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Crochet: Educational Easter

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Crochet: Educational Easter

My friends like to say “Cloud can crochet Anything”. I always put a disclaimer on that statement: I can crochet anything….that I am in the mood to crochet. If it doesn’t vibe with me, I won’t create it. That doesn’t mean that I am unable to, it just means that I don’t wanna. Fiber Art is just as much a creative art form as painting, sculpting, and any other art form. That means that if I am not inspired, I can not create. Luckily I’m completely head over heels in love with my craft, and I find inspiration in EVERYTHING.

I began crocheting children’s toys as a way to round out my Etsy Shop selections and quickly discovered that I have a passion for creating functional and educational children’s toys. I started by recreating Play-School type toys in crochet form, specifically kitchen type toys. Since I am also food obsessed this only seemed natural to me. I have sandwich sets, pizza packs, sushi sets, fruit salad sets, and more available for sale in my Etsy Shop.

I also like to please the masses by adding at least one fun “holiday” item for each season. This year for Easter I have combined my educational with my holiday and food to create these fun color matching egg sets!

Check out my Etsy Shop to purchase these adorable Color Matching Egg Sets and to see the rest of my crochet items. I love getting more ideas from my surroundings and suggestions from followers, please comment below about some things that you would like to see me crochet!

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Spinning Poi (And My Crochet Success)

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Spinning Poi (And My Crochet Success)

 

Many people first encounter poi in the form of fire spinning, but fire spinning is just one form of this highly varied art. Modern poi borrows significantly from other physical arts, including various schools of dance and many object manipulation arts. Poi refers to both a style of performing art and the equipment used for engaging in poi performance. As a performance art, poi involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns. Poi can be made from various materials with different handles, weights, and effects.

Poi originated with the Māori people of New Zealand, where it is still practiced today. The expansion of poi culture has led to a significant evolution of the styles practiced and the tools used. Today, most performance poi are made from durable and readily available modern materials. Cores are often made of foam or crumpled paper, while skins consist of plastic or loomed fabrics, such as tulle. Tassels are usually made of wool. Traditionally made raupō poi are less likely to be used by modern poi artists since traditional materials wear quickly with frequent use. I have friends who make practice poi sets by stuffing a weighted ball into a tube sock or stocking. 

I do not spin poi, but I know lots about it due to my accidental crochet success. I was crocheting hacky sacks one day and not paying attention to my stitches so instead of being rounded, my pattern came out looking like a teardrop shape. The shape was so perfectly attractive that I did not want to undo what I had woven. I instead found something to create with it, finished the pattern to make a single poi, made a second identical poi and came up with making my first poi set. I was pleased with my creation but honestly expected nothing to come of it when I posted the first pair on my Etsy Page. They sold within the first four hours of being posted! So I made another set and the same thing happened, the instantly sold! I never expected anything from opening an Etsy page, I simply wanted to make back the money I was spending on my yarn addiction. Over the past year I sold hundreds of Poi Sets and other crocheted goods and gained the ability to support myself almost entirely from my crochet art and I love that it was a “mistake” that lead to my success.

You can see what Poi Sets I still have available on my Etsy page Gypsy Sugar Crochet. If none of the colors that I have listed vibe with your taste, I encourage you to send me a message. I love special  requests! If you have made a purchase and posted a picture on Instagram please tag me @gypsysugarcrochet so that I can see my stuff in action!

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Crochet Art

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Crochet Art

Pardon my absence! I have been busy focusing on my crochet art and filling orders for my Etsy Shop and I just wanted to take a moment and share some of my latest creations. I have been working on recreating my favorite foods for children’s play kitchen sets. All of my work can be purchased on my GypsySugarCrochet Etsy shop, and if you do not see it listed in the shop feel free to send me a message. I also love being challenged, send me a request, I can make ANYTHING! You can also view a lot of my crochet art on my Instagram page @gypsysugarcrochet

 

Crochet Fruit

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Berry Bowl

Collaboration with Klaycat Porcelain

 

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Crochet Pizza

Pizza With Toppings

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Stay Tuned! As soon as I figure out a better way to display the pictures of my finished projects I will be posting more of my creations here.