Sunday, November 10, 2019

More on Using Crochet to Finish Weaving Projects!

I am always finding a way to use crochet in my projects, no matter what technique I am using. I find that it is a great way to finish the edges of a purse. I crochet along the sides so I can make neat seams, and I find crochet is the best way to make fastenings and handles. For this purse, I crocheted two strips, then crocheted them together on the edges to make a strong handle that won't stretch out. I also crocheted a bobble that I stitched to the body of the purse, and I crocheted a fastening loop to the flap of the purse. Because you can insert your hook anywhere, crochet gives you the flexiblity to change the look and shape of the woven piece after it is finished! 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Crocheting on a Cracker...Looking at Snacks with New Eyes!

I thought I had tried stitching into everything in the house that had holes in it, but Crochet! magazine inspired me to try something a little crazy. Crocheting on a cracker! It was a fun exercise in patience in creativity! I had to handle it very delicately, but the cracker was stronger than I thought it would be. After seeing the Facebook post by Crochet! magazine, I immediately wanted to try this and went to my kitchen looking for crackers with holes in them. I was thrilled that I had Tuc crackers on hand,because I was able to embroider the name as well! 

Now, what to do with an embellished cracker? I may try setting it in resin as one of the posters suggested on the Facebook post... Stay tuned!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Playing with Scale- A Larger Stone Crochet Necklace!

One of my favorite pieces of jewelry lately is the Single Stone Necklace. I have really been enjoying wearing it, and one day it occurred to me that it would be fun to have a larger version that would be even more of a statement necklace! 

The original version is crocheted in a sock yarn, and in order to make a larger version, I switched to a worsted weight yarn. I was fortunate to have grey ombre yarn in my stash. It is one of those yarns that I only bought one skein of years ago, and now I wish I had bought several! I followed the original pattern instructions, but moved up to a size E/4 crochet hook. The only other change I made was to slip stitch back into the chain made for the necklace cord, to make it stronger and to match the scale of the stone. I am looking forward to wearing this one!

Original Version vs. New Larger Version


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Free Crochet Lace Patterns!

Hello all, I hope your summer is going well and that you are all enjoying your crochet projects! I just received the news that the crochet enthusiasts at All Free Crochet have featured my Blossom Necklace Pattern in their collection of crochet lace scarves, wraps, tops, jewelry, and afghans.  Summertime is a lovely time to crochet lacey pieces, so head over to their website to check out the entire collection!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Crochet Edging to Finish a Weaving!

I am striving to create useful things out of pieces woven on my lap loom.  I have discovered that I can make a nice sized purse on the loom with the help of crochet! I made this purse recently, as a way to feature some handspun thick and thin Spinerations yarn. I love to use thick and thin yarns in weaving and let the thickness changes in the yarn bring the piece to life! 

When I finished weaving, I took it off of the loom and tied the warp ends to secure it. Then I carefully hid all of the ends at the back because I decided I didn't want to have any warp fringe. Then, I crocheted on the top and bottom edges to give a nice shape to the purse and to make the piece longer.

I also crocheted along the sides of the weaving so the seaming would be easier and neat. The third way I used crochet to make this purse was in making the fastening bobble. I crocheted the bobble, then embellished it with an embroidered lazy daisy, which some of you may know is one of my signature ways to finish off a project!

Before I removed the weaving from the loom and added crochet

Thursday, June 27, 2019

New Oregon Summer 2019 Classes at Cozy Yarn!

It is that time again, and I am so thrilled to be back in Eugene, Oregon for the summer, and to be  teaching 4 classes at the wonderful Cozy Yarn shop in the 5th Street Market District! I am teaching 3 different weaving classes: Weaving 101, Weaving 102, kids bookmark weaving, and a crochet necklace class featuring my latest crochet jewelry design!

If any of you are in the area and are interested to learn from me, I would love for you to join me this summer! Here is the link to sign up for any of the classes.

Here are the class details:


Date: July 27
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Cost of workshop: $70.00 (includes $40.00 for the kit)
Description: An introduction to modern weaving with a lap loom, to create small-scale woven paintings created using a mix of techniques and surface textures. The class will teach you how to use all of the tools in the eWoodStory fiber arts kit, which will be yours to take home and continue creating with! In addition to learning how to weave, you will learn how to make tassels, pom poms, and lucet cord with the specially designed tools in the kit.


Date: July 28
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Cost of workshop: $28.00

Description: Kids will learn beginning weaving techniques on a specially designed loom that will be theirs to keep, while making a unique bookmark to brighten summer reading adventures!


Date: August 9
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Cost of workshop: $20.00
Description: Shelby designed this necklace as a modern interpretation of filet crochet, inspired by macrame. In this class, you will create this necklace step by step, and learn blocking and finishing techniques for professional finish.

Date: August 10
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Cost of workshop: $30.00
Description: A freeform approach that will add texture and interest to your weaving. We will explore spiral weaving, gradation, wrapped tassels, carpet pile, surface crochet and embroidery embellishment, shaped borders, and more!

The Beautiful Cozy Yarn Shop

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Results of the Crochet Remnant Weaving Experiment!

In organizing my studio, I came across some crocheted pieces that never became anything. Looking at them took me back to the excitement I had when I created them. I love the pieces and thought they would be interesting to try weaving on one of our mini looms! I really enjoyed the challenge of weaving each piece in and making design decisions along the way. I ended up doing a little embroidery embellishment on top of the ridges as well. As many of my weavings do, it took on a floral theme with the use of some of our handspun Spinerations yarn as inspiration. I love how the ridges in the crochet interact with the warp strings. I plan to crochet more ridged pieces in the near future to create more weavings similar to this. I want to experiment with various piece sizes for different effects. Expect to see more development of this technique!

Crochet Remnants Ready to Weave In!