I had the chance to get to know Dedri from Look At What I Made a little better last year when I interviewed her for National Crochet Month. She’s a talented crochet designer and blogger, and also a caring person.
Oh, and did I mention busy?
Dedri is raising three young sons with her husband and working four days a week as hospital radiotherapist. Somehow, she also finds time to create stunning crochet patterns and write books.
This book is a collaboration with 15 crochet designers working with strips of leftover fabric to make fast and eco-friendly designs. You can see all of the book’s designs here on the Ravelry source page.
If you’re new to crocheting with fabric strips, there are some great tutorials by Dedri in the back of the book that will help you create your own fabric yarn and teach you basic stitches and crochet techniques.
So, are you ready to win your own copy of Big Hook Rag Crochet? Lark Crafts is providing one lucky U.S. winner with a copy. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, February 1, 2016 using the Rafflecopter widget below. One winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!
I’m excited to share a guest post today from Donna Wolfe, the crochet designer and teacher behind the Naztazia YouTube channel. Donna has recently added “author” to her credentials, so I asked her to share a guest post with us today about her new book on broomstick lace. Since Donna is a multimedia gal, she also shared this post in audio format, which you can listen to in the player below, and I’ve also included some of her videos, too.
Hi I’m Donna Wolfe from Naztazia. Marie from Underground Crafter has been kind enough to allow me to do a guest blog post for her site.
Listen to Donna’s audio version of this guest post below.
She asked me to tell you a little bit about my new book, Broomstick Lace Crochet: A New Look at a Vintage Stitch with 20 Stylish Designs, published by Stackpole Books. Broomstick lace is a vintage technique that produces a very pretty lacy cluster with a twisted loop effect. And while broomstick lace is accomplished by using both a knitting needle and a crochet hook, it has generally been classified under the crochet umbrella of stitches. In the 1970s, broomstick lace was referred to in a series of books as “Jiffy Lace,” probably because the stitch works up in a jiffy if you use a larger knitting needle. Some books have called it the Peacock or Peruvian stitch as well.
Before you start to learn broomstick lace, it helps to know some of the basics of crochet first, such as the chain and single crochet stitch. If you can accomplish these two basic stitches, learning broomstick lace is pretty easy. To crochet broomstick lace, you would start off with some yarn and crochet a basic chain with your crochet hook. After that you’ll need to grab one large knitting needle. After inserting your hook into the first chain and drawing up a loop, you gently place this loop onto your knitting needle. After completing all of the loops across the chain, you begin the process of taking loops off of your knitting needle in groups of 5 and making single crochet stitches in them. Once all of these loops have stitches in them, you would repeat the process of drawing up loops, followed by taking them off in groups of five.
The process I’ve just explained is traditional broomstick lace. In my book, I show you this process step by step, with plenty of easy-to-understand, full-color photos. And not only is traditional broomstick lace covered, but 9 other variations of broomstick lace as well, including increasing, decreasing, faux broomstick and working in the round. As mentioned before, if you know the basic chain and single crochet stitch, broomstick lace is very easy to understand after a few practice stitches. My book also has 20 patterns that use broomstick lace. Some projects are 100% broomstick lace, such as several scarves, a wrap, blanket, cell case, hoodie and more. And in some of these patterns, I use broomstick lace as a nice decorative edging, such as in the baby sweater, hat and bootie ensemble, as well as the ever popular boot cuffs.
If you are curious to see what all of the finished projects look like in the book, be sure to check out my YouTube video for “Broomstick Lace Crochet” found on the Naztazia YouTube channel.
In the video, craft editor Pam Hoenig from Stackpole Books and I give you plenty of tips and tricks on how to wear or use each broomstick lace item in the book as well as show you a nice 360 view of many of the finished projects.
I’d like to thank Marie again from Underground Crafter for allowing me to do this guest post. And thank you very much for reading more about Broomstick Lace Crochet!
The nice folks at Stackpole Books have offered up a copy of the book to one reader in the U.S. Enter through Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern using the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win. Good luck!
Welcome to the giveaway page for the first pattern of the 2016 Holiday Stashdown Crochet-A-Long. This pattern is the Pretty Posies Hat by Sheri Weber of The Country Willow. In this post, I’ll be introducing you to Sheri and sharing the link to the monthly and end-of-CAL giveaway for this pattern, so read on for details! (By the way, if you’re new to the Holiday Stashdown CAL, here’s a description and a full schedule, with regularly updated links to all patterns.)
Sheri is the crochet designer behind The Country Willow, which she founded in September, 2013. Sheri describes herself a “addicted to crafting.” (I know most of us can relate!) She is the mother to two adult daughters and the stepmother to another four children. She finds that crocheting brings her peace while allowing her to express her creativity.
Find out more about the 2016 Holiday Stashdown CAL here.
To enter the monthly giveaway for this pattern, share share a picture of your completed Pretty Posies Hat using the link up below by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, February 7, 2016.
Your projects shared here by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, January 9, 2017 will be entered in the end-of-CAL giveaway.
You may share one picture of each project you complete using the Pretty Posies Hat pattern. Each completed project will count as one entry in the giveaway.
You are not required to use a link to enter the giveaway, but if you do, please link directly to the Ravelry project page, Instagram photo, or blog post, not to your main blog or profile. (If you’re new to InLinkz linkups, you can find a tutorial here.)
One giveaway winner will be chosen from these entries at random to win the monthly prize. Another will be chosen to win one of the end-of-CAL giveaway prizes.
Don’t forget to join the fun in our Facebook and Ravelry groups, too! You can share as many pictures as you like in the groups, but only pictures submitted here will be entered in the giveaways.