Rethinking this Crochet Designer Thing

Beautiful Baby - © Beatrice Killam -
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.

3 thoughts on “Rethinking this Crochet Designer Thing

  1. I think that your decision to pump the brakes for a bit is truly wise. It’s my personal opinion that clarity comes in the still quiet moments.

    In terms of creating multi size patterns – I think it can be a plus when the patterns you create can’t adjust to every size. It will pose a challenge to experienced crochet artist; and a source of pride for those artist who can fit it or can make it for someone for whom it will fit – you know be more exclusive.

    I’m looking forward to this years AfroStitch conference. And, I have every confidence that the decisions that you make for yourself and your artistry will bless the crochet world and fiber art industry at large.

    In joy – – – – – Andrea

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