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Granny squares revisited

IMG_58792db4a2505415d64961ee85a7c137425222591863399_cb73245231_c24001932723_7a1eac8eeb_c78e95d1879e7b9aa9f9c5dd9ee17a22eColorful bohemian patterns which date back to at least Victorian times…originally  granny squares were made to use up old scraps of wool left over from other projects or from unravelled outgrown knitwear: the thrifty women of early America would carefully save scraps of yarn and fiber unraveled from old sweaters and socks7c4f05cc182132036b9f6eaeeefcc448.2d6ee012321481d738c975ef9bad6c54 494b8439db5e0d24df2d64832d9c5d5bAs these scraps accumulated, they were crocheted into small squares; the colors combined on the whim of the craftsman. The squares were then sewn together to make a blanket which was both functional and colorful.  Because grandma was no longer up for manual labor, she was often the one to sew the squares together, thus they became GRANNY SQUARES.sophiesLarge-jacinthe3274860383477435058yvBxUze6cIMG_5753 copy0058cb5166e21b89d7a2ffa57e349f5490a64

This colorful GRANNY SQUARE blanket was though to resemble a Colonial-era rug, which was brought over from England, by way of the Middle East.  By the early 1800’s, the name GRANNY SQUARE AFGHAN was commonly used to describe these blankets made from multi-colored yarn.Screen shot 2016-01-23 at 9.53.40 PMa006ca81b4e5881f37dc9b7116b949db

Many artists and artisans have revisited this cheerful craft… one of them is Sophie Digard, a Parisian knitwear designer. She began her enterprise in 1999. Fibers made and dyed to her specifications in France are shipped to her workshop in Madagascar where they are hand crocheted, knitted and embroidered into unique works of art. Her work is a great example of taking the granny squares to another…exquisite level.a577965b1d4a6383a05debf964c8ea37b266a8da585b14117899967d019901c6The other so very artistic lady is Ingrid Jansen from wood&wool stool. She uses granny squares to decorate, in a whimsical way and with a great sense of color, objects of everyday use such as stools, hungers, pillows etc. Her wooden stools made fs scrap wood and topped with a crocheted top are simply adorable.

…some images of Sophie Digard work were also taken from the crochet universe

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