Thursday, May 5, 2016

The "Crochet" Motif, That isn't Crocheted!

Photo by Penguin & Fish
You know that feeling when you discover a new idea that is so exciting that it makes the creative wheels in your head start spinning? That is how I felt when I discovered this embroidery pattern by Alyssa Thomas of Penguin and Fish. You must go to her blog to read about her lovely inspiration for this design and how it is used as a part of The Splendid Sampler.

At first glance, I thought it was a crocheted motif stitched onto the fabric. When I realized that it was actually embroidery stitched to look like crochet, my mind was blown! What a fantastic idea! I love combining two crafts, and this is such a unique way to do it! If you know how to crochet and embroider, you can make the stitches look as though they are crocheted. It makes me want to try following the directions for a crochet pattern, and embroider the stitches onto fabric instead. It would be a very interesting experiment!

This version of Penguin and Fish's design was stitched by the talented Harmonie, whose work I recently discovered on Instagram. Isn't it beautiful!
Photo by Harmonie
To illustrate that this really is embroidered:
Photo by Harmonie 
I am now envisioning embroidery stitches on fabric as I crochet. I really must try this soon! Thank you Alyssa, for such a wonderful idea!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Combining My Crafty Worlds!

Since I started the eWoodStory collaborative business with my husband, I have been branching out into doing some embroidery, knitting, weaving, cross stitch, and felting -in order to showcase what can be done with our Stitchable Pendants. So more and more I am combining different crafts, and I find myself loving them all. I like to combine techniques, so I don't have to choose between them! 

However, designing in crochet is my first love, and I try to incorporate crochet as much as I can into eWoodstory pieces. The kits we offer are for crochet jewelry with wooden elements, and we encourage all kinds of  crafts to be used to create pieces for Stitchable Pendants. Crochet Motifs really look lovely stitched in! 

I was thrilled to come across the motif pictured in the "Olive" pendant above. Some of you may recognize it... it is from the Tinker's Toolbelt I designed for Interweave Crochet Accessories 2014 issue. I originally submitted the design as a necklace pattern, and the motifs were smaller, because I used a finer weight thread. This past weekend I came across one of the original motifs, and I was thrilled to discover that it exactly fits into the pendant. It was really perfect because of its size, shape, and the fact that it is two of the same motif stitched together, so it looks nice on both sides! As you know, I always love to use things that I create in multiple ways, and this motif is right at home in the pendant!

I always save leftover crocheted pieces from samples. Using what you already have, encourages you to be the most creative that you can be!

Tinker's Toolbelt, photo by F + W Media

Sunday, April 10, 2016

My First eWoodStory Crochet Workshop!

This week I had the pleasure to teach a crochet workshop to members of the Kuwait Textile Arts Association, along with some avid crocheters in Kuwait. They crocheted a specially designed motif, then they learned how to paint on crochet and how to stitch their motifs into one of our Stitchable Pendants

I really enjoyed going through the whole process with them from crocheting, to blocking, to painting, and then finishing. One lady painted her motif to match the blouse she was wearing and was able to wear hers right away!

It was great to see how each person put their own personality into their motifs. Each one is unique, different, and beautiful! 

There were moments during the workshop that you could hear a pin drop! They really got into their work. It was so wonderful to see! I hope this is the first of a many workshops I will teach at the beautiful Sadu House in Kuwait. Next on my list is freeform crochet!

One especially creative attendee, crocheted a pendant out of the wooden piece I had used to wind yarn around for the kits!

Here are some of the completed pendants from the workshop. See the unique personality in each!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Community Involvement Through Fiber Arts!

Photo by @brisstyle and @myauntyanna
Through new contacts and projects I have been working on so far this year, my interest in the importance of getting the community involved in the fiber arts has grown tremendously. When people get to work with their hands and see the magic of what you can do with yarn, there is a true excitement which will hopefully stay with them and encourage them to do more with fiber!

I am always on the lookout for new ways to engage the community, and Instagram is my favorite place to be inspired! You can find me there as @stitchstorycrochet or @ewoodstory. I follow lots of interesting people, if you want to be inspired by them as well! I was so excited to find this jumbo spool knitter on the accounts of @brisstyle and @myauntyanna of Australia. Isn't it absolutely fabulous! I want to make one and take it with me every time I go to the park. I just need to think of an amazing use for the large knitted tubes that would be created!

I could really see people getting interested and wanting to have a go! 

I would love to know if you have any community fiber projects or things like this going on in your part of the world, leave a comment below and tell me about it! :-)

Photo by @brisstyle and @myauntyanna

Photo by @brisstyle and @myauntyanna

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Painting on Crochet- a New Workshop!

I am very excited that I have been asked by the Art and Fiber group of the Kuwait Textile Arts Association (KTAA) to teach a workshop at Beit Al Sadu. We will be crocheting motifs that are specially designed to fit into eWoodStory Modern Stitchable Pendants. After crocheting the motif, I will demonstrate how to do the Invisible Fasten Off (one of my favorite crochet techniques), how to block your piece, paint it, and stitch it into the pendant. 

It will be so much fun to see how different each motif looks after painting! I will be doing a post about the workshop and I will be sure to take photos during it, so those of you who aren't in Kuwait, can see what we got up to!

The workshop will be held on April 6th at 10am. The cost for KTAA members is 4KD, and the cost for non-members is 5KD

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Vintage Modern Crochet

I am thrilled to announce that I have two designs in Robyn Chachula's beautiful new book: Vintage Modern Crochet, to be released in May of this year. This book is a celebration of crochet lace techniques. Robyn invited a host of crochet designers to be inspired by the techniques and to interpret them in a modern way. 
I have two designs in the book, one in Pineapple Lace, and one in Filet Crochet. Below is a sneak peak at my Pineapple design:
Kidwell Wrap
Copyright Interweave Crochet

Soon, official photos will be released and I will be able to share even more about the book. Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

An eWoodStory/ Lilipopo Giveaway!

In honor of our collaboration with embroidery designer, Lilipopo, we are doing a giveaway together! She has designed a collection of 11 embroidery patterns that fit beautifully into our "Olive", "Pod", and "Half n' Half" Stitchable Pendants!
Together, we are giving away a Lilipopo embroidery pattern collection and a choice of Stitchable Pendant, to 3 lucky winners!

Starting today, we are accepting entries for one week to our giveaway via Rafflecopter. To get 2 entries simply tweet about the giveaway or tell us what kind of designs you like to stitch most :-)

Follow this link to enter: eWoodStory and Lilipopo Giveaway. Thank you for entering, and good luck to all!