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National Crochet Month:
Luz Mendoza, Luz Patterns
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Luz Mendoza of Luz Patterns with us today, March 14th, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
Three Truths and a Lie:
Take a guess as to which of the following statements isn’t true. We’ll try to let you know which statement is “The Lie” somewhere in this post. If we just can’t work it in, we’ll post the truth at the bottom of the post!
- Luz has lived in the UK almost half of her life.
- She is originally from Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, in Spain.
- Luz really does not like chocolate cake.
- Luz has three children: a boy and twin girls who are only 18 months apart, so it’s sometimes like having triplets!
If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Luz’s designs with you.
“Getting ready for the spring, here is my first super colorful bag of 2014! I had quite a lot of fun putting the colours together for this bag. I basically went through all my ends and decided I was going to make something really awesome with them! I am very happy with the end result!”
“I found this lace stitch so addictive! I have taken lots of pictures of the stitch to guide you through it. This is a photo tutorial crochet pattern, with plenty of pictures to help you with the lace stitches, but I have marked this pattern as a intermediate level.”
Her Crochet Beginnings
Luz has been crocheting for so long, she doesn’t remember when she first learned how to crochet. She was lucky enough to have three family members who taught her different things about crochet: her grandmother, aunt, and mother (in that order). While she can’t remember the first crochet project she ever made, she does remember making tiny little skirts for her dolls.
Becoming a Designer
Luz loves sharing what she knows with others and feels there is no better way than by writing how-tos so people can check out what she is doing. She says, “I design for my kids and for my family. My career progressed naturally as my family’s needs are very similar to most families.”
Developing a Personal Style
Luz is becoming known for designs that are fun and playful, full of style, and comfortable, all at the same time. She tries to take a modern approach to designing crochet garments. Her customers frequently comment on how stylish they think her designs are.
Luz gets inspiration for her designs from just about everywhere! She says, “All my kids’ patterns come from my kids really. The rest could be just about anything I see in a magazine or a combination of colours in a fabric dress worn by a celebrity. Anywhere really.”
Some of Luz’s Favorites:
Favorite Hooks: Luz says she has hooks from just about all the different brands. She just picks by the size, and doesn’t really have a preference for a specific brand.
Favorite Yarn: Weights: DK and aran; Fibers: merino, alpaca, silk, bamboo, cotton
Favorite Thing to Crochet: Hats and bags
Favorite Designer: Vanessa Montoro
Predictions for the Next Big Trend in Crochet:
Super chunky garments
Advice for New Crocheters:
“Keep going, don’t be disheartened if things don’t go your way. It is really an amazing art! You won’t be disappointed!”
Visit Luz’s Blog: NatCroMo FREEBIE Sneak Peek
You will definitely want to visit Luz’s blog post today! She will producing a series of blog posts compiling some of the most amazing crochet designs she can find, especially those including pearls and beads.
Luz really does like chocolate cake!
Find Luz Online:
Ravelry Designer Page: ravelry.com/designers/luz-mendoza
Ravelry Profile: ravelry.com/people/LuzPatterns (must be logged in to view profile)