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Interview with crochet designer, Leah Feild from Creative Threads by Leah

Welcome to my themed blog series, Crochet Specialty of the Month! Each month in 2015, I’ll feature a specialized crochet technique, stitch pattern, or project type through several posts.

Underground Crafter Crochet Specialty of the Month Tapestry February 2015

As I was researching tapestry online, I discovered the work of an emerging crochet designer, Leah Feild. She was kind enough to agree to an interview, which I’m excited to share with you today.

Leah started sharing her patterns last March, and since then, she has released 99 designs! She has several patterns that feature tapestry crochet. You can find Leah online on her blog, Creative Threads by Leah, as well as on Facebook, G+PinterestTwitter, and Ravelry (as ThreadsLF and on her designer page). She is also a contributor on Cre8tion Crochet.

All images are copyright Creative Threads by Leah and are used with Leah’s permission.

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Interview with Leah Feild from Creative Threads by Leah on Underground Crafter

Leah Feild from Creative Threads by Leah.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet?

Leah: I grew up watching my Memaw crochet. Some of my earliest memories are of her with a hook and yarn in hand. When I decided I wanted to learn, we didn’t live close enough for her to teach me. So, I took my allowance one month and got the Boye I Taught Myself Crochet book. I sat down and figured it out and have been teaching myself ever since. I still love learning new stitches, methods, anything that is crochet related.

Interview with Leah Feild from Creative Threads by Leah on Underground Crafter

Capricorn Drink Sleeve, a graphed tapestry or Tunisian crochet pattern by Leah Feild.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Leah: I had been making up patterns for myself from the time I started crocheting even though I didn’t realize that was what I was doing. In the last couple years, I got to know and work with several designers who started encouraging me to write down what I was doing. From that came my first released pattern in March of 2014.

Interview with Leah Feild from Creative Threads by Leah on Underground Crafter

Caffeinate! Drink Sleeve crochet pattern by Leah Feild.

UC: Many of your patterns use the tapestry crochet technique. How were you introduced to tapestry crochet, and what do you enjoy about designing with it?

Leah: My first introduction to tapestry crochet was from Kelli with Sick ‘Lil Monkeys. I test patterns for her, and she started doing graphed sack hats. I think the thing that I enjoy most about tapestry crochet is the versatility and endless possibilities. I love the process of graphing out a design (I hand plot all my grids) and seeing where it takes me. I also really enjoy that I can do this in Tunisian.

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Interview with Leah Feild from Creative Threads by Leah on Underground Crafter

Bowties or Bows Drink Sleeve, a tapestry or Tunisian crochet pattern by Leah Feild.

UC: What are your favorite projects to design?

Leah: My favorite projects are accessories but I am starting to branch out to clothing and am finding that I love doing that as well. Part of my plans for this year are to expand my horizons and try new things in crochet. I cannot wait to see what this year holds.

Interview with Leah Feild from Creative Threads by Leah on Underground Crafter

Interlocking Chains Scarf, free crochet pattern by Leah Feild on Cre8tion Crochet.

UC: What is your favorite thing about designing?

Leah: I think that the thing I have come to enjoy most about designing is the community that I am in with other designers. So many people outside of designing seem to think that we are all rivals but that isn’t true. Some of the people that I most consider to be my friends I have never met face to face and are fellow designers. Our love of creating pulls us together. I wouldn’t be where I am without the wonderful friendships that I have made along this journey.

Interview with Leah Feild from Creative Threads by Leah on Underground Crafter

Pamala Buttoned Slouch, free crochet pattern by Leah Feild on Cre8tion Crochet.

UC: What are your favorite crochet books in your collection?

Leah: My favorite books in my collection are my books that are just full of stitches. My current favorites are Crochet Stitch Dictionary, The Big Book of Crochet Stitches, and Crochet Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia. (UC comment: Check out my review of Crochet Stitch Dictionary on the CGOA blog here, and of the VISUAL Encyclopedia here.)

Interview with Leah Feild from Creative Threads by Leah on Underground Crafter

Nautilus Baby Beanie, free crochet pattern by Leah Feild on Cre8tion Crochet.

