Inspirational!

When asked where they get their ideas, artists usually say that they just pop into their head. In Wanda Blount’s case, they inspire her fingers. She says, “None of my work is written out. It comes to me and I just sit down and crochet it. . . I use regular acrylic, cotton and silk yarns. I also use mirrors, cowrie shells and buttons.”

Wanda’s tapestry crochet hats
Wanda models hats that she tapestry crocheted in the 1980’s.

She continues, “I’ve been crocheting for many years and was very serious about it at one time but then I moved from NY to Virginia and I kind of separated “my gift” from my spirit.”

Wanda’s tapestry crochet hats
These hats also date to the 1980’s.

“I started crocheting while I was still in high school. My uncle married a woman from the Phillipines and she crocheted doilies and bedspreads with cotton thread and the very small silver crochet hooks. I learned from her how to crochet pineapples and other lace patterns. I made a lot of doilies. I started making the patterns smaller so that I could crochet them into decorative skullcaps. From there, I started using more colors and textures – experimenting – so that I could see what I would end with.”

Wanda’s tapestry crochet hats and vest
Wanda also tapestry crocheted these hats and the vest in the 1980’s.

“I usually see or dream about what it is that I want my work to look like and I start from there. I sometimes have to just think about what comes to me for few days before I can begin. It helps me to place my yarn out on the floor and just choose the colors that I want to use. I don’t have any set color scheme I just go with what moves me and with what I think looks great together. My work comes from spirit. I feel it before I start to crochet, while I am crocheting.”

Wanda’s tapestry crocheted hat
Another tapestry crocheted hat that dates to the 1980’s.

“I haven’t always acknowledged my gift as something special, like other people have and I know that is because it came so easily for me. But I am becoming more confident and comfortable with seeing myself as an artist…and I like it :) .”

Wanda’s tapestry crochet hats
Wanda tapestry crocheted these hats in the 1990’s.

Wanda’s tapestry crochet hats
More of her fabulous tapestry crocheted hats from the 1990’s.

“I crocheted some of these hats while I was living in NY in 1990 and I crocheted some of them when I moved back to Virginia in 1991.  After I moved back to Virginia I would travel back and forth to NY to sell my hats. The majority of my sales came from word of mouth.”

Wanda’s tapestry crochet hats
This 1990’s tapestry crocheted hat can be worn two different ways!

“I worked mainly with Luster Sheen yarn by Red Heart. I also used Lion Brand acrylics and other types of yarn.  I sometimes used various types of left over yarn that I purchased from thrift stores.”

Wanda’s tapestry crochet hats
More of Wanda’s hats from the 1990’s.

“Now that I have come to grips that it is a God given blessing, I am flooding my spirit with crocheting once again. I hope to become published real soon.”

Wanda’s tapestry crochet hats
A few more of Wanda’s tapestry crocheted hats from the 1990’s.

I can’t wait to see her latest inspirations! I don’t know about you, but I’m going to keep an eye on Wanda’s Flickr page – because this funkycrochetdiva (Wanda’s name on Ravelry) will be posting pictures of her new work there!

<Safari Hat
Update: Wanda’s free African Safari Hat pattern is included in the current issue of Black Purl Magazine!!!

12 Responses to “Inspirational!”

  1. Latrilla says:

    This lady is off the hook!!! I am amazed at how she can pick up her hook and some yarn and come up with such beautiful creations. I will be glad when she publishes her book. It is long overdue.

  2. Mary Ann says:

    This woman is amazing! I don’t know how she can come up with such beautiful designs without writting it down first!

  3. Beautiful…beautiful…beautiful. What amazing sculptural hats…I love them!

  4. Ellen says:

    Stunning work — I am simply flabbergasted. Thank you so much for sharing — and I look forward to seeing more and more of Wanda’s work. She is such a gift to humanity!

  5. Robin says:

    absolutely beautiful. thanks for sharing

  6. Anu says:

    Wanda’s work leaves me speechless in awe & admiration.
    This work belongs on the Paris catwalks!
    Thankyou so much for bringing it to us all.

  7. Kathy says:

    I’m a lurker at the site. I’m still in the learning faze of this art but I love her ethnic styles. I hope she posts when her book will be available, I would love to own a copy. Beautiful absolutely beautiful. My son would love to own a few of these hats.

  8. Crochet Diva says:

    The Tapestry Crochet on your blog brings tears to my eyes. Highly impressive. I feel so inspired by these works. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Anu says:

    Wanda is such an extraordinary talent. I am ferociously inspired.

    I’ve linked our Tapestry Crochet Blogspot to this to bring our Flickr Tapestry Crochet group members attention to it, and this blog.

    Thanks Carole. Great work, as always.

    Cheers!
    Anu.

  10. Carolyn says:

    Only phrase that comes to mind is, I second the motion. Ms. Blount’s work is God given and what a talent and we are all truly grateful for her contributions to us with her creative works. We also wish to thank Ms. Ventura for her contributions to us as members of this site because without her, these featured artists would not come into our e-mails. Thank you again for keeping us motivated.

  11. Cassandra Davidson says:

    This is awesome craftmenship, the colors are vibrant. As the prior statements stated , I would love for her to share in book form. AWESOME WORK!!!

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