Poufs and Pillows is a Leisure Arts crochet book by designer Ashley Leither. It includes crochet patterns for four matching sets of pillows and poufs.
I love crochet with fringe. I think it is fun to make and fun to wear. It adds a bit of boho style to any clothing or accessories, which is something I always enjoy in crochet. So of course I wanted to check out the Leisure Arts book Fringe Benefits by designer Melissa Leapman.
I am a little in love with the crochet book Woodland Wildlife in Filet Crochet by Lisa Meadows. This booklet shows you how to make filet crochet pillows using graphs featuring woodland creatures. The designs are worked in black, putting a really contemporary twist on the classic lace of the filet technique. Some of the designs remind me a little of crochet taxidermy, and I can see these pillows looking cute everywhere from a den to a nursery.
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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.
Working in the back loop only (BLO), you can create a ribbed version of the crochet V-stitch, adding some texture and a bit more openness to the design without having to make any other changes.
I have personally been on a kick of working with oversized hooks and fiber so Sarah Shrimpton’s book Supersize Crochet is not only on trend with the world but also right in line with where I am in my crafting.
Here’s a simple photo-rich tutorial for weaving through a granny square, giving you a super basic introduction to combining crochet and weaving.
Crochet artist Olek always makes a statement with her work – not just in the size and scale but also in the subject matter. She has started a community public art project called Love Across the USA “with the goal of celebrating positive women’s voices throughout U.S. history.” There will be installations in all 5o states.
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.