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A-Glamping We Will Go: 5th Annual National Crochet Month Blog Tour
Want to Chat about the Tour?
Part of the fun of glamping is the daily round-up around the campfire, chatting and stitching with friends. We hope you’ll join us in our NatCroMo Facebook group, where we’ll be sharing daily camping recipes, campfire songs about crochet, and so much more! We’d also love to hear about your favorite things you’ve discovered on the tour and see photos of your current crochet projects. You’re invited to join us daily for virtual cocktails/appetizers and dinner. (We’ll be sharing links to some fabulous recipes!)
Suzann Thompson, TextileFusion
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Suzann Thompson of TextileFusion with us today, March 25, as one of the featured designers on our 2017 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). If you’d like to know even more about Suzann, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.
I’m Suzann Thompson, and since the 1990s, my crochet designs have been published in magazines and books, including my own books, Crochet Bouquet, Crochet Garden, and Cute Crochet World. Lately I’ve devoted a lot of time to creating art with crochet, knitting, and quilting. In this year’s Crochetville Blog Tour, I’m very excited to tell you about my upcoming exhibit called “Celebrate Doilies!” It honors our doily heritage with art, family histories, and poetry. There’s still time for you to participate in the exhibit, so be sure and stop by my blog on March 25.
Do you crochet in public? If so, when and where?
I certainly do crochet in public! I get a lot of crocheting done while waiting. Whether I’m waiting to pick up my daughter from school, waiting with my parents at doctors’ appointments, or waiting for my turn at the hairdresser’s, it’s all productive crochet time.
Do you have a special place at home where you crochet? Tell us about it.
The glider chair in our living room is my favorite place to crochet, because it has the brightest lamp in the room, and more importantly, a matching gliding footrest. Whenever possible, I like to crochet with a cup of coffee nearby and my phone playing an audio book.
Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.
My current favorite is a recently finished wall hanging called Winterling. That is the name of the German chinaware factory where my great grandmother worked. One of the patterns they produced was the blue and white Zwiebelmuster, or onion, pattern.
The flowers and curlicues of the Zwiebelmuster inspired designs for my book Crochet Garden. The vase in the Winterling wall hanging is my interpretation of the same pattern, using knitting, crochet, embroidery, and beading.
As always, I enjoyed arranging flowers and deciding on decorations. The finished piece turned out better than I imagined it would.
Tell us about any other fiber-related hobbies you enjoy.
I enjoy knitting, because, you know—yarn. Sewing is pretty fun too, because, hey, fabric is fun and beautiful. Putting everything together is what I do in my art, which is why it’s called TextileFusion. It is a combination of knitting, quilting, crochet, and embellishment, especially buttons.
How do you decide what to name your patterns?
If possible, I like to have a pun or play on words in a pattern name, like “Candy Cornflower.” Depending on how you look at it, punning is one of the best or worst things our family does. Sometimes I’ll use a name like “Samarkand Sunflower” which reflects the pattern’s inspiration, or go for simple description, like “Tabby Oval.”
Tell us about your most popular pattern.
My most popular single pattern is probably the Dogwood Scarf, which appeared in Interweave Crochet magazine in Spring of 2015. It was crocheted with the lovely, soft Madeline Tosh yarn, “Vintage.” The photo here is used with permission, with credit to Interweave/Harper Point Photography.
I have published a post with lost of details and images about the Crochet Doilies exhibit that includes a special poem about crochet by Sandi Horton. I’ll also be giving away my Turkey and Penguin pattern available for free, today only, March 25, 2017. Click the link above the photo to head on over to my blog for the details.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share about my three books with you.
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