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National Crochet Month:
Kathryn White, CrochetNBeads
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Kathryn (Kathy) White of CrochetNBeads with us today, March 21, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). Kathy has been a member of Crochetville’s social community site practically since its beginning. Kathy has also been a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America for the past eight years.
If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Kathy’s designs with you.
“This filet crochet shawlette—which showcases stitch variations beyond blocks and meshes—embraces your shoulders, and beads give it both beauty and weight.”
The gorgeous Snowdancer Doily is available to subscribers of the Mainly Crochet website.
Getting Off to a Good Start
Kathy first learned to crochet over 50 years ago, when she begged her Aunt Haydee to teach her after finding a book ifull of beautiful crochet patterns in the attic. She was left-handed, and no one was quite sure how to teach her. Aunt Haydee took pity on her, and taught Kathy how to chain and single crochet. Kathy took it from there by herself.
Her first project was a single crochet potholder that her aunt used to teach her the basics of crochet. Kathy was quite ambitious from a very early age, as her next project was a runner in thread that she made for her mother.
A Design Career Is Begun
Kathy says, “I have made what I wanted when I couldn’t find it someplace else. I posted a picture of one of my twiddlings on Crochetville and the response was overwhelming. I posted a few more and they started telling me to submit. I did and, surprise, I had my first doily book published.”
It is so thrilling to realize that the career of such a fabulous designer was begun while Kathy was a member of Crochetville way back in its early days. I remember Kathy being a little bit reluctant to turn her deep love for crochet into a career. The crochet world is a much richer place now that Kathy’s gorgeous designs have been published and shared with crocheters around the world.
Many people have called Kathy the Thread Queen. She prefers the term Thread Advocate, as when she creates her designs, promoting thread and fine yarns is one of her major goals. Kathy hopes her designs will prove that thread is a medium that can be as contemporary as any other in the crochet community.
Sources of Inspiration
Kathy’s inspiration comes from everywhere. She says, “Our world is filled with shapes, rhythms, patterns if you just look.”
Her Greatest Crochet Accomplishment
“Last year I got to cross an item off my bucket list. My Secret Garden Doily took first place in the thread division of the CGOA design contest. That win meant an awful lot to me,” says Kathy.
Predictions for the Next Big Crochet Trend
Kathy would love to see thread become the next big trend. But she’s also a realist who has no idea which way the trends will go. She will keep on designing with her beloved thread no matter what, as she doesn’t tend to follow trends anyway.
The Wider World of Fiber Arts
Kathy also knows how to tat, knit, and do embroidery, although crochet will always be her passion.
About Her Design Process:
I start with a very, very rough sketch to capture the concept of what I want from a design. Then I let my hook and thread fill it out into a completed design. I try and keep good notes as I work. I used to try and write up the pattern as I worked. But my designs tend to morph and the constant changing made writing it up confusing at times. I find notes work better for me.
Advice for New Crocheters:
Challenge yourself to do new things such as stitch patterns, garments, or whatever you really want to do. Challenges will help your skills grow.
Some of Kathy’s Favorites:
- Designers: Kathy says she could never name all the designer she respects and admires without the risk of leaving someone out, so she prefers to say, “My respect goes for any of the people out there that put their ego on the line and present us with their creations or works towards presenting others creations to the world.”
- Favorite Hook: My trusty Boye hooks, with a big preference for steel hooks.
- Favorite Yarn: Duh! Thread, of course!
- Favorite Thing to Crochet: “Doilies are my number one as they are all small works of art. Shawl are my next favorite as I can wear them in public and entice other into our addiction with their beauty.”
Visit Kathy’s Blog: NatCroMo Sneak Peek
You will definitely want to visit Kathy’s blog post today! Kathy will be releasing the pattern for her prize-winning Secret Garden Doily today. (Isn’t it beautiful?) She will also be sharing her Poinsettia Pincushion Patatern on her blog today.
Find Kathy Online:
Crochetville: katchkan (must be logged in to see profile)
Ravelry: katchkan (must be logged in to see profile)
CrochetNBeads website: http://www.crochetnbeads.com
CrochetNBeads blog: http://crochetnbeads.blogspot.com/
Ravelry Designer Page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kathryn-white
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