Monday, July 27, 2015

A Great Time Was Had By All at The Knit and Crochet Show 2015!

I was fortunate to be able to attend the Knit and Crochet show again this year! My second conference was even better than the first! I made a point to try to find as many friends that I have previously only known online, and walk up and introduce myself. It is like a treasure hunt looking for people, and then getting to have a wonderful conversation in person with people you have chatted with online for years! The icing on the cake was getting to meet many new people who became friends as well. A love of crochet brings us all together!

I spent 4 days getting to talk about crochet, and learn some interesting new techniques. I will talk about those in a future post. 

There were several highlights, and one was getting reunited with Ellen Gormley for our book signing.

Another big highlight was selling our eWoodStory line of crochet kits and wooden items to stitch in the Crochetville/ Red Heart Yarns booth. We had a great response to our products,which is so rewarding, and will encourage us to expand our range!

The Design Competition was also a big highlight. Below see the amazing Grand Prize winning crocheted sonogram, by the very talented Kayt Ross! See all of the winning entries on Susan Lowman's blog

Next year's show will be in Charleston, South Carolina, July 13-17! Keep checking the Knit and Crochet Show website for more details, closer to the date!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

My Interview in the "Talking Crochet" Newsletter!

I have always loved reading the Talking Crochet Newsletter, and it is such a thrill to be featured in the current issue that debuted yesterday on the Crochet World website. I was interviewed by Brenda Bourg about being an international designer, and about my designing life in Kuwait. There is also a photo of my favorite local yarn shop in Kuwait: Needles and Yarn.

If you are interested, pop over to their website to read the full interview!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Getting More Out of Your Crochet and Knitting!

Recently we bought a new laser printer, and I have rediscovered the fun of taking photos of my work and printing them out. I have used the printouts for wrapping paper and cards, and now I am using them to help me package new stitchable pendants for eWoodStory. There are so many possibilities for this! I also see some decoupage projects in my future...

Below are the projects I took photos of. I enlarged sections of them,  and then copied the sections to fill an entire page. 

(Printouts cut out and glued on wood for pendant packaging)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Blocking Magic: A Granny Square Can Become a Granny Rectangle!

I could never say enough about how magical the blocking process is! You can change the shape of a piece, simply by getting it wet and pinning it into the shape you want it to be- as long as the shape is similar to what you have crocheted. When the thread or yarn gets wet, it allows you to stretch it into shape, and establish a new memory to the fibers. 

I was making a new Mini Masterpiece sample for eWoodStory, and thought I should document my steps to show you how I make granny squares fit into the rectangular frames.

1. I marked the holes of the frame with a pencil, onto a plain sheet of paper.

2. I crocheted a miniature granny square, using pearl cotton size 8, and a size 1.75mm hook. I crocheted enough rounds, so that the square was slightly wider than the width of the frame. That way it can stretch all the way from the top to the bottom and be the correct width.

3.  Spray the granny square with water, and using an ironing board or blocking board as a base, pin out into shape on the paper pattern that has been topped with plastic to keep it dry.

4.  Allow to dry completely before removing the pins. 

5. Now the granny square turned rectangle can be easily stitched into the frame!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Dreaming of A New Crochet Necklace Kit...

I have been in the studio working up a sample for a possible new necklace kit. The Nouveau Necklace has been very popular, so I would love to add another necklace kit to the eWoodStory line.

In its design phase, I am calling this the Ribbon Necklace, because the ends of the necklace that are framed in exotic wood resemble the way I like to cut the ends of ribbon when I tie bows. The elements of this necklace are simple to crochet, and it is very comfortable to wear.

As a little market research, I would love to have some feedback from all of you before I proceed with making it available as a kit. What do you all think, would you like to see this as our next kit? Any constructive comments would be much appreciated! If I go ahead with making it into a kit, it will be available in a variety of different wood and yarn color combinations!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Getting Ready for The Knit and Crochet Show!

I am busy these days preparing for my trip to the US and the Knit and Crochet Show! I am so happy that I am able to attend the conference again this year, and I am thrilled that I will get to sign books with my co-author of "Crocheting Clothes Kids Love", Ellen Gormley! We will be signing books in the Crochetville booth on July 24th at 12:30 pm.

I am also excited about the fact that our eWoodStory line will be for sale in the Crochetville booth on July 24th and 25th!

If you are going to be in the San Diego area during the conference dates, do try to attend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mixed Media and Another Use for Surface Crochet!

Surface crochet is one of my favorite techniques. It really is like drawing with your hook! I was doing some cross stitch recently, and it occurred to me that I could surface crochet into the holes in the Aida Cloth! This technique makes nice even stitches that are perfect for a background! For this Mini Masterpiece pendant, I used size 8 Pearl Cotton thread, and a .75mm hook.

I like using variegated thread as it gives the look of a watercolor painting. I did the sky in grass, going in different directions, then I surface crocheted the flower stems on top. I embroidered the small flowers, crocheted the large flower and sun, and stitched them on.

To demonstrate to you how to do surface crochet on a grid, I used some latch hook canvas. It is a lot fun to work on. I taught my 9 year old daughter how, and she is planning to surface crochet a rug for her room!

1. Insert hook into next hole up from last hole worked.

2. Wrap the yarn around the hook.

3. Pull up through the hole you went down in.

4. Pull through loop on hook.

 5. Stitch is completed. Repeat steps 1-4 and, go in any direction       you like!