Crafting from the Collection: Dewey Scarf

November 11, 2010, 11:23 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

vickiehowellI’m really excited today, because I’m heading out to Ft. Worth, TX for my very first museum event! I’m honored to have been asked to lead a Crafting from the Collection session tonight, at the Amon Carter Museum

Wilson Alwyn Bentley (1865–1931) Dew on Spider’s Vertical Web, ca. 1920 Gelatin silver chloride print Amon Carter Museum of American Art P1990.7.3

of American Art.
The lovely Brady Sloane, sister of artist (and Craft Corps featuree), Travis Nichols has put together this wonderful series that marries the inspiration of craft through art. As the evening’s featured craft designer, I was asked to choose three works from the museum’s vast archives, and then create companion projects inspired by each piece.
I chose two photographs: “Dew on Spider’s Vertical Web”, by Wilson Alwyn Bentley, and John W. Church’s, “Urban Street Scene”, as well as one painting by Josef Albers, “Study to Homage to the Square Remote”. I can give you a glimpse of the former, but have been asked to not post pictures of the other two for copyright purposes (so you’ll just have to come tonight to see ‘em in person!)

I stuck with the Needlearts genre of craft for all three of my pieces– one hand-quilted; one embroidered and sewn; one knit. I loved working on this and was surprised at how easily at least two of the art works translated into craft works. Very cool.

Please join me this evening as I guide visitors through viewing of each work, a discussion of how I created my pieces, a short, hand-quilting tutorial (materials provided), and a signing of my most recent book, Craft Corps: Celebrating the Creative Community, One Story at a Time. Hope to see you there!

Even if you aren’t able to make it though, you can join in the fun virtually but knitting one of the pieces I created for the event, the Dewy Ascot. Enjoy!

Dewy Ascot (Inspired by Wilson Alwyn Bentley’s photograph, Dew on a Spider’s Vertical Web)

1 Hank Malibrigo Laceweight (100% Baby Merino Wool; 470 yds)
Note: 1 hank will easily make two scarves.
Size US 6 (4.0mm)
Glass Beads
Embroidery Needle (with large enough eye to string yarn through, but small enough to fit through bead.)

Finished Measurements
4 1/2” (at beaded ends) x 30”

25 sts x 24 rows= 4” (10cm) in pattern
Note: Gauge is not important for this project)

Directions (Make 2)
Pre-string beads onto yarn.

CO 27 sts.
Rows 1-2: Knit.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4 (WS): Knit (sliding 1 bead up per stitch).
Row 5: K 6, *YO, K1, YO2, K1, YO3, K1, YO2, K1, YO, K6. Repeat from * to end

Row 6: Knit all knit sts, drop all YOs.
Rows 7-8: Knit all sts.
Row 9: K1, *YO, K1, YO2, K1, YO3, K1, YO2, K1, YO, K6. Repeat to last 5 sts. YO, K1, YO2, K1, YO3, K1, YO2, K1, YO, K1.
Row 10: Repeat row 6.

Stitch Pattern Close-Up.

Dewy Ascot (Inspired by Wilson Alwyn Bentley’s photograph, Dew on a Spider’s Vertical Web)

Repeat Rows 3-10, 8 times more.

Repeat Rows 3-10, 4 times more, but WITHOUT using beads on Row 4.


Use mattress stitch to attach seam two pieces together at narrow ends.

Weave in ends. Block if necessary.


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