Minion Plushie Pattern

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Is anyone else excited for the new Minion movie? Here’s a fun pattern for you if you are. 😉 Let me know if you have any questions! 😀

*Click the link below for pattern

Minion Plushie Pattern

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Rainbow Gloves Pattern Giveaway!

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imageI’m having a giveaway on my Instagram  where I’ll be giving away the pattern to these rainbow gloves. These gloves have always been a fun project for me and have even been featured on the etsy homepage in the past.  These are a great project for beginners and experienced crocheters. Follow me on Instagram to enter the contest. Good luck! 😊

Net Stitch Summer Beanie Pattern

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Here’s a fun project to make this summer! Click the link below to view the pattern. Let me know if you have any questions and please post pics of your finished projects! 🙂

summer mesh beanie pattern

Pop! aka The Real OG

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Pop! Olivia Laws Crochet Sculpture 24

Pop!
Olivia Laws
Crochet Sculpture
24″x36″x6″
2015

Pop! was my first adventure in large scale crochet sculptures, hence the fact that I refer to this piece as the real OG.

I made Pop! for an invitational art exhibition at the end of 2014. The show was called Memory and we were supposed to focus on some aspect of memory in our pieces. I had recently gotten married a few months earlier and we had a carnival themed wedding. We served popcorn and cotton candy on our food tables and gave out gift bags complete with animal crackers, circus peanuts and pinwheels.

Here's a photo of a section of our food table.

Here’s a photo of a section of our food table.

Pop! started out as a memory piece to reflect back on my wedding. But once I started making it I realized everyone who saw it would instantly have their own memories dealing with popcorn, whether it reminded them of going to the movies on their first date, going to a ballgame, or staying home having family movie night as a child. This pillow/sculpture can mean whatever you want it to.

After making it, it now holds even more memories than just those from my wedding for me. I basically binge watched Pretty Little Liars while making this, and I also ate a lot of popcorn in the process. XD I averaged crocheting about 1-2 kernels of corn per episode of PLL.

Here I am looking like a huge nerd at the opening of Memory.

Here I am looking like a huge nerd at the opening of Memory.

In total I would say this piece took about 5 skeins of yarn and half a box of Poly-fil stuffing. I probably spent about 2-3 months of working on this.

After the opening of Memory I had a few of my professors come up to me and instantly started telling me about the legendary Claes Oldenburg. I had never seen his work before I made this but now he’s one of my favorite artists. If you haven’t heard of him you should seriously look him up because he’s great.

This piece really started my fire for large scale crochet sculptures and it even won an honorable mention in a juried exhibition back in early 2015.

If you are interested in purchasing Pop! you can check it out in my etsy shop here

Pulpo

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Pulpo Olivia Laws Crochet 2015

Pulpo
Olivia Laws
Crochet
2015

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for octopi. They’re one of my favorite animals, right after monkies and narwhals. So when I needed an idea for a sculpture to make for my university’s annual student art show I came up with this: Puplo.

The sketch below shows the original plans for Pulpo. I sketched it out during my 3D design class, hence the popsicle stick sculpture in the background.

Quick sketch of the idea for Pulpo

Quick sketch of the idea for Pulpo

The color scheme for Pulpo was inspired by the wonderful crochet sculptor, Yulia Ustinova. You can check out her facebook page here. Yulia uses variegated yarn colors to keep her sculptures from looking too “doll like.” While I didn’t use completely variegated yarns I did use Red Heart’s blacklight (a super bright rainbow variegation) consistently throughout the rows and changed colors randomly throughout to give it a “variegated feel.” By taking a page from Yulia’s book and going with a variegated, less natural, color pallet it kept my octopus from looking too childish and more like an art object than a stuffed animal. At least I hope it did 😛

Pulpo taking a break in an easy chair. He's almost too big to fit!

Pulpo taking a break in an easy chair. He’s almost too big to fit!

The name for Pulpo was inspired by one of my Instagram followers. When I first shared a photo of my octopus with my followers she commented “Pulpo.” At the time I didn’t know what it meant so I had to google it and found out that pulpo is the spanish word for octopus. After that it just felt right to start calling him Pulpo and the name stuck.

All in all it took me about 2 months to crochet Pulpo. Fun fact: he only has 7 tentacles for artistic reasons (there wasn’t enough room for the 8th one and I didn’t want to squeeze it in and make it look all weird and squished) I estimate that I used at least 12 skeins of yarn but probably more and filled it with an entire 10 pound box of Poly-fil stuffing.

If you’re interested in purchasing Pulpo you can check him out in my shop here

Crochet Mini Eggs and Bacon BFF Plushies Pattern

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Here’s another free pattern. These mini eggs and bacon plushies are great for best friend charms and can easily be made into keychains. This pattern has tons of step by step pictures to help you out along the way. Feel free to message me if you have any questions. Click the link below to download the free pattern. 🙂

mini eggs and bacon

For those of you who may not be so crochet inclined, you can buy the finished product in my etsy shop here: Eggs and Bacon Plushies

Crochet Food Squids

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Banana Squid Olivia Laws Crochet 9x7.5 (Poseable arms can change dimensions)

Banana Squid
Olivia Laws
Crochet
9″x7.5″ (Poseable tentacles can change dimensions) 2015

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Watermelon Squid Olivia Laws Crochet 9.5″x7″ (Poseable tentacles may change dimensions) 2015

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Pretzel Squid with Mustard Olivia Laws Crochet 9″x7″ 2015

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This is a picture one of my friends took from the opening of Transformation in Martin, TN April 2015

A few months ago I was part of an invitational art exhibition entitled “Transformation.” The theme was simple, capture a transformation within your pieces. Since I’m super into making crochet food sculptures I knew I wanted to make something along those lines.

My usual pieces are quite large. I’m working on a 6 foot tall crochet ice cream cone right now actually. 😛 But for this show I was unsure of how much space we’d have available to us at first, so I decided to make my pieces a little smaller. Going smaller was a challenge but it also helped me prove to myself that I could make something just as awesome as my large sculptures but on a smaller scale. It’s easy to wow people with gigantic sculptures but when they’re smaller it seems like you have to work a little harder to get every tiny detail just right.

So once I decided I wanted to do something food related and on a small scale all I had left to do was decide how to capture  transformation within the pieces. I played around with several different ideas before finally landing on the idea for a banana squid. A banana naturally lends itself to this idea because the peels can easily be turned into tentacles. At the time I had been working on my giant crochet octopus sculpture entitled “Pulpo.” You can check out Puplo in my etsy shop here: Puplo

So since I was so involved in that piece, the idea of blending the two worlds of food sculptures with octopus sculptures just seemed right. I started with the banana squid and while I was doing that I came up with the ideas for the watermelon squid and the pretzel squid. I came up with a ton more ideas but I only had time to make three pieces for the show. I may revisit this series in the future.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these sculptures you can see more info about them in my etsy shop:

Banana Squid

Watermelon Squid

Pretzel Squid with Mustard