Crocheting has changed so drastically from how it began, back as early as the 1700s (though it’s turned up more noticeably since the early 1800s). It started with uses more practical to the times: creating nets and traps for hunters and fisherman. Later on, it became used for more decorative purposes (See more on crochet history).
From there crochet evolved again. Homes were adorned with granny square blankets thrown over the backs of sofas, and doilies found themselves the centerpieces on tables or for giving style to a nice side table lamp. Homes were given a softer, more cozy feel, by the crocheted pieces that were placed carefully around them.
Artists nowadays are taking the hobby of crochet to new heights, creating 3-D sculptures that are considered art alongside clay busts and paintings hung up on the wall.
It never ceases to amaze me what artists can do with the fewest amount of resources and tools. Who knew that simply having some yarn, a crochet hook, and a yarn needle, could create something like the underwater scene above?
New levels of cuteness using crochet, were found when the art of making amigurumi was brought over from Japan (see my post on A to Z Challenge: A is for Amigurumi).
No matter what you crochet, be it granny square blankets, clothes, amigurumi, or 3-D sculptures, it’s no less exciting that you can turn a skein of yarn (or many skeins) into a beautiful masterpiece, just by working knots together with a crochet hook.
I’d like to take a moment to thank the sheep for providing the yarn necessary to make such amazing art! Don’t worry, no sheep were harmed to make these crafts.