I’ve previously shared Annie’s Signature Designs 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. 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.
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 embroidery artist Jessica Merle. 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. 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.
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.
Crocheted Gifts for Baby is unique in that offers ideas for babies that are specific to gift giving and generally limited to items for ages 0-2. There are 30 different patterns in this book, which is more than you’ll find in many crochet patterns book, so you’ll be able to keep busy trying new things for awhile.
I have long loved Just Be Happy Crochet, the blog from crochet designer Alessandra Hayden, so of course I was thrilled to learn that she had authored a book. Modern Tapestry Crochet teaches you step-by-step how to work the graphic patterns of tapestry crochet while giving you 20 different patterns to practice the technique.
Classic Crochet Shawls is a crochet book by Interweave featuring 20 different crochet shawl designs by more than a dozen different crochet designers. They are among the most popular crochet shawl designers including Mary Jane Hall, Kristin Omdahl, Annette Petavy, and Karen Whooley.
Anna Mykhailovych is a Russian crochet designer living in Bali. She makes beautiful crochet swimsuits as well as summer dresses with crochet tops under the brand name Goa Freedom. I love the creative, inspiring videos made to let us see the designs in 360 view. These videos offer a glimpse of summer relaxation.