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Date: 2/17/13 4:24 PM

Has anyone else heard of this? I recently watched a TEDTalks presentation about a worldwide community project where people are creating these coral reef displays using hyperbolic crochet. Google TEDTalks Crochet a coral reef for the video, it is only about 17 minutes long.

Crochet a Coral Reef Project Homepage

Look at this work, it is amazing!



There are hundreds of chapters around the world, and it benefits education and the arts.
I wondered if anyone here would be interested in starting a PR by mail chapter? I've started working on a piece, and the patterns for these are amazingly simple yet beautiful. Even a complete crochet beginner could participate.

I will post pictures of pieces as I finish them. For now, I'm just making a little home display, but if enough people are interested, perhaps we could make a full scale display and donate it to a college or even a High School (or anything, if someone can think of a better place to donate a learning display).

Is anyone interested?


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Date: 2/17/13 9:53 PM

That is so cool. I really don't have time to take on another project but I hope you get some takers. That is truly beautiful crochet.

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Date: 2/17/13 9:56 PM

I've seen one up close and it is beautiful.

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Date: 2/17/13 10:06 PM

What a cool project. Have you bought the book or did you find patterns somewhere else?

JEF

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Date: 2/18/13 1:04 AM

JEF, the official webpage gives 4 basic patterns with some suggested different increase variations, and basic instructions in general.

I just finished doing the first type, a simple 20 chain, then crochet 3, increase 1, repeat.....for as long as yo want. It makes an amazing shape, and it is so easy to do! It just takes time. Since I have been under the weather and so has DD, I just worked on this while watching Disney/Pixar movies with her all day. It's pretty good sized, about a foot long and 8 inches tall?





This is the same one from 2 angles. It isn't as good as some I've seen, but I feel good about it for a first try.

PDF with basic coral shapes/patterns.

tlmck3, how cool! Where did you get to see one?

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Date: 2/18/13 9:12 AM

I saw part of this one at the now defunct Arcadia yarn shop which used to be in my neighborhood but is now gone. I'm not sure if they moved or if they folded. Yarn shops come and go here so quickly. I never made it to see the whole thing--which is stupid, since it was downtown in the Cultural Center and relatively easy to get to.

Chicago coral reef project

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Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage

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Date: 2/18/13 9:42 AM

Somehow I missed those instructions. Thanks for the link.

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Date: 2/18/13 11:10 AM

A DD is into coral reef research through The Nature Conservancy.

I'll join: this is great publicity for a troubled resource!

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Date: 2/18/13 12:51 PM

tlmck3, even seeing part of that one must have been nice. I hope they moved it, so it can still be seen somewhere.

JEF, glad I could get the link for you. :)

Annie- oh, wonderful! How do you think we should go about it? I'm thinking, to start, we should just make some on our own, post the pics of our developing tiny reefs in this thread. Since your daughter is connected to the Nature Conservancy, do you think they might like to take the finished display (months from now when we have one? :)

I live fairly near the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and also Portland State, which has a large marine biology department. However, I'm not sure how to approach them, and the Nature Conservancy sounds interesting. Maybe it would be best to have something to show first?
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Date: 2/18/13 3:26 PM

Actually, the ones that interest me most are crocheted out of recycled plastic--like plastic bags, cassette tapes, electrical wire.

Here's a link describing one project which has another link to a page on how to make recycled plastic bag yarn.


Recycled plastic crocheted coral reef project

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Chuck Close, painter, printmaker, photographer

Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage

St. Augustine

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