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SAVE THE DATES: Mandalas for Marinke Art Show!!

I am thrilled to announce that the mandalas created by the crochet community for the Mandalas for Marinke project will be on exhibit soon. It was amazing to me to see each of the mandalas as they were submitted and then to see them growing together as a big group that shows off the work, efforts, talent and love of so many people from around the world. It is a dream come true to finally have a space where others will also be able to see them as a group. If you aren’t familiar with the project, it was created in honor of the work of Marinke Slump, a crochet designer who died by suicide in 2015. It was a big online project to raise awareness about depression and suicide; take time to read through some of the posts here. Healing Circles: Mandalas for Marinke I have been so lucky to…

Annie’s Signature Autumn Glow Crochet Pattern Collection

I have really been enjoying the seasonal crochet pattern collections from Annie’s Signature Designs. Much like the world of fashion, these are collections of patterns that fit a theme and are released periodically throughout the year. The designs are timeless in the sense that they can be used again and again and really do translate to additional seasons across the years but each collection as a whole evokes the mood of the season in which it is released. I’ve previously shared their Spring Breeze, Summer Love and Autumn Bliss collections, and I’m happy to share that now that fall is almost here we have another one: Autumn Glow. Lead crochet designer Lena Skvagerson shares, “My lifelong love of working in yarn makes me so excited and proud to present this Autumn Glow Collection. Traversing the globe from traditional Nordic heritage to boho Californian influences, a thread is woven through this collection,…

Free Crochet Heart Pattern to Raise Funds for Cancer Care

This cute red and blue crochet heart is a free pattern created specifically for the purpose of donation to the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF). It was designed as part of a project by Ali of Get Hooked on Crochet in response to her own experience of living through head and neck cancer. I’ve been inspired by her strength and beauty as I’ve watched her go through her own journey online. Let me tell you all about how you can help … Crochet Heart Pins for DCCF You can find the free crochet heart pattern on Ali’s website; note that the instructions are in UK terms. The idea is that you crochet one or more hearts and attach tac pins / brooch pins to them. The completed pins will then be sold as part of a fundraiser for DCCF. You can crochet as many heart pins as you want and there is…

Crochet Wattle Stitch, Tank Top and Pretty Cotton Yarn

I love receiving yarn from Wool and the Gang to play with. I’ve worked with their Shiny Happy Cotton yarn before and loved it, so I was excited to receive the same yarn in their new “Out of Space Dyed Yarn” colors. After taking time to play with some different options, I decided what I wanted to do with the yarn, and I used it to crochet myself a beautiful wattle stitch tank top that I’m absolutely loving. Here’s that journey … Out of Space Dyed Yarn Shiny Happy Cotton is 100% Pima Cotton Yarn. Out of Space Dyed Yarn is their set of new colors; while their solid colors are great, it’s a lot more fun to play with this variegated yarn. I got two different colors: Breathing Space Blue and Space Cadet Colors and I really loved the color combinations of both of them. This yarn is considered…

Crochet Interview with Jewelry and Decor Artist Penny From Wearit Crochet

Penny Chorafa of Wearit Crochet is a Greek crochet artist who loves to experiment with both form and material when constructing her crochet jewelry. With a background in architecture and an interest in unique fibers like paper yarn, she is able to make original, sculptural wearable art pieces, and is constantly pushing herself to create something new. What first inspired you to learn to crochet? Well, it all started during my maternity period, when I spent a lot of time in the house, taking care two infants. I wanted desperately to do something creative! So, I guess it was the will to escape my daily routine and the love of anything yarn-y that first led me to start to crochet. What are five words that best describe your art? The fact only that you call it art really honours me! Well, I guess my work can be identified as colourful,…

Interview with Embroidery Artist Jessica Merle

Typically this blog focuses only on crochet but occasionally there is an artist working in another area of fiber arts that has so much talent that I just have to share. That’s the case with South African artist Jessica Merle, a multidisciplinary artist working in embroidery, ceramics and other media. Much of what she shares in this interview will resonate with readers who have turned to crafting to get through a tough time, foster a sense of connection with previous generations and express themselves creatively. She also discusses how working in a traditionally gendered craft (whether that’s embroidery or crochet) becomes performative, offering opportunities for social commentary, personal growth and community healing. Her work touches on important themes of trauma but what she offers is a place not only for discussion but also for inspiring hope and recovery. The photos shown throughout this post are the body of work Jessica created…

Literary Yarns (crochet book review)

Crochet designer Cindy Wang, known better to most as The Geeky Hooker, has gained a lot of attention in recent years for her annual activity of hiding her own amigurumi creatures throughout San Diego’s Comic Con. This delights those who have gotten to know her work. The fun recently spread to the East Coast when she hid crochet superheroes around New York City. This fun attitude that inspires her “crochet ninja” revelry can be seen throughout her book Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books. Inspiration for Crochet Cindy is inspired by many different things, primarily people and characters from books and movies. She shares in the introduction to Literary Yarns, “I crocheted a little Frida Kahlo, a fuzzy Link from The Legend of Zelda, a miniature Walter White from Breakking Bad, a darling Harley Quinn from the Batman series, and on and on.” The inspiration for the two dozen amigurumi patterns in…