Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Crochet a Coral Reef

Pearl and Urchin need a place to live, and a beautiful coral reef is just the place.  This is something that you can make for your own resident mermaids, with stash yarn and simple stitches.  Along the way, you may discover how beautiful and fragile coral reef ecosystems are.

Here are some pattern guidelines for making your own coral reef:

Crochet coral reef

The idea for crocheting a coral reef has been around for several years; a driving force for this is the Institute For Figuring.  Their website has a wealth of information on coral reefs, the threats they face, and the project to create coral reefs from crochet.  Here are some additional websites with pictures, information, and patterns:

NOAA photo library  pictures of actual coral reefs
The Gainsville Florida reef information, links, and patterns
Crocheted corals on Pinterest pictures of crochet corals from many sources

This is the kind of project you can make as small or large as you like, or 'grow' it over time.  Mine is rather small and mounted on a wooden plaque, but I think that it will grow :-)

Welcome to our undersea home!

16 comments:

  1. Que lugar más maravilloso!
    Saludos!

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  2. Beth! that is so amazing I just love it you are areal inspiration!

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  3. How sweet a place for the little mermaid and urchin to live. I have to tell you, that I went to a craft store last week and purchased wooden supplies to make a doll bed like the one you had on your blog. I plan to paint mine, instead of stain. I just need a few hours to pop up, where I can sit down and work on it. You bring a new enthusiasm to crochet and doll making. Love to see what you are up to!!

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    1. Thank you for your good words, Judy. Enjoy making the bed!

      Beth

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  4. pero que chulada por favor, ya me encantaria tener uno asi para mi salon
    un besilloo

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    1. Gracias; es fácil hacer uno por sí mismo :-)

      Beth

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  5. WOW! That's all I can say. I am amazed by your artistry. I'm in awe of your creativity.

    - Momma Cat

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  6. Oi amiga adoro teu blog sempre tem coisas lindas por aqui,beijokas...
    http://www.titacarre.com
    http://vitrine.elo7.com.br/titacarre

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  7. OOOOOOOOH, THIS IS SO VERY VERY VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    I HAVE ALREADY A SMALL DOLL MADE. I WILL HOOKS THIS ALSO!
    (http://elfi-jo.blogspot.nl/2013/07/kleine-Janneke-jacco-de-moerbei.html)

    THANK YOU FOR THE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS
    GREETINGS
    JOKE

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  8. Oh Beth, your work just gets better and better. How absolutely exquisite.

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    1. Fiona, how wonderful to hear from you! Thank you so much for your kind words. Some of the images of coral reefs that I used for inspiration came from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

      Beth

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