Building Madagascar with Crochet
On Sunday, August 24th, 2014 an open invitation to all crocheters in our region was extended to The Crochet Crowd to come to our home studio in Walkerton, Ontario.
We are known for building wonderful exhibits that go on display at Creativ Festival. Since 2010, we try to create exhibits that tug at creative hearts from guests who witness our exhibit. With a combination of an exhibit that is spectacular, we are known for giving really great deals on Red Heart Yarns while at the show. This coming show, we have 18 brands of Red Heart plus a mix of Schachenmayr, James C Brett, Regia and My Mountain Yarns.
For the next show, October 24 – 26th, we are transforming our booth to Madagascar as seen in the movie. We have $3,000 in prizes to give away for those who complete characters for our exhibit. You can find out more how to do this as well as get free animal patterns at the same time.
Our exhibits take a minimum of six months to construct. There’s a lot of love and stitch work applied to our show space.
We are doing a fundraiser that will be benefiting the Humane Society of Canada. During the show, you can purchase characters to take with you. Our crocheters are taking their time to embellish and create incredible characters that range from hug-able to show stopper creations.
During our Madagascar Party, we pulled out a lot of yarn balls to play with. Our goal was to make 4 – 10 feet tall palm trees.
Our group divided into two. One group starting yarn bombing the tubes and the other group started to make the leaves.
Kevin cut out 60 Palm Tree Leaves out of thick mesh, partially donated by Lens Mill Stores for our exhibit. We initially had 80 on our plan but realized we only needed 15 palm leaves per tree. When we told Kevin to stop, he was exhausted and said, “God bless you!” I know … I know… we are slave drivers.
Dennis cut the wires to insert into the leaves. Elaina and Carla fed the wires through the middle of the leaves so we can shape the leaves in the trees.
Debbie and I started to crochet down the centres of the leaves as the tree is yarn bombed. For us to crochet 60 leaves would be too much.
Inside, the yarn bombing was hard at work to cover 4 carpet tubes. We managed to get 1 complete tube and a partial of a 2nd tube. We still have two more to do.
The yarn tubing girls included Colleen, Sandy, Cathy, Kelly, Karen and Jacquelyn were sharing as they crocheted. They exceeded our expectations of really randomizing the crochet for our exhibit. We don’t want our trees to look realistic in the sense of colour. We wanted crazy, fancy stitches and concepts. Considering none of them have ever yarn bombed before, they did amazing.
Of course, no party is complete without food and a bit of booze. We wanted to ensure all volunteers had a great choice of martinis and mixed drinks. Even if people got a bit loopy, it means the yarn bombing would turn out a little more interesting. We all behaved ourselves.
Once the wires were all inserted, the entire outside team started to crochet along the seam lines. We got the idea that the palm trees needed shaping. Poor Karen stepped up to the plate to cut indentations into each of the leaves. She got some wicked blisters from the scissors. Poor thing!
Daniel floated around playing hostess with the mostess and eventually found some time to crochet at the end.
I was really happy with what we had accomplished. If it took an afternoon for all of us to get this far. It would have taken Daniel and I weeks to get this far.
Of course, no party is complete without a lot of laughs to enjoy. It was a great connective group.
We had a great group of really enthusiastic and interesting people show up. Most of the crocheters, we had not known in advance.
Of course, with 10 foot tall carpet tubes, it was inevitable that someone would eventually work a pole! Elaina, a great friend to us, decided to step up to the plate and be our model. She just did it without any convincing. I couldn’t grab my camera fast enough!
So now that you have seen the behind the scenes of the creation of our exhibit, you can expect to see it all put together and on display at Creativ Festival.
Just know that we are just happy hookers wanting to inspire others and help out the Humane Society of Canada at the same time. While at Creativ Festival, stop by, take photos and consider a purchase of a character to benefit the charity. Hope to see you there!