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Vintage Redux: The Star Stitch

I love antique consignment shops, the kind usually found in old carriage houses, or someone’s stand alone garage. No wonder when I flipped through the digital pages of my first vintage knitting and crochet manual, Woolcraft: A Practical Guide to Knitting & Crochet….

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Totally Looped

Crochet is a looping technique in which a single yarn interlocks with itself repeatedly in an endless series of convoluted loops dragged through each other with a hook and resulting in a very bulky fabric. The somewhat torturous self-involvement of this single yarn is a lot like …..

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The Transformation

I’m sure every crochet designer has had their own path to unleashing their creativity. Mine was quite abrupt. I was born in Moscow, Russia, and like many kids learned my first crochet stitches from my grandmother.

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Sharon Hernes Silverman: From Travel Writing to Crochet Design

My crochet career began with the somewhat startling question, “Can you do anything?” It was posed by an editor at Stackpole Books, the company that had published four of my travel guidebooks. I had just declined a project to write about a region I wasn’t familiar with—best for an insider to handle that—but the editor wanted to keep…..

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September 2013

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a great summer and are looking ahead to the new season ahead.
I went back to Central Asia this summer, to the land of Kyrgyzstan. An amazing place, with fantastic people and a rich tradition of crafts. You can see my favorite photos of the trip if you click the link at the bottom of this page.

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Rocket Science Meets the Crochet Hook!

When I was in high school, I decided to teach myself to crochet from a stack of library books. I’m left-handed, so at first I was so confused by trying to flip the instructions in my head that all I could do was chain. Eventually I figured it out and have been crocheting every winter since.

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Profile of Olga Kreidik, Master Needle Artist

One glimpse of Olga’s work convinced me I had to meet her. That glimpse came when Tatyana Mirer, of the NY Crochet Guild, brought a stunning Irish Crochet-inspired jacket to a Guild meeting, made by her friend. Several months went by before I was able to fulfill my impulse.

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Profile of Crochet Artist Helle Jorgensen

Experimentation is very important and forms a large part of my work – I love using common materials in unusual ways.

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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.

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My Life in Afghans

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.

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