Arizona Part Three

Welcome back for Part Three

You made over the mountain tops and now its time to set up camp 🙂
From now on you will be working in rows, 271 will be your new mantra.

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Arizona Cal – The Inspiration

The ancestors of modern Native Americans arrived in what is now known as the United States 15,000 years ago.  Native American art is a major category in the worlds art collections, which include Pottery, Paintings, Jewelry, Weavings, Sculptures and Carvings.

Two Grey Hills

Two Grey Hills

Textile weaving – cotton dyed with pigments was a dominant craft among pre-contact  tribes of the American southwest. The first Spaniards to visit the region wrote about seeing Navajo blankets. With the introduction of Navajo-Churro sheep, the resulting woolen products have become very well known around the world. By the 18th century the Navajo had begun to import yarn with their favorite colors, Bayeta Red. Using a upright loom, the Navajos wove blankets worn as garments and then rugs after the 1800s for trade.



The Navajo traded for commercial wool. Under the influence if European-Americans settlers at trading posts, The  Navajos created new and distinct styles including

“Two Grey Hills” (predominantly black and white, with traditional patterns)
“Teec Nos Pos” (colorful, with very extensive patterns)
“Ganado” (red dominated patterns with black and white)
“Wide Ruins” & “Chinlee” (banded geometric patterns)
“Klagetoh” (Diamond Patterns)
“Red Mesa” (bold diamond Patterns)
Many of these patterns exhibit a fourfold symmetry, which is thought to embody traditional ideas about harmony.

Red Mesa

Red Mesa

Native Americans decorated most of their crafts to make them more beautiful. They added color and designs with paint, beads, quill embroidery. Sometimes a design or color was a symbol that stood for an idea or told a story. The meaning of colors was important to Native American Indians as each color held a special sacred symbolism. The meanings changed according to the purpose they were put to.

Teec Nos Pos

Teec Nos Pos

For Arizona I wanted to use colors that can be found in a traditional Native American blanket plus to symbolize what I wish to impart on my Son as Arizona was designed for him.

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Black –  Power, Strength & Success
Red – Faith , Energy and Happiness
White – Sharing, Purity & Light
Greys – Representing the Howlite Gemstone for Concentration & Stress Relief

Arizona is a relaxing design as it was intended to be. Suited for any crochet level.

Prelude - Arizona
For more information about the CAL  Arizona – Introduction 

Love Pippin xoxox

2018 Temperature Challenge

Take the challenge!


In 2017 you saw me make my Short V Stitch tempreture blanket and I have to say it was an experience, a year long project has its challenges.. at first I was excited, then I was worried, then I was fatigued, when I was excited again and worries 😁 but know the final days have some and it’s awesome.. (pics to come soon)

On to 2018.. I will not be doing another blanket for 2018, instead I will be doing a temperature scarf.. a super long scarf like Dr Who.. read more

Save the Date – Hearts of Friendship CAL

Save the date.. Pippin Crochet Club is ever so happy to announce the upcoming crochet along… Hearts of Friend by Helen Shrimpton


The CAL will start April 2017

The pattern can be brought here

Helen Shrimpton is working on a short mini series of tutorials to help.

Packs are available here at Loremars use code cc17 for a 5% discount.

Love Pippin xx