Welcome to Meet the Designers of the Crochet Design Series! These incredible and talented designers have agreed to share some of what goes into their designing process. I was very lucky to have had all these designers agree to help out.
I want to bring to you an online version of ‘meet and greet’. Some of these designers you will know right away, and some you are definitely getting to know who they are. I love that there is a mix of designers who have “crocheted” a name for themselves, and some who are just starting out. That way you get information from seasoned designers to intermediate to novice. A great mix indeed!
This Crochet Design Series will come to you in five installments, not inlcuding this post. That way you aren’t overwhelmed with so much information at one time. The schedule of the series is as follows:
April 27th: Series 1 – Crochet Designing, In the Beginning… Design Inspiration
May 4th: Series 2 – Crochet Designing, the Writing Phase
May 11th: Series 3 – Crochet Designing, the Testing Phase
May 18th: Series 4 – Crochet Designing, the Modeling of Your Project Phase
May 26th: Series 5 – Crochet Designing, In the End… Marketing Your Pattern
Keep your eye on my Facebook page, Same DiNamics Crochet, my Google+ profile, or my Twitter account for when these series installments are coming out. That way you can get all the information.
Well… enough chit chatter from me. Here are the designers (in no particular order)!
Sedruola Maruska is a multi-talented, personable, momprenuer, crochet designer, writer and online marketing expert who has combined all her talents into a consulting and mentoring business for crochet hobbyists and professionals. For over 20 years Sedruola helped top-level executives stay at the top of their game by creating partnership situations where her excellent communication, listening and organizational skills ensured the completion of numerous simultaneous tasks. Now, as a crochet designer and marketing professional she brings those same skills to her business as well as her clients’ businesses, building and maintaining “win-win” partnerships that allow them to grow to their full potential. From website development, to crochet design, pricing and learning her elemental principles of listening have helped uncover creative solutions. When she isn’t engaging with clients and customers online she’s playing “hide-and-go-seek”, dreaming of yarn and connecting with the core of her motivation, her family.
You can find Sedie at her various social media sites:
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram Website YouTube Google+ Ravelry Etsy Curious
Neen’s Crochet Corner
Hi, I’m Janine Tsakisiris (aka Neen) from Neen’s Crochet Corner on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NeensCrochetCorner)
My page started out as just a place to share my crochet creations with others. Crochet was something I had always wanted to learn. I taught myself the basics from a book after the birth of my 4th child.
It started with things for my children, then for family and friends. I quickly found my niche, and my bliss, crocheting toys/amigurumi. After working up others designs, some several times over, I found I needed further challenges! I started testing patterns for other designers, then taking on special requests and now I write and sell my own patterns! I enjoy bringing ideas to life! Designing, writing and creating a pattern provides the challenge I love! The enjoyment I get seeing my designs being brought to life by others is priceless! Find my patterns over on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/designers/janine-tsakisiris
I’m a crochet designer from Maine and the owner of Blackstone Designs. I’ve been crocheting for 15 years, but I just started crocheting and designing professionally 2 years ago. Although I like to create a bit of everything, I most enjoys designing clothing. You may have seen me around in crochet competitions and various online and print publications.
Underground Crafter | Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show
Marie Segares is a crochet and knitting designer, teacher, and small business consultant. Her designs have been published by Crochet World, I Like Crochet, I Like Knitting, Inside Crochet, Knit Picks, Love of Crochet, Love of Knitting, Pom Pom Quarterly, and more. She teaches crochet and knitting at several adult education venues in the New York City metro area and at regional fiber events. Marie’s Underground Crafter blog features free crochet patterns, crochet and knitting book and product reviews, interviews with needlearts industry pros, giveaways, and more. In August, she launched the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show, a weekly podcast for indie business owners in the yarn industry. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher!
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Pinterest: Underground Crafter
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Twitter: Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show
Sick ‘Lil Monkeys
Kelli Wohlgemuth is the owner of SICK ‘LIL MONKEYS. She has been crocheting for 24 years. Her favorite things to design are items for lil monkeys to play with or wear, patterns that allow you to incorporate graphs, and sometimes women’s fashion items. She also carries a line of ergonomically comfortable polymer clay crochet hooks. You can find her on Facebook and Ravelry. Also check out their Ergonomic Pearl Bubble Crochet Hooks on Etsy.
Lorene Eppolite is the designer behind Cre8tion Crochet and has been designing since October 2012. She loves to create fun and easy crochet accessories and garments and strives to make her designs to be achievable for any skill level. Just because it is easy, doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Lorene was named one of the Top Ten Designers by The Yarn Box in 2012, by AllFreeCrochet in 2013 and two of her patterns appeared in the Top 100 of 2014 for AFC where she was named a Top Blogger. Lorene has many patterns published by Red Heart Yarns. She was also nominated for four categories in the last round of The Crochet Awards. You can follow Lorene on Facebook or sign up for the Cre8tion Crochet Newsletter.
My full name is Heather Marie Tait. My crochet mane is Cayteejay’s Creations, Cayteejay is one of my nicknames for my daughter who is 12. Her paternal grandmother taught me to crochet Granny Squares right around the time of my daughter’s birth, which is why I’ve named my business after her.
The second pattern I learned is the C2C, or Corner to Corner. My own Granny taught it to me just after my daughter was born. From there I’ve been self taught from books and YouTube.
ELK Studio – Handcrafted Crochet Designs
Hi! My name is Kathy Lashley, and I’m the designer behind ELK Studio – Handcrafted Crochet Designs. I’ve been crocheting for over 30 years now. I think I have a stronger passion to crochet now more than ever. There isn’t hardly a day that goes by that I’m not doing something crochet related.
I started ELK Studio a little over two years ago and love every minute of it! My interaction with the fans is immeasurable when it comes to the feelings of satisfaction. I love being able to sit down with a skein of yarn and my hook to actually create something that people will use in their day to day life.
Crocheters are a unique group of individuals with a passion for creativity and helping to pay it forward by giving away most of what they crochet. I’m truly honored to be in the same family with a great group!
Creative Threads by Leah
Designing is what makes me tick and my absolute favorite items to design are crochet wearables. I love coming up with new accessories and am starting to venture into crochet clothing. I am so excited to see what the future holds for me as I continue to grow and learn new skills even after over 20 years of crocheting. I want to learn to spin and tat and there are so many things on my creative “to do” list.
I have been designing patterns for others to use since March of 2014. I love coming up with ideas and seeing the things that are in my head come to life with my hook in hand. I have designed and created for my own use since I started crocheting as a little girl; although, at the time, I didn’t realize that is what I was doing. I taught myself to crochet after having watched my Memaw crochet for as long as I could remember. This past year, she gave me her hooks as she is unable to crochet anymore. That was a bittersweet gift.
I started selling my finished items a few years back to have the little extras for my family. I have an amazingly supportive husband, Matthew, and two beautiful children, Rebekah and Thomas. They are the motivation behind everything that I do and some of my best ideas have come from my daughter.
One of my favorite thoughts on creativity and my design process is this one from Scott Adams: “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
Tamara Kelly has been designing since 2011 at Mooglyblog.com, and dreams in crochet! She lives in Bettendorf Iowa with her husband/technical advisor and 3 funny and busy kids.