Continuing on with my new Designer Spotlight feature, I'm excited to highlight the work of another extremely talented designer. Today's interview focuses on the brilliant Stephanie of Crochetverse. She has some seriously amazing designs and is a super creative fiber artist. If you haven't had a chance to see her work yet, then you definitely need to take a look. So learn a bit more about her, get some good advice, and be inspired to make something of your own! The images throughout her interview link to their respective patterns, so if you see something you like, just give the picture a click.
How long have you been crocheting?
Over 20 years!!!
How did you learn to crochet?
My Grandma used to make lapghans for the Veteran's Hospital and I learned that way with her.
What’s something you wish you had known when you’d first started crocheting?
Not to be afraid of patterns with more than 4 rows! ha!
What is your favorite thing about crocheting?
Color, creative outlet, wearing something I made, and on and on
Is there a certain type of pattern you love to design the most? Why?
I usually gravitate towards clothing because I love being able to wear or clothe my loved ones in something I made with my hands.
When you’re creating new designs, is there something that inspires you? What’s your muse?
I can never sit down and *try* to think of something to make. It just doesn't work. I would be a horrible "on demand" designer. It just has to come out of nowhere and hit me in the face like a ton of bricks, then tap my shoulder over and over until I sit down and make it happen.
What do you think is the most challenging aspect of designing?
Trying to create innovative patterns, stitching, and construction, while still allowing what is needed to offer a range of sizes.
I’m sure it’s impossible to pick just one, but is there one project that you’re particularly proud of?
My two favorites are my ET costume which inspired my Blank Canvas Onesie and my Serged Dream Coat. They by far are what I love the most.
What advice would you pass along to other crocheters?
I always get asked how can I improve my skills. The number one way I improve my skills is to work the patterns of other designer's who inspire me. After doing something like Sophie's Universe, my brain literally opened to a whole new way stitches could go together. Do patterns that challenge you!
Thanks for sharing with us, Stephanie! It's basically impossible to pick just one, since they're all gorgeous, but which design of her is your favorite? Please share in the comments section below or on social media. And if you want to see more of Stephanie's work, be sure to check out her site. Happy hooking!
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