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!
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!
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 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!
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