NatCroMo 2015, March 26: Rebecca Velasquez

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National Crochet Month:

Welcome to Crochetville’s third annual Designer Blog Tour, taking place all throughout March 2015 in celebration of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). Each day on our blog, you will find 1) in-depth profile posts for two crochet designers, with a link to their blogs so you can see what specials (free patterns, discount coupon codes, tutorials, etc.) they may be offering for NatCroMo, 2) a daily giveaway post with entries open from 8:00 AM CST to 8:00 AM CST the following day, and 3) during the last week of the month, daily posts from a Crochet Guild of America board member. Join us each day for a new surprise!

Today’s Posts: Jocelyn Sass, Cute Crochet | Rebecca Velasquez, RV Designs | Tammy Hildebrand, CGOA Vice President | Daily Giveaway | Halos of Hope Hat Collection | Complete Designer Schedule

Rebecca Velasquez, RV Designs

Crochetville is very proud to have designer Rebecca Velasquez with us today, March March 26th, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). Rebecca is a member of The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). She has also been a member of Crochetville since its very beginning in February 2004.

Photo of Rebecca Velasquez

Rebecca’s Designs:

If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Rebecca’s designs with you.

Photo of Cenizo

Cenizo, available on Ravelry for $4.00

“A native plant of the Texas panhandle, cenizo, or known around here simply as Texas Sage, is a common site in open fields. The delicate, silvery green leaves, when touched, release an amazingly delicious and intoxicating fragrance. From summer through fall, this aromatic bush produces stunning displays of prolific purple blooms.”

“This long and narrow triangular shawl, is created from bottom to top, with the lace edging crocheted with just a shift of the shawl, leaving only 2 yarn tails to weave in.”

 

Photo of Haiku Crochet Shawl

Haiku Crochet Shawl, available on Ravelry for $6.00

“I love the wearability of long, narrow shawls and am equally in love with interesting, yet simple, stitching. This shawl has a very modern and clean feel while keeping its wooly, relaxed comfort.”

 

About Rebecca:

Crochet Beginnings

The first project Rebecca remembers being proud of was a mauve-colored potholder she made for her grandmother, who taught her to crochet when she was 12. It was so funny because it was not a very practical potholder: 100% acrylic with googly eyes glued on. Rebecca recalls, “When she passed away, 20+ years later, this sad little potholder was found in a drawer of her craft room with a a note pinned to it, ‘Rebecca Ann, 12yrs old.’ I love that she kept it all those years.”

Designing

Rebecca designs more shawls than anything else. She says they’re so versatile and people love them. She likes classic, wearable style.

Rebecca entered the world of designing “with a bit of confidence boosting from Robyn Chachula,” she says. Finally one day, Rebecca sent in a submission. And she continued on from there.

Rebecca sees herself as a combo designer. She tells us, “I usually have some idea of what I’m going to do, even stitch pattern and some instruction written when starting a project. But if it changes mid-stream (it usually does) I don’t worry about it. I just let it happen.”

Her greatest crochet accomplishment so far is her e-book, Crochet, Book One, published with Quince & Co.

Other Crafts

Rebecca also knits, spins, dyes, and sews.

Author’s Note

I first met Rebecca online back in 2004 when Crochetville was just getting started! We were a handful of people, maybe a dozen or two in the beginning, who would come to Crochetville every day and not want to miss a single post that was made. Those are some great memories!

 

Advice for New Crocheters:

“Don’t be afraid to new things,” recommends Rebecca. “The internet is a great tool, help is easy to find if you find yourself in a pickle.”

 Advice for New Designers:

“It sounds cliché, but really, jump in!” Rebecca says.

 

Some of Rebecca’s Favorites:

Photo of Clover Amour HooksFavorite Hooks: Clover Amour hooks

Favorite Books: “I love any and all stitch dictionaries.”

Favorite Yarn: Fingering and lace weight yarns

Favorite Thing to Crochet: Shawls, with sweaters a close second

Favorite Designers: Rebecca shares with us, “Not just favorite designers, but two of the people I love most in this world: Ellen Gormley and Marly Bird. I also absolutely adore Robyn Chachula, Kristin Omdahl, Doris Chan, Drew Emborsky…. it’s just too hard to answer. Being lucky enough to be ‘in the industry,’ I’ve had the pleasure of meeting all of these amazing designers and so many many more!”

 

Visit Rebecca’s Blog: NatCroMo Sneak Peek

You will definitely want to visit Rebecca’s blog post today! We’re not sure what Rebecca has up her sleeve for NatCroMo, so you’ll have to visit her online to find out!

Button to Visit Rebecca's Blog

 

Find Rebecca Online:

Website: rebeccavelasquez.com

Blog: rebeccavelasquez.com/blog

Ravelry Designer Page: ravelry.com/designers/rebecca-velasquez

Ravelry Profileravelry.com/people/RebeccaVelasquez  (must be logged in to view profile)

Crochetville Profile: crochetville.com/community/user/40799-rebeccavelasquez  (must be logged in to view profile)

Facebook: facebook.com/rebeccavelasquez

Twitter: twitter.com/RebecaVelasquez

Craftsy: craftsy.com/user/17951/pattern-store

 

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