Crochet Contemporary

There are a lot of laptop bags, covers, tablet sleeves and cases all over the market. However, anyone, especially a DIYer, who is passionate about making objects with knowledge of some craft, would never miss that chance to create.

So, The Purple Frog is one such person. This time the craft used was crochet. Sadly, many call it an oldie’s go-to craft, The Purple Frog enjoys hooking up with it to create something contemporary.

So couldn’t let go of the urge to create a sturdy bag for this fragile electronic data machine that weighs about 2.3 kilograms.

The questions were many.

Can a yarn-woven delicate piece hold it up well? Would taking a plunge in this direction simply prove to be a big waste of time and effort? And, can crochet even churn out something that is worth all this planning?

Putting all the doubts aside, The Purple Frog visited its yarn cupboard and took out some of the most beautiful, soft, chunky and glossy reams of yarn. The two colours picked were shades of green – one an amazon forest green and the other lime green.

They were meant to be together. So, planned the entire piece…

  1. Started with measuring the LBH of the laptop.
  2. Drew a little sketch for deciding which way to weave the colour combo. You see, the colours might just be two, but the ways of weaving them together are innumerable.
  3. Picked the Amazonian green to make one side of the laptop sleeve, using a simple stitch (single) for a tight, fitted weave.
  4. Picked the lime green to make the other side using the same simple stitch but, with some extra sides to give the cover a bag-like depth.
  5. Took about a week to get the sleeve ready. And started using it as a cover immediately since the Purple Frog is traveling.

The work ain’t over yet

To be able to carelessly carry this heavier-than-rock laptop around, this cover/laptop sleeve needs to be converted into a bag with a lining, zip and handles. So the plan is to give it two small yet sturdy leather handles and a waterproof lining that has a pocket for the charger.

By The Way

This glossy piece happened after weaving together some light-weight yarn in puffy (popcorn) stitches. Halfway through it, the Purple Frog realized that this beautiful looking piece wouldn’t be able to hold the machine, So stopped that work mid-way.

Garnered some strength to approach making a laptop bag differently…

Putting all the doubts aside, The Purple Frog visited its yarn cupboard…You know the rest of the story.

The Purple Frog | Crochet Laptop


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Mosaic II

As easy as it seemed, this recent mosaic project, an outdoor wall, left The Purple Frog disheartened.

Not all making projects leave you with a sense of accomplishment. Some leave you with an after taste of diligence wasted.

So Sharing the learning…

  1. Big mosaic art projects should be gradual since the results are hard bound with concrete and grout. For instance, this big outdoor wall project has not come out as well as The Purple Frog hoped. No matter how everyone compliments to keep your heart, a mosaic project can’t be locked in a cupboard.
  2. Here, it’s right there every time The Purple Frog hops towards the balcony. It keeps talking back…work on me, I am a disaster, set me right please…and oh you want to run away from the wall that has been wronged…
  3. Lopsided estimation of tesserae needed in the big project…OMG, how that stalls a project.
  4. The Surface – Oh that one gives nightmares when the surface is vertical and outdoors. All design dreams can fall flat.
  5. Glue rescue

The Purple Frog’s love for glues of the strong kind has just doubled and trebled after this not-so-great a project. When concrete ditches by drying up so fast and tesserae and outdoor heat don’t keep things together on that vertical giant wall, oh my god, how the glue rescues. Advanced level glues and The Purple Frog now have an extremely trustworthy relationship.

6. And Oh That Mesh

Cut that mesh into many smaller pieces to work together a big piece. The big piece by itself can be a giant to be moved and fitted on that scary vertical monster waiting to gurgle out all that’s placed on it. Concrete ditches and glue rescues, once again.

7. Ready made tesserae are better than nipping your own old porcelain (bone china) pieces. For a starter, ready made stones and glass tiles and working on them with nippers is better.

8. Last but the most important… no matter what’s the scale of one’s work, while nipping, safety goggles are more mandatory than the ‘don’t drink and drive’ sort of rules of the planet.

In Between

Many other things were made recently. Yet mosaic work, like monsoon, calls The Purple Frog out to hop and continue trying and never mind the mess. Thus, re – attempting this art form with a different approach is on the cards.

P.S. Not posting the pictures yet. There is still a corner that’s left to be touched. A paint job over white cement in colors of existing mosaic is the idea. It may create an illusion to go well with the rest of it. Amen.

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