my knitcrochet project…

recto-folk-sweater

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Done! Here’s my new knitcrochet project !

I’ve always loved folkloric motifs, I wanted to design something like this for years. Though it was a challenging and quite complex project, using 2,5 mm needles and sock yarn (seven colours) to make a sweater. Mixing knitted stripes, colourwork and crochet motifs which was really fun but also challenging to do. Started in august of last year, I’m happy it’s finally finished! I’m quite pleased with the result too.

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European textile traditions are so rich in using all kinds of geometrical motifs, Estonian, Scandinavian, Russian, Sami, Fair isle, Irish knitting, embroidery and lace motifs, knitting and crochet motifs and weaving patterns from all European countries. Similar symbols are also found on ancient pottery and on several megalithic stone structures. These can be found in every tradition, with some variations, all around the world and are still in use by indigenous people wherever the old traditions are kept alive. These universal symbols were used everywhere with the same result in mind. They are not just for decorative purposes. Geometric motifs and signs are sacred symbols. Used on clothing, objects and houses for millennia, made by craftspeople, mostly women, with the intention to protect themselves and their homes and to promote fertility of the land. It was part of their rituals and religious beliefs.

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When wearing clothes adorned with symbols, or tattooed on the skin, people could stay connected to their deities and spirits, often honouring ancient Goddesses. They protected the person who wore them, from negative entities and energies. Because these ritual folk-art motifs vibrate and thus resonate with powerful energy fields to the same frequency. Think of drawn symbols as amplifiers to resonate with the energy fields, as boosters to reinforce and project the hidden patterns. When drawn (or embroidered, knitted, weaved) they mirror and activate these energies. They are the rights tools to use in all sorts of rituals but also in daily life. Acknowledging that rituals also reinforces the power of symbols, the ancients knew the meaning of each symbol and what power they represented. These symbols are truly universal and when you decide to use them in your own work, you undeniably will feel their power. Their vibrations, their rhythms, will move you and change you for the best.

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I truly believe in the powers of these symbols and I want to use them in all my work. The more these symbols and patterns are used, the more powerful they become. And we all could use some magic now, don’t you agree? I’ve added knotted fringes because knots are very powerful tools of protection too, every medieval “witch” knew that. Before actually wearing this sweater I will smudge it first with locally harvested incense plants and place it outside during the full moon to give it extra moonpower. Rituals are very important and we should be paying more attention to them because our world is lacking the right kind of power right now !

verso-folk-sweater

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I’ve made it an oversized/cropped sweater because I wanted to keep the design simple. It’s kind of trendy and also I love the feel of it, it gives freedom to move, drum and dance all around the place (and do rituals when needed). To be worn on top of a long and simple dress or any neutral background. It’s made with organic Merino d’Arles yarn dyed with plant-based dyes from Renaissance Dyeing. I sure do hope knitters, crocheters and embroiderers will start to use more and more yarn and fabric dyed with plant based dyes. Dye plants are organic and healthy and even medicinal in the sense that when you wear your garment, your skin absorb the substances from the dyes. Most of the plants we use to dye with are also medicinal plants. I never use toxic plants to dye my yarn with. I know these plants well because I’m also trained as an herbalist and I have worked with wild plants for over thirty years now. I respect and honour Nature. I know the importance of feeling healthy and having a body full of energy. When you wear synthetics and/or textiles dyed with synthetic dyes you are poisoning yourself, slowly but surely. Also the waste of these textiles are very bad for the environment. Please bear that in mind whenever you buy or make clothing.

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Maybe, some will ask for a written pattern, I’m sorry to say that I won’t write it down. Because I decided some time ago, not to be a knitdesigner again. It’s just not who I am anymore. I’m working on other projects which are very important for me right now and I need to give them all the necessary time and attention. Life is so short ! Also, I do love the idea of making OAK knit and crochet clothing. I consider knit and crochet work as a media, worth to be considered wearable art on the same basis as any other fiber art, wearable or not.

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Thank you and I hope you enjoyed this post.
Back to my dyevats now, my writings and a new knitcrochet project.

Marylene

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12 thoughts on “my knitcrochet project…

  1. This is amazing! I saw it last night on Instagram and had to come read about it. I once saw a pattern for a little girls jumper that I’ve hung onto forever – in a whimsical, freeform like this. I thought I kept the pattern for the someday when a little girl would be in my life but now I wonder if I hung onto it to make something for myself. hmmmm….could I? Thank you for the inspiration!

    And I totally know what you mean about working on the things that you love and that time is short.

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    1. marylene

      Thank you KrisR ! I’m so glad and honored you feel inspired by this. Yes, yes, please make something whimsical for yourself, only for you ! Something unique ! Something that makes you feel like a Goddess 🙂 you’ll see, it’s very rewarding …

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  2. elizabeth streeter

    It is stunning and so much meaning i find in our life there is little meaning to deasign i wonder e what symbols i woukd use to represent me. We dont have cultural symbols of our own and it is wrong to use the aboriginal peoples symbols. As they have meaning for them not us. I will really be thinking about thus now as i have while. In the meantime enjoy your top.

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    1. marylene

      Thank you Elizabeth for your kind words.
      I suggest you could start by using the symbols your foremothers used in your own ancestry. Of course we can not just copy the symbols of the aboriginal people but every culture in the world used and still use symbols in one way or another. Don’t make it too complicate, the base of all symbols is universal, circles, spirals, serpentine forms, dots, lines, zig zags, squares etc, all of these are the basics. You could create your own, draw some on paper, using your imagination and especially using your intuition is important here because your intution can tell you what you need at a particular time in your life. Then apply these symbols to whatever art form you want. Be you ! Have fun !

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