Thursday, September 3, 2009

A whimsical notion

According to one of the definitions of crochet as a noun is "an odd fancy or whimsical notion." Rather nice don't you think? Here are some new and old photos of the beautiful, crochet pouches which have been made exclusively for our illuminated perfumes, in keeping with a sophisticated handmade aesthetic.

Reading further, in the Encyclopedia we find: crochet

"craft that developed in the 19th century out of a form of chain-stitch embroidery done with a hook instead of a needle. In crochet work the hook is used, without a foundation material, to make a texture of looped and interlinked chains of thread. In the late 1840s crochet was introduced into Ireland as a famine relief measure. In southern Ireland the industry centered in Cork, in northern Ireland at Clones in County Monaghan. As it became more sophisticated, crochet work approximated lace, antique laces such as gros point de Venise, or Venetian raised lace, being successfully imitated."

Although my mother, Martha, and I were born in Buenos Aires our ancestry goes back to Ireland. The cuffs in the first photo are available for purchase from my mother's shop on Etsy where you can see a variety of her very fine crochet and knitted work.

The idea for the pouches came out of a yearning to have the packaging for my perfumes be different, since the bottles are compacts are not.

Each perfume has a color from my palette assigned to it. My mother has a copy of my palette and is the one who seeks out the yarn. She just brought me a sample of the green we may be utilizing for the botanical perfume GreenWitch. Unfortunately it may be a bit too close to the green we use for Q.

The perfume devoted to Peace has a red pouch, similar to the burgundy tones of Vespertina but a bit brighter. Page 47 currently has an antique gold and off white as her color tone.

I'll take some photos of the soon to be debuted perfume for Peace in a few days. Thank you to all those who voted for your favorite pouch and bead design back in July. The official date for the release of this new fragrance in both liquid and solid format will be September 21st, the International Day of Peace.

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