I am participating in Crochetville's "A Tour through Crochet Country" in honor of National Crochet Month 2013, so have written a blog post about using doilies to create clothing. Be sure to visit the other crochet designers, with scheduled stops on Crochetville to see one or two designers per day.
Each designer will have something special and unique to share with you in March, such as a behind-the-scenes tour of a design studio or a sneak peek into a designer’s creative design process. Maybe even a free crochet pattern to download or a stitch or special technique tutorial.
Thanks for visiting!
I first learned to crochet when I was 16 and newly married. My husband and I went trolling for salmon with his parents. I was bored and my mother-in-law offered to teach me to crochet. I jumped at the chance as I had tried to make a square dishcloth in Girl Guides when I was 12 and it turned out as a triangle, so I had not had much luck with my first crochet attempt. Out fishing at 16, I learned how to make a granny square, which eventually turned into a large, square, pink and purple afghan (this was the 70's after all!)
Several years later, I made up my first pattern because I wanted to make a sweater for my daughter and I couldn't read the crochet patterns. Finally, I taught myself to read patterns by reading Crochet World magazine. After my son was born, I designed a square sampler baby afghan and figured out how to write up the instructions. The pattern sold to Crochet World and I haven't stopped designing since.
Here's a synopsis of my experience:
- Participant in the fiberati group.
- Obtained fiber arts certificate from the University of Washington
- Designed and published over 100 crochet patterns in various nationally distributed craft publications, mostly magazines - 1980 to present
- Art hat, Heritage Mosaic, featured in the gallery pages of Belle Armoire magazine
- Featured fiber artist at various online exhibitions, including:
- Post Picasso with a freeform crochet purse titled Moonlit Night
- Several freeform crochet art scarves with ScarfCrazy Yahoo group
- Multiple art purses in an online handbag exhibition with www.KnotJustKnitting.com
- Selected designs published in several books, including Today's Crochet: Sweaters from the Crochet Guild of America, Martingale & Company, 2003
- Featured one-of-a-kind accessories designer at Synapse 206 boutique, 206 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
- Featured designer at www.sova-enterprises.com/, http://www.patternfish.com/, and http://www.theknittingvault.com/
- Instructor of crochet at Crochet Guild of America 2004 conference and for various Crochet Guild of Puget Sound classes and workshops
- Custom crochet pattern designer of garments and accessories for DMC Thread Corporation and DRG Publications
- Bio featured in the book, Crocheting for Fun and Profit, by Darla Sims, 2000
- Authored crochet instructions for Crochet Guild of America Web site
- Over ten years experience as a technical writer - 1997 to 2009
You can contact me at:
PO Box 2052
Wrangell, AK 99929