Art Pieces

by Gayle Roehm, September 12, 2014

faberge_openThe Faberge Egg

Based on the Spring Flowers egg owned by Tsar Nicholas II (get historical note and/or link)

Knitted shell over wire armature; cotton and rayon fibers. The flower basket is also made over a wire armature, and is removable. The two halves can be fastened together to close the egg.

This piece appeared in Astounding Knits! by Lela Nargi. (Amazon link)




audreyfrontAudrey II from “Little Shop of Horrors”

Audrey is made of wool yarn that I dyed and spun. The stuffing of her “flowerpot” can be removed so you can wear her like a hat …. if you dare. There’s wire inside her tendrils so she can clutch a dead chicken, or something more substantial.






wrathofhellThe Wrath of Hell

Inspired by the fabulous aria sung by the Queen of the Night in “The Magic Flute,” I found wonderful colors of mohair boucle and drew a paper template for this shawl, then freeform-knitted the various pieces. It was exhibited at a New York gallery show in 2005.






TotemPoleHatbackTotemPoleHatfrontTotem Pole Hat

Using charts from northwest Pacific Coast tribal images, the hat was knitted and felted, then supported with a wire insert and a concealed cap (so it wouldn’t fall down over the wearer’s face!) On the left: front of the hat; right: back.







CircleJacketback CircleJacketInProgress Circle Jacket

Shaped in a circle, using the traditional “Old Shale” pattern to create a circle with undyed Shetland yarns. Right: in progress; sleeve placement shown in fuschia yarn





little limbs

Little Limbs

A fun scarf in a sort of boucle, sock-weight yarn. Yes, they are three-dimensional.





hands shrug and hatHands Hat and Shrug

Playing with the idea of attaching hands to a wide scarf (with a head-hole) and a hat. The shrug hands can be worn as gloves.