Tight Lipped Tuesday #16

Another of my occasional Tuesday posts where there are more photos than words (for a change).

I know quite a few of you indulge in crochet and some in crochet mandalas and some of you even put them in hoops.

So, I thought you might like to see some photos of the hoops made by the crocheters of Chalabre and other friendly yarnbombers.

Chalabre is a local village which celebrated its second annual ‘Chalabre en Sérénade’ last week, culminating at the weekend in a riot of singers and musicians from all over the world, love songs delivered from Juliet balconies, artists, designers  and much more.

I only took one photo – which was of a hoop in the window of a patisserie –  what can I say?  I wouldn’t mind but I can’t even find it now anyway.

So, all these photos I have used with the permission of Julie Prochowski who came up with the idea of the hoops and gave it her all.

(Julie is also a very good sewing teacher and crafter extraordinaire.  One of those people who seem to be able to turn their hand to anything but I like her anyway 😉)

The Raw Material


The Assembly


The Hoisting Up


The Shadow Play


The Crochet Canopy

Doesn’t it look amazing?

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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on August 20, 2019 - 10:08

    OH MY DAYS! She has yarn bombed the sky, and I adore the shadows. What a woman.

    • #2 by tialys on August 22, 2019 - 11:11

      I’ve passed on your ‘what a woman’ comment to her😁

  2. #3 by Wild Daffodil on August 20, 2019 - 10:08

    Be still my beating heart!!!!! Wow! Wow! Wow! That looks AMAZING!!!! and look at those shadows. Golly gosh – will this be happening again next year? What a stunning idea to make them into a canopy. Thanks so much for sharing. Absolutely glorious!

    • #4 by tialys on August 22, 2019 - 11:13

      I think so, if all the organisers want to go for it again and, after this year’s succcess, they probably will. It is one of those events that might take hold and become an annual thing. I didn’t go to all of the events throughout the week but there was lots of live music and other attractions.

  3. #5 by thecontentedcrafter on August 20, 2019 - 10:11

    Yes, yes, yes!! Love it and I want a shade sail made of crochet circles now ……..

  4. #7 by Evie Jones on August 20, 2019 - 10:27


    • #8 by tialys on August 22, 2019 - 11:14

      It is isn’t it – who would have thought?

  5. #9 by katechiconi on August 20, 2019 - 11:17

    What an absolutely brilliant and inspired assemblage. The colours are wonderful, but I think I *almost* prefer the shadows…

    • #10 by tialys on August 22, 2019 - 11:15

      Yes, I’m not sure whether that was something anticipated or whether it just happened – either way, like you, the shadows are my favourite.

  6. #11 by KerryCan on August 20, 2019 - 12:38

    That is incredible! How did she come up with this idea?? It is so impressive–the colors, the sky showing thru and those shadows! The shadows–wow. I want to make my own and hang it over my patio!

    • #12 by tialys on August 22, 2019 - 11:16

      Well, I think you should!

  7. #13 by nottaholiday on August 20, 2019 - 12:48

    so beautiful. What a gift to be able to bring a smile and beauty into lives.

    • #14 by tialys on August 22, 2019 - 11:17

      Yes, in her own words, Julie was ‘exhausted but ecstatic’ after the event.

  8. #15 by Laurie Graves on August 20, 2019 - 13:48

    Oh, my word! It certainly does look amazing. What a treat it would be to walk under that canopy.

    • #16 by tialys on August 22, 2019 - 11:18

      It’s certainly an interesting old village and those hoops are the icing on the cake.

  9. #17 by claire93 on August 20, 2019 - 14:21

    oh wow, yes it looks amazing and I love the shadows it casts

    • #18 by tialys on August 22, 2019 - 11:19

      Fantastic that the weather was so sunny and showed them off to their full advantage.

  10. #19 by suzannesmom on August 20, 2019 - 14:23


  11. #21 by Dartmoor Yarns on August 20, 2019 - 17:26

    Oh Wow! They’re gorgeous. I think they’d look good if you made a heap and strung them across the ceiling?

    • #22 by tialys on August 22, 2019 - 11:20

      Better than Artex!

      • #23 by Dartmoor Yarns on August 23, 2019 - 18:35

        Artex. Now there’s a thing we never ever need to come back into fashion again. Lovely husband once spent 6 weekends sanding artex off the wall by the staircase of the last house we moved into. He kept emerging from the front door in clouds of dust, looking like he lived in a nuclear fallout zone.

      • #24 by tialys on August 23, 2019 - 18:54

        You have artex, we have crepi – similar but cement based not plaster based. The French love it. We have it in one room – it covers a multitude of sins – but it’s in the very rarely used guest room on the ground floor so it can stay there until I am no longer responsible for it. At least it’s ‘in character’ I suppose.

      • #25 by Dartmoor Yarns on August 23, 2019 - 19:15

        Guest room! I remember it being a little dangerous if one brushed against in – cutting flesh and snagging clothes. Hope your guests survive the experience.

      • #26 by tialys on August 23, 2019 - 19:32

        Perhaps that’s why we don’t get many 🤣
        The alternatives are Mlle Tialys the Elder’s old room which is on two levels with the sleeping area reached by an open tread staircase or Mlle Tialys the Younger’s old room which only has a single bed and smells musty because she never opened any windows. Most people choose to brave the crepi which is only slightly textured and not pointy and sharp like some Artex could be. I used to not mind the swirled Artex on ceilings.

      • #27 by Dartmoor Yarns on August 24, 2019 - 22:56

        Ha ha! Children’s room, even when they have left are pretty scary. I dream of a day when I have a house with rooms not cluttered with my daughter’s stuff they they will never use/wear again.

  12. #28 by Ellen on August 20, 2019 - 17:29

    It’s so beautiful! I wish I knew how to crochet. 😉

    • #29 by tialys on August 22, 2019 - 11:23

      You could always learn – I did it using YouTube videos. If you want a recommendation for good ones, let me know.

  13. #30 by sewsouk on August 20, 2019 - 19:20

    I like the shadows best of all. Are they free to the air or are they mounted under perspex? Would be such a shame if it rained and they got wet.

    Definitely a modern vibe to crochet. Fabulous.

    • #31 by tialys on August 22, 2019 - 11:22

      No, they are ‘free to the air’. I think it might have rained at least once while they were up there but I don’t think it damaged them. It would be a novel way to block your crochet pieces wouldn’t it 😂

  14. #32 by Emmely on August 20, 2019 - 19:28

    That looks brilliant!

  15. #34 by magpiesue on August 20, 2019 - 22:24

    Wow, cool!

  16. #36 by kathyreeves on August 21, 2019 - 04:25

    That is just amazing! That is yarn bombing extraordinaire!

  17. #38 by Born To Organize on August 21, 2019 - 06:23

    This is so cool! I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m so glad you could share pics.

    • #39 by tialys on August 22, 2019 - 11:26

      I had to ask to steal them. I don’t know why I didn’t take more when I was there – although they wouldn’t have been as good as it was very crowded that day.

  18. #40 by Kim on August 21, 2019 - 12:45

    The mandalas look gorgeous ….. and then you showed the shadows!!!! 😍

  19. #42 by CurlsnSkirls on August 22, 2019 - 03:12

    Fa-fa-fabulous mandalas!!! Hope the lovely creator and her team get to hear all our appreciation for their work! 😉 Thank you for sharing this with us. 😘

    • #43 by tialys on August 22, 2019 - 11:28

      I know Julie personally so asked to use her photos and sent her a link to this post. I’m sure she got massive appreciation in real life at the events too as they were there for the duration.

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