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.
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.
This cute red and blue crochet heart is a free pattern created specifically for the purpose of donation to the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation. 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 …
I got a chance to play with the new variegated “Out of Space Dyed Yarn” colors of Shiny Happy Cotton by Wool and the Gang. I used the wattle stitch (tutorial included here) to crochet myself a tank top out of this yarn.
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.
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.