May 21, 2004
I Crocheted the Hyperbolic Plane Once. ONCE.

crocheted model of hyperbolic plane by daina taimina
crocheted model of hyperbolic plane by daina taimina

The Institute For Figuring in Culver City is hosting a talk next Thursday [via Lori]:

Crocheting the Hyperbolic Plane

Daina Taimina and David Henderson are mathematicians at Cornell University. They are co-authors of Experiencing Geometry, a classic text on euclidean and non-euclidean space. In 1997 Daina worked out how “hyperbolic” space could be modeled by crochet. Since then, she and David have used her woolen models to further explore this peculiar topology. Here, David and Daina will talk about crocheting the hyperbolic plane, the geometry of lettuce, and the architecture of the universe.

For you Los Angeles knitters with an interest in the architecture of the universe.

Posted by jjwiseman at May 21, 2004 01:41 PM

Cute, but crochet != knitting. We knitters do crap like this though.

Posted by: Troutgirl on May 24, 2004 09:00 AM

After I posted that, I wondered to myself if maybe I had referred to crocheting incorrectly.

Is there a general term that includes sewing + crocheting + knitting?

Posted by: John WIseman on May 24, 2004 10:53 AM

Actually you can't knit this plane. The crochet model is very hard to make, because it has to be very tightly crocheted.

Posted by: Lelde Taimina on June 1, 2004 11:19 AM

common word: perhaps textile craft? needlecraft doesn't seem to work as apparently (according to one can at least knit without needles. this term would also encompass quilting, embroidering, etc. so may be too broad to do what you're after. we obviously need a new word.

Posted by: Katie on December 21, 2004 11:19 AM

Truly sculpture and delightfully creative. The intellectual motive makes me appreciate it that much more.

Posted by: Tammie on March 8, 2005 05:13 AM

The term you're looking for is "fiber arts". That's the term the artists themselves use. It's well established in the world of fine crafts. Yes, it covers a lot of related disciplines, but so do many fiber artists.

Posted by: Kathleen on November 20, 2005 10:40 AM
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