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  1. Amy

    Crochet Crown

    Here is a crochet crown I made to wear in the booth at the CGOA Chain Link conferences and Stitches events this year. It's made from Filatura Di Crosa's New Smoking yarn in Silver. This is the crown with some white paper inserted in the middle so you can get a better idea of the stitch pattern. I'm going to try to take better pictures tomorrow, since these don't really show just how absolutely sparkly and divine it is! I stiffened it with a boiled cornstarch mixture. It's quite sturdy.
  2. Will Stitches East in Santa Clara next week be your first chance to attend a Stitches conference? Read our latest blog post for 8 tips on how to survive without being totally overwhelmed! Here's a sneak peek at the blog post:
  3. The CGOA Chain Link conference in Reno, NV begins with Professional Development Day on Wednesday, September 12 followed by 4 days of crochet (and knitting) classes and 3 days of fabulous shopping opportunities on the show floor. I will be arriving on Monday, September 10. If anybody else is attending, please post here. Crochetville Vendor Booth This year, Crochetville will have a vendor booth on the show floor in conjunction with Red Heart. We will be selling a number of Red Heart yarns, primarily the new Boutique line, crochet hooks and accessories, crochet-themed jewelry, books, and patterns. We hope to have a number of book signings by some of your favorite crochet designers. If there's something in particular you'd like to see in our booth, please let us know. If you'd like to volunteer to help out in the booth, let us know. It's a great way to meet a lot of people and talk crochet! Conference Classes If you're attending, what classes are you taking? Let us know here. Maybe you'll find there will be a Crochetville friend in class with you. I'll be attending Professional Development Day, but I won't be taking any actual crochet classes since I'll be staffing the booth all the time the show floor is open. Roommate Finder If you'd like to have a roommate to help cut down on the expense of attending the conference, please post here. Be sure to include any special needs, such as: Do you go to bed early or late? Do you smoke? (Even though the hotel rooms are non-smoking, some people's allergies could be affected by rooming with a smoker.) Do you have pets at home? (I have 5 cats, and I know I bring some amount of cat hair with me whenever I travel. I'd hate this to bother someone with severe cat allergies.) Do you like to bring friends back to the hotel room for big chat sessions? Do you have any allergies? (perfume, hair products, lotions, etc.) Do you snore? Does someone else's snoring bother you? Are you a heavy or light sleeper? Do you like to have the TV on all the time? When will you arrive? When will you check out? The more information you can give to a prospective roommate, the better chance you'll be able to find a good match.
  4. Crochetville and Red Heart will have a booth at Stitches South in Atlanta (April 19-22) where you'll be able to purchase select Red Heart yarns, crochet hooks, and more. We would love to get your input on which yarns you'd like to see in the booth. Please answer the poll and let us know which of these yarns you would be interested in purchasing if you were in attendance at the show. The poll is multiple choice, so you can select as many diffferent yarns as you like. There are too many yarns to include in one poll, so I'll create several different polls for your input. Some photos may be of knitted projects. I selected photos that I thought showed the yarn off to good advantage. Red Heart Product Catalog: Download here (PDF) Poll 1: Red Heart Boutique Yarns Poll 2: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 1) Poll 3: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 2) Poll 4: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 3) Poll 5: Red Heart Light Weight Yarns Poll 6: Red Heart Heavy Weight Yarns Poll 7: Red Heart Crochet Cotton Threads 1. Artesano 2. Baby Clouds 3. Buttercup 4. Chunky 5. Comfort Chunky 6. Curly Q 7. Foxy 8. Light and Lofty 9. Pomp-a-Doodle and Spark-a-Doodle 10. Super Saver Chunky
  5. Crochetville and Red Heart will have a booth at Stitches South in Atlanta (April 19-22) where you'll be able to purchase select Red Heart yarns, crochet hooks, and more. We would love to get your input on which yarns you'd like to see in the booth. Please answer the poll and let us know which of these yarns you would be interested in purchasing if you were in attendance at the show. The poll is multiple choice, so you can select as many diffferent yarns as you like. There are too many yarns to include in one poll, so I'll create several different polls for your input. Some photos may be of knitted projects. I selected photos that I thought showed the yarn off to good advantage. Red Heart Product Catalog: Download here (PDF) Poll 1: Red Heart Boutique Yarns Poll 2: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 1) Poll 3: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 2) Poll 4: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 3) Poll 5: Red Heart Light Weight Yarns Poll 6: Red Heart Heavy Weight Yarns Poll 7: Red Heart Crochet Cotton Threads 1. Heart and Sole 2. Luster Sheen 3. Stardust 4. Comfort Sport 5. Designer Sport 6. Hula 7. Soft Baby 8. Sport
