The 2014 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month gets off to a fabulous start today with a visit to crochet designer Shelby Allaho.
Shelby has a degree in fashion design, and she has worked as an art department director for an embroidery design firm. She has won numerous design awards, and has exhibited her crochet work internationally. Shelby is the co-author of Crocheting Clothes Kids Love, and her designs have been published in popular crochet magazines and books such as: Interweave Crochet, Inside Crochet, and the book Runway Crochet by Margaret Hubert. Shelby specializes in designing crochet patterns that are unique and eye-catching, for a variety of experience levels. She enjoys promoting the art of crochet through social media and on her blog, www.stitch-story.com.
Shelby is a professional member of CGOA, and she has this to share about her CGOA experience:
I like being part of a collective group that is passionate about crochet. I live in Kuwait, and it helps keep me connected to the business side of things in the US.
We’d like to highlight two of Shelby’s designs, just to give you a sneak peek at her work.
Bella Necklace Trio: Once you master the basic concept of making the links, the pattern can be a jumping off point to other necklace designs. You can vary the configuration of the link sizes, which creates a myriad of possibilities. Included in this pattern download will be all three versions that you see above. Version 1 features links that are graduated in size, version 2 has a mock bow, and version 3 adds interest with a cord woven through the links.
It is a great project for gift giving, as you can make several with one skein of yarn and it is possible to make them for a group of friends, and choose the style that best fits their personality!
Chinois Scarf: Inspired by beautiful chinese silk fabric, this festive scarf makes an eye-catching statement piece, with delicate motifs bravely balanced by strong chain links and unique fringe tassels. A bulky weight yarn is used to create the motifs, and a super bulky weight is used for the background of the motifs to give them stability. The scarf is worked in a remarkable way, with a partial motif added to the back to make it reversible. It is a wonderful project to showcase the colors in a variegated yarn.