(Blog Tour) Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories by Mary Jane Hall

(Blog Tour) Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories by Mary Jane Hall

It’s been a while since I have been able to blog, but I have to come to share about Mary Jane Hall’s new book, Colorful Crochet Lace because it is so fabulous!

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories
Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories is a collection of modern garments and accessories designed by Mary Jane Hall and published by Interweave/F+W Media, Inc. Hall used traditional lace techniques, such as fan, shell, popcorn and love knot stitches, and a variety of yarn weights to design clothing and accessories that work for women of all ages and sizes.

Hall created elegant lace scarves, shawls and tops that have a vintage, Victorian flare, but she also went beyond the expected to include other fashionable pieces such as a hooded jacket, flared hem dress and crop top. Some of the garments with more lacy openwork include the Le Chocolate Skirt, Dominique Dress Overlay and Magnifique Modular Tunic, which work well as stylish layers to be worn on top of other garments. Also, the Michelle Ma Belle Shrug and Haute Couture Peplum Top are perfect for those who prefer more solid lace garments.

Le Chocolate Skirt
Le Chocolate Skirt

My personal favorites from the book are the Brigitte Wide Belt, Juliette Scarf and Au Naturel Cropped Top.

Brigitte Wide Belt
Brigitte Wide Belt
Juliette Scarf
Juliette Scarf

Each pattern includes a chart that breaks down the anatomy of the lace stitches. Schematics are also available for the items that require seaming.  This book is designed with a French chic look and feel, and it contains stunning images that show the garments and accessories from multiple angles. The instructions are well written and contain several notes for additional assistance.

Hall concludes her book with an explanation of her Graduated Stitch Method, which she is known for using to shape her garments, along with crochet abbreviations and a stitch glossary.

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories is the perfect book for anyone who loves the look of lace but has been intimidated to try making something fashionable. Also, the repetition of the lace patterns makes it easy for experienced crocheters to make adjustments, if needed.

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 Chic Garments & Accessories

By Mary Jane Hall

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

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Next on the Blog Tour is Jocelyn Sass of Cute Crochet Chat.  Be sure to check out her chat session and don’t miss the giveaway.

Colorful Crochet Lace Book Blog Tour

 

 

 

(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.

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This Is Crochet – End of Summer Crochet Pattern Sale

This Is Crochet End of Summer Sale

The 50% OFF – END OF SUMMER SALE ends at midnight EST on Sunday, September 22.  If you have ever thought about trying a This Is Crochet pattern, this is a great time to do it.  No coupon codes are needed.  Discounts will appear in shopping cart after items are selected.

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Day 31: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 31 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and and the featured bloggers are Karen C K Ballard and Gwen Blakely-Kinsler.

Karen is a crochet designer who loves to crochet jewelry, 3D and freeform designs, and historic patterns.  She is a CGOA professional who designs and writes.  Karen also is a junior reviewer of CGOA Masters program candidates’ portfolios.  Her NC Necklace won 1st place in the 2012 CGOA Design Contest in the Small Wonders category.  Would you like to win a collection of vintage antique tools?  Friend Karen on Facebook with the message “NatCroMo” by April 14, and she will enter you to win this prize.

Gwen is the founder, former President, and Lifetime Member of the Crochet Guild of America.  She currently serves as the Editor of Annie’s “Talking Crochet” newsletter.  In anticipation of the CGOA’s 20th anniversary in 2014, Gwen wrote A Narrative History of CGOA, which explains how everything all began with her writing a letter.  Her newest book, The Fine Art of Crochet – Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Artists, is scheduled for release in June 2013.

This is the final day of the Tour.  I have enjoyed visiting all these blogs and being introduced to new crocheters, and I hope the tour momentum continues to grow.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 30:  Linda Dean and Kristin Dragos

Day 29:  Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka

Day 28: Kathy White and Lori Carlson

Day 27: Marie Segares and Brenda Stratton

Day 26: Susan Lowman and Michele Maks

Day 25: Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley

Day 24: Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA

Day 23: Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA

Day 22: Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21: Alaina Klug

Day 20: April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA

Day 19: Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18: Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17: Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16: Laurinda Reddig

Day 15: Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14: Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13: Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12: Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11: Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10: Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9: Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8: Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7: Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6: Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5: Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4: Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3: Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2: Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1: Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Did you miss the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18? Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the Knook giveaway.

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Day 30: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 30 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and and the featured bloggers are Linda Dean and Kristin Dragos.

Linda is an Associate Professional member of CGOA.  She is a long-time crocheter who has recently starting publishing her designs.  Linda is also a winner of the 2012 CGOA Design Contest in the Accessories Category for her Vineyard at Dawn Shawl.  Linda is sharing her Tunisian Mini Shawl pattern in tribute to those who have encouraged her on her crochet journey, and as if that is great enough, she is also giving away one skein of Lisa Souza’s Glazier yarn to three winners.  Please visit her blog and leave a comment before April 2 to be entered.

