When the book arrived, the first thing that I noticed was that the cover image looks just like a crochet mandala! I can’t remember now if I’d ever seen the book cover before now, but if I did, it was before crochet mandalas were popular and way before I launched the Mandalas for Marinke project. But after my initial surprise at the book’s cover, I realized that it didn’t surprise me at all, because the piece is so artistic and beautiful and this is exactly what Del, and many of the other designers from that time were doing as they pushed the envelope in crochet.
Design Wars founder Salena Baca has come together with sixteen of the terrific crochet designers from Design Wars to create a terrific new Christmas crochet book. Crochet for Christmas: 29 Patterns for Handmade Holiday Decorations and Gifts has crochet patterns that are both traditional and unusual, striking a great balance between the cutest holiday kitsch that we want and the chic, contemporary gifts and accessories that we need for the holidays.
Back in April I rounded up 20+ crochet interviews and they were a big hit. I’ve been keeping track of the new ones that bloggers are putting out there and wanted to give you a fresh new roundup with another 14 new crochet interviews.
Last week we took a look at ten beautiful crocodile stitch kids’ crochet patterns from Bonita Patterns, one of this month’s blog sponsors. I thought you might like to know a little bit more about this great crochet designer who has really cornered the niche of crocodile stitch crochet (but does other great designs, too).
I recently discovered the chunky crochet baby blankets made by Peanut Tree. They’re simple and yet they are cozy and contemporary. I’m a fan!
The second that I saw the press release announcing the work of Mady Gerard, I knew that she was someone I needed to know more about. She was a 1970s crochet designer, which I adore, and she’s an 84-year-old woman who is still going strong with her crochet work today, which I adore even more. I immediately delved into her informative website and fell in love.
Interweave Crochet has a Special Home Issue out in which I’ve written an article about Ilaria Chiaratti Bonomi of IDA Lifestyle. In it, she shares some of the crocheters who have inspired her. Can you guess who they are?