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.
I’m happy to share an interview with Rebeckah Ferger from Rebeckah’s Treasures today, along with a roundup of six of my favorite patterns from her collection. Rebeckah is a Canadian/Norwegian crochet designer and blogger who was born in Sweden and now lives in Panama. She likes to dabble in tapestry crochet.
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Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet?
Rebeckah: My momma got me some red yarn and two sets of crochet hooks for my 10th birthday, and then sat me down to learn the basics.
UC: What inspired you to start designing?
Rebeckah: I wanted to make clothes for my Barbie dolls when I was little, so I came up with ideas and just went for them.
However, what inspired me to start designing crochet patterns was the enormous support from fans who wanted to crochet the chess set I designed for my father. That’s when I got to thinking, this could be really fun!
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?
Rebeckah: I can’t remember exactly what I was looking for, but several years ago, I came across it whilst looking at new crochet techniques on Google Images. That search led me to Carol Ventura’s website, where I fell in love with tapestry crochet right away. I watched her video tutorials and also came across a great pdf with written instructions and started to practice with it. (UC comment: I was introduced to tapestry crochet by Carol Ventura, too! I interviewed her here and included her site in my roundup of free beginner tapestry crochet tutorials.)
When I use tapestry crochet for my project, I know exactly how I am going to crochet it before I pick up my hook because I use Carol’s special graph paper to design it. But what is really fun is seeing what I coloured on paper come to life in my hands. I also love how easy it is to switch between colours and come up with all sorts of designs.
UC: Most of your collections are crochet designs for dolls. What do you enjoy about doll projects?
Rebeckah: I love how quickly I can crochet doll things and how easy it is to add all sorts of fun details to them. When I make a doll set, it includes every little thing I can possibly think of to give it that extra touch and that is what I really enjoy about creating them. Plus, I get to be a little girl again, and who doesn’t wish they could do that?
UC: What crochet projects are you most excited to work on this year?
I really want to finish my “Under the Sea” doll collection this year. It will include Mermaid and Merman Outfits for as many of the fashion doll sizes I can get my hands on, several different mini sea creatures and more…
I started working on the mermaids on and off about a year and half ago (other projects kept trumping it). However, I am determined to complete them this year. So, it has been made my top priority, and I am working really hard to keep myself from starting anything else beforehand (which is really hard and if your anything like me where you like to switch between projects too, you’ll totally get it… lol).
Once I have completed it, I would really like to finish my tapestry crochet ABC blocks and maybe design another tapestry crochet project.
UC: What are your favorite crochet books in your collection?
I don’t presently have any crochet books apart from a little booklet on scarves a friend got me 10 years ago and another mini instructional booklet I got from another friend.
However, one of these days I would really love to get my hands on Annie’s The Go-To Book for Irish Crochet Motifs by Kathryn White and Amamani Puzzle Balls by Dedri Uys. Plus, it would be really great to get one that has all sorts of stitches and other fun crochet techniques too!
UC: Do you have any crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?
I have several! I don’t get to visit them as often as I would like, but I really enjoy Moogly, Cre8tion Crochet, Yarn Obsession, Crochet Memories, The Crochet Lounge and Look At What I Made. I have many more that I visit too, but those are my favourites.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Rebeckah, and sharing your love of crochet with us!