Hyperbolic crochet has it heart in maths, I tried to read up on the maths side of it, and the origins of hyperbolic space ... but i'll stick to the crochet! Corals, flatworms and anemones have a hyperbolic geometric structure - so do ballerinas' tutus and hair scrunchies! Mathematicians were trying to work out a way of making models of these structures with limited success, then in 1997 Margaret Wertheim discovered that crochet was the ideal technique to do this.
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I saw a hyperbolic crochet reef at a textile show at the NEC in Birmingham a couple of years ago and it was amazing, then just before Christmas I was introduced to the idea again by Tracey from Top Cat's Corner. I had planned to have a go then, but was busy making presents, so hence this weeks challenge ...
By the end of the week I hope to have produce a sample piece of Hyperbolic Crochet.
Find out more information here if you are interested:-
The Craft Council UK Hyperbolic Crochet Reef is at Salisbury Art Centre until 26th February 2011.
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