UC: Do you have any crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?

Leah: Oh my goodness, the list could go on and on! Cre8tion Crochet and ELK Studio are 2 of the biggest ones that I visit regularly. (UC comment: If you’re also a fan of Cre8tion Crochet and ELK Studio, you may want to check out my interview with Lorene Eppolite and Kathy Lashley on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show podcast here.) And, of course, Pinterest is always a source of inspiration for me. I love to take knit ideas and transform them to something similar in crochet. I also get inspiration from items that aren’t knit or crochet. Some other crafty blogs that I enjoy are Repeat Crafter Me, Moogly, Crochet Ever After, and KT and the Squid.

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Leah!

Interview with (mostly) knitting designer, Stefanie Bold

Interview with (mostly) knitting designer, Stefanie Bold, on Underground Crafter

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Today, I’m really excited to share an interview with Stefanie Bold, a German crochet and knitting designer.  Like me, Stefanie is participating in the 2014 Indie Design Gift-a-Long, a virtual extravaganza running through December 31st here on Ravelry. In addition to her self-published works, her designs have appeared in knit.wear and Knitty.

Stefanie can be found online on Ravelry (as stebo79 and on her designer page) and on her German-language blog, Steffis Hobbyatelier.

All photos are (c) Stefanie Bold (except where noted) and are used with Stefanie’s permission.  Click on the pictures to link to the pattern page.
Interview with (mostly) knitting designer, Stefanie Bold, on Underground Crafter

Stefanie Bold.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to knit and crochet?

Stefanie: I was about the age of 8 and I asked my mom to show me how she is knitting all these sweaters for me. She also taught me how to crochet. I was proud to know these techniques already as we had handicraft lessons in elementary school!

Interview with (mostly) knitting designer, Stefanie Bold, on Underground Crafter

Kylie Hat, a free Tunisian crochet pattern by Stefanie Bold.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Stefanie: Quite soon in my knitting career I adapted patterns to my own needs and finally came up with my own ideas. One day I decided that others might be interested in knitting my “designs” and started to write them up. A friend of mine encouraged me to send one of my patterns to Knitty and it was accepted! But without Ravelry, I wouldn’t be self-publishing that many patterns. It is a great platform for crafty people!

Interview with (mostly) knitting designer, Stefanie Bold, on Underground Crafter

Berlin, a knit sock pattern by Stefanie Bold. Image (c) Tangled online magazine.

UC: Many of your patterns are for socks. What do you enjoy about these types of projects?

Stefanie: A sock WIP (work in progress) is very portable and can accompany me while running around. Also, there are endless possibilities how to add patterns and play with gusset decreases.

Interview with (mostly) knitting designer, Stefanie Bold, on Underground Crafter

Allegra, a free Tunisian crochet pattern by Stefanie Bold.

UC: Most of your patterns are self-published. What do you enjoy about self-publishing?

Stefanie: I can make my own timeline and don’t get stressed when life interferes.

UC: What’s your favorite knitting book in your collection?

Stefanie: The one I mostly use is the one with lots of knitting patterns. Thumbing through it can be very inspiring!

Interview with (mostly) knitting designer, Stefanie Bold, on Underground Crafter

Xandra, a knit shawl pattern by Stefanie Bold.

UC: Tell me about a designer you discovered through participation in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long. What attracted you that designer’s work?

Stefanie: That’s a hard one as there are so many great designers… I’ll pick two: Sue Lazenby designs shawls that feature textured patterns, a contrast to the usual lace shawls. Cynthia Levy designs socks with heavy cabling, something that I also like to design, knit, and wear.

Thanks so much for stopping by for an interview, Stefanie!

To find more designers participating in the Indie Design Gift-a-Long, visit this forum thread on Ravelry.

NaBloPoMo

I’m participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Post Month (also known as NaBloPoMo) by blogging daily through November, 2014.

New knitting patterns!

I’m really excited to share two new knitting patterns today. Both patterns are 50% off through Tuesday, November 4, 2014 with coupon code pioneers!

