I'm loving tiny crochet at the moment. My love affair started with something I saw on Etsy (but more of that later) and I've been browsing to find more examples. If you make teensy teeny weeny things PLEEEEASE post some pics or links. I am in awe of the tiny, accurate stitches and the skill and patience that must go into these creations. I am also itching to have a go and have put micro-crochet on my to-do list ... any tips gratefully received. Watch this space for my first attempts in the weeks to come.
In the mean-time, here are some examples worth a look:
1 Really cute Winnie the Pooh but my favourites are the tiny yellow ducky and the gingerbread man. Featured on Dolls House Minatures Sites. http://www.etsy.com/listing/75247218/muffas-micro-miniature-piglet-pooh
2 More dolls house stuff - this time there are patterns!http://www.buttercupminiatures.co.uk/free-crochet-patterns.asp
3 This is where I started with micro-crochet (NB link on Blog does not go to Etsy). I absolutely adore the work here. It is AMAZING. The best thing I've ever seen is the minature whale - it actually has a water spout! - but there are so many brilliant pieces it is so difficult to pick out the best selection. I highly, highly recommend browsing their Etsy shop.
4. This crocheter specialises in in small mice http://www.crochetedgifts.com/mice.htm
5. A flicker stream of tiny dolls - I recommend page five for the Wizard of Oz - Oh yes!http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbaminis/page2/
This all led me into the parallel world of knitting. Are there mini-knits to match the mini-crochets??? Why yes, of course there are! In fact, much much more than there is for crochet. Behold!
There are even patterns here .. I think I might have to knit a fisherman's cardigan.
7. This was a real find. A whole index of mini-knit sites:
and the youtube video of the knitting of Coraline's jumper. Wow!
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
- That yarn the Coraline knitter is using isn't even fine for most thread-work crocheters - in fact some would count it as quite a thick yarn. So is there more micro-knit because it is less fiddly than micro-crochet?
- Having said that, the equipment for tiny crochet is much more readily available - I have some tiny antique hooks in my own collection - some so small that it is hard to tell there is a hook there. Why don't more crocheters use their thread hooks to make teeny, tiny things? I do some thread work but have never used the tiniest hooks - they will now have a job of work because I intend to have a go!! Join me and post your creations.