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About Tara

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  • Birthday 11/20/1975

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    Ontario, Canada
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    Anything new
  • Crocheting since...
    Seriously since 2003
  1. That's awesome! Mine just came out, too. Your doilies are beautiful. You should be very proud!
  2. Just letting everyone know that the book is available again! Thanks for all the comments. It's all so very exciting! http://www.anniesattic.com/crochet/detail.html?prod_id=20294
  3. Ack! I don't know where it went! Maybe it DID sell out, LOL. You can still see the book on the coming soon page, though. http://www.anniesattic.com/pages/new_releases/garden.html
  4. It's finally on the Annie's Attic website! It's the Garden Fresh Bag Holders booklet! I'm so freaking excited! http://www.anniesattic.com/crochet/detail.html?prod_id=20294 Buy lots, I'll make more money, lol.
  5. 1: Why do you design? I just hate following other patterns, lol. I always end up messing with them, anyway. So, I make my own. It's also my form of artistic release, since I don't paint or draw on paper anymore. 2: What inspires your designs? Just about anything. Colors, shapes, scrapbook paper, whatever. It doesn't take much to make an idea pop into my head. 3: What is your method for designing: mapping it out by drawing first? winging it and hoping for the best then writing it out? Writing it out first? I usually just wing it. I try an idea once, then, do it again and write it down. If I still like it, I make it one more time to test out the pattern, or I use that time to revise. 4: If you're published, how do you go about submitting your patterns? Do yarn/fiber companies seek you out? I was contacted by the publisher (booklet will be out in march). She saw a freebie patern I had on my blog and asked me to expand on the idea. I sent in sketches and they asked me to go ahead. 5: Where did you learn to design? I think I was just born with it, lol. I used to crochet only as a hobby, but once I started seeing it as an art form, I approached more from a sculpting point of view. Trial and error. Sometimes a sculptor breaks off a nose, so they try again, lol. 6: Any advice for new designers just starting out? Keep trying. Everyone has crappy designs once in a while. Don't let it make you hang up your hook. And make a name for yoruself. Get out there, on the internet, in the minds of publishers. Start with magazine submissions. Even if your projects are not getting selected, now they know your name and what you can do.
  6. I was going to say it looks like a cake, too, lol. I love it!
  7. Here's the link. Lily Chin will be there. My mother in law is taking me. http://www.inspirationsneedlecraft.com/
  8. That's great! I should make one for hubby. Thanks for the link!
  9. I'm glad it can work for you. I'm near Ottawa, too. Well, if you count 1.5 hour drive away from it 'near' lol.
  10. If you're still looking for a maple leaf, I have a graph for one on my blog. http://coffeecrochet.blogspot.com/2006/01/crochet-chart-maple-leaf.html
  11. It looks right to me. There is definately more 'jaggedness' with crochet than with knit. The larger the image, the less it's noticed. I also tend to use hdc more than single crochets, but that's just a preference in the overall look. If you do that, you have to make your original graphed image a bit shorter, so that it doesn't look too stretched out in the finished product. Here's a close up of one of my graphed projects. It is jaggedy, too. But it still sold like hotcakes on Ebay, LOL.
  12. Great job! I made the original up as I went along, too, lol.
  13. My triple crochet (or treble crochet as some call it) is yarn over 2 times, insert in stitch and pull through (4 loops on hook),YO 1 time and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), YO 1 time and pull pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), YO 1 time and pull pull through last 2 loops. Gosh I hope I wrote that right so I didn't just mess ya'll up, lol.
  14. Just a quickie pattern. I got sick of working on design projects last night and wanted to do something really easy. And somewhat functional, lol. It hides my money jar. Not all that well, if I am hidng it from burglars, I suppose, but it looks better than a pickle jar. CLICK HERE FOR PATTERN
  15. Tara

    What makes it mine?

    I agree. If you made it up as you went, it's yours. I would be careful, though. I recently wrote up a pattern that I thought I made up on my own. As soon as I finished writing it, though, I started getting a de ja vu feeling about it. I did some searching and found a pattern almost exactly like it. It was familiar enough that I realized I must have inadvertantly copied it, even though I wasn't looking at it when I made the item. In that case, it was in the grey area (not technically stealing, since there were differences, but far too similar to not notice). I felt it was too close for my own moral comfort and decided to not distribute the pattern any further. Good luck!
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