The 2014 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month continues today with a visit to crochet designer Brenda Stratton.
Whether you or not you recognize her name, if you’ve been crocheting for a long time, chances are you’ll recognize many of Brenda’s crochet designs. She has published thousands of designs during her career, which spans nearly 30 years. Brenda’s patterns have appeared in individual magazines, book anthologies, and pattern books; on a variety of television craft shows; and have been produced for several different yarn companies. Brenda has designed many different things, but afghans and doilies remain her favorites. She also spent four years as a crochet book and magazine editor, which allowed her to see what it takes to guide a design through the publishing process.
Brenda has been married to her husband Carl for 43 years. They have four amazing children, Tammy, Christopher, Elizabeth, and Scott. Brenda and Carl are also the proud grandparents of 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Their home is ruled by their two much-loved (and quite spoiled!) Shih Tzus, Rosie and Gracie.
National Crochet Month Plans
Brenda is offering her new Grab & Go Tote for free for one week, though April 3, 2014. After that time, it will be available for $3.95 on Craftsy and later in the Crochetville Pattern Store.
Keep up with Brenda online:
Ravelry Designer Page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/brenda-stratton
Brenda is a professional member of CGOA (Crochet Guild of America), and she has this to share about her CGOA experience:
I especially enjoy attending the conferences which gives me the opportunity to learn even more about my craft through classes; a chance to meet other designers, editors and teachers; and the ability to network on an even larger scale. The professional email list and Facebook allows me to keep up with what the other designers are doing throughout the year.
We’d like to highlight two of Brenda’s designs, just to give you a sneak peek at her work.
Photo copyright Coats and Clark. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Get an early start on Christmas projects with these striking patterns designed by Brenda. The patterns are no longer available on the Red Heart website, but they can be found on the Purple Kitty website with special permission granted by Coats and Clark.
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