piece later anyway to hide the ends I said and eventually did.
I kept going until the sky was done. I then added a thicker line across the horizon, and worked the ground portion. The finished project can be found in the Holiday gift swap:
Hope this helps inspire someone to give freeform crochet a try!