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Interview with Embroidery Artist Jessica Merle

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…

Literary Yarns (crochet book review)

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…

Princess Dress Crochet Blanket and Other Special Blanket Patterns

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.