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Antelope Horns on Display at the Bastrop Library

Antelope Horns and Suzann at the Bastrop Public Library

We were back in Bastrop, Texas, last weekend for another Bastrop Art in Public Places event. This time my daughter came along, and our first stop was the Bastrop Public Library on Church Street.

For the next year, the library will be home to Antelope Horns and several of the sixteen 2-dimensional art pieces chosen from a field of about 60, back in April. We took photos to show to you and of course to my parents. They love that kind of stuff!

We also took the opportunity to change from our driving clothes to our party clothes, because our next stop was the Lost Pines Art Center, where we attended a reception for the artists represented in this year’s Bastrop Art in Public Places program. Delicious cheeses and chocolate mousse were on the menu, and we nibbled while the organizers talked about the program and showed us the various sculptures and 2-D pieces on display around town.

The most exciting part was the awards. Antelope Horns won an Honorable Mention and a cash prize. Hurray!

Texas artists, please consider entering your work in next year’s competition. Find links and more information here.

Antelope Horns wins a prize

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Antelope Horns in Bastrop

By the time the sun came up on Saturday, April 21, my wall hanging Antelope Horns was in the back seat of the car, and we were on the way to pick up my friend Peggy. Our destination was Bastrop, Texas, and our mission was to deliver Antelope Horns for the second round of judging for the Bastrop Art in Public Places 2D program.

Antelope Horns waiting for judges in Bastrop

Nearly three and a half hours later, we arrived at the Bastrop City Hall, where friendly folks greeted artists and showed us where to drop off our work. Antelope Horns is second from the right in this photo.

Anne Beck, who organized the competition, explained why artists were asked to bring their works to town for judging for the first time this year. Previously, judging was accomplished by looking at photos of artwork online and ranking them according to a list of criteria. Once the chosen art was installed in Bastrop’s public buildings, judges took a closer look at the artwork, this time choosing five pieces for cash prizes. Judges were amazed how different the art looked online versus in person.

Things changed slightly this year, with one group of judges viewing the original group of entries online, and choosing 30 pieces for the next round. Artists brought their work so the next judging panel could see them in real life, and choose the sixteen works to be displayed in Bastrop for one year.

Lost Pines Art Center, Bastrop, Texas

While the judges worked, artists and their guests took a tour of the Lost Pines Art Center, a community-centered gallery with classrooms and a gift shop. Even on that cloudy, drizzly day, lots of natural light streamed in, illuminating paintings, photos, and sculptures by area artists. I loved the butterfly mosaic by Jim and Marlene Outlaw, in the floor just inside one of the building’s entries.

Butterfly Mosaic by the Outlaws, Lost Pines Art Center, Bastrop, Texas

Antelope Horns in Bastrop Art in Public Places

BAiPP provided a nice lunch for us, and Peggy and I talked with our table-mates until Anne came in to tell us whose works would be staying in Bastrop.

I’m very glad to tell you that Antelope Horns is one of the sixteen! It is on display in the Bastrop Public Library until mid-April 2019.

Artists, if you’re within driving distance of Bastrop, I hope you’ll consider entering your work next year. To get their news, which will include notification of next year’s competition, sign up for the Bastrop Art in Public Places newsletter at their website. Good luck!

If you’re wondering “How did she do that?” you can read about the process of making Antelope Horns in the first three posts on the list, when you click this link: www.textilefusion.com/?s=Antelope+Horns. Here’s the short version: it is knitted, quilted, and embellished with crochet and embroidery.

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A Book Opportunity for YOU!

antelope horns milkweed

“There are so many wonderful flowers in nature, why would you want to design fantasy flowers?” asked a Crochet Bouquet Along member on Ravelry.

It’s true. Natural flowers are many and varied. I mean, look at this Antelope Horns milkweed that grew in our yard. What a strange and wonderful plant! Someday it’s going to be the inspiration for some interesting and pretty crochet.

Samarkand Sunflowers from Crochet Garden

I love natural flowers, but I also love decorative flowers and fantasy flowers. Even as a kid, I was fascinated by artists’ interpretations of flowers in paintings, on greeting cards, on chinaware and tinware. A few brush strokes or a few simple shapes are all it takes to depict a natural flower.

Completely made-up flower designs give me a happy flower feeling, just like a natural flower would. Designing a fantasy flower is not a case of trying to improve on nature. Instead, it’s using nature as a jumping-off point for a flight of imagination.

Inspiration for Crochet Garden’s Samarkand Sunflowers

Crochet Bouquet has a mix of natural-looking flowers and fantasy flowers; same with Crochet Garden. In fact, on the cover of Crochet Garden, the “O” of “Crochet” is my fantasy Samarkand Sunflower. A woven design on plate 31 of Treasury of Historic Folk Ornament (by Helmuth Theodor Bossert, Dover Publications, 1996) inspired it. It’s a woven interpretation of a flower, reinterpreted in crochet.

Having said that, I’ll bet that if you look far enough, you’ll find a natural flower that looks a lot like the Samarkand Sunflower.

Since I’m never going to stick exclusively to natural flower designs, here’s my suggestion for you:

  • If you want lots of natural flower crochet designs, you need to design them.
  • After you’ve made a few samples, prepare a book proposal and start sending it to publishers, pitching it as a book of natural flower designs.

I think there’s still room for crochet flower books on the market, but not for long, so you’ll have to get going on this soon.

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Dotty House and Weld Plates

Dotty Knit House

Here’s a little coaster knitted in the mosaic technique, which I call Dotty Knitting. The whole thing is about 4 x 4.5 inches. It needs blocking, but I couldn’t wait to share it because it’s so cute!

Once you know how, it’s pretty easy to chart a picture or fancy motif in the mosaic knitting style. And then away you go, knitting a house. If only building a house were as easy, I’m sure most of us knitters could have knitted several good-sized houses by now.

hefty weld plate

Speaking of houses, here is a weld plate. My foot is in the picture to give you an idea of scale. It is a big, burly weld plate. Weld plates are embedded in the foundation of a building. Our house will have a metal roof, supported by pipes which will be welded to these weld plates.

The original weld plates were too wimpy, according to my cousin Jerry, who is advising us as we build the house. The mere sight of my foot would have sent them scuttling away in fright, on their too-short and skinny little hooks. Only they didn’t even have real hooks, but L-shaped rods instead. Pah. We showed them.

antelope horns milkweed

While heavy machinery and beefy weld plates dominate one part of our lot, this interesting flower is growing on another. It’s a milkweed called Antelope Horns.

Who loves to eat milkweed?

Monarch caterpillars!

I hope some Monarch Butterfly momma will lay her eggs on our Antelope Horns someday.

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