Sewing Daisies - Craft Nations Russian Dolls



For Christmas & New Year

my husband & I decided to spend it in Queensland campervanning.


Not one of our better decisions

but one we will no doubt laugh about when we finally dry out.



Red & White Umbrella


On one of the many days sitting in our campervan  

watching the rain

(it rained 9 out of 12 days), 


it occured to me how little I know about crochet.

I know how to crochet, but I DON’T KNOW anything about crochet.

Isn’t that a little odd…

given that I have just spent the past 12 months living & breathing it.



Green Heart Umbrella

With more rain came more thoughts…


Where does it originate from?

Did it come from one country or did it spontaneous spring up in all countries?

How many different forms of it are there?



Have I mentioned the floods?


Blue & White Umbrella



With the floods came even more thoughts…

Do nations knit differently from each other?

Do they use colours differently?

& so on…



You get the idea.


  Red Heart Umbrella


To remedy this monumental Faux Pas..


I thought that I would spend some time online

(I am not ready for another holiday yet)


researching the origins


of crochet and presenting my findings here.


After that, I plan to pick a country each month and investigate their traditional craft.


Yellow Print Umbrella


 With any luck…

by the end of the year I will be an Ignoramus no more.



10 Comments on New Feature: Craft Nations…Overview

  1. Sounds like a great idea, Heidi. I know that knitting is different around the world as I knit very differently to a friend of mine in Germany; but I am very ignorant about crochet’s origins. All I know about crochet is that one of the fastest way to confuse me (and it doesn’t take much!) is to have a pattern written using British crochet terms … I learned here in Canada from an American book and am easily thrown!!
    Sorry your holiday was a wash out … we’ve been watching the flooding on the news. I can’t believe how many people have had to leave their homes.

  2. Wow, what a way to spend your holiday…the thinking part not so bad, but the rain. So terrible for those affected by the flood. Researching the origins of a craft is a great idea. I, for one, take it for granted and only have vague knowledge of various crochet and knitting style/methods throughout the world. Will be fun to see what you come up with! BTW, I passed a blog award to you, come “pick it up” at my blog if you wish. Absolutely no pressure (which I discovered it is). xx Josie

  3. Thank you Fiona – Having never been in flood regions before, I am astounded at how quickly they can pop up. I am also amazed at how resilient residents in those areas are, I am so sure I would be as strong and positive as they are.

  4. Craft Nations sounds like a title for a book. Lots of pictures with trial and error step by steps!!! Hmmmm when is it published? Sorry your holiday was a wash out. My heart goes out to all those who have been flooded. No joke. Anyway take care.

  5. I would love to see what you learn. I like to learn about different cultures, be it crafts, food, living, just anything. I love crochet so I will check back and see what you discover.

  6. Sounds like you had way too much adventure on your holiday, you need a holiday to get over your holiday! Those floods look terrible.
    I love your crafty crusade plan, of course you’re right we just get stuck in to all these things without much thought for why they came about, can’t wait to read what you find out i’m sure it will be both facinating and suprising!
    One more thing I bought the book Beyond the Square,OMG all of them are stunning can’t wait to get started!
    So thanks Heidi for helping me expand my skills and look forward to admiring yours throughout 2011.
    Best Wishes

  7. Thank you Kelli for stopping by – hopefully by the end of the month I will have posted my ‘crochet’ finding up…if I can stop pffaffing around that is 🙂

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