Looking forward to hearing from you,
love and prayers,
Welcome to the month of May everyone, my how time is flying by. The first Thursday of each month has been deemed Sisters In Thread Crochet Thursday here, a time to celebrate some kindred spirits also working to keep this marvelous variety of artistry alive and well.
Ann designs some of the sweetest patterns that it is hard to pick a favorite. This Bluebirds of Happiness doily is AMONG my favorites... along with her Springtime Teacup Bouquet, the Angel of Love, Snow Queen... you get the idea! Her shop is called BellaCrochet, and you can find her in several places... Facebook, Etsy, and her Blog, and the BellaCrochet website.
Ann even has the patterns for several small items available for free! One that I love is this Tiny Christmas Angel. I have made many of these, in all sorts of colors, a few shown here next to a ruler so you can see their size. They are just delightful to work, and make super little 'thinking of you' gifts.
Sheryl is a superb craftswoman also sharing the love of thread crochet. She is on Facebook as Crazy about Crochet and also has a shop on Etsy. Sheryl has a great sense of color, and this piece, using one of Ann's patterns, is just gorgeous.
Anne at Crochet Plaisir has a tremendous collection of thread crochet patterns which she has gathered onto her blog to share with us. Her language is French, but don't let that stop you English speakers from taking a look, as the patterns are all given in pictorial chart form which needs no translation! I must point out, that Anne is not the designer of the items found on her site, but she is a fantastic curator and has many categories set up for browsing (and drooling) simplicity.
I hope you have enjoyed being introduced to these lovely ladies. If you are, or you know of, one who truly loves thread crochet and would like to be featured here just let me know. All I ask is to have any of my links to FB, Etsy, or my website shared somewhere!
Looking forward to hearing from you,
love and prayers,
I have decided that the first Thursday of every month is going to be 'Sisters In Thread Crochet' day! I am always beyond excited when I meet another crocheter working with skinny thread and tiny hooks and I want to help them celebrate this wonderful variation of crochet. This week's featured 'sisters' don't know yet they are being given mention here... but I will let them know soon enough. Meanwhile, if YOU are a sister-in-crochet, or know of one, and would like to be mentioned and shared, please let me know. All I ask for is a return mention somewhere of any of my various online crafty sites (facebook, web site, blog, ravelry store, pinterest board, etc.). Let's work together to show today's generation that thread crochet is NOT just the realm of old grandmothers!
My sharing of sisters in thread crochet simply MUST start with Deborah- also known as Snowcatcher. Her weekly (yes, a new one EVERY week!) snowflake patterns make me wish I had more hours in a day to crochet! Goodness- you just have to check out her site- start with THIS blog post which has the details on how you can get your own copy of her newest MS fundraiser pattern booklet. Deborah- you know I just love you sister!
Among my newest sisters (well- she's not new to thread crochet, just new to me!) is Penny. She's got a page on Facebook called Knot Forgotten Studio, and believe me I will 'knot' be forgetting her lovely work! I discovered her through Kara's recent blog post on Petals to Picots, where Penny so graciously gave a guest tutorial on how to make this lovely item. Oh I think I may have found a new obsession... again, if only there were more hours in a day!
My last sister in crochet to share about today is Kathryn. She is an extraordinary designer of exquisite thread crochet items, one of which is this amazing Stagazer Lily doily pattern which I completed not too long ago. Kathryn's web site, CrochetNBeads, is a true celebration of thread crochet...she's even got several free patterns she has shared with all of us! Kathryn also has a Facebook page and can be found on Ravelry, Etsy, and probably a lot of other places!
I hope that you have enjoyed these little snippets of introductions and that you take time to introduce yourself to these lovely ladies of thread crochet. Love and prayers, Cara Louise
OhMyCrochet, am I glad February is OVER! Just waking up this morning knowing that it was MARCH has so tremendously improved my state of mind... silly, maybe, but I know there are plenty of others who struggle through winter battling the lack of daylight and we are ALL rejoicing now that spring is definitely in sight!
One of the greatest things I have discovered in my quest to stay 'balanced' are the blogs of some beautiful and talented women with whom I can identify in one way or another and who remind me almost daily via my Google Reader that I am not alone. My Google Reader is my first stop in the mornings, mug of coffee at hand, and spending time reading the new blog posts from the day before has just become such a great way to start my days.
These four blogs have become good friends... I don't really know the women who write them and they don't know me, yet there is no denying the connection formed. My hope one day is that my own blog becomes such a place for someone else. I've got a way to go before that happens, but it is my prayer that every word I write may be helpful or inspirational to someone just as the words on these blogs help and inpsire me. Clicking on the banner photos below will take you right to the blogs featured if you wish to become acquainted!
Stunning photography, personal stories, fantastic snowflakes- Deborah at Snowcatcher inspires me daily.
Flowers, crochet, color, fun, family- Lucy at Attic 24 is a great friend to enjoy my morning cup of coffee with.
Jacquie at Bunny Mummy doesn't write about bunnies...although they do get mentioned occasionally! Gorgeous countryside walks, more colorful hooky fun, a great place to relax.
With a banner like that, how can you NOT want to check out Ashley Ann's blog, Under the Sycamore? She doesn't know me, but I feel like I am a part of her lovely family through reading her from-the-heart personal experience regarding life and all its curveballs.
There are some special stitches I use quite frequently in my pattern designs and I sometimes forget that they may not be familiar to some crocheters. I do try to include links in my patterns for tutorials for anything 'out of the ordinary', but occasionally I do forget to do that. Hopefully if I reference them here, those who need to know will be able to find them easily!
There are some terrific sites which have tutorials already published on the web, much better than I would have done, with clear writing and helpful photographs. I am very happy to be able to direct fellow crocheters to these spots.
I think perhaps my favorite site is the Crochet Spot page, which has tutorials on a myriad of topics. Some of the topics that apply to my designs include the invisible single crochet decrease, the magic or adjustable ring, and the foundation single crochet (fsc) stitch. There are so many other topics covered on this site... the only thing that would make it better is to have an index somewhere of everything on it!
PlanetJune is also a great place to go for help on furthering your crochet skills. June has recently re-done her website and made it even easier to find tutorials by making a master list- yay! From the basics to embellishments to special techniques, June has you covered.
Please see also this blog post for more information on starching thread crochet pieces.
What are your favorite resource sites? Or what crochet issue have you NOT been able to find answers for? Perhaps I can help you track down the information you need.
Love and prayers, Cara Louise
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