Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Paintings

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 8 Comments

Hey, Crochet Spotters! Today I am excited to introduce you to one of my favorite crocheters and designers, Twinkie Chan! Twinkie Chan is a celebrated crochet designer who has created her niche by crocheting all things delicious and wearable! If you see someone wearing a pizza scarf, it’s most likely her design.

I’ve been following Twinkie since 2010 and I’ve learned that there are many exciting aspects to her career. She has been a successful seller on eBay, Etsy, and at craft fairs. She’s authored a popular pattern book and has another one in the works. She did a series of patterns for Michael’s and is currently featured on the website as a “Celebrity Crafter.” No doubt, all of this success is due to talent, focus, a lot of hard work.

One of the things I most admire about her is her focus within a well-defined niche. She’s really intent on creating adorable, food-related, crocheted wearables and items for adults. While that may perhaps sound somewhat limiting, it’s amazing to see how creative she gets within that category. One of the more surprising and certainly delightful works she has shared on her blog is a crocheted painting.

Crocheted Paintings? They are crocheted artwork, mounted on painting canvases. When you think about it, the idea makes sense, right? I know I get a really creative surge sometimes when I’m playing with hooks and yarn. Why not use that creativity to riff on the traditional wall hanging? It’s artwork you can touch!

Image property of Twinkie Chan and used with permission

Image property of Twinkie Chan and used with permission

This looks like artwork I’d like to eat as well!

While the idea of crocheted paintings is not necessarily a new one, I think that Twinkie’s fresh perspective and flawless excecution is always inspiring. Over the last few years she has had a few blog posts explaining particular paintings, some with sketches and progress pictures. It is fascinating when an artist shares her process, and reading Twinkie’s blog always feels like a celebration.

For instance, you can see this veggified bunny sketch…

Image property of Twinkie Chan and used with permission

Image property of Twinkie Chan and used with permission


…transform into this adorable painting!

Image property of Twinkie Chan and used with permission

Image property of Twinkie Chan and used with permission

Who doesn’t love Macaroon Animals?

This image is property of Twinkie Chan and is used with permisison

Image property of Twinkie Chan and used with permission

This image is property of Twinkie Chan and is used with permisison

Image property of Twinkie Chan and used with permission

Viola! I hope this post has inspired you to think of crochet in a different way. You can learn more about Twinkie Chan on her blog.

So what do you think about crocheted paintings? Had you ever heard of that idea before? If you were to make a crocheted painting, what would it be? As always, leave your thoughts, ideas and questions in the comment section below. We LOVE hearing from you!

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8 Comments

  1. Jodiebodie says:

    Lovely writing in this review – a joy to read and very interesting. Good work again, Cami xx

  2. Cami says:

    JodieBodie! Thank you for your comment. Great hearing from you as always!

  3. Erica says:

    I love Twinkie Chan! I didn’t know that she does crochet paintings, though. Thank you for this blog!

  4. Namiko says:

    I learned about Twinkie Chan through her blog post for the crocheted Groot (from Guardians of the Galaxy). I love that she takes time out of her busy schedule to post free tutorials and patterns.

  5. jeanine perkins says:

    Hello. Enjoyed your piece on Twinkie Chan very much. Her paintings are so cute – and I just had a light bulb go off in my head!! I have tons of my kids and grandkids pictures that they made in school. These pictures would be great to re-create in crochet. I am off to go through their school stuff and pick a drawing that is my favorite from each one. What a surprise for them when they see their artwork on the wall in crochet!! Better get going……….

  6. Erin says:

    Fun article and very inspiring. I hadn’t seen Twinkie Chan’s work.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Love Twinkie Chan! And I absolutely love the crochet paintings.
    One of these days I’ll get around to making a few of my own. They’re just such an unexpected version of the craft we all love!

  8. Rayna says:

    These are great!

    I have Twinkie Chan’s book, but have never read her blog.

    This is very inspiring. I’d love to do a landscape or a photo of my house.

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