Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Part 1 ~ Irregular Expressions: a Mother/Daughter Team



Incredibly amazed when I discovered Irrregular Expressions and the work of Turkish artist, Sebahat, I wanted to know more. Following is the interview I conducted online with her and her daughter, Aysegul.

Crochetkween: Is Bolu, where you live, near any larger Turkish city that we would recognize?
Aysegul: Bolu is a small city midway between Istanbul and Ankara, we are surrounded with snowy mountains, dense forests and small lakes. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Book Review: Hooked: 40 Whimsical Motifs from Weird to Wonderful by Michelle, Cecile & Sylvie Delprat


Hooked: 40 Whimsical Motifs from Weird to Wonderful
Beautifully designed by using crisp, clean graphics like  pleasantly arranged motifs that made me smile;

Sunflowers
meandering strands of yarn; and colorful balls of yarn,


these whimsical motifs range from quirky to charming.

Sheep

Clear, colorful illustrations are paired with simple instructions that recommend that use of natural materials and allow latitude for various skill levels and finished sizes. Also included are practical ideas for using the motifs.

Inspired by their travels to India, nature and everyday life, this family design team whose embroidery and crochet workshop is in Madagascar has taken on an important social role. Their fair trade company, Emalisa  provides income for over 100 families

Published in March 2015 by David & Charles/F+W, Hooked is available for $19.99.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

National Crochet Month: A Fibery Celebration!

Crocheters across the nation have gotten creative in finding ways to celebrate their beloved craft during the month of March for National Crochet Month. Started originally as National Crochet Week by the Crochet Guild of America in 1997.  it has grown and grown and there is so much to celebrate that CGOA changed it to a monthlong event a few years later. Fibery people, CGOA members, and companies large and small are on the bandwagon now to draw attention to all we love about crochet!


Ryan Reynolds
What did you do to celebrate? I'm sure we educated many, many of the unenlightened during March ~ but calm down, Ryan...no physical violence allowed; just threaten with a crochet hook!

The Northern IL Chapter of CGOA has wrapped up its celebration  with our annual Crochet Buffet. It is always a feast for the senses and a smorgasbord for the eyes! Thank you to all the chapter members who displayed their beautiful crochet! We also filled the library showcase where we meet with crochet during the month.

Here are some highlights:




Crocheted food
Chapter Pres & VP: Crochet Stitches
Past CGOA Pres: Chapter Study Group
Past Chapter Pres: Bead Crochet
Broomstick Crochet
Charity Crochet
Crocheted Accessories
Thread Crochet