Saturday, 29 January 2011

Challenge 52 - Week 4

This week's challenge is Hyperbolic Crochet.
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:-
http://hyperbolic-crochet.blogspot.com/
http://crochetcoralreef.org/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/hypercrochet/
http://crochetcoralreef.org/Content/makeyourown/IFF-CrochetReef-HowToHandout.pdf

The Craft Council UK Hyperbolic Crochet Reef is at Salisbury Art Centre until 26th February 2011.
http://www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk/
Image: © BBC

3 comments:

  1. I love hyperbolic crochet too! I have made several items with hyperbolic trims and made my friend a scarf the Christmas before last. I also have a teeny bit of coral in the coral reef!! It was so fun to be part of it. Good luck with your attempts!

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  2. Hyperbolic crochet is what really got me wanting to learn how to hook! I love how complex and organic it looks... must remember to photograph and blog the pieces I've made! Great blog post!

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  3. Wow! I can feel my crochet hooks twitching in anticipation! Really looking forward to what you come up with!
    Ali
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