Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Just Released, My New Jewelry eBook!

Since the holiday season is around the corner, I am thinking of patterns that would make nice gifts. My favorite gift to crochet is a piece of jewelry. I have just created an eBook collection of my best selling jewelry designs to make it easier to crochet your gifts this year!

The eBook includes the Crawford Necklace, Bella Necklace Trio (versions 1, 2, and 3), the Monarch Necklace, and the Raindrops Necklace, all for $9.99. When you buy the eBook, you save almost 30% off the price of each individual pattern! All are satisfying projects that  require very little yarn, and chances are you may have yarn in your stash that would work perfectly for these! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Free Holiday Crochet Patterns From Interweave Crochet, Including One by Me!



Interweave has put together a free downloadable ebook of 6 crochet patterns that are perfect for the holiday season. For the first time ever, you can get my Piper's Chain Scarf Pattern for free! Make it as a scarf, or a festive chain to decorate your home with. It is a nice project for using up the odds and ends in your yarn stash, so you can buy all new yarn in 2015! ;-)

Piper's Chain Scarf from Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Woven Placemats for Interweave Crochet Home Issue


Interweave Crochet decided to publish a special issue this year, dedicated to items for the home. There are so many ways that crochet can be used in the home, and if you have a look at the projects in this issue, you will surely be inspired to add some crochet to yours!

The background of this placemat is a handsome stitch pattern on its own. It is easy to crochet and the combination of blocks and spaces is very visually appealing. I love adding texture to pieces I create, so I decided to crochet cords to weave through some of the spaces to add even more interest to the stitch pattern. 

It is often a challenge to find the perfect placemat to match a set of dishes. Making your own placemats gives you the freedom to choose exact coordinating colors. You don't have to limit yourself to three colors, you could make the cords in several colors or you could go monochromatic and make the cords the same color as the background of the placemat. I am hoping to see several project photos on Ravelry with different color combinations that will inspire others!




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Free Crochet Jewelry Patterns for Kreinik!

The Kreinik company asked me to design some jewelry using their Kreinik Twist Carry Along yarn. I was very happy to see how light it was, and how you can add it effortlessly to any yarn to give it a little sparkle. This is especially exciting for people who like to crochet jewelry because you can make any yarn look richer without adding any weight to the base yarn. I crocheted the samples with Berroco Weekend yarn, which is comfortable to wear and comes in lovely colors. It becomes extra special with the addition of the Kreinik Twist! 

I intended to design one necklace, but the first necklace snowballed into a second version and a matching ring! The base of the two necklaces are the same, but they fasten differently. I couldn't decide which version I liked better, so I sent them both versions. I am thrilled to say, they decided to publish both versions! When I was crocheting the Bow Center version, it inspired a ring design that I think is simple and effective. You never know where the crochet hook will take you! You can find all 3 Looking Glass patterns for FREE on Kreinik's website. 

The version with the Bow Center is the winning version on Ravelry and Instagram. Which is your favorite?
Looking Glass Necklace with Bow Center
Looking Glass Necklace with Knot Center
Looking Glass Bow Ring














Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Exciting News for eWoodStory!


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We have been waiting for this day for months now...my husband and I are happy to announce that our  collaborative line of ready made necklaces, Nouveau Necklace crochet kits, and Mini Masterpiece necklace frames are now available at one of our favorite places in Kuwait: the Sadu House, in their gift shop. For many years we have admired the work that this cultural center does to promote the art of Bedouin weaving and support the local creative community. We were so thrilled when they asked if they could sell our line in their shop, since it is a place where visitors to Kuwait and residents of Kuwait enjoy visiting. If you are in Kuwait and would like to visit the Sadu House, they are located on the Gulf Road and their opening hours are from 8am to 1pm, and 4-8pm, Saturday-Thursday.

We also love Kathryn Vercillo's review of our Mini Masterpiece Frames. We sent her a frame to try and she stitched up a lovely piece and describes her experience with it. It is so exciting to see what people are doing with the frames and we look forward to seeing more and more creations added to our flickr gallery!


The last piece of exciting news is that one of our necklaces was worn by the wonderful Vickie Howell on an episode of Knitting Daily TV, that will air early next year!


