Welcome to Inside the Crochet Designer’s Mind with Stacey of Busting Stitches
I am a wife and mother of 5. I have been crocheting for a 4.5 years. I speak Korean. (한국어 할 수 있요.) I love to craft and make things. I am always saving things that I think can be used for crafts.
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Same DiNamics Crochet: Tell us a little bit about your crochet experience such as when did you start to crochet and how long you’ve been crocheting?
Stacey: . I have been crocheting for almost 4.5 years. I started in 2011. I was already knitting and wanted to try to learn how to crochet.
SDC: Who has influenced you either as a crocheter or designer?
Stacey: I get inspiration from all kinds if places, but I can definitely remember being influenced by Bill Martin Jr.
SDC: What inspires your crochet designs?
Stacey: I like to design things that require very little sewing for the most part.
SDC: As a designer, it’s pretty hard to chose what your favorite design is, but, is there one or two that you really enjoyed creating? Tell us little about it and leave links to where they can be found.
Stacey: I really enjoyed the Winter Princess Dress and Hat pattern and the Bow Cuff Slipper pattern. The princess dress seems so whimsical. I love how nice the braids bring the project together. The slippers I love because of how easy they are to make once you get the hand of it. I made it for Toddler to Adult sizes to accommodate most people. Yes, that includes an xxl size for feet that are even bigger than my size 11 feet. So many times people find something they like only to find that it doesn’t come in their size.
SDC: What are your favorite fiber types you like to work with?
Stacey: I love working with cotton and silk. It feels so nice in my hands. Silk feels nice because it’s so soft and smooth. Cotton feels nice because it is so heavy. For some reason, if the project is heavier, I can crochet a bit faster.
SDC: Are there any sage advice you can give to a new crocheter, and a new crochet designer?
Stacey: Crocheter: Don’t stay stagnant. Grow your skills. It’s totally great if you have been crocheting for a really long time, but if you never venture past the things you learned in the beginning, you will still be a beginner. I want to see crocheters saying “Ooo, that’s what I’m going to make next!” instead of “I wish I could make that, but I can’t.” Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Designer: Get your patterns tested. Even if you don’t have a group of testers have someone look over your pattern.
SDC: This is something most crocheters are curious about, what’s the size of your yarn and hook stash
Stacey: I have so many hooks. My largest hook is 3 inches in diameter and my smallest is .10mm. I don’t have an abundance of yarn, since I tend to give away my excess yarn. I know that doesn’t sound like a classic yartist, but I assure you that I buy tons of yarn. I just realize that I probably won’t ever use the lime green tiger striped fun fur that was on sale that I had to have 3 months ago.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this latest installment of Inside the Crochet Designer’s Mind with Stacey of Busting Stitches.
As always, much love and happy hooking!