Going through my studio space

Going through all my things in the studio space because we are moving to a better place soon. Found a lot of photos and old art pieces from my studing years. (MFA at Konstfack Art department.) As an artist I’ve mostly worked with animated art video but in school I had a severe filet crochet CRAZY period. I filet crocheted so much I ”crocheted myself” and couldn’t crochet for years. I posted one VHS piece yesterday and these guns are my most displayed piece from that period. This is on the same theme as The ”Soft punch” piece.
(for the record: I don’t like guns)
This makes me want to filet crochet again because it is a very good technique if you want to build three dimentional pieces.
Title: ”A girl´s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do”, made in 1998, gun approx 25 x 13cm (10″ x 5.2″), cotton yarn.


I get a lot of questions if I have a pattern for this piece and I’m sorry to say I don’t have a pattern.

This sculpture is a see-through 3D piece, crocheted free hand in several pieces and moulded to be able to ”stand on its own”.
Even if I would have a pattern for the different pieces, it would unfortunatelly not be possible to make a copy from it. Because you must have the exact same guns (to fit the pieces) to make the mold from. This is my old play cowboy gun from 1977 which is not on the market anymore. :)

In the comments to this post I try to explain what technique I have used to make these. Hope thats of any help!

11 Responses to “Going through my studio space”

  1. Cattis Says:
    februari 22nd, 2008 at 15:24

    så otroligt läckert!Hur får man det att bli så där ”tredimensionellt?”Har du stärkt garnet eller kan man få till det ändå?Trevlig helgkramCattis

  2. Inger C Says:
    februari 22nd, 2008 at 15:59

    Hej Cattis!Man virkar i flera delar noga formade runt tex en knallpulverpistol :-) sedan stärker man bitarna med florsocker och vatten. Syr ihop alla blöta bitar runt pistolen med plasttråd, väntar tills det torkar,sprättar upp tråden, tar ur pistolen och klistrar ihop de virkade nu pistolformade delarna till en ihålig pistol. Precis som när man ‘tar form’ när man gjuter i gips från tex en lerskulptur. Lite svårt att förklara – hm kanske måste försöka mig på en bild beskrivning.Trevlig helg du mé/Inger CEng: Use the same technique as when you make a plaster cast from a clay sculpture – but with different sugar&water wet pieces of filetcrochet instead. Sew them back on the mold with vinyl thread and take everything apart again when dry. Glue the pieces together to form a hollow piece. – hm it’s difficult to explane – I should try to make a tutorial with pictures instead :-)

  3. suzanne Says:
    februari 22nd, 2008 at 21:49

    Oh…these are great! I wouldn’t even know how to begin thinking about your process in making them. And, though, like you I don’t typically like guns…I love this one.ALSO, thank you so much for the wonderful mail. I LOVE IT…and have posted about it today on my blog. Thank you!

  4. juanitatortilla Says:
    februari 23rd, 2008 at 4:31

    My goodness. How talented are you???

  5. Helle Jorgensen Says:
    maj 1st, 2008 at 7:58

    Hi Inger,These pieces are incredibly inspiring. I have been trying to crochet 3-D pieces for a while and ended up using plastic bag yarn to get the structure. Do you use starch to make your pieces solid?Your colour sense is also fabulous. I get a real sense of joy from your pieces.Kind Regards,Helle

  6. Inger C Says:
    maj 5th, 2008 at 13:40

    Thank you! I’m delighted that you all like my stuff!Helle,Actually I’ve used sugar and water to starch the 3D work. (tried to explain the workprocess here in these comments, higher up) :-)It’s the old Grandma-way of starching it. It seems to hold well – these guns were made in 1998approx 10years ago.

  7. Caitlin Says:
    augusti 26th, 2011 at 8:55

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE the little gun! My sister’s boyfriend would just ADORE that, he collects guns. Do you have a pattern? Or did you just use old doilies? I would love some instructions if you would be willing. Please let me know!

  8. tence Says:
    januari 5th, 2012 at 18:25

    please do you have pattern would love to make this

  9. Andrea Mielke Schroer Says:
    maj 31st, 2012 at 19:10

    So glad to have finally found you/your blog and the rest of the story behind these filet crochet pieces. I saw an image of the pistols on Pintrest, but the link did not lead back to any website with more information.
    Very cool – I love how you accomplished creating the dimensional piece out of filet.
    Going to bookmark your blog, too, so I can check back from time to time. I enjoy your creativity, and mutual love of fiber arts.

  10. ina Says:
    maj 7th, 2013 at 14:59

    Please can u send me the pattern or were can I get it. The ones for the gun or explain to me how u made them. Please. Ina

  11. emily Says:
    november 7th, 2013 at 23:13

    omg. take my money! I want one! How long did it take you to make?