  6. Crochetville and Red Heart will have a booth at Stitches South in Atlanta (April 19-22) where you'll be able to purchase select Red Heart yarns, crochet hooks, and more. We would love to get your input on which yarns you'd like to see in the booth. Please answer the poll and let us know which of these yarns you would be interested in purchasing if you were in attendance at the show. The poll is multiple choice, so you can select as many diffferent yarns as you like. There are too many yarns to include in one poll, so I'll create several different polls for your input. Some photos may be of knitted projects. I selected photos that I thought showed the yarn off to good advantage. Red Heart Product Catalog: Download here (PDF) Poll 1: Red Heart Boutique Yarns Poll 2: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 1) Poll 3: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 2) Poll 4: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 3) Poll 5: Red Heart Light Weight Yarns Poll 6: Red Heart Heavy Weight Yarns Poll 7: Red Heart Crochet Cotton Threads 1. Moon and Stars 2. Shimmer 3. Smoothie 4. Soft 5. Soft Baby Steps 6. Soft Touch 7. Stitch Nation Alpaca Love 8. Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe 9. Stitch nation Full O' Sheep 10. Stitch Nation Washable Ewe
  7. Crochetville and Red Heart will have a booth at Stitches South in Atlanta (April 19-22) where you'll be able to purchase select Red Heart yarns, crochet hooks, and more. We would love to get your input on which yarns you'd like to see in the booth. Please answer the poll and let us know which of these yarns you would be interested in purchasing if you were in attendance at the show. The poll is multiple choice, so you can select as many diffferent yarns as you like. There are too many yarns to include in one poll, so I'll create several different polls for your input. Some photos may be of knitted projects. I selected photos that I thought showed the yarn off to good advantage. Red Heart Product Catalog: Download here (PDF) Poll 1: Red Heart Boutique Yarns Poll 2: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 1) Poll 3: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 2) Poll 4: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 3) Poll 5: Red Heart Light Weight Yarns Poll 6: Red Heart Heavy Weight Yarns Poll 7: Red Heart Crochet Cotton Threads The thread pictures all pretty much look the same, so I'm not going to post pictures. Just go ahead and answer the poll to let us know what size thread you'd like to see.
  8. Crochetville and Red Heart will have a booth at Stitches South in Atlanta (April 19-22) where you'll be able to purchase select Red Heart yarns, crochet hooks, and more. We would love to get your input on which yarns you'd like to see in the booth. Please answer the poll and let us know which of these yarns you would be interested in purchasing if you were in attendance at the show. The poll is multiple choice, so you can select as many diffferent yarns as you like. There are too many yarns to include in one poll, so I'll create several different polls for your input. Some photos may be of knitted projects. I selected photos that I thought showed the yarn off to good advantage. Red Heart Product Catalog: Download here (PDF) Poll 1: Red Heart Boutique Yarns Poll 2: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 1) Poll 3: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 2) Poll 4: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 3) Poll 5: Red Heart Light Weight Yarns Poll 6: Red Heart Heavy Weight Yarns Poll 7: Red Heart Crochet Cotton Threads 1. Stripes 2. Super Saver 3. Super Soft 4. Super Tweed 5. Sweet baby 6. With Love 7. Creme de la Creme
  9. Crochetville and Red Heart will have a booth at Stitches South in Atlanta (April 19-22) where you'll be able to purchase select Red Heart yarns, crochet hooks, and more. We would love to get your input on which yarns you'd like to see in the booth. Please answer the poll and let us know which of these yarns you would be interested in purchasing if you were in attendance at the show. The poll is multiple choice, so you can select as many diffferent yarns as you like. There are too many yarns to include in one poll, so I'll create several different polls for your input. Some photos may be of knitted projects. I selected photos that I thought showed the yarn off to good advantage. Red Heart Product Catalog: Download here (PDF) Poll 1: Red Heart Boutique Yarns Poll 2: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 1) Poll 3: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 2) Poll 4: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarns (group 3) Poll 5: Red Heart Light Weight Yarns Poll 6: Red Heart Heavy Weight Yarns Poll 7: Red Heart Crochet Cotton Threads 1. Baby Blankie 2. Baby Econo 3. Bamboo Wool 4. Classic 5. Collage 6. Comfort 7. Eco-Cotton Blend 8. Eco-Ways 9. Fiesta 10. Kids
  10. Designer Studio Spotlight: Tracie Barrett Crochetville User ID: TracieCrochets Website: Fibers by Tracie Blog: Fibers by Tracie Blog © 2011 Amy Shelton and Crochetville LLC. All rights reserved. All photos © 2011 Tracie Barrett. Used with permission. The next stop on our tour of designer studios is the workspace of crochet designer and instructor Tracie Barrett. Tracie is one of our hottest new professional crochet designers. She received the Crochet Liberation Front's Flamie award as Best New Designer of 2008. Her designs have been featured in Interweave Crochet magazine, Crochet World magazine, and on the Coats & Clark and Redheart websites. Tracie has also taught classes at CGOA's national Chain Link conference, and she'll be teaching at Chain Link Minneapolis this July. Tracie has even begun teaching classes for us here at Crochetville, where her Southern Lights Cowl class was incredibly popular. Let's take a look at some of her designs. Click on the links to purchase any of them. The fabulous Southern Lights Cowl: Fionnuala Cowl: Guinivere Choker: Now let's take a look at the space where Tracie creates her fabulous designs. If you've ever despaired because you don't have a lot of space in your home for your crochet work, take heart! Tracie's studio shows us