Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Crocheters Love Books!

If you've been crocheting a long time like I have, you'll remember that back in the day crochet books were a bit on the scarce side. Today, new crochet books chocked full of exciting pattern designs are coming out on a regular basis in droves.

Designers come together at Crochet Guild Conferences and learn from each other, as well as having opportunities to meet editors who participate. Learning to navigate the pathway to publication is an important first step to bringing a design to print.

This week I am highlighting the books that I have recently reviewed here on the blog, and maybe you'll read about one that you'd like to add to your collection.

For those of you who may have an avid interest in vintage books (some from the late 19th century), I was contacted by Kathy Weintraub who wants to liquidate her large collection. Be aware that she wants to sell her books in "large chunks." if you are interested, call her at 773-288-5311.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Conversation with Vashti Braha


Vashti Braha
 I’ve known Vashti's passion for crochet since the day I first met her at the Crochet Guild (CGOA) booth at Stitches Midwest back in Summer 2004.  It is no surprise that her presence in the world of crochet has evolved from active crocheter, to designer, CGOA board member to her current role as entrepreneur and owner of Designing Vashti Lotus, a yarn company. Her innate curiosity, love of the technique of crochet and drive to improve has led her along this path.

2015 brings in plans for a “coming-out” party of sorts; the “debutante” is named “Lotus!” Help me celebrate by learning more about what makes Vashti tick and how she is managing to meet the challenges of such an endeavor. We'll look at her past and let you in on where she is headed!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Book Review: Formal Jewelry by Karen McKenna


Formal Jewelry
If you are a Mother-of-the-Bride, a bride who makes time to crochet, or one whose fashion sense is channeled from episodes of the hit series, Mad Men, then Formal Jewelry is for you!

Grey Sparkle Necklace
The theme of this booklet falls into a narrow niche, but if you want to create jewelry with a formal, dressy look for wedding or nightlife, you will enjoy what it has to offer. Using mostly chain stitch and basic jewelry techniques, this booklet includes12 projects that are perfect for learning to crochet with beads.  The beautiful models are beautifully photographed, but the projects themselves are difficult to see close-up, possibly due to the monochromatic nature of the projects.

As always with the folks at Leisure Arts, the stitch diagrams at the back of the book are clearly illustrated and helpful for additional guidance. Watch for the camera icons throughout the book which signal bonus online technique videos.

Triple Pearl Necklace
Crocheters are introduced to DMC Metallic Pearl thread in size 5 which requires the use of a size 1 steel crochet hook. A variety of beads including 8mm pearls, 6 mm faceted beads, and size 6 glass beads add glimmer to these sophisticated yet easy jewelry gems.

Silver Barefoot Sandals
Published by Leisure Arts in 2015,  Formal Jewelry retails from $7.99.