Monday, May 4, 2020

30 Weaving Ideas Series Including Crochet!

I just finished up "30 Days of Weaving Ideas" for eWoodStory. I always love to mix techniques, and techniques #22 & 29 include crochet, and technique #11 can be done with a crochet hook as surface crochet! I demonstrated all of the techniques on one weaving to create a sampler to inspire future weavings and techniques. If you are interested you can see each of the 30 techniques and instructions, plus an additional bonus technique on my @ewoodstory Instagram account.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

30 Days of Weaving Ideas!

Now is the perfect time to get weaving, and beginning today, April 1st, I will kick off a month of posts. Each day in April I will post on my eWoodstory Instagram account about a different weaving technique. I plan to make a sampler including all of the 30 techniques. It will be great to refer to when I am in a weaving rut! Follow along and make a sampler too, if you wish. Get out your yarns and looms, or if you don't have one, make one out of cardboard!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Crochet Jewelry Pattern Collection Special Offer!


In honor of National Crochet Month and staying at home as much as possible, I have decided to offer a collection of 6 of my most popular crochet necklace patterns for just $5.99, the cost would be $13.92 if the patterns were purchased separately! This offer is valid until March 31st. To see and/or purchase the collection, here is the link: Enter: NATCROMO at checkout to receive the discounted price.

This collection of crochet necklaces includes my Raindrops Necklace, Monarch Necklace, Crawford Necklace, and Bella Necklace Trio. Experience the satisfaction of creating a small project every day!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

New Crochet Necklace Pattern Release: The Julia Necklace!

My love for designing jewelry patterns is alive with my latest pattern release, the Julia Necklace!

A modern mix of metallic and non-metallic yarns and crocheted beads add lots of interest to this elegant necklace. The pattern could also be used to crochet trim to embellish the neckline of a top. You can alter the length of the necklace easily by changing the number of repeats you crochet. It could also be more casual if you changed the metallic yarns to regular yarns.

To celebrate the release of this pattern, I am offering a 50% discount on it to the first 5 customers. To purchase the pattern, go to this link, and to get the discount enter: FIRST5

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Our Spinerations Handspun Yarn Now on Etsy!

As you may already know, my daughter Sara and I love spinning yarn, and we have turned our love of fiber ino a business! We have been on Instagram for a while, talking about our spinning adventures and have been selling yarn at the Sadu House museum gift shop in Kuwait. Our next adventure is branching out to sell our Spinerations handspun yarn on Etsy in our eWoodstory shop. We have our own unique way of blending fibers and spinning thick and thin yarn that is wonderful for giving texture and personality to weaving. We also like to incorporate recycled yarn and fabric scraps into our yarns whenever we can. We are excited to get our yarns into the world and hope it will be used in some fun projects!

Monday, February 3, 2020

New Larger Etimo Crochet Hooks!

I have been a real fan of Etimo crochet hooks since they first came out, but I have always wished that they came in larger sizes. I do have a rare 10.5mm that I found on eBay, and I was hoping that one day they would make even larger hooks! I just found out that they are now making 10mm, 12mm, and 15mm hooks in the Etimo Grand line. I decided to order the 12mm to try. It is plastic, so I am not sure I will like it as well as the metal hooks, but I am hoping that it will be just as comfortable to hold. As soon as I get the chance to try it out, I will report back to you with my review. Fingers crossed, I will like them and get to order the 10 and 15mm sizes! If any of you have tried these hooks already, I would love to hear what you think of them!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A Variation on the Catena Scarf

When submitting a design idea to a magazine, sometimes things change based on what the editors are looking for. In the case of the Catena Scarf for Interweave Crochet Magazine, the look of the scarf changed because of the yarn choice. When I made the sample, I used yarn that I found available in Kuwait in my local yarn shop, and when they went to choose yarn for the magazine project, they couldn't find anything similar in the brand they wanted to use. 

The original swatch used yarns from the Turkish Nako company: "Sport Wool" & hook size H/8  for the base of the scarf, and "Spaghetti" & hook size N/15 for the surface crochet. 

So if you prefer a little warmer and chunkier version of the scarf, you can switch to heavier loftier yarns. For the original sample, I also chose the two yarns in as close to the same color as I could get, and in the magazine we used two different colors. You could also go the other way and use 2 very contrasting colors for another look.

This sample emulates a shaker knit