Thursday, July 31, 2014

My First Knit and Crochet Show!



I can't believe that just a few days ago I was at the Knit and Crochet Show, surrounded by friends that I had known for years online, but only just met in person! It was like a dream to be able to see and talk to so many online friends. It was a busy week of meeting, socializing, and learning!

There were so many highlights, like finally meeting my crochet career mentor, the lovely Margaret Hubert, and meeting and signing books with my co-author of "Crocheting Clothes Kids Love", the amazing Ellen Gormley. It was strange that didn't really feel like I was meeting anyone for the first time, because I have gotten to know them so well online! 

Taking classes to learn new techniques was also a great highlight! I learned about Tunisian Eyelets from Vashti Braha, Hairpin Lace from Jennifer Hansen, and Aran crochet and crochet cables from Karen Klemp. All such wonderful teachers and interesting techniques that I hope to incorporate into my designs in the future.

The icing on the cake was getting to debut the kits and frame pendants that my husband and I created. We had a great response to them, which was so encouraging, and it has made us even more excited about the future of our new venture!

The show was really an amazing experience and I hope I might attend another one day. Next year it will be held in San Diego, which is a very tempting location!  

Meeting My Mentor Margaret Hubert
Signing Books With Ellen Gormley
Our Kits On Display in the Elegant Ewe Booth
 Meeting Andee Graves
Meeting Mary Beth Temple
Meeting my Mentee, LeAnna Lyons
Fun Banquet Dinner with Laurinda Reddig and Linda Permann
I loved Jennifer Hansen's freeform style of hairpin lace. So many possibilities!
Vashti Braha showed us her incredible Award Winning Weightless
 Tunisian Shawl, enlarged to show its intricate details!
My entire family was with me at the show, and it was nice to share the experience with them, since they have supported me throughout my crochet career. I loved getting to crochet with my dear daughter in the relax lounge in the Lobby. She has recently learned how to make a granny square, and is determined to make it the largest one she has ever seen!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mini Masterpiece Necklace Frames!



The second item eWoodStory will be launching at the Knit and Crochet Show will be our Mini Masterpiece frames, available in 10 different types of exotic wood, and 2 sizes! The small size measures 2 1/8" wide x 2 1/2" tall, and the large size measures 2 1/2" wide x 2 7/8" tall.

You create a rectangle by any method you choose, then stitch it to the frame. The sky is the limit, crochet, knitting, cross stitch, hand or machine embroidery, weaving, felting, fabric painting....or even combinations of techniques. Your necklace will be a one of a kind statement piece.

I have created some samples in different techniques to give you ideas, and we have a flickr group that you can upload photos of your finished frames to inspire others.

These, along with the Nouveau Necklace Kits, will be featured in the Elegant Ewe Booth. 









Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Launching Our New Crochet Jewelry Kit!


My husband( eWood Woodworking) and I, are combining our crafts to create items that are a mix of fiber arts and woodworking. We call our collaboration: eWoodStory. I am so thrilled to announce that our first collaboration, the Nouveau Necklace Kit, will be launched at the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester, New Hampshire next week!

This kit includes a frame cut from special thin sheets of exotic wood, silky microfiber variegated yarn, written instructions, a stitch diagram, and a yarn needle that is just the right size for stitching the crocheted background to the wooden frame.  The necklace looks equally good a little longer, so there is enough yarn included in the kit to make the longer version if you wish.

We have carefully chosen wood and yarn to create a variety of kits in different color combinations. We have 5 types of exotic wood and 4 color variations. Each hank of yarn has a unique distribution of colors and each piece of wood has its own natural grain, so each necklace is a one of a kind. I chose this yarn because the colors remind me of natural stones, and the colors vary and change in a way similar to colors in nature.





Wood Choices from Top to Bottom:
Kiri, Silky Oak, Red Cedar, Laurel, Rosewood 

We have produced these kits in Kuwait, and are bringing a limited number of them to sell at the Knit and Crochet Show, where they will be available for sale in the Elegant Ewe booth. 

We will be launching Mini Masterpiece Necklace Frames at the show. They are miniature art museum style frame pendants that are ready for your to add your own creation to. Suitable for so many techniques and crafts!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Woodworking + Crochet, and the Magic of Blocking!