very well how it's possible to be incredibly creative and productive in a small amount of space. Crochetville: Tell us about your studio. Tracie: My studio space is in the corner of my bedroom. I made my desk using a plank of shelving wood on top of two filing cabinets. It's simple and holds the important things I need for the business side of things. I also rely on bulletin boards and white boards (as evident by the corner of my room). I also use a lot of calendars (also evident). My work table is an old kitchen/dining room table that was a display piece at a shop. It's sturdy and light colored which helps when I'm working on afghans or in dark yarns. I keep my hooks and Tunisian hooks (and the occasional knitting needle) in glass vases with glass stones in the bottom. I also love the table top caddy. I got it from Joann's, but I can no longer find it online. It has a large center opening which is stuffed full of various things I need when I'm working. The outer pockets hold my scissors, ruler, pens, and other things I need at arm's reach. The comfy chair I got at Rooms To Go (It's the Avelar Recliner in Peat and was around $400). Crochetville: What are your favorite things about your studio? Tracie: I love that it is compact and organized. I don't have a lot of space, but I make do with what I have. I'm able to work here 8-10 hours a day and get a lot done. Also, the sunset photo was taken by my niece and I love being able to look at it throughout the day. Behind me while I'm working is a large sliding glass door that lets in a lot of light (although in the summer it also lets in a lot of heat). But when I need a break, the view out the window is awesome. Crochetville: Why did you choose the items in your studio? Tracie: The table was gifted to me when I moved in. The desk I came with and I liked how little space it took. The chair is a more recent addition, but it's the perfect comfy chair to crochet in both during the day and the evening. Crochetville: How do you have things organized? Tracie: Yarn is in bins under the table and is sorted by fiber primarily. Tools are up on the table and current projects are within arm's reach. All computer related stuff is by or in the desk. My files are typically organized in the cabinets. I also have a storage unit on the other side of my room which holds various things I rarely need, books, and swatches. Crochetville: How do you use your studio? Tracie: My studio is in my bedroom, so it's used all the time. I design in here, I plan lesson plans in here, I play around on the computer and I watch TV in here. Crochetville: Are there any things you'd like to add? Tracie: More space! Seriously, this whole room is 225 sq ft. There is talk of building a "Florida Room" off the back where the sliding glass door is. If this happens, it'll nearly double my space and I'll move my studio out there. Until then, I'm staying very very organized in a tiny bit of space. Crochetville: Is there anything you'd like to change about your studio? Tracie: See above. I sometimes think about rearranging things, but there's only so many places the furniture can go. So, it'll likely stay like this for a while. Crochetville: Now let's take some time and get to know Tracie a little better. Tracie, when and how did you learn to crochet? Tracie: I taught myself to crochet when I was a teenager. I moved quickly to thread crochet because it was summer here in Florida and yarn was too hot. Crochetville: When and how did you become interested in being a designer? Tracie: I decided to become a designer in 2007. I was crocheting again a lot, and had already started making up my own patterns. I thought it would be neat to be a designer and needed to get away from my very busy job. So I jumped and did it. Looking back, I'd have kept a part time job for a while to make the finances work a bit better. Crochetville: What are your favorite items to design? Tracie: Accessories. Here in Florida, we don't have much use for sweaters. But accessories can get a lot of wear and finish off an outfit. Crochetville: What are your favorite fibers to work with? Tracie: Bamboo, cotton, linen, very lightweight yarns Crochetville: What are your favorite crochet hooks? Tracie: My favorite go-to hooks are my Tulip Etimo hooks I bought at the 2009 Knit and Crochet Show. I actually get sad when I can't use them. If I'm unable to use them, I'm a total Boye girl. Crochetville: Tracie, you sound just like me! I discovered the Etimo hooks at Chain Link, too, but bought my first last year. I finally got around to ordering the complete set just a couple of weeks ago. Before Etimo, I was also a dyed-in-the-wool complete Boye fangirl. Now, is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers? Tracie: I'll be teaching a class on Organizing Your Space at the Summer Knit and Crochet Show in MN. If you're interested in hearing the details of how I do this, and great ideas for how you can get organized no matter how big or small your space, I hope you'll take the class! I hope you've enjoyed this tour of Tracie's studio and the opportunity to get to know her just a little bit better. We hope you'll continue to join us as we spend time with other designers through the rest of 2011. Designers, if you'd like Crochetville to feature your studio in an upcoming article, please send me a PM or use our Contact Us form to let us know of your interest. I'll send you more information about what we'll need you to send us. Until next time, Amy Suggestions for future studio spotlight articles: If you have suggestions for other designers whose studios you'd like to see, please post your suggestions here. Directory of Studio Spotlight Articles (alphabetically by last name) Tracie Barrett Edie Eckman Melissa Horowzewski
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