We are hard at work designing some new items for the line, so stay tuned for more updates... We are on Instagram and Twitter as @ewoodstory if you would like to follow us.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Make a Necklace with the En Fleur Cowl Pattern!


I loved making the motifs for the En Fleur Cowl so much, that I decided to try crocheting them in size 5 pearl cotton thread. The result was an eye-catching necklace!

If you have the Winter issue of Crochet! magazine, you can make this necklace by using the motif instructions from the En Fleur Cowl pattern.

Here are the modifications:

En Fleur Necklace

Hook Size: 1.75mm
Notions: Tapestry needle; sewing needle; invisible nylon thread

Follow the instructions in the Winter 2014 issue of Crochet! magazine for the En Fleur Cowl, to make 7 Motifs.

For the eighth motif, follow the cowl Motif instructions, but do not fasten off. After making the final sl st, turn the Motif to the Wrong side, ch 10, then sl st back in same st. Turn the Motif to the right side and make 15 sc sts into the ch lp. This forms the Fastening Loop.

Fastening Dome:

Rnd 1: Rep rnd 1 instructions for cowl Motif.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, then in each st around. Sl st in beg sc to end rnd.
Rnd 3: Sl st in every other st around to close up the Fastening Dome. Fasten off.

Finishing

Weave in all loose ends with a tapestry needle. Using invisible nylon thread and a sewing needle, stitch all 8 Motifs together at the tops, where the groups of 3 dtr sts are, and putting the Motif with the Fastening Loop on the end. Stitch the Fastening Dome to the end of the necklace that is opposite the Fastening Loop. Pin the necklace out on a blocking board and pin out into desired shape, then wet block. Allow the necklace to dry completely before removing the pins.

The En Fleur Cowl That Inspired The Necklace




Friday, October 3, 2014

The 2014 Crochet Awards!



After a two year hiatus, the Crochet Awards, otherwise known as the Flamies, are back with a new look and new categories. The creator of the awards Laurie Wheeler, has been working hard to make this the most exciting year yet for the awards.

Nominations are open now, and you can nominate your favorites in the crochet industry. It is such an honor to be recognized for the work you do. I was so thrilled when Kristine Mullen of Ambassador Crochet posted that she would nominate me in the Accessories category. Thank you Kristine!
I nominated Kristine for the "Friendliest Crochet Designer". I was fortunate to meet her at the Knit and Crochet Show this summer, and she is one of those people that after only a few minutes of chatting, you feel that you have known her for years! She is also very supportive of other designers and regularly promotes their work on her Facebook page. She is a wonderful tech editor, designer, and homeschooling mother of 6. I really admire all she does and how well she does it. A true superwoman!

I nominated Kathryn Vercillo's blog: Crochet Concupiscence for Best Crochet Blog, because she tirelessly promotes the art of crochet and keeps us all informed of the most interesting crochet related news on the internet!

I nominated Linda Dean for Best New Designer, as she is a great designer who has accomplished so much in the industry in a short time.

I nominated Linda Skuja's "Convergence Top" for Best Womens Garment Design. It appeared on the Cover of Interweave Crochet and it was a runaway success with crocheters on Ravelry. A beautiful, and clever design!

I nominated Laurinda Reddig's Reversible Color Crochet book for Best Instructional Crochet Book, because I am so intrigued by the technique that she developed, and she does an excellent job of explaining it in her book.

I nominated Vashti Braha for Best Crochet Instructor. I was lucky to be a student in her Tunisian Eyelet Meshes class at the Knit and Crochet Show, and found it fascinating. I love her teaching style and hope I have the opportunity to take more classes from her in the future!

I nominated Marly Bird's Yarn Thing Podcast for the Best Podcast award. She is a wonderful interviewer who puts her guests at ease with her friendly personality. Her show is always so interesting and entertaining.

I nominated my amazing mentor Margaret Hubert for the Lifetime Achievement award, because she is incredibly prolific, and an inspiration to all for everything she has accomplished. She is a master crocheter and freeform crocheter and her work is popular worldwide.

Who will you nominate? Visit the Flamies website now to get your nominations in before the official voting in November!