It is only 10 days until I travel to the USA to attend the Knit and Crochet Show! My husband and I have been busy creating samples to show while we are there. We have been wanting to combine our crafts for a long time, and we are just about ready to debut our first projects together. Woodworking + Crochet= something wonderful! If you are interested in following our new collaborative venture, please follow us on Instagram: @ewoodstory

While working on our samples, I was reminded once more of the magic of the blocking process. I crocheted this tiny granny square out of DMC pearl cotton 8. I actually wanted more of a granny rectangle. By wet blocking the square, I was able to form it into the exact size and shape I wanted. Blocking...a step in the process of finishing a project that you should never overlook!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Make a Kerchief with the Caravan Scarf Pattern



Ever since I made the Caravan Scarf sample for Crocheting Clothes Kids Love, I have wanted to try making a kerchief for my daughter using the same pattern. She collects hair accessories and I thought this would be a fun addition to her collection. I used Garden 3 Thread by Universal Yarn, and a size F/5 (3.75)mm hook. I followed the directions exactly for the first 16 rows. Then, I crocheted the edging across the top as in the instructions. The only changes I made to the edging were to eliminate the Large Coins on the corners and all but 2 Small Coins on the sides. I wanted to add more coins, but it was just too much for the size of the kerchief. I made it in an afternoon, and used less than one ball of thread of the main color. The finished measurements are: 22 1/2" (57cm) wide x 9 1/4" (23.5 cm) tall (not including the coin), and the kerchief ends are long enough to tie in a knot at the back of the head. If you leave off the edging and coins, it would make a great project for a beginning crocheter!


Caravan Scarf (Original Version From the Book)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Help Determine the Healing Benefits of Crochet


This post is to spread the word about a survey that Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscience has created. The results of this survey will be very interesting! Please take a few minutes to do the survey, as the information that she collects from this survey will be invaluable.
Here are all of the details about the survey: 

A new crochet health survey has been launched to study how crochet heals people. This is a 27-question survey (mostly multiple choice) designed to gather detailed information about the physical and mental health issues that are helped through crochet work and to what degree the craft is helpful. The survey is produced by Kathryn Vercillo, an expert in the topic of healing through crochet.
Kathryn Vercillo is the author of Crochet Saved My Life, a book about the craft’s health benefits. In the book she shares her own story of crocheting to heal from chronic depression. She also interviews two dozen other women who share their stories of hooking to heal. In addition, she aggregates the available research into crafting to heal.
Several formal studies have been conducted that show crochet to be healing. The new study is designed to add to the available information on this topic. One unique thing about it is that the study focuses specifically on crochet as opposed to lumping it in with other crafts. Another unique feature is that it goes beyond asking the question “does crochet help?” (because we know that it does) and explores how it helps, to what extent and for what symptoms.
Kathryn Vercillo will do an in-depth analysis of the results of this study. She will use that information to publish a full report on the health benefits of crafting. She will also use the information in future publications and it will serve as the foundation for continued research into this important topic.
A survey like this has the potential to lead to a number of benefits including:
  • Credibility to get crochet into more settings including hospitals, recovery centers, in-patient therapy groups, prisons and schools
  • Information that can be given to doctors and therapists to help them understand how crochet can heal
  • Help for individuals who want to learn how crochet can help them heal
  • Lays the groundwork for additional research opportunities into the topic
You can help support the craft of crochet by contributing your response to this new survey. The survey is available athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/crochetsaveslives.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Book That Inspired Me to Crochet


Some people have asked me how I got started crocheting. My dear grandmother Evie, started teaching me when I was about 11. I used to crochet with her a little every summer when I would visit her, but not much when I got back home. I knitted more because my grandmother Joan, who was a  knitter, lived very close to me. Evie gave me a good foundation in crochet, and little did I know, one day I would have a crochet career!

When I was living in Atlanta, Georgia, I happened to pick up a copy of The Crochet Workbook by the legendary Sylvia Cosh and James Walters. Their creative approach to the craft changed my whole perspective of crochet and what you could do with it. I had never really been one to follow a pattern, so their freeform method of creating an interesting textured fabric was really exciting to me! I went through the book and taught myself various stitches that I used to make my first scrumbles.

This book introduced me to freeform crochet, but it isn't just for freeform crocheters. The ideas and techniques in this book could be used to strengthen the skills and inspire any crocheter! An amazing book that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend for your crochet library!