Designer Spotlight: Brooke
I don't know about you all, but I have really been missing the Designer Spotlight posts lately. Luckily, we've got another great one this week! Today's spotlight is all about Brooke of Snuggly Fox Designs. Brooke is a talented crochet designer with tons of adorable kid-approved patterns. She has some super cute wearables and I especially love all of the accessories for her amigurumi dolls. So take a look at some of her work, learn more about her as a fiber artist, and be sure to go check out the rest of her patterns! I'm sure you'll find something you love.
How long have you been crocheting?
I’ve been crocheting for about 16+ years and loving every minute!
How did you learn to crochet?
I learned the basic sc and dc stitches from my cousin when I was 12. About 7 years ago, when our first little one was born, I decided to really dive in to crochet with the help of fabulous crochet blogs and youtube channels.
What’s something you wish you had known when you’d first started crocheting?
Taking pictures on a solid background and in natural lighting! I was pretty diligent to take a picture of every finished project, but it wasn’t till a few years ago that I started researching how to photograph my pieces! It has done wonders for my business!
What is your favorite thing about crocheting?
I love being able to see a picture of something and recreating it! It’s always an added bonus when our little ones will say, “Hey mommy! That looks just like a…” ?
Is there a certain type of pattern you love to design the most? Why?
I love designing amigurumi! It’s funny, cuz I only started making amis about 2 years ago. My very first ami pattern that I designed ended up winning a contest, and I’ve been hooked ever since! Amis are just so cute and fun to make!
When you’re creating new designs, is there something that inspires you? What’s your muse?
I come up with the initial concepts from characters, clothing styles, stitches, textures, (etc.) but my family also plays a part in each of the designs. My hubs, mom, and sister are amazing with color choices and finishing touches, and our babies always love to state their opinions on clothing for the dolls!
What do you think is the most challenging aspect of designing?
Getting started is always a challenge for me. I can spend days thinking about a new design and how to work it up, but sometimes I get bogged down with all the details of starting. I spent a lot of time checking out other designers, and I’ve come up with a format for myself that definitely makes it easier.
I’m sure it’s impossible to pick just one, but is there one project that you’re particularly proud of?
I’m especially proud of my Emily Doll. I had a lot of fun designing her and making her just like our Emily. She was among the first amis I ever made, and my 2nd ami pattern I designed! I don’t particularly like sewing amis together, so she is made in one piece with her arms crochet in as you go!
What advice would you pass along to other crocheters/knitters?
Don’t be afraid to pick up your hook/needles and go for it! Whether it be trying out a new pattern or writing your own, getting started is the biggest step! Yes, there will be a lot of frogging and reworking, but that’s all part of the process!
Thanks for sharing your work with us, Brooke! If you're interested in her work, be sure to check out her Ravelry shop or her Etsy shop. Or, for more inspiration, you can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, or Pinterest.
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