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Following on from my recent post on my crocheted bow quiver, I have been busy crocheting some other things using some 100% wool rug wool I bought online. The top one is a little quiver for my hand drill set, and then there’s two little pouches with yew toggles and a little basket-type thing.
I found these Australian Aboriginal artefacts in my parents’ loft! The first is a boomerang which would have been used as a throwing stick for hunting small game, knocking things down from trees etc. The second is a woomera, a spear thrower similar to an atatl.
Unlike an atlatl, a woomera typically has this paddle shape. Some had multiple functions and had a cutting edge along one side for chopping, or were used to carry water-soaked vegetable matter. I love the snake pattern carved into the surface of this one. I doubt I’ll be using this one for spear throwing but it’s hugely inspirational.
In taking the photos for the crocheted quiver, I realised I hadn’t shown the most recent handle grip I put on my bow in the autumn (the last one was brown). This one is made from black leather, sewn up with a baseball stitch. I prefer the black as it complements the tips.
I made these arrows in the autumn too. They’re not authentic primitive arrows as they use brass points, plastic nocks and machined shafts, but they were good practice in fletching and they make very good practice arrows (not a good idea to use broadheads if you want the thing you’re practice-shooting to last more than five minutes!).
Here are some of the things I have been crocheting lately.
I crocheted this quiver last summer soon after I made my bow, but have now just finished the bow quiver to go along with it and a small bag to keep my wrist guard and things in.
Crocheting is the craft of knot tying using a hook. It’s usually associated with delicate lacy creations, but can also be used to create a hardwearing material perfect for insulating outer garments and sturdy bags. It’s quite a slow process, but with practice you can achieve a reasonable speed – I created the little bag in about an hour using a larger hook.
The wool I’ve used here is untreated natural wool from traditional heritage-breed sheep from the British Isles. I will get round to drop spindle spinning at some point but for now I bought this ready spun.
Wool is a fantastic material in that, unlike most modern fabrics, it will retain up to seventy per cent of its insulating properties even when soaking wet. Moreover, the natural greases in untreated wool help shed water faster than bleached wool or acrylic.
I’m going to create some more of these little bags as they are quick to produce and handy for storing and carrying all manner of things.
I’m also going to have a go a creating my own oversized hook and crocheting a fishing net from my own nettle cordage.