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 South African artist Jessica Merle, a multidisciplinary artist working in embroidery, ceramics and other media. 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. She also discusses how working in a traditionally gendered craft (whether that’s embroidery or crochet) becomes performative, offering opportunities for social commentary, personal growth and community healing. 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. The photos shown throughout this post are the body of work Jessica created…
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. Inspiration for Crochet Cindy is inspired by many different things, primarily people and characters from books and movies. She shares in the introduction to Literary Yarns, “I crocheted a little Frida Kahlo, a fuzzy Link from The Legend of Zelda, a miniature Walter White from Breakking Bad, a darling Harley Quinn from the Batman series, and on and on.” The inspiration for the two dozen amigurumi patterns in…
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.
Tamara Kelly of the blog Moogly has long been one of my favorite crochet designers, so it is no surprise that I’m a fan of her new book titled Quick Crochet for the Home: 20 Fast Projects to Liven Up Every Room.
I recently came across the beautiful princess dress crochet blanket patterns by Carol L. Hladik and just have to share them here in case you haven’t spotted them, yet. I thought I’d also share a collection of other blankets that are unique and special in a similar way – blankets that serve almost as costumes, blankets with arms like Snuggies but designed with handmade flair. Here they are.