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National Crochet Month:
Jessie Rayot, Jessie at Home
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Jessie with us today, March 12th, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Jessie’s designs with you.
Skylark in Wonderland, a FREE pattern on the Jessie At Home website
Flight Hat, a FREE pattern on the Jessie At Home website
Getting Off to a Good Start
Jessie’s grandmother taught her to crochet about 30 years ago, when Jessie’s family would go to her apartment for Sunday night dinners.
A Design Career Is Begun
Jessie says, “I started designing for fun before there was a usable internet. I would be in my apartment with yarn and a hook and no real urge to go to the store or the library to find a pattern, so I would just crochet. I ripped out more than I kept, but it was a great way to learn. It’s been a long and curvy path to where I am now, but I have a feeling this is where my journey was supposed to lead me. Every step of my life, however crazy or wrong it may have seemed at the time, makes sense now that I know where I was going.”
Sources of Inspiration
Jessie says, “Inspiration comes from everywhere. I get a lot of fashion magazines and I look through them for inspiration, and to keep on top of trends. Most of the time it is a set of colors or a shape that inspires me more than an actual garment. I sometimes find inspiration in nature and art, and often in Star Trek or some other TV show I play in the background while I crochet. A lot of times I create one design, and it leads me to several more, each inspiring the next.”
Her Greatest Crochet Accomplishment
Jessie believes her greatest crochet accomplishment is finding the crochet designer community and becoming a part of it. She can’t imagine her life without the love, support, and advice from so many other amazing designers. She considers them her “other” family and is very thankful for all of them.
The Wider World of Fiber Arts
Jessie also knits. She used to be a professional costume designer and costume shop manager. She even taught draping and pattern making at a large university. I’m sure these skills and talents come in very handy when she’s designing new crochet patterns. Jessie also enjoys cross stitch, needlepoint, and making latch hook rugs. But crocheting and knitting are what make her happiest!
Advice for New Designers:
Find people like you!! Whatever it is you want to be, find people who are already there and people who are on the same path. Find forums or groups with those people, learn from them and journey with them. Even if you are home alone all day, you do not need to go on this adventure alone.
Fun Story from the Crochet Industry:
I got my “break” completely by accident. My friend Lorene (of Cre8tion Crochet) said we should go to the CGOA show in October of 2013 and I said “OK.” She told me I had to enter something in the design competition, but the entries were due in just a few weeks and they had to be shipped. They couldn’t be published designs, so I yanked the afghan off of my daughter’s bed, laid it on the floor to find any hairballs or loose ends, and tossed it in a box. It earned second place in the home decor category of the Design Competition, and suddenly I had yarn companies and magazines asking me for designs. I was in shock that this all came about from the afghan I made my daughter for blanket forts and living room picnics. She just wanted to know when she was getting her blanket back.
Some of Jessie’s Favorites:
- Favorite Crochet Book: Jessie loves the old needlecraft reference books that include sewing, needlepoint, macrame, knitting, weaving, crochet, rug making, and more. She says they’re a great source to find some classic stitch patterns. She also loves Japanese stitch pattern books.
Visit Jessie’s Blog: NatCroMo FREEBIE Sneak Peek
You will definitely want to visit Jessie’s blog post today! First thing in the morning, she’ll be uploading a post about the blog tour and National Crochet Month with a coupon code for 30% OFF in her Ravelry store, good through Sunday night, March 15. Around noon, she’ll be posting a FREE crochet pattern as well.
Find Jessie Online:
Crochetville: JessieAtHome (must be logged in to see profile)
Ravelry: JessieAtHome (must be logged in to see profile)
Jessie at Home Website: http://jessieathome.com/
Ravelry Designer Page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/jessie-rayot
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