blog hop and giveaway

meeting pigtails

hello hart was invited by the talented Magda of pigtails to take part in a blog hop.

This is new to us, but Magda explained it as follows:

“A Blog Hop “hops” from one blog to the next, with the aim of introducing readers to other blogs and sharing the love.  This blog hop involves four questions around the topic of “Creativity”…


As the 3 of us met Magda for lunch a couple of months ago at The Moroccan Warehouse, which we all loved, we decided to share some Moroccan inspiration with you and answer the 4 questions about creativity.

elsbeth

ELSBETH’S MOROCCAN INSPIRATION

WHAT AM I WORKING ON?

E: In my ‘real’ job I am currently illustrating a children’s book for Lapa Uitgewers. It is the second in a series and all I can say is that ballet tutus will feature strongly. In my ‘dream’ job aka croheter, knitter, blogger and-anything-I want-to-doer, I am busy on a few projects. I bought beautiful wool at the yarn indaba and now I must decide what to do with the wool. If the wool just stays as it is it has so many possibilities and to choose one of a hundred is a very serious matter, especially with my Malabrigo silkpaca. So while I’m thinking of my proper wool project, I’m making the “sorbet-and-lace” block from cornel’s crochet book, and it is a lot of fun! I’ve also made the little flags from the same magazine.

HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?

E: My crochet differs from others because im not a serious crochet/knitter so I play a lot with my wool. As an artist I LOVE colour and texture and with wool one can be very creative if you don’t follow rules! I love combining beautiful handspun yarns with a pop of really neon acrylic yarn and im sure that might be a no-no for some crocheters. For me crocheting is a way to express my self and not to make something for other people or to follow a trend. It is something just for me.

WHY DO I CREATE WHAT I DO?

E: With the internet the world is at our fingertips and it is so easy to meet fellow yarn loving people. I enjoy looking at crochet pinterest boards ,blogs and love seeing what other people are creating, especially if they do something new or different. Inspiration usually come from interesting  colour combinations, amazing people and combing different creative ideas into a single project like crocheting and embroidery together. I’m inspired by how different cultures make things. How they make the wool, dye it, make it in a dress or embellishments- how something functional becomes something beautiful.

HOW DOES MY WRITING/CREATING PROCESS WORK?

E: My process really depends on the wool and the colours available- almost the same as when I paint. I have a big drawer full of paint tubes and I can mix any colour I want! I need the same box full of different yarn types and colour to get my creative juices flowing! ( …or maybe it is just an excuse to have a big stash!). I usually have a few ideas and if I have the time I will sit and start with something. It usually changes very quickly into something else and that is part of the fun for me- not knowing where the wool is taking me.


anisa

ANISA’S MOROCCAN INSPIRATION

WHAT AM I WORKING ON?

A: I cannot work on just one project at a time its probably due to my ADD type personality.  So i’m busy making a gorgeous Summer Dress for myself using a fabulous Japanese yarn I bought from I Love Yarn, and I’m giving my boring little grey jersey a bright pink fringe.  Then I’m ferociously busy working on a crochet concept for a magazine display which is going to be featured soon. And then at the same time I’m working on designing a new cardigan pattern for our blog.

HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?

A: I’m known for my bold bright colours and i’m also not afraid to experiment.  I love work that is original, different and a reflection of the real me.  For example i’m inspired by the work that  Jaqueline Fink does – its bold different and something totally unique.  I also love Kaffe Fasset – his burst of colours is unique and such a challenge.

WHY DO I CREATE WHAT I DO?

A: I crochet to relax – its like i’m transported to a whole new world of fun and fantasy.  I also love sharing what I do with like minded individuals.  Thats why the collaboration with my kindered spirits Cornel Strydom and Elsbeth Eksteen

HOW DOES MY WRITING/CREATING PROCESS WORK?

A: I love the idea that my work tells a unique story.  Usually my work is inspired by an event, a place or an object of sorts.  I always embark on a project with passion.  I don’t believe in wasting my time doing something i’m not 100% committed to.  There are usually 2 key factors that play a role when I embark on a new project namely colour and the type of yarn.  In fact I have so much yarn at home waiting for a project.  I’m also inspired to do something where I can learn, whether it be a new technique or meeting a new designer.  I’ve not started formulating my work into patterns and this in itself requires a lot of discipline and work so as to ensure that the end product makes sense.


cornel

CORNEL’S INSPIRATION (GIVEAWAY PRIZES AND HER OWN HOME…)

WHAT AM I WORKING ON?

C: I’m about to start working on a jersey, using I LOVE YARN’s Protea 100% wool in Charcoal and Cream, in a motif I designed for Ideas Crochet, the Sorbet-and-Lace square. I see myself wearing this in Paris, France in January 2015, when I’ll be visiting Maison et Objet (a décor exhibition in Paris). I’m also working on crocheted cushion covers for a little retro 4-seater garden set I bought last week at a thrift shop. I want to write the pattern as a diagram for the blog.

 HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?

C: This question makes me think a little … I think my work is very practical, in other words, the use of it is clear and it has a definite purpose. And it doesn’t take long to create – I often make items ‘over the weekend’. But it has a simplicity and a unique quality (I can’t put my finger on it).

 WHY DO I CREATE WHAT I DO?

C: I’m compelled to. I don’t have a choice. It’s something inside that wants to come out. That’s why I have endless energy when I start creating – often without sleeping at night…

 HOW DOES MY CREATIVE PROCESS WORK?

C: I thrive on visual inspiration. I look at a LOT of images every single day. I usually look at Pinterest on my phone or iPad and I take screen shots of the images I really love. If I have a ‘need’ (either to create an item for Ideas Magazine, or as a gift to someone I love, or for my home/-self), I’ll go through my photostream and then the magic happens. I could be looking at something totally unrelated to crochet eg a beautiful garden, and something in my mind will just click. I usually imagine (in other words SEE it in my mind’s eye) what it would look like.

Then the idea needs to ‘simmer’.

I will not start working on it immediately. What I ‘see’ also changes a little over a week or two, or a month. But when I decide to make it, it almost always turns out exactly like I had imagined it. That surprises me!


 We would like to nominate Ingrid Jansen of wood & wool stool to participate in this blog hop, because we love and admire her work.

And because Ingrid goes to Morocco twice a year on a crochet-trip!

We would LOVE to join her next year in April for the #coolcrochetworkshop!!!

Donne Mitchell wins the moroccan hat, neck piece and wrist band from the Moroccan Warehouse in Pretoria.

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(original post on 26 august 2014)

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