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I first learned to crochet when I was 16 and newly married. My ex-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