Happy Day!


. . . I still have a dream . . . , tapestry crocheted cotton, 27″ x 56″, 1983.

The light blue background symbolizes water and green the land that both unite and divide us. The rows of people represent the different human races, which are all the same size – with their hearts in the same place. Large hearts form between them as they unite and hold hands in the top row.

While crocheting the figures, I deliberated about whose portrait to place above them. Who best promoted the idea of different types of people living and working together as equals in a peaceful world? After considering many famous mythological and real people, I realized it had to be Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To design the face, I projected Dr. King’s image onto graph paper that I modified to accommodate the tall single crochet stitches.

The facial proportions were good, but the curves were not as smooth as they could have been. It was after this project that I designed tapestry crochet graph paper to better accommodate stitch shape and placement.

In front of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, this great man shared his dream that “. . . all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands . . .” This is my dream, too, that people around the world will learn not only to tolerate, but also to celebrate different points of view and beliefs.

Happy Martin Luther King Day! May it be peaceful and inspirational for you and the world.

6 Responses to “Happy Day!”

  1. Daniela Says:

    Great work! ^_^
    I would like to ask about the yarn and crochet number that you used for this work.
    I am impressed.

    Kindest regards.

  2. Carol Ventura Says:

    Unfortunately, the size 3 crochet cotton used for this piece is no longer made and I know of no equivalent. The thread was more tightly twisted than threads available now.

  3. Daniela Says:

    Thank you for your answer.

    God bless you and your art.

  4. Holly Lockwood Says:

    Is it possible to make wall hangings or other flat items without fringe? I tried avoiding fringe by using reverse crochet but found it too difficult to follow a multi-colored pattern. I’m right-handed. I tried crocheting left to right using my left hand in place of my right but was unable to do this. Your response would be greatly appreciated! Holly

  5. Carol Ventura Says:

    You could turn over the piece at the end of the row and insert the hook from the back to crochet across the other way with your same hand. I demonstrate the technique on my free “Flat Tapestry Crochet” video on my http://www.tapestrycrochet.com web page.

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