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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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Mosaic – it’s worth the work

There is a certain amount of risk we take every day and the way our lives run, a certain kind of risk-taking becomes a part of it all. From measured teaspoons and tablespoons, we often move to knowing exactly how much for an approximate number of people.

But then, that’s food…the only form of making that still finds pervasive acceptance.

For someone,

who enjoys making and experimenting in the real-life space, the risk is greater. Making doesn’t remain confined to crafts or working with the material without playing with anything that appears pretty okay to the people around you.

Needless to say, the sensibilities of the people around you shape your risk-taking abilities in the MAKING arena too.

You have to beat all the mindsets – from ‘my four-year-old niece does it better than you’ to ‘is it worth your time & money’ or ‘ there are more pressing issues than these leisurely activities’ and so on and so forth.

These are some of the side-effects of Prescription Living. You are raised with the knowledge of what and how much you need to live along with the intensity of the vibes you are allowed to go through.

But, MAKING (Artefaction),

The Purple Frog agrees is the greatest gift to humans. No other species can do it like we can. And it is our only piece that keeps us connected to the ground beneath our feet. No matter how evolved and technologically versatile the world becomes, there is no substitute for having a little Making Corner in your space in this world.

On that note,

The Purple Frog wishes to draw your attention to Mosaic. Not the kind that uses waste material to create a piece of art or outdoor spaces but the type that uses high-quality, dedicated-to-mosaic glass, ceramic and other materials to create an artsy space.

A Make-It-Yourself of a bigger scale where you personalise a corner, a wall or a set of unused terrace steps to simply add to the aesthetic value of a space.

It is a bigger risk

Since The Purple Frog is suggesting working on an immovable object that already exists in tandem with its surrounding.

Again, it runs the risk of,

  1. Not meeting your great expectations or those who lent you permissions of playing with their property
  2. Spending a lot more time and energy than your other projects

For all such doubts,

The only thing The Purple Frog assures of – it’s a risk worth taking.

Based on its own recent experience and learning from a similar such project, it can safely recommend a large scale mosaic project to MAKERS. It is simply metamorphosing.

Just plan it well and go for it.

Sharing a few observations:

  • Give one week of research and reading to the art form – Mosaic.
  • Apart from arranging the basic material such as white cement, grout and glue, arrange for a few sets of disposable gloves (not just one) and a pair of safety goggles. Keep children away from the place and always keep your slippers on.
  • Broken china and mirrors make for a great combination with colourful grout filling. Can be easily worked with a light-weight hammer and plier…Avoid shaping glass, mirror and similar such material. Readymade pieces by the kilogram are available.
  • Start your material search with Amazon. It always helps.
  • Just decide white cement or unsanded grout for the top layering of your project before starting the work. Since unsanded grout has a smooth and silky finish, it may not fill wide gaps well and may leave sharp, unattended edges of tesserae (material) you create yourself with a hammer and a plier.
  • Market bought glass tiles and other materials are usually very well-cut and require less caution.
  • Again, if it is a set of steps you want to work on…pick matte/rugged tiles or the ones with certain embossed lines that set well with grout within their lines, making the surface pretty walkable.
  • One last bit that may help – This project is difficult to be undone. Moreover, the work dries up fast. What you do will set faster than you can imagine. So preparation (appearance and step-by-step execution planning) should get almost 70% of your project time.

The Mosaic Work here

Read two books and prepared notes. Wish had referred to the notes more. Gathered all the material ever bought for any project that could be used here. Bought readymade mosaic tiles. Fixed up cool hours for work. And then through a fast cycle of arranging, sticking, cementing, grouting, cleaning and more, created this. And super love, love, love it despite all its rough edges.  They are a sign that a bigger & better mosaic project is right around the corner…


The Purple Frog | Mosaic

The Purple Frog | Mosaic

The Purple Frog | Mosaic

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