(Interview) Cre8tion Crochet LIVE Episode 8

(Interview) Cre8tion Crochet LIVE Episode 8

I talked crochet with Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet.  Some of our topics include whether to block or not, using test crocheters and finding a crochet mentor.

Hanging out With Cre8tion Crochet

Hanging out With Cre8tion Crochet

I had a great conversation with Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet.  Listen as we discuss crochet, fashion, designing,  the Knit & Crochet Show and Crochet Savvy Magazine.

Listen to Our Discussion

 

Rethinking this Crochet Designer Thing

Beautiful Baby - © Beatrice Killam - Dreamstime.com
Since the beginning of this year, I have been thinking long and hard about what direction I want to take with my crochet business, and I decided to pump the breaks on everything until I figure this out.

I haven’t submitted any designs to publications in a long time (sorry you won’t see anything from me in Interweave Crochet or any other magazine for a while).  One of the reasons for this is that I am revamping how I create my patterns.  Organic crochet design only truly works when I am designing one-of-a-kind items.  Yes, I can document the entire creation process and turn my notes into a working pattern, but I think it leaves more room for errors and actually requires more work.  It’s true that the initial creation process is faster for me because I have a creative flow happening.  I can visualize what I want to make, pick up my hook and yarn, and usually create exactly what I envisioned, but when it time to explain technically how I achieved the design, some things are just difficult to explain in writing for me.  Also, when drafting multiple sizes, some things just don’t work for all sizes, and there may be no work around solution.

This is just one of the thoughts I’m working through right now.  I’ll come back later to add more on this.

Don’t worry, I am not giving up on crochet design.  In fact, I am working on a design for an upcoming project, and as soon as I am free to discuss it, I will share the news.

Also, the AfroStitch Crochet Conference that was held in February was wonderful.  I haven’t been back to blog about it so I owe a post or two about that one.

Interweave Crochet Winter 2010 – I’m on the Cover!

Interweave Crochet Winter 2010 is available for preordering, and I just found out that my design is on the cover. Thank you, April.

It is the Crimson Cape shown on the cover shot below. I am so excited!

Crimson Cape by Rhonda "TurquoizBlue" Davis for Interweave Crochet Winter 2010© Interweave Press

Eliza’s Felted Bag – Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010

The previews for Interweave Crochet’s Accessories 2010 issue is available, and well, it turns out that Eliza is a little girl who carries a felted crochet bag. Maybe even two little girls.

Eliza's Felted Bag - Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010 (c) Interweave Press

They are too cute!

Eliza’s Felted Bag is a small, felted Tunisian crochet handbag. Honestly, when I designed this crochet bag, I did not envision it for a little girl, at all. I conceived it to be a small, crocheted wrist bag that could hold essentials. It was only after I had mailed the samples for Interweave and made two more bags that I thought it would also be cute for a girl. Looks like that’s what the Interweave Crochet stylist thought, also.

Either way, Eliza’s Felted Bag is perfect for the grownup and also the grown-up little girl.

Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010 is Available for Preorder

Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010 - (c) Interweave Press

You can now preorder the upcoming issue of Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010.  43 designs!  Over 100 pages!

I have a design in there. It is called Eliza’s Felted Bag. I cannot wait for the preview to see the photos. I hope the bag photographed well. As you can tell from the name, it is a felted crochet bag.  Felted crochet bags are very trendy right now. That’s all I can share about it, but I’ll say that it is really cute. I don’t know who Eliza is, though, but I hope she’s a stylish, swanky-type chick who loves a cute, felted crochet purse.

Through The Looking Glass . . . Curtains

I received my copy of the Interweave Crochet Spring 2010 issue. This is a very nice issue. Lots of wearable garments for Spring.

A few items I would love to make if I can find time. One of them is the Devon Cardigan by Margaret Hubert. I think this would be cute with a little skirt. I’d like it to have some navy blue in it.

(c) Interweave Press
(c) Interweave Press

The other two items are the Kiki Dress by Annette Petavy and Bella Dress by April Garwood. I want to make both of these for my granddaughter.

(c) Interweave Press(c) Interweave Press
(c) Interweave Press
(c) Interweave Press

 

Also in this issue are my Looking Glass Curtains. The curtains are made of one large motif and one small motif that contains two small mirrors enclosed in crochet cotton. To me, the curtains I made for Interweave Crochet look more antique, but these curtains are actually very adaptable to lots of different types of styles.

 

(c) Interweave Press
(c) Interweave Press

 

I think they would be beautiful done in a neutral, sandy color. Great for a beachy/cottage look. Also, dark red, burgundy, eggplant or even black for something more dramatic. Pastels would be pretty for a girls room, too.

I want to make a pair for myself, but I have to decide where I’m going to use them. It will be for curtains in my bedroom or either curtains for the windows or for french doors for my office/studio.

Did You Abandon Your Blog, TurquoizBlue?

Thank you to everyone who sent messages asking how I am doing.   I have been submerged in classes and work to the point where I barely have time to sleep.

I only sent out two crochet submissions last year.  One was accepted and will be in the Spring 2010 issue of Interweave Crochet magazine.  I’ve done a little personal crocheting when I can find free minutes, and I’m putting together some designs that I am going to personally publish.

I am in the middle of an upcoming redesign for the This Is Crochet website. Look for that to come soon along with a few new patterns.

One thing that I saw and wanted to share is Robyn Chacula’s blog post on “Adopt A Designer.” Great idea!

I will be back later with a post about the AfroStitch Conference I attended this past weekend. I had a good time and met some great people.

CGOA Design Contest Winner!

Guess what? I won 3rd place in the Home Décor category. Here is the list of winners:
http://www.crochet.org/pdfs/2009CGOADesignContestWinners.pdf

VictoriAfricana Footstool

My entry was called “VictoriAfricana Footstool.” I chose this name because the footstool combines a traditionally-styled stool and fringe with an African-inspired motif and color scheme. I also chose to name it VictoriAfricana because it made me think of Queen Victoria, the style of the Victorian period, and the stories about her alleged African ancestry through her grandmother Queen Charlotte. I think the two different types of elements cause a pleasant friction.

I was so happy when I heard I had won. Thank you to all the judges.