Crotchet by Kateby Tyler Woods on Jul. 17, 2013, under Artist, Bussiness
Tucson Biz Beat has featured some interesting local businesses like restaurants, musicians, artists, and this week we take a turn to an artistic yet laborious business called Crochet by Kate. Upon looking at crochet I can see how people confuse crochet with knitting after all the two have common elements as they both use yarn and both often make afghans, shawls, hats, sweaters, scarves, and stuffed animals.
There is quite a difference on technique though as knighting requires two “needles” crochet is yarn and a single hook to make loops which are called chains. These chains can become anything. However, do not take my word ask Kate Rutter owner of Crochet by Kate.
“I have been crocheting since I was eight.” Rutter says, “To me it is easy.” Perhaps that is why she is the perfect teacher. Part of her business consist of teaching people the wonderful art of crochet. This ancient art which records shows probably started way back Arabia, to South America and even to China and people used their fingers instead of hooks, however it became popular in Europe during the 19th century.
Kate is all for this ancient form of turning thread into something usable such as clothing, toys, and comfort. She wants to see people revisit this brilliant art form or what I call, usable art. Upon entering Kate’s home, you will gather quickly that it is a haven for yarn and a place where creative ideas are born. She sat and showed me a wonder 4X8 quilt she made in just three days. “It is a stress reliever.” Kate says and reminds me that raising five basset hounds she needs to relieve stress. “It’s very relaxing,” she states, and she makes it look simple and rewarding.
Kate shows me her very cute stuffed animals that she has made, baby clothing, a new shirt for herself, and a wonderful bouquet of flowers all done by crocheting. This is clearly very usable art. I do not want to stop you from doing your oil painting, but really, can you wear your oil painting on a cold day and have it protect you from the cold? I doubt it and this process creates a very rhythmic continuum of art and relaxation by the repetitive process and using a hook to create loops after loops. The endless looping of yarn both consumes and feeds life.
Well that is how Kate would see it. You would see it that way as well if you go to her webpage or email Kate Rutter and ask her for lessons. It would be an investment in mental health. Clearly if you do not want to learn to crochet, Kate has pieces all done for you, or you can custom order anything you would like. So today Tucson Biz Beat proudly Salutes Kate Rutter and Crochet by Kate for bringing back this wonderful form of usable art.