From Ellie's Hand

Work in progress


This wall hanging is completed.  I worked freeform crochet onto a framework of withies and with a hessian backdrop. The finished banner is approximately 1 m by 75 cm.

Freeform spiral in two differing weights of mohair yarn

detail of withies

Detail of withies. Joined with reclaimed copper wire from an old radio, and stitched onto jute covered roman blind tape.

differend bands

Different braids, all laid out to see what looks good where.

hairpin crochet in wool

A broad braid of hairpin crochet in wool, with smaller jute broomstick, worked on a drumstick behind.

CrochetWH detail4

Laying out hairpin and broomstick braids to see how they look. Not all were used in the end.

working up the withies

Working up the withies. Gradually joining in elements with freeform stitches.

central layout

The central layout where the withies all join. It’s coming together nicely.

smaller elements

Smaller elements. These will be joined in between the larger pieces to make the composition sing.

hairpin crochet band in fine jute

Hairpin crochet braids in linen, fine jute and wool, with jute broomstick braid in background

Connecting the parts. Working out now from the completed centre part.

Mohair broomstick, jute cattie-tailies and withies, all joined with freeform chain and double crochet.

Smaller elements now worked freeform into the larger bands.

Completed banner detail

Complete banner detail


Wherever I go I am intrigued by patterns and textures.  Last Autumn I took a leisurely walk with a friend round Cauldshiels Loch near Galashiels.  It was a dreich grey day.  Wet and still.  Yet the cool quiet atmosphere was wonderfully relaxing and refreshing.  Colours everywhere sang and shone in the wet.

Afterwards  I returned to this wonderful atmospheric feeling and worked on capturing some of that vibrant,stripped-away stillness on canvas.   Here is one of them in various stages of its emergence.


2 responses

  1. Like the website Ellie, great works, hope you have a great time in Germany, see you soon, John Mc the sculptor


    October 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

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