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Scaffold by Kathleen Brewster Scaffold by Kathleen Brewster

Scaffold by Kathleen Brewster Scaffold by Kathleen Brewster

Scaffold by Kathleen Brewster

   Scaffold by Kathleen Brewster

 

 

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Kathleen Brewster, Australia (Kathleen Brewster)

 

The Design

The idea for this corset came from a question and a sketch that were made a long time before the competition theme was announced. With my background in crochet I wondered if it might be possible to make a working crochet corset. The idea was for solid crochet boning channels with open chains between. The finished corset would have the potential for the clean horizontal and vertical lines of a skyscraper and the engineering of a suspension bridge, and the competition was the perfect excuse to test it out.

I hesitated for a while as It could potentially not work at all. I ran the ideas over in my mind for a time and, as I had plenty of crochet cotton and a busk already, I thought it was worth a try.
As I got further along with the project I made a rule for myself - I would submit anyway, whatever the outcome. I believe the culture of the competition allows for failure to be as interesting as success. You will see the mixed results yourself in my photos.

 

The Construction

I first made a large sample of the stitch I was thinking of. As I hoped, with boning channels applied the vertical tension held the stitches rigid and removed the stretch. I used my sample to make a stitch gauge on paper, onto which I transferred the pattern.

Where I wanted boning channels I marked five solid stitches down the pieces. The spaces left between gave me a count of the number of chain stitches needed to fill the open areas.

The texture of the crochet meant that the machine stitching is almost invisible from the outside. This made applying the boning channels much easier, as I could work from the inside.

I applied the coutil channels along three edges with the end tucked under, leaving the bottom open to insert the boning. When the boning was in place I could sew the end down with the stop/start stitching invisible in the crochet. The busk was also completely encased to keep it strong and the white invisible between the crochet. When I made the pattern I left a small hole for the eyelet so I didn’t risk cutting the crochet. The eyelets and boning surrounding them are all backed in coutil.

Overall I am really happy with the result as I I think the Idea worked well. The issues in the finished corset are more a reflection of problems with my pattern than the technique. I would like to reduce and raise the bottom edge and try again.

More on my blog

 

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galadriel
This is amazing! I'm so glad you resolved to submit whatever the outcome, because this is really beautiful work and you can tell just how much effort went into it.
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I think the idea of a crochet corset is absolutely fascinating, and perfect for this theme! Great job!
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Wow! You raised the corset bar with crochet. Great visual impact! (and obvious technical skills!)
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equinoxxlatex
Im so glad you went for it. The effect is beautiful!
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jema
This is incredible detailed conceptual work, so clever and pushing the boundaries of both corsetry and crochet as art forms, really exciting and also successful! The themes of structure and engineering are shining through. I love it x
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royalblack
What a fascinating concept!
I can only imagine how long this must have taken you and it's great that you decided to enter, no matter what.
That is what brings us forward and I'm glad to see such interesting projects as yours among the traditionally sewn projects.
Great job, Kathleen!

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kaiarauma
Fascinating and fantastic! I have some books with original 19th century patterns, and there are a couple crochet corsets (though nothing like this!).
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lyrisdesign
This is so creative!!! I love the idea, and it visually looks amazing!
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kitty mortensen
As a fellow "hooker" I am beyond impressed and I admire your dedication. It looks amazing and the more I look at it, the more I enjoy the outcome. It is like a spiderweb over a body. beautiful.
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bernadettebanner
This is some clever witchcraft, and brilliantly executed (in my nonexistent understanding of crochet)!
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Woaw so creative! I like when people try (and succeed) things never seen before...
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lithillify
This is so clever and courageous. Such a great idea and it has such an impact. I wish I could have a closer look at it, and I'd love to see what you do next with the idea
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theperfecttouchvictorian
So creative! I love the effect!
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chesla
I love the complexity of this corset! This must have taken you ages to complete and figure out. I love it! x
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damaris
I have to say, this is amazing. It really is and I am glad you entered wether you think it is perfect or not. I think it is outstanding and I never saw something like that before. I love the structure, the translucency and the fragility of this piece. And that "gores" in the front and the back make such beautiful lines... <3 Goodness, this is a piece of art! I really love it!
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This is genius ! Congrats on havign and executing the idea !
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quilleth
This is kind of mind boggling! Crocheting something like this is a stroke of genius!
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I love anything that uses handicrafts and this is really pleasing. I see you viewed this as a bit of an experiment, so I hope you are proud of the outcome. Working out how to crochet the ladders to form the right shape is so clever.
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I absolutely Iove the innovation of this design! It literally gave me creative chills! Thank you so much for sharing this with the world!
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paulay71
Wow just love this what an amazing concept!
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lcostigliolo
As a crocheter myself, I bow to your bravery in bringing this corset to life. It's stunning! Your construction is really clever, I looked at your blog and the patterning you did is really amazing. What bones did you use? I love the raised back as it has the line of some victorian corsets, perhaps, instead of lowering the back you could curve the edge a tiny bit under the arm but it's difficult to judge without seeing how it sits on the body. It would be extremely interestig to see it worn! I hope that you are going to develop the pattern further, I am intrigued to see its evolution! Wonderful piece!
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marloes dadswell
Knowing how much work would have gone into this, I take my hat off to you! Loving the fragility and outcome of this piece!
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Sandra
Love your crochet corset idea it is so creative! Looks amazing!
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peacecat3
This is really so cool! Such a different idea, but really, very graceful bones, and it looks so delicate!
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peacecat3
And: I agree that failure is as interesting, and certainly more educational, than success. Though I would not in any way describe your entry as a failure.
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