I first came across artist Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad over on Instagram where I was charmed by his creative use of photography that made his adorable amigurumi stand out in the sea of visual noise. Vincent is talented but humble, giving a lot of credit to the awesome creative community around him for their support, as he shares his story of being unsure what to do with himself in college and ultimately leaving and discovering crochet.
Andrea Crocco-Varela is unable to have children after her battle with cancer, and so, she poignantly writes, “I use crochet to create something that may live after I’ve gone.” Learn more about this amazing woman from this interview, which was originally published in my monthly column (Crochet Heals) in Happily Hooked digital magazine, in the July 2016 issue.
Crochet artist team Alyssa and Liz of Threadwinners share their thoughts on the health benefits of crochet and the general benefits they’ve each experienced. Plus info on a project you can collaborate on with them if you’re quick!
Sheila Zachariae became a widow before the age of 30, losing her young husband to a two-year battle with cancer. The fight was long and hard and she crafted her way through it, stitching a new life together as the old one fell apart around her. Here is Sheila’s story in her own words, followed by an interview about her crafty life.
Maria Cabriza is originally from Paraguay, where she got a college degree and business and worked as a manager. Since moving to the United States she has been able to devote herself full-time to her art, which includes crochet.
Lisa Anderson Shaffer is a textile artist who creates crochet art pieces and also has a line of fiber art jewelry called Zelma Rose. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to interview her about her work, her history with crochet and how crafting has offered benefits in her life as well as the life of her grandmother.
I was thrilled when I started seeing the photos from Ashley Zhong of Snapdragon Brand on Instagram. Ashley has launched a collection of clothing designs based on crochet prints. They are colorful, fun, funky, whimsical and crafty. I love them! In this interview she tells us all about this new brand.