The 2014 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month continues today with a visit to crochet designer Akua Lezli Hope.
Akua Lezli Hope began crocheting at 12, evolving to create wild hats for herself and friends in New York City. Her participation lapsed until she reconnected with dimensional crochet in the late 90s and soon after, found free form. Her crochet designs have been included the Crochet 2010 and 2011 Calendars, Interweave Crochet, Knit Picks IDP, Sanguine Gryphon, Tangled Magazine, Crochet! Magazine Presents, Fall 2013: Crochet For A Quiet Evening and Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World. Her crochet patterns are available on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy, Delighted and DaWanda. Her creations can also be found in the International Freeform Fiberarts Guild books Somewhere in My World, Mythologies Stories and Fairy Tales and Inspired! Music and Art in Fibre and she has exhibited her work locally. An Associate Professional member of the Crochet Guild of America, her crochet blog is www.zencrochet.blogspot.com. She served as the assistant editor of Crochet Savvy magazine. Her fiber love extends to hand papermaking. She also creates using glass, wire, words and sound. A (U.S.) National Endowment of the Arts award-winning poet, her fiction and poetry are included in several groundbreaking collections.
National Crochet Month Plans
Akua is offering a free pattern on her blog during the week of her blog post.
Keep up with Akua online:
Ravelry pattern store: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/akua-lezli-hope
Etsy shop: www.akuadesigns.etsy.com
Akua is a professional member of CGOA, and she has this to share about her CGOA experience:
CGOA helps with the loneliness of being in a small town without other crocheters around. It unites and connects. My mentor offered safe habor for those questions and moments when I dared not ask anyone else.
There is strength in unity and organization. There is also a braintrust and history. I cherish crocheting as craft and artform, as expression and endeavor. CGOA provides shelter and camaraderie.
We’d like to highlight two of Akua’s designs, just to give you a sneak peek at her work.
SunRays Shrug/Shawl: SunRays is gorgeous shawl that easily converts to a shrug. Its figured fabric is formed by a uniquely beautiful blend of crocheted fans and clusters which shape, texture and define the garment. It can be buttoned for a close embrace or unbound, will grace shoulders, warm laps, or wrap your neck. SunRays offers a flattering shape for all body types. This is an intermediate level pattern. $5.00 USD
Daisy Hat: An interesting spiral-striped crown and sweet floral accent make this spring hat a delight to make and to wear. The finished size is easily adjustable to fit a range of head sizes, and you can change the stripe sequence to suit your own style. $2.75
Blog Tour Schedule
Halos of Hope Hat Drive/Fundraiser