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Artist Pate Conaway is in a New Exhibit

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pate Conaway: Mixed Media Artist


Not only is Pate one of the talented artists featured in my book, The Fine Art of Crochet ~ Innovative Works by 20 Contemporary Artists, but he is a friend. Pate's gentle and endearing personality ensures that he makes friends wherever he goes.


His method, installation and performance, draws Pate's viewers in as they try to comprehend what he is doing and how he is doing it. Using commonly found materials, he plays upon those looks of recognition as he cleverly transforms his mateials into their final state of artistic wonder!

Not much time is left, but I invite you to attend his interactive exhibit September  27, 1PM-5PM or September 28 (closing reception) from 12 PM-4PM at the Roman Susan Art Space, 1224 W. Loyola, Chicago, Illinois. You'll be glad you went!

Recently my chapter of the Crochet Guild of America invited Pate as a guest artist and special gift to the members during our celebration of the 20th anniv…

Guest Blogger: Sharon Hernes Silverman, author

September 23, 2014

Sharon Hernes Silverman is the consumate professional; she sets the bar high for all of us! She is efficient, does what she says she's going to do with deadlines she has agreed to. She is confident in her knowledge and expertise and precisely shares with others.

A designer, author, and instructor based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, she is a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and a design member of The National NeedleArts Association. You can find her at website, RavelryFacebook and Pinterest. Read what she has to say about her love of Tunisian crochet here in tandem with my blog today in which I review her seventh book, Tunisian Crochet for Baby.


Gwen: Share with us a bit of Tunisian crochet history.
SHS: “The craft known as “Tunisian crochet” has been around for centuries, although the exact time and location of its origin is unclear. It is also known as afghan stitch, shepherd’s knitting, and tricot knotting. I think of Tunisian crochet as a h…

Book Review: Tunisian Crochet for Baby by Sharon Hernes Silverman

September 23, 2014

Tunisian Crochet for Baby by Sharon Hernes Silverman

Ranging from quick and easy hats to cozy sweaters, Sharon’s projects in Tunisian Crochet for Baby allow your hook to create unique looking fabrics. If you have never used the Tunisian method before, no worries! Included in the book are excellent sections, Traditional Crochet Skills Refreshers, Tunisian Crochet SkillsRefreshers along with a helpful Beyond the Basics section.

Also the author of Tunisian Crochet: The Look of Knitting with the Ease of Crocheting,  and Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets, Hernes Silverman is passionate about the technique and has spent years perfecting her skills and her designs. She shows us that not all baby items need to be done in pastels; and her patterns add excitement to gifts you will want to give to beautiful babies and deserving moms year after year!

To learn more about Sharon and her mission to educate crocheters about Tunisian Crochet read her Guest Post also on my blog this week…

Book Review: The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet by Margaret Hubert

September 18, 2014

The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet by Margaret Hubert

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Every crocheter's library should include guide book. I have found, also, that crocheters quickly become avid book collectors and may have more than one example of any given technique or crochet category. If this is the case with you, just know that your money will be well-invested in Margaret Hubert’s comprehensive reference book which covers all aspects of crochet.

You can also try your luck at winning your own free copy of Margaret's  book by adding your email to "follow" my blog AND sending me a direct email by midnight on Monday September 22 to let me know you did so. United States residents only, please, to enter to win.

This book provides a reference for all methods, including Tunisian, intermeshing, broomstick lace, hairpin lace, and freeform crochet and includes step-by-step instructions for all the basic stitches and swatches of 100s of stitch patterns with complet…

Seasons: The Gift of Crochet

September 10, 2014

As I watch the arc of the late afternoon sun gradually shift, my thoughts can't help but think about the next season that will be upon us: Autumn.


I  enjoy Autumn, almost as much as I do Spring. The colors are gorgeous and delight us as new shades appear almost daily tease us with waning sparkle as the sun hits the leaves. the smells, the foods and the holidays during this season are nothing but good.


The waning sunlight is only a tease only if we let our thoughts migrate to what is coming next: Winter!

I live in the Midwest so I have learned to adapt to four distinct seasons, each with their pros and cons. Those of you in other, more stable climates, might not be able to relate in quite the same way. There is a certain satisfaction to re-arranging the closet and preparing to wear clothes that almost seem like new again since they've been under wraps for months.

Our crochet habits are seasonal, as well. Many people do not work on afghans in the summer. They …

Guest Blogger, Mary Rhodes: The Quiet Comfort of Crochet

August 28, 2014

Ed. Note: Mary Rhodes, has been a long-time member and supporter of CGOA. It was great to see her again at the Chain Link Crochet Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire. Throughout the ups and downs that naturally occur in life, she has researched and experimented with crochet and at the same time has found comfort in many aspects along the way. I can certainly relate to her concept of "quiet comfort." Like Mary, I don't wear my crochet to be flashy or trendy. I wear it because it envelopes me in comfort as well as pride in the making. Mary "whispers" and yet shares so much!

The Stichwhisper speaks out: "The range of crochet creativity on display at the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester, NH, in July was awe-inspiring.  With CGOA, Gwen gave a gift to all of us by bringing together a focus on the creativity and nurturing that is so much a part of what crochet has to offer.  Lately, crochet has been in the spotlight for its therapeutic value …