Gwen Blakley Kinsler, better known as The Crochet Queen (or Cro-Kween), is a crochet designer, author and teacher who also creates what I definitely consider to be works of crochet art.
More about crochet artist Gwen Blakley Kinsler
You may know Kinsler’s name just from your interest in crochet because of the fact that she is the founder of the Crochet Guild of America. Or you may know her name because of the fact that she’s been published in numerous crochet / craft magazines and books. Kinsler is also a member of the National Needlework Association, a crochet retreat leader and an entrepreneur who founded her own business called Fiber Impressions in the early 1990′s.
More about Kinsler’s crochet art
Most of the crochet artists that I feature here on the blog on Mondays are artists first and happen to use crochet as a medium. Kinsler is a little bit different because I would guess that she is a crochet lover first and expresses her love of crochet through many different channels including art. She does more “traditional” wearable crochet, she does true crochet art and then she does something in-between, freeform wearable pieces, which I happen to think are some of the best pieces that she’s produced.
Examples of Kinsler’s crochet art
Let’s take a look at a few of Kinsler’s freeform pieces since they’re my favorites. You can see much more of them on her site under the Free Form Crochet tab.Freedom Sweater Free-Form Red Purse Original Free Form Beaded Brooches
You can also see some of Kinsler’s crochet art on her page under the tab “Crochet as Art”. A couple of my favorite pieces:“Heartrock Hotel” – I am busy covering my world in crochet Famous Faces Series: FridaIV Hyperbolic Bead Crochet Brooch
And I also have to mention her award-winning self-portrait done in crochet because it’s so awesome!Queen of Crochet: Self-Portrait
Kinsler’s Support of Crochet Art
I think one of the most important contributions that Kinsler has made to crochet art is her long-standing support of crochet as an art form. Her website explains that she insisted from the beginning that the CGOA support crochet art at each of its Chain Link conferences. She herself helped to curate two large crochet art exhibitions in the past decade.
Kinsler’s Products for Sale
There is an “items for sale” tab on Kinsler’s website that allows you to purchase many of her great patterns as well as some of her crochet art pieces and her free form crochet kits. If you like her stuff then it would be great to support her with a purchase but either way her site is worth checking out further!
Kinsler Around the Web
You can find the Crochet Queen around the web at:
- Her Blog
- The New Crochet Cowl Scarves, contributing designer
- FreeformCrochet.com, artist
Question for You: Do you know Kinsler? Do you have any personal stories to share about meeting her or being inspired by her books? I’d love to hear them!!