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!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Dragon Themed Crochet Patterns!

I was recently contacted by the All Free Crochet website because they put together a collection of Dragon themed crochet patterns, and one of my patterns was included!

I was intrigued because I haven't ever actually designed with a dragon theme inspiration. I love it when other people see things in your designs that you never saw yourself! They chose my Blossom Necklace pattern, and now that they have included it in the dragon themed collection, I can see its dragonesque qualities! I think the embroidery embellishment really makes it fit into the theme.

Whether you are into dragons or not, they have put together a lovely collection of 30 FREE crochet patterns to inspire you!

Blossom Necklace Pattern

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Repurposing My Crochet Remnants!

I often weave with yarn scraps leftover from crochet projects, but this week I had a new idea! I was looking through a bag of crochet remnants (leftover pieces from projects that didn't work out), and I was inspired to repurpose them. I like weaving with crochet, and I usually crochet random pieces to weave with. This is the first time I try weaving with pieces that were intended for another use. These pieces are from a necklace I was designing. They got put aside because another idea for the necklace took over! I have plans to weave in these pieces with yarn scraps and also do some embroidery embellishment on the piece. It will be very interesting to see the outcome of this experiment, and hopefully, it will lead to more pieces like it! Stay tuned for a progress report!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

International Crochet Month Designer Showcase 2019!

If you didn't already hear the news, March is International Crochet Month!

I am participating in the International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter. Come join the fun! Every day in March 2019, a different crochet designer who is also a member of the Crochet Guild of America, will be highlighted. Each designer will share a free crochet pattern or a 25% discount on a premium pattern. We've partnered with some of our favorite companies to get some great prizes for you-- including yarn, crochet hooks, notions, pattern books, and more! Find out more information about participating designers, the schedule, and how to enter to win the prizes on Underground Crafter.

I have been a member of the CGOA for the past 10 years, and what a wonderful 10 years it has been! I first joined because I was interested in starting designing professionally for publications and I wanted to take advantage of the mentor program.

From the CGOA Blog:

"Crochet Guild of America offers a mentorship program, which matches new crochet professionals with established professionals to help enhance the crochet industry, while ensuring that professional ethics and standards are practiced and encouraged. It is these professional approaches that help to bring crochet from a hobby to a career".

I was paired with the amazing Margaret Hubert, who gave me advice on getting started submitting to magazines, and how the industry works. Within two years, I was able to obtain Professional status within the CGOA. It means a lot to be recognized in the industry for your work, and the mentor program has successfully launched many designer's careers!

In addition to the mentor program, I love the CGOA for the community itself. Most of the time, designers are working solo from home. The yearly Chain Link conference is a great chance to get together with others who are working in the industry and who understand exactly what you do and why you love to do what you do!

To see all of the benefits of being a CGOA member and to join the organization, visit their website.

To celebrate international crochet month, I am offering a 25% discount on my new Stone Necklace Trio pattern collection. 
Stone Necklace Trio
This collection of necklaces was inspired by jewelry made with natural stones. I love the idea of crocheting around real stones, but it would be difficult for people to make the necklace exactly as I designed if they don't find stones similar to mine. The resulting pendant will be very different. By writing a pattern for the stones, everyone will be able to make the necklace as I intended it to be!

I wanted the stones to be 3-D, and I didn't want the supply list for the necklaces to be too extensive, so instead of stuffing them with fiberfill, they are stuffed with crocheted pieces. These pieces are the perfect shape, and they add just enough weight to the pendants so they hang nicely. Each one has its own personality, and would make a unique gift. Fun to make and fun to receive! You can choose to embellish the stones with embroidery or let the crochet and beauty of the yarn speak for itself.

The regular price of this pattern collection is $4.95, and starting today through March 21st, it will be available for $3.71. Just enter the coupon code: ICM25 when you check out.

I look forward to seeing your stone jewelry creations on Ravelry! Best wishes for a March filled with the joy of crocheting!