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About Katchkan

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    Kathryn A White
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    58 years young and going strong.
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    Crocheting, gardening
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    Fiber Artist /Retired Riding instructor
  • How long have you been crocheting?
  • Favorite things to crochet
    Crocheted beaded purses, thread crochet. Doilies in praticular.
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  1. I don't get to post things often here. But this one I can share. While going through some of my pictures of Irish Crochet I found a picture of my Midge in her dress. It was a terrible picture so I got her out of her display case and took another shot. This one is much better. The dress I did for her years ago when I was first playing with Irish Crochet. Done in size 100 thread with a size 14 hook. It was a self challenge to see what I could do. Just thought it would be nice to share her with you.
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    Your Suggestions for Our New Look

    I haven't had much of a chance to check things out. My internet has been down for a few days. GRRRRR..... But was wondering if it was possible to read the threads from last post made to first post made. Not 1st post made to last. I like to check on several threads that have been around for a while and read the last comments made. It's faster and easier to do that if I can set it up to read from the last post like we had in the old site. I know I need to spend some time figuring things out here, I do miss being able to see categories at a glance when browsing through the new posts. Such as Doilies and Runners. It is harder to read the way it is now. Can you highlight the forum titles or something to make them more visiable?
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    What do you do when you finish a doily?

    I always hand wash mine. I put too much time and effort into creating a thread piece not to take the little extra to protect it.
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    Does Crocheting make you look old?

    Only if you let it! Like anything in life, it is up to you how you perceive it.
  5. If you want to be paid for crocheting, and your work is superb, then you might consider becoming a contract crocheter. I have never used one but many designers do. Check out the CGOA for ideas on how to become one. You must be a superb crocheter with nice even stitches. Able to obtain the gauge called for in a pattern so the piece ends up size required. Be able to read patterns and catch errors. Willing to do almost everytype of crocheting from thread to afghans. I know a few contract crocheters and they seem to enjoy the work. I have never paid a tester. They normally are happy to have the chance to get my pattern for nothing, and my help if they should need it. For my regular testers I do allow them to ask for any of the patterns I have self published as a perk for a job well done. But that is only for the testers who have proven themselves reliable and thorough.
  6. Not my favorite shade of green. I like the richer darker greens. Like forest or pine. Emerald doesn't really fit me or my decor. But I do like it better than some of the colors they have chosen to promote.
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    What is your niche?

    My niche I would have to say is Thread Crochet designer. I love designing items in thread or fine yarn. I have designed over 100 doilies, numerous shawls, runners, and more. I love the feel and look of the stitches done in thread.
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    Tradewinds Doily

    Thank you everyone, you always make me blush.
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    What do you do when you finish a doily?

    I wash my doilies first, to remove all body oils from the thread and any dirt that it has picked up while being worked, then pin out on the board while wet. After pinning I spray with spray starch and let dry.
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    Pattern help

    Glad to help. Don't feel bad I have known this sort of thing to stump seasoned crocheters. But, No not all patterns are this tricky. But if you find one that stumps you, Someone here is sure to help you out.
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    Pattern help

    Lets see if I can make this clearer. Row 1: You chain 4, work 4 dc in the 4th ch from the hook, ch 3, sl st into the same ch st. Row 2: ch 3, turn, now you will work 4 dc in the last ch 3 sp of previous row, ch 3, and sl st into the same sp, ( This will actually be working into the side of row 1. ) I know this can be confusing as it's not linear. But it truly does work. I sat down and tried it to be sure.
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    Tradewinds Doily

    Thank you everyone for your kind remarks. I do love when I can actually share with all of you.
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    My Doily

    Very Pretty!
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    Tradewinds Doily

    I don't get to share as often as I would wish these days. So since I have the opportunity I am taking advantage of it. This is my Tradewinds doily design. I used the bullion stitch in the doily to make a pineapple doily something special. Done in 3 colors of size 10 thread, using as size 7/1.65 hook. It measures 14 and 3/4 inches across. Hope you like seeing this doily as much as I am enjoying being able to share it with you. This one is in my Beautiful Bullions book.
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    What do you do with doilies?

    Anyone who knows me, knows I love doilies. I use them in the traditional manner. I have many antiques and use them to protect them from scratches. Plus, put them on the back a chair in a color/ or color combination that accents the chair. I have them draped over my good towels in my bathroom on the rod. On the back of my toilet instead of fuzzy cover. Sun catchers in my windows. Draped so part of the doily hangs down on my library shelves. As others have said color can make a big difference. I love my white doilies in certain places, but love using a colorful doily to pull the colors in a room together. I like doilies as pillow fronts also. I use one on a pedastal cake plate for special occasions. In my bread basket. RoseRed was correct there are so many styles these days that you should be able to find something to fit your needs and decor.