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National Crochet Month:
Rebecca Velasquez, RV Designs
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Rebecca Velasquez with us today, March March 26th, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). Rebecca is a member of The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). She has also been a member of Crochetville since its very beginning in February 2004.
If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Rebecca’s designs with you.
“A native plant of the Texas panhandle, cenizo, or known around here simply as Texas Sage, is a common site in open fields. The delicate, silvery green leaves, when touched, release an amazingly delicious and intoxicating fragrance. From summer through fall, this aromatic bush produces stunning displays of prolific purple blooms.”
“This long and narrow triangular shawl, is created from bottom to top, with the lace edging crocheted with just a shift of the shawl, leaving only 2 yarn tails to weave in.”
“I love the wearability of long, narrow shawls and am equally in love with interesting, yet simple, stitching. This shawl has a very modern and clean feel while keeping its wooly, relaxed comfort.”
The first project Rebecca remembers being proud of was a mauve-colored potholder she made for her grandmother, who taught her to crochet when she was 12. It was so funny because it was not a very practical potholder: 100% acrylic with googly eyes glued on. Rebecca recalls, “When she passed away, 20+ years later, this sad little potholder was found in a drawer of her craft room with a a note pinned to it, ‘Rebecca Ann, 12yrs old.’ I love that she kept it all those years.”
Rebecca designs more shawls than anything else. She says they’re so versatile and people love them. She likes classic, wearable style.
Rebecca entered the world of designing “with a bit of confidence boosting from Robyn Chachula,” she says. Finally one day, Rebecca sent in a submission. And she continued on from there.
Rebecca sees herself as a combo designer. She tells us, “I usually have some idea of what I’m going to do, even stitch pattern and some instruction written when starting a project. But if it changes mid-stream (it usually does) I don’t worry about it. I just let it happen.”
Her greatest crochet accomplishment so far is her e-book, Crochet, Book One, published with Quince & Co.
Rebecca also knits, spins, dyes, and sews.
I first met Rebecca online back in 2004 when Crochetville was just getting started! We were a handful of people, maybe a dozen or two in the beginning, who would come to Crochetville every day and not want to miss a single post that was made. Those are some great memories!
Advice for New Crocheters:
“Don’t be afraid to new things,” recommends Rebecca. “The internet is a great tool, help is easy to find if you find yourself in a pickle.”
Advice for New Designers:
“It sounds cliché, but really, jump in!” Rebecca says.
Some of Rebecca’s Favorites:
Favorite Hooks: Clover Amour hooks
Favorite Books: “I