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Both are inspired by pioneer women of aviation, and I had a great time taking pictures up at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodome.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodome on Underground Crafter blog

It’s a great aviation museum just about 90 minutes outside of New York City.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodome on Underground Crafter blogAlthough it rained most of the day and we didn’t get to see the famous air show, I’m still glad we visited. My friend, JS, modeled for both of these patterns.

The first pattern is the Alaskan Moonrise Scarf.

Alaskan Moonrise Scarf, knitting pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

The inspiration behind this pattern was pioneering aviatrix, Marvel Crosson, who had a wonderful, flirty sense of style.

Marvel Crosson. Image via San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive on Flickr.

Marvel Crosson. Image via San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive on Flickr.

(You can see more pictures of Marvel here on my Marvel Crosson Pinterest board.) Marvel was the first woman to earn a pilot’s license in Alaska and was posthumously inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011.

Alaskan Moonrise Scarf, knitting pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

I love this leather jacket, which was loaned to us for the day by a phenomenal local artisan, Carla Dawn Behrle. Carla makes stunning custom-made leather clothing from her studio in New York City, but you can shop in her virtual store from anywhere!

Like many early aviation pioneers, Marvel’s life was cut tragically short. She died in a mysterious crash in Arizona during the first Women’s Air Derby in 1929 when she was 25.

The combination of the semi-circle formed by the stitch pattern and the stunning and icy blue of the Miss Babs hand-dyed yarn (in the Faded colorway) remind me of an Alaskan moonrise, something Marvel might have seen up close during one of her afternoon flights.

Alaskan Moonrise Scarf, knitting pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

By the way, with the jumbo Miss Babs Yowza! Whatta Skein!, this is a one-skein project, even though it measures 69” (175 cm) x 6.5” (17 cm) after blocking. (There’s even enough yarn left to make something small, like a pair of fingerless mitts.)

I used two different shawl pins from Michelle’s Assortment in the photos. I love her wire work. You may remember that I had the chance to meet her at Vogue Knitting Live in New York earlier this year.

If you like the pattern, please show the Alaskan Moonrise Scarf some love on Ravelry here!

The next pattern is Thaden’s Ridged Shawlette.

Thaden's Ridged Shawlette, knitting pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

This asymmetrical shawlette is inspired by a different pioneering aviatrix, Louise Thaden.

Louise Thaden. Image from the San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive Flickr stream.

Louise Thaden. Image from the San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive Flickr stream.

Thaden also had a wonderful sense of style and frequently wore neckwear. (You can see some great pictures of her on my Louise Thaden Pinterest board here.)

Thaden's Ridged Shawlette, knitting pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

This picture includes another shawl pin from Michelle’s Assortment.

Thaden won the first Women’s Air Derby in 1929, and was the first woman to win the Bendix Trophy (in 1936, the first year women could compete against men).

She wrote an amazing biography, High, Wide, and FrightenedI had the opportunity to skim through a first edition copy (held together by lace!) via interlibrary loan.

Thaden book

Thaden’s story is fascinating. Essentially, she was playing hooky from work by hanging around air fields, dreaming of learning to fly. Eventually, Walter Beech noticed her and worked out a sort of trade with her boss. Beech negotiated an entry level job for Thaden – at reduced pay – which included flight lessons. She was also able to use Beech Aircraft Company planes for many of her flights, which helped her defray the costs that became so challenging to other early pilots.

Thaden's Ridged Shawlette, knitting pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

This mostly stockinette shawlette features asymmetry in the garter ridged “stripes” and in the asymmetrical picot bind off.

Thaden's Ridged Shawlette, knitting pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

The design is perfect for the hand dyed yarn I used, Mountain Colors Twizzle, because the stitch pattern is subtle enough to let the yarn shine. This is also a one-skein project.

If you like the pattern, please show the Thaden’s Ridged Shawlette some love on Ravelry here! And, don’t forget: both patterns are 50% off through Tuesday, November 4, 2014 with coupon code pioneers!