I’ve been a longtime felter but I didn’t have the space to make the soapy mess required for the process after I moved to New York City in 2006. I experimented with needle felting and came upon crochet, which, to me, seemed like something you could make anything out of. I was further inspired when I watched Margaret Wertheim’s TED Talk and saw how crochet can be used to represent hyperbolic space and coral reefs.
I started crocheting a lot, and was making many small domes when I realized that the same form could be made much larger into a crocheted yurt. Historically, Mongolian nomads made felt for their yurts via a labor intensive process that still required an internal structure at the end of the day.
My project is to take that design a step further and make a locally-sourced (local to New Hampshire), self-supporting crocheted yurt out of hand-felted cording approximately 1.5 – 2 inches thick. I’m fundraising for the materials currently so that I can purchase the 500 lbs of wool and all of the cleaning and processing necessary.
I hope that when this proof of concept is complete I’ll be able to experiment with the dome form by using different materials that could be used as reusable, transportable shelters. All ideas and questions are welcome!
Thanks so much for checking the yurt out!