March 2: A Tour through Crochet Country

On our second day of  A Tour through Crochet Country, we’re dropping in on Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring.

[button link=””]Today’s Stop 1: Visit Ellen Gormley[/button]

You may know Ellen Gormley as the crochet designer who does gorgeous things with motif afghans, as can be seen in her book Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workshop (Krause Publications 2011). In her most recent book, Learn Bruges Lace (Annie’s 2012), Ellen teaches us the stitch patterns in this beautiful old technique and puts them together in patterns for several wearable accessories and one throw. Ellen is the newest crochet expert on the show Knit and Crochet Now. She also has a new online class at Annie’s, Crocheting with Beads. You can see a photo of me and Ellen at the 2010 CGOA Banquet, where she is wearing her self-published Riverstone Vest.

Ocean’s Tide is one of my favorite afghan designs in Ellen’s Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workshop.

Ocean's Tide
Ocean’s Tide by Ellen Gormley


I love this cute E-reader Cozy Ellen self-published last year.

E-reader Cozy
E-reader Cozy by Ellen Gormley
Available on Ravelry, Go Crochet


[button link=”″]Today’s Stop 2: Visit Nancy Nehring[/button]

Nancy Nehring is a needlework author, designer, and instructor. She is fascinated with the history of crochet and has done much research on it. Most recently, Nancy wrote a history of filet crochet for the March/April 2013 issue of PieceWork, and a photo from her article graces the cover! It shows a table topper made by her husband’s great grandmother, circa 1920. Nancy’s designs and articles have been published in numerous books, booklets, and magazines.

I am amazed by her beautiful, intricate butterfly from Crochet Traditions Fall 2012, a special issue from PieceWork magazine.

An Irish Crochet Butterfly
An Irish Crochet Butterfly by Nancy Nehring


Her Woven Plaid Hotpad from Crochet World (June 2011) looks fun and easy with a unique, textured look:

Woven Plaid Hot Pad
Woven Plaid Hot Pad by Nancy Nehring


Good-Bye Until Tomorrow

I hope you enjoyed today’s stops visiting with Ellen and Nancy. Please come join us again tomorrow when we’ll visit with Phyllis Serbes  and Mona Muhammad.

[button link=””]Visit Phyllis Serbes[/button] [button link=””]Visit Mona Muhammad[/button]

Our Little Giveaway: Autographed Pattern Postcard

Today’s entries are closed. Winners: Congratulations to Leta and to Pam Spradlin!

Each day of A Tour Through Crochet Country, we’ll be giving away two promo postcards, one to each of two winners. These are only available at our 2013 consumer show booths, and will be autographed by both of us, Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka, co-owners of Crochetville! The postcard includes Amy Shelton’s exclusive X Marks the Spot scarf pattern.

To enter, please leave a comment below answering this question: What type of item do you most enjoy crocheting and why?

The fine print: Must be 13 or older to enter. Entries must be received by 12:00 midnight Pacific time on the date of this post. Winners will be selected by random drawing and notified by email the following day. Void where prohibited by law.

All photos are used with permission or under the Fair Use Exclusion of US copyright law.

12 thoughts on “March 2: A Tour through Crochet Country”

  1. I enjoy making a wide variety of things; it’s hard to choose only one. I guess I’ll say Holiday items; I enjoy making a variety of items for every holiday and enjoy seeing people’s reaction to my creations.

  2. Tops. One of the best ways of extending my wardrobe and my daughter’s. We especially like lacy cover-ups we can wear to keep from sunburning while still feeling like we have nothing on our shoulders and arms.

  3. Afghans. I find that if I keep a few on hand they come in handy for gifts. I would someday like to try thread…that butterfly is gorgeous.

  4. I love making thread crocheted jewelry, preferably with beads or other embellishments. Why, I like detailed items, hence my preference for thread, and I have always been partial to jewelry. I want to be just like Nancy when I “grow-up”, but yikes, I think I am many years older than her!

  5. I like to make afghans, mostly baby & lap ones; since I’m slow I can make them faster…of course, I love new patterns and new stitches; so, I will try a new type of project just to find something new…F’r’instance, I make baby hats for charity; I’ve used at least a dozen different patterns so far and rarely make more than a few of each pattern before looking for a new one… ^_^

  6. Wow, that’s a hard question to answer as I enjoy crocheting a variety of items. But if I were to choose one, it would be sweaters and tops. I enjoy crocheting garments, probably because I learned to sew early in life. I actually took a home economics class in high school that included sewing and my mother also taught me.

  7. I love amigurumi! I started when my (now) 15 month granddaughter was born. For Christmas I crocheted her a zoo. Easter she’s getting a fairy dolly with a cupcake cradle purse, to carry the dolly.

  8. I love to make scarves but how many do I (or my friends need)? Starting to make a lot of Motifs and getting to love those. I really like the E-reader Cozy by Ellen Gormley. I’ll have to look into that 😉


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