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How My Slanted Skirt Took Shape

 

 

Designs don't fall from the sky, all finished and ready. They are built up out of knowledge, memories and inspirations. Innovative as it may be, each crochet pattern uses crochet stitches. Not all designs have a history that is easy to unravel. To give you an impression of how small design elements wind their way into becoming a pattern, I'll tell you how my slanted skirt came into being.

 

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How to Sell Your Work in the Retail World

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Have you ever  wanted to try selling your  crochet, or other craftwork, in shops or at fairs?  Getting a handle on how to go about it can be a challenge.  Julie  has been doing it successfully for years, and shares her expertise with CI readers.

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June 2012 Newsletter

Hello friends and fans!  It's been a while since my last communication, but I've been busy. Here are some of my most recently published designs. Kerala Tunic, is on the cover of Crochet Today! Another is in the spectacular Vogue Knitting Crochet magazine, it's called Lacy Tunic....

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Long Days Journey Into Albania

 

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Male Hooker Wants Respect!

 

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Mind if I Crochet?

It was a State of mind.
States of mind.

To be here now
To escape the here now
Something to think about
A launching pad for my mind to wander
To pass the time
To feel like I’m not wasting time
Something to hide behind
To smooth awkward moments
To give others something to focus on
Energizing
Relaxing

Mind If I Crochet?

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Mosaics, Melons and A Mill

 

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Mostar: Ravishing and Ravished

 

 

Mostar, like Sarajevo, was hard hit in the wars following the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and tensions between Croatians and Moslems living on opposite sides of the river still persists.

 

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My Central Asian Adventure Begins

 

Months ago I saw a photo on ravelry of an amazing slip stitch stock made in the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan.  From that moment I decided to go to the region to find out about more about these socks, their origins and makers. I was most fortunate to obtain a frequent flyer air ticket from New York to Tashkent, in Uzbekistan, and back via Kiev in the Ukraine.  In Kiev I was to meet up with crochet master Antonina Kuznetsova, who invited me for Ukraine's Indendence Day when she learned I was planning a trip to the region.

 

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My Dubrovnik Dream

 

DUBROVNIC

 

 

After considerable stress over non functioning cash machines and overpriced taxi rides, I catch a bus from Mostar to Dubrovnik next afternoon. We drive along the impressive Adriatic coast, where a string of islands obscures the horizon.  It's very picturesque, but the frequent resorts climbing up from the beaches are overcrowded and without much character. After the intensity and dry heat of Mostar, it feels distant and unreal to me.

 

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My Grandmother's Gift to Me: Crochet

 

It all started with toys. My Grandmother decided that my favorite little doll needed a new wardrobe. A couple of days later, the doll sported fancy-looking red pants, a cute yellow vest, and multicolored hat. They were not made of fabric like his old outfit: they were wonderfully crocheted! I immediately had to know how. So Grandma showed me her tool — a thin crochet hook with beautifully decorated wooden handle. She then took a ball of cotton thread and the magic began. For me it never stopped…

 

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My Life in Afghans

 

"A picture is worth a thousand words"

 

Digital photography is a wonderful thing. It allows us to capture, document and preserve possessions and snapshots of our lives, sharing them worldwide through storage and networking sites like Flickr, Facebook, and Ravelry. It was through this venue that the editor of CI spotted some of my afghan work and inquired about it. What follows is an historical chronology ('ghanology?) of some memorable projects.

 

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My Wedding Dress

 

Some months ago I learned of this fabulous wedding dress made by Nikki Owens for her own wedding.  Not only was it absolutely gorgeous, but Nikki, a practicing M.D. in Dublin, was a beginning crocheter!  I had to find out more about this great story, and here is an interview we did by email.  BRAVA NIKKI - you are an inspiration!! - Dora

 

 

 

DORA:  Clearly you have design talent -- what have you designed before?


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New Patterns and Books

Hello all you crochet maniacs out there!  

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Newsletter One: A New Beginning!

Welcome to the slim, sleek, "i" version of Crochet Insider.  Why a new format? Who has time to peruse multiple pages, no matter how fascinating, when every minute, social media are sending you multiple messages on multiple channels? I decided, if you can't beat them, join 'em. . . So, I hope you'll tune in to this new, tighter format.  I plan to fill it with crochet news, reports on new patterns, classes, my latest musical creations, reviews of new yarns and new books -- and also plenty of giveaways!!!

 

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Newsletter Two: More on Fit

Hope you all had a lovely time celebrating Easter, Passover, or whatever you like to do to bring on the spring.  Here in New York, Central Park is blooming with lovely trees and flowers, it's a real treat!  Here are some photos I took today -- I'm lucky to live just a block away from the park. (Click on any photo to enlarge - much prettier!)

 

Happy to announce that Tammy of Connecticut was the winner of my book Custom Crocheted Sweaters!  Congratulations Tammy!! 

 

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October 2012 Newsletter

Greetings and news from Dora!
 

NEW BOOK

NEW ONLINE COURSES

 

Are you all enjoying the first tinglings of fall?  Here in NYC it's definitely sweater weather, and my crochet garments are coming out of back bins for imminent use.

 

Here's my news:

 

1.  My latest book, The New Tunisian Crochet,  will be published in February 2013 by Interweave Press, scroll down to see the cover!

 

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Pamir Day Four

Khorog is a lovely small city with one good restaurant along the river. I took Yorali to lunch there and we spoke at length about how I could lend support once home, and how we might be able to arrange a longer visit for me in the future. Then Zuhro took me to the Khorog museum, where I knew there were old Pamiri socks I must try to photograph.  We were greeted by an unkempt fellow with bottle-thick glasses who did not seem inclined to grant my request. I refused to give up, however, and he finally opened the case containing the socks and gave me a spot to lay them out for photos....

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