Although Kristin learned to crochet in 2008, she has accomplished a great deal.  She has become a CYCA certified instructor and is now completing the CGOA Masters program.  Kristin is also a crochet instructor, and she self-publishes her own patterns.  Have you ever crocheted with tulle?  To be honest, I’d never thought about it, but after seeing Kristin’s Crochet and Tulle Bracelet Tutorial, my head is swimming with ideas.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Karen C K Ballard and Gwen Blakely-Kinsler.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 29:  Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka

Day 28: Kathy White and Lori Carlson

Day 27: Marie Segares and Brenda Stratton

Day 26: Susan Lowman and Michele Maks

Day 25: Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley

Day 24: Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA

Day 23: Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA

Day 22: Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21: Alaina Klug

Day 20: April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA

Day 19: Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18: Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17: Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16: Laurinda Reddig

Day 15: Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14: Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13: Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12: Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11: Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10: Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9: Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8: Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7: Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6: Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5: Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4: Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3: Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2: Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1: Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Did you miss the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18? Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the Knook giveaway.

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Day 29: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 29 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and today’s stop on the tour is with the co-owners of Crochetville, Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka.

Amy has followed in the footsteps of her grandmother and mother by continuing the crochet traditions of her family, and the legacy continues through her daughter, who also crochets.  She is a Professional member of the CGOA, and was the keynote speaker for CGOA Professional Development Day in 2008.  Amy is also a CGOA board member, and served as President.  When she is not seeking out new experiences to bring to Crochetville, Amy enjoys crocheting charity projects with her women’s group, crafting, and reading.  Hurry and download Amy’s Hexagon Lapghan, which she has made available as a free download until April 5.

Donna is a co-owner of Crochetville and a crochet designer.  Her designs can be seen in books like The New Crochet: 40 Wonderful Wearables and publications such as Crochet! magazine.  Donna had been publishing her own designs since 2004.  Donna is giving away an original Jimbo, hand-whittled crochet hook.  All entries must be received by April 6 in order to qualify.  Visit the Crochetville blog and leave a comment answering her question to be included in the giveaway.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Linda Dean and Kristin Dragos.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 28:  Kathy White and Lori Carlson.

Day 27:  Marie Segares and Brenda Stratton

Day 26:  Susan Lowman and Michele Maks

Day 25: Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley

Day 24: Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA

Day 23: Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA

Day 22: Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21: Alaina Klug

Day 20: April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA

Day 19: Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18: Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17: Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16: Laurinda Reddig

Day 15: Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14: Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13: Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12: Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11: Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10: Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9: Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8: Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7: Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6: Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5: Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4: Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3: Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2: Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1: Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Did you miss the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18? Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the Knook giveaway.

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Day 28: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 28 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Kathy White and Lori Carlson.

Kathryn is an extraordinary bead and thread lace crocheter.  I was awestruck the first time I saw her crocheted beaded purses.  Kathryn is a Professional member of the CGOA, and she designs and publishes her crochet patterns on her website.  Her work has been published by Annies, CGOA, and magazines like Crochet World.  Today she is sharing her Poppin Popcorn Headband on her blog today so be sure to stop by and scoop up this great free pattern.  Kathryn also has other free patterns on her website.  My goal is to find time to make one of her beaded bags. I am in love with her Cleo bag.

Lori is also a thread and lace crocheter, and she is a mentee of Kathryn White.  She is fascinated with exploring different circular forms such as mandalas, spirographs, etc. and translating them into crochet.  Lori is an Associate Professional CGOA member.  Her Split Infinitive design was the 2nd place winner of CGOA Design Competition in the Artistic Expressions category.  Lori is looking forward to sharing her upcoming designs which will be published this summer.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 27:  Marie Segares and Brenda Stratton

Day 26:  Susan Lowman and Michele Maks

Day 25: Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley

Day 24: Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA

Day 23: Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA

Day 22: Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21: Alaina Klug

Day 20: April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA

Day 19: Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18: Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17: Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16: Laurinda Reddig

Day 15: Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14: Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13: Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12: Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11: Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10: Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9: Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8: Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7: Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6: Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5: Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4: Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3: Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2: Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1: Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Did you miss the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18? Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the Knook giveaway.

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Day 27: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 27 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Marie Segares and Brenda Stratton.

Marie is a Professional CGOA member, and she is a crochet/knit designer, teacher, and blogger.  Having benefited from the CGOA mentoring program, Marie now pays it forward by mentoring another designer.  She also writes book reviews for the CGOA newsletter.  You can find Marie’s patterns in publications such as Crochet World and Inside Crochet magazines and also on her blog and Ravelry page.  Marie’s free download of her Rectangular Squares Blanket was created as an option for crocheters who are looking for patterns to make their Project Night Night donations.

Brenda has been crocheting professionally since the 1980s, and her work has appeared in many magazines, books, leaflets, kits, and on television.  She has also served as editor of several publications, including Crochet! magazine.  Brenda is currently a freelance crochet designer who creates designs for publications and yarn companies, and she has designed a pattern for cute Rainbow Bright Jar Cozies that will brighten up your office this Spring.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Kathryn White and Lori Carlson.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 26:  Susan Lowman and Michele Maks

Day 25: Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley

Day 24: Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA

Day 23: Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA

Day 22: Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21: Alaina Klug

Day 20: April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA

Day 19: Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18: Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17: Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16: Laurinda Reddig

Day 15: Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14: Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13: Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12: Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11: Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10: Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9: Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8: Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7: Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6: Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5: Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4: Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3: Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2: Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1: Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Did you miss the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18? Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the Knook giveaway.

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