The manuscript for my long-awaited book, the Fine Art of Crochet - Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Artists, was submitted to the publisher today! It is an exhilarating feeling to have it be finally on the path to publication. I expect it to be done by June 2013 and I hope to be doing some book signings at that time. The book contains interviews of 20 of the most intriguing artists I could find with lavish photographs of their work. You'll have to wait until the book is finally published to find out who is inside! I am developing a website that will be dedicated to the book and also to the art of crochet in general. To follow my book's progress, check gwenblakleykinsler.weebly.com
Tomorrow starts the month-long celebration of crochet: National Crochet Month sponsored by the Crochet Guild of America. Back in 1999, Pam Oddi and I thought it would be great to have a week of celebration to bring attention to crochet and to the guild. It has grown in popularity and is now a month long. Many groups and organizations have jumped on the bandwagon and offer their own activities. Over at Crochetville this year they are celebrating with a Tour Through Crochet Country. It's a blog tour of crochet designers and I will be one of the participants. I chose to wait until the very end, so March 31 is the day to join the tour at my blog. I'll remind you when it gets a little closer and I'll have some surprises in store. Meanwhile, if you want to tour other blogs during the month-long celebration, stop by here for instructions. http://crochetville.com/join-us-on-a-tour-through-crochet-country/
There's much to share today...I submitted proposals and was accepted as a teacher at the 2013 Chain Link Crochet Conference sponsored by The Crochet Guild of America. I'll be teaching a full load of five classes: Bead Crochet Primer: A Scissor Fob
Crocheting with Cabochons
Wire Wonders: Crochet with Wire
Cover Your World in Crochet: Start with Rocks
Also known as the Knit & Crochet Show, it will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana July 17-21. http://www.crochet.org/events/event_details.asp?id=298542
It's good to have the show back in the Midwest because the last time was 2010 in Minneapolis. Do we consider Minneapolis the Midwest? I think it is more like the frozen north! I look forward to seeing many of you in my classes!
I'm not lucky at contests and I never buy a lottery ticket, but last week I hit the jackpot over on Ravelry at the Bead Crochet Exchange. I won the 2012 contest because my bead crochet bangle bracelet collection got the most "hearts" of all the members of the group. the moderators KnotChaCha and anewyarn123 generously provided some wonderful prizes. I'll now be even more decked out in beads than usual from Sharon's finished works of art and I'll be staying out of trouble as I work on the bead-crochet patterns from Linda! Thank you ladies; I'm thrilled.
Check back here next week..I'll be talking about how the Northern Illinois chapter of CGOA chapter is celebrating National Crochet Month.