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National Crochet Month:
Susan Heyn, Crafts & Things
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Susan Heyn of Crafts & Things with us today, March 22, 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!
- Susan is left-handed.
- She attended her first CGOA conference in Manchester, NH in July 2014.
- Susan loves to run and work out.
- Susan’s mom taught her to crochet when she was six years old.
If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Susan’s designs with you.
“This stylish crocheted wrap has a tailored look you’ll love wearing! Designed with buttons, it won’t fall off your shoulders while keeping you cozy.”
This Santa pin is one of Susan’s most popular patterns. Super quick and easy to make, it is a good seller at bazaars, holiday sales, and flea markets. The pattern is also part of Susan’s new ebook, a collection of nine holiday pin patterns, which is also available on Ravelry for $9.99.
Getting Off to a Good Start
Susan has been crocheted for over 50 years, since her mother taught her to crochet when she was six years old and sick in bed. She and her mother were both left-handed and had many years in which they had fun crocheting together. Susan’s first project was a lopsided potholder that she still has around. After she had learned some basic stitches, she took her mother’s pattern books and tried to follow the directions. Since she was so young, things didn’t always turned out as planned in the beginning, but she quickly developed her skills. Susan says the first big project she can remember making was a granny square bedspread that she used for many years.
A Design Career Is Begun
Susan says, “I always seemed to be adjusting patterns and doing my own spin on them. I finally started to actually write down some of my ideas when I had my shop and people wanted to order more of something that I had made. I started to self-publish some of my designs on Ravelry and Etsy after taking Amy Shelton’s class on self-publishing your designs a few years ago.”
Susan says she is still developing her personal design style, so she doesn’t have a specialty quite yet. She enjoys using textured stitches like popcorns and post stitches. Some of her favorite things to design and make are towel toppers, lapel pins, and tote bags. Susan does have a number of designs that are fairly quick to make and that are good sellers at craft fairs.
Sources of Inspiration
Susan finds inspiration in home decor magazines, geometric patterns, fashion, fabrics, and even requests from customers.
Her Greatest Crochet Accomplishment
Susan attended her first Designer Meet and Greet at the CGOA conference held in Manchester, NH last July. She was thrilled to sell a design right then and there to Red Heart Yarns!
The Wider World of Fiber Arts
Susan currently does plastic canvas needlepoint. She is very interested in learning to spin and weave.
About Her Design Process:
I get design ideas from many places and keep a list of ideas that I want to do. I am often inspired by stitch patterns and even color combinations. I usually start out by making a sample piece, writing a rough draft of the pattern as I go, then remake it following my pattern to find errors before getting it tested and ready to either self publish or submit.
Advice for New Designers:
Keep trying: Every design will not be successful nor will every submission be accepted. If one publisher says no, it may not be a bad design, just not what they are looking for at the moment. Submit it somewhere else and you may get a yes.
Advice for New Crocheters:
Some of Susan’s Favorites:
- Favorite Crochet Books: Crochet Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia by Robyn Chachula, The Big Book of Crochet Stitches by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss, and Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman.
- Favorite Hook: Boye
- Designers: Susan says, “There are many people in this industry that I admire and consider to be my mentors. I have to credit Amy Shelton and Pam Daley for encouraging me to attend my first conference, which led me to close my retail store and focus on my design career. Some of my favorite designers include Doris Chan, Tammy Hildebrand, Kathy White, and Tamara Kelly.”
- Favorite Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver and With Love for designing. “I have also begun to treat myself to some “better yarns” and am currently designing a vest with Microfiber Ribbon yarn from Tess’ Designer Yarns,” says Susan.
- Favorite Thing to Crochet: It varies from week to week, but right now Susan is on a “quick to make” kick since she’s getting ready for a Street Festival in April.
Visit Susan’s Blog: NatCroMo FREEBIE Sneak Peek
You will definitely want to visit Susan’s blog post today! She has just released a new ebook entitled Quick and Easy Christmas Lapel Pins, a collection of nine patterns, available for purchase on Ravelry. Susan will be offering one of the patterns from the ebook for FREE on her blog for a week. She will also have a COUPON CODE for a discount on the ebook.
Find Susan Online:
Crochetville: craftyone (must be logged in to see profile)
Ravelry: leftycrochets (must be logged in to see profile)
Crafts & Things Website: http://www.craftsandthings1.com/
Crafts & Things Blog: http://www.craftsandthings1.com/?page_id=21
Ravelry Designer Page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/susan-lynn
Susan does NOT enjoy either running or working out!
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