Pineapple – The Sustainable Fiber

Did anyone know there is also pineapple yarn?  I can imagine the textures.  I had no idea.

Habu Textiles is one of the companies that makes pineapple yarn.  The description says it is great for making “mats, window covering or knitting & crocheting hats, bags, etc.”  It is supposed to work great for both knitting and crochet.  I’m going to put pineapple fiber yarn on my list of products to try.

(Event) Square Foot Fiber Art Pin Up Show

(Event) Square Foot Fiber Art Pin Up Show

The Square Foot Fiber Art Pin Up Show for 2016 opened with a reception at the SEFAA Center, and the entries are spectacular!

Every year the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance hosts this exhibition.  It is free to enter, un-juried, and open to everyone regardless of age, skill level, location, or SEFAA membership.  The rules for submission are that each entry must be 12″ x 12″ or smaller and must include at least one fiber technique.  Also, only one entry is allowed per person.

The show is available for viewing until the closing on May 7th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.  The exhibition can also be viewed by appointment.  Call 678-235-4328 if interested in seeing the show during other hours.

I didn’t have an entry this year.  My project just didn’t come together in time.  Next year …  Here are some of the photos I took from the exhibition.  There are more photos from the show and also last year’s show on my Instagram account.

Odalie’s Spell by Kate McEnroe @fiberartsalliance #fiberart #quilting #sefaa #art #fabric #sewing

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Box of Rocks by Linda DeMar @fiberartsalliance #crochet #crochetofinstagram #encaustic #wax #fiberart #art #sefaa

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(Event) American Craft Show – Atlanta, GA

(Event) American Craft Show – Atlanta, GA

American Craft Council Show 2016

 

Join TurquoizBlue at American Craft Show in Atlanta, GA

Join me at the American Craft Show this Saturday at 2 pm for fabric flower making and other fiber crafts. Visit SEFAA’S booth #7.

(Event) Celebrate National Crochet Month

(Event) Celebrate National Crochet Month

March is National Crochet Month:  How are you celebrating?

Is anyone doing a crochet challenge or working on a special project for National Crochet Month?

I want to join the CGOA’s Across the Board Crochet-Along, but I’m already in the middle of another afghan. My plan is to at least start crocheting the afghan before NatCroMo ends.

Visit facebook.thisiscrochet.com and let us know you are celebrating with crochet.

Happy NatCroMo!

Happy National Crochet Month

(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

 

 

 

About TurquoizBlue

About TurquoizBlue

For several years I dreamed of being a crochet designer, and one day I took a leap of faith and submitted my designs for publication. I was fortunate to have my very first submission accepted. I create designs for books, publications, and direct sale. I am a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America, and I love to design crochet fashion, accessories and home décor using traditional techniques to create modern, contemporary designs.

This Is Crochet features my unique crochet designs and patterns. My work has been featured in publications such as Interweave Crochet and Crochet World, in addition to designs and projects that are available only at the This Is Crochet.  Visit the Shop page for the my latest offerings.

Take care, TurquoizBlue

Bombe Crochet Hat Pattern (FREE)

Bombe Crochet Hat Pattern (FREE)

Bombe Crochet Hat Pattern

Crochet Hat PDF Pattern #TICah003/14/fr

FREE

A slouchy hat that’s big enough to cover all your hair and your ears. Special chainless beginning double crochet stitch technique means there’s no visible seam. It’s the Bombe!

TECHNIQUE

Crochet

SKILL LEVEL

Easy

FINISHED SIZE

Adult: Fits heads 20-21” circumference (opening diameter 22”)

MATERIALS

Hamilton Yarns Heaven’s Hand “Silke” (100% mulberry silk, 251 yd/230 m, 3.5 oz/100 g, CYCA #4 Medium) Brick, 1 skein

Size I/9, 5.5 mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Yarn needle

GAUGE

7 sts and 7 rows = 4” (10 cm) in bobble st pattern

 

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Chrysanthemum Cardigan Crochet Pattern – $4.99

Chrysanthemum Cardigan Crochet Pattern – $4.99

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Crochet Cardigan PDF Pattern #TICca001/13/s

$4.99*

Chrysanthemum is a full-length crochet cardigan that moves effortlessly with you as you move through your day. Wear it with a bright belt as an unexpected punch of color. Wear it as an extra layer as you head to an early morning yoga class. Wear it as a light coat throughout the transitional seasons.

Featuring long sleeves and an open front, this cardigan is crocheted from the shoulders down and joined at armholes to complete the remainder as one piece. Alternating groupings of double crochet and chain stitches create an elegant rippled pattern. Size increases are made in the dc sections, and the edges are finished with a reverse single crochet stitch border.

TECHNIQUE

Crochet

SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate

FINISHED SIZES

Finished Bust: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64)”

MATERIALS

Knit Picks “Palette” (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 231 yards/50g) color used in sample #24563 Hazelnut (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16) balls

Size E/4, 3.5 mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Yarn Needle

Stitch markers

Scraps of yarn or stitch holder

GAUGE

22.9 sts = 4” in dc st, blocked
32 sts = 4” in Chrysanthemum st (without dcs), blocked
10.25 rows = 4” over Chrysanthemum stitch pattern, blocked

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(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