Crafter Crochets an Entire Aquarium With Sea Life That Looks Like It’s Really Swimming

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There’s a lot of care that goes into maintaining an aquarium full of colorful fish. Lindadi of Lindadi Creations knows this firsthand, so when the last of her fish passed away, she decided to forego a live tank and instead craft an underwater scene out of yarn. Using the crochet technique of amigurumi, she created the likes of fish, coral, and clams and then arranged them in a glass tank as if they were really swimming in water.

Lindadi has always been passionate about crochet, but she wasn’t entirely sure how to make her underwater vision a reality. So, she took to Google Images and YouTube to aid her in finding patterns for various sea creatures and plants. Lindadi found some of what she needed, but when she couldn’t find the instructions she was looking for, she made her own. When it was time to arrange the pieces, she added the finishing touch by suspending the fish using clear nylon thread. This aspect is what makes her work so delightful as it creates the illusion of water in the tank.

The faux fish tank became an obsession for Lindadi. “I did it all in three months of work,” she tells My Modern Met, “always looking, thinking, and creating it.” Her dedication has paid off, and people from around the world are marveling at her work—and asking if they can buy it. Unfortunately, that is not an option for the 59-year-old. “I'm sorry to disappoint,” she says, “but anyone who visits my page Le Creazioni Di Lindadi can find all the tutorials to make it.”

Lindadi of Lindadi Creations filled an aquarium with crocheted amigurumi fish, clams, coral, and more.

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Every piece is crocheted by hand—right down to the tentacles of a hermit crab.

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Clear thread is used to suspend her crocheted creatures while simultaneously creating the illusion that they're swimming.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Lindadi Creations.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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