|Octogon Motifs with Void Filled with Diamond Motif|
I hope that is joining me at my webinar...
|Octogon Motifs with Void Filled with Diamond Motif|
3 months how is that possible? I won't go into all that has been going on in this post, but lets just say, quiet blog means I have been busy! You know, the secret kind of busy that only months later you get to talk about. LIKE...... my new class over at Annie's Attic
Starting with this Issue, my fabulous friend Ellen Gormley takes over as the new Crochet! magazine editor. She has a ton of new ideas for the magazine, and in the current issue she got to roll out a few. Some of you who in the past (looking at me) may not have connected with the projects, I think will be in for a pleasant surprise. I know I found quite a few that I thought were great when I flipped through my copy.
My biggest problem with Crochet! when I was starting out crocheting, was the lack of stitch diagrams. Being dyslexic I had to have diagrams to understand when those abbreviations were getting the best of me. Since Crochet! didn't have any, I had to move on to others that did. Well, as you will see, that is changing. Inside the new Crochet! you will find great stitch diagrams and directions for using them. Every issue will have more and more too!
Interweave posted a few patterns from Blueprint Crochet as individual downloads. They are using the book as a test to see how pulling patterns from older books will sell. I am selfishly hoping they do amazing. That would open up traditional publishing into some new benefits for us authors, and I love that. I also love seeing these patterns again, it kind of tickles me since I designed them over 7 years ago. If you want to see some of my thoughts behind them you can check out this post from before the book came out.
Today is our last guest author and last chance to enter our summer class sweepstakes. Be sure to head over to Susan's site (link at the end) to enter as well. Susan is a crochet extraordinaire, she designs and tech edits for all the major publications. I know Susan's work for her thread and jewelry designs. I got to demo one of her necklace's on Knit and Crochet Now, and I have to say it was so fun. I hope you enjoy getting to know her better. Make sure to leave me a comment or send me an email by Saturday, and I will pick a winner Monday and send them an email next week. GOOD LUCK!
|Susan Lowman, on set of Crocheting with Thread|
|Starlight Filet Coaster|
|Easy Elegance Necklace and Earrings|
|Ellen Gormley on set of Crochet Lace|
|Gentle Waves Hairpin Lace Scarf|
|Sweet and Sassy Hats from Learn to Crochet|
|Jenny on set with her great projects|
|Baby Crop Cardigan|
While away last weekend, another one of my super secret projects released. So secretly, that I was having a wonderful lunch with Ellen Gormley when she congratulated me on the new online class. I looked at her like she was psychic, since I knew I didn't tell her. She laughed and said it released that morning by email. It was really funny, I honestly was amazed by her psychic ablities.
Anyway, I am so happy to talk about another DVD/ Video Download class I have for you guys. You should know that I LOVE to teach. Unfortunately, I can't travel as much as some of my fabulous colleagues with the little people being so young. So doing these online workshops, I just adore. I get to teach and hear from all of you fantastic crocheters, and now I can be wherever you are.
In this class, Crochet Finishing Techniques, I took everything that is in that little paragraph at the end of patterns and one by one explained how and why you want to do what it says. Have you ever done exactly what that little finishing paragraph says and wondered why it took you as long or longer then to just crochet the panels? Have you ever thought wait, how do it "block, seam, edge, add buttons"? Have you ever wondered what happens if you just take a scissors to your swatch and cut it?
|Closeup of set|
|Set and Cameras|
|Backstage, each tray holds one segment we filmed|
If you have been following along on Twitter and Facebook, you know that I did a collection of crochet patterns for KnitBits that are available for free on their website. The last of the patterns was released last friday.
I adored working on this collection of patterns. I worked very closely with everyone at Berroco and Norah Gaughan. I am extremely proud of this collection. I know every designer loves the latest project they finished, but these I really love and it is over a year later. The theme was texture and lace on modern shapes. It blends what I adore on Norah's style and what I love to crochet. Working with Norah, really "up'd" my game I think. Her style inspirations for me where perfect for crochet. Being free to not worry about space, we could do stitch patterns that did not have to fit in a few short pages. Our stitch patterns could be more intricate and longer, not necessarily harder. Just bigger. Not to worry, every pattern has many detailed stitch diagrams that guide you through every step. One of my favorite things about working with Berroco is they are so affordable for really great quality yarn. Some of these projects you can make for under 30$, and not with crummy yarn but really nice quality yarn.
My favorite thing is watching real life reactions to the projects. I had a number of them on display in my booth at Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival. I stopped counting the first day after the 50 person said "no way, these are crochet?"
Here is the complete collection