Painting With Yarn | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

It’s hard to believe not too long ago I used to paint with acrylics, oils, watercolors, crayons, and Indian ink. Creativity and space are the most important things needed to become an artist aside from having a good amount of money for supplies and organizing art shows. I had enough space when I was painting, my only complaint was about how expensive the supplies were, but I never thought  I was going to run out of space, then I moved to the States and my space became a necessity. Real estate here is super expensive. I bought my home and I thought it was enough until I moved in. Soon I realized my home is cute, colorful, and compact. My dilemma has been how to occupy my rooms sensibly to assure me a comfortable living. I had to give up painting, to make room for my office, and all the large drawings I had to do when I was on home remodel projects for clients.

For someone like me who likes any art, giving up painting was hard. Something else had to take place to feed my soul and it did. My interior design work provided me with enough satisfaction, the drawings of interiors I did for work, satisfied that hunger for art I had. Seeing their joy, seeing how at ease they were at the end of each project, receiving the gratitude of their journeys with me was and still is the best.

Top Astratto Davanti

Abstract Top – Front

OK, that art was related to my work. Again, I had to find new art just for me. I learned to sew, crochet, and knit at a very young age. Once I had the basics down, I ventured in exploring free-form in crochet, and sewing. Patterns never interested me, my imagination always told me to go to the abstract and asymmetrical lines, the same as I do in the interior design because they are easier on the eyes, they hide angular corners and all the not pleasant curves.

It has been many years since I revived these art forms, originally created as hobbies. To see something grow out of nothing, without a pattern or a thought is so rewarding. I just start a thread with a needle and the rest is all a big question mark, almost until the end, when I start to see where I am going.

Top Astratto Dietro

Abstract Top – Back

Strangely enough, the inspiration for this abstract crochet top came from one of my coffee cups, hand-made by a ceramic artist. My best inspirations seem to come when I am around food.

Hand-painted espresso cup

Hand-painted espresso cup

Although I didn’t want to, my crochet art has become a work, I have produced so much that I have run out of space again and I had to open a store to sell all my production on Etsy. Enjoy all my products here where aside from knitted fashion you will find hand-carved exotic wood pens, blank cards made from my photography, button covers, and more, all made by me.

Now, I paint with yarn. It has been eight years going to trade fairs where I present and sell my original one-of-a-kind pieces. Working without a pattern, I can’t repeat the same piece again, thus originality is guaranteed.
“Originality is the greatest form of rebellion” – Mike Sasso.
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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author of 5 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. She has conceived a few new books of various subjects to which she is working simultaneously. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking, and travel. She never gives up trying new things and doesn’t fear failure. Some years ago, Valentina became a TV producer/host producing shows under her label: Valentina Design Universe. The goal of her shows is to entertain, inspire, and inform, while she is living her passion. Get a copy of her books here:
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Posing For A Fantasy Collection | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

I learned to crochet at the age of fourteen with my grandmama who taught me only two stitches, how to start and how to end a piece of work. I never thought so many moons later I would be still creating and presenting my work at professional trade fairs. My grandmama told me to learn any art and put it aside, one never knows in life…
Throughout my life, I have been a sponge for learning new art, new trade, new skills, and studying subject after subject, I guess that makes me a lifetime student.

Today, I see a shape, it doesn’t matter what it is glass, metal or ceramic, and I want to create my new crochet piece to evoke that shape. I see a fabric color mix or a design on cloth and I want to reproduce it with my own twist. Everything is a good source of inspiration. A lot of my pieces have sold as modern art for home décor,  and for fashion to wear. One piece is never reproduced twice, just can’t, I work without a pattern and I have no desire to spend the same amount of time twice to make a copy, I rather make something new and original instead.

This is my new collection for Autumn/Winter. Etsy is my store online, where I display many items even different than fashion, such as wood pens made of exotic wood, blank cards made from my photography and much more. In the next three months, I will be exhibiting in various local trade fairs in my area.

Grey Black Lame' Poncho

Grey Black Lame’ Poncho – SOLD


Purple Cheddar Shoulder Wrap

Purple Cheddar Shoulder Wrap –


Soft Colors Circles Cardigan

Soft Colors Circles Cardigan –


Purple-Multicolor Poncho

Purple-Multicolor Poncho –


Beige Sweater Red-Yellow Flowers

Beige Sweater Red-Yellow Flowers – SOLD


Crazy Duster

Crazy Duster –


Blue-Sea Foam Shoulder Wrap

Blue-Sea Foam Shoulder Wrap –

This is a new crochet era, of course, there are many people making traditional crochet and many more like to explore new horizons. The important thing is to keep creating and expressing ourselves. Many updates of new items will come from now to December. Ciao,


Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val in a Hat Shop

Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. She produces her own line of clothing and accessories and designs custom outfit for special occasions when her clients requested it. To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of five books.
Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors
or all others on Barnes&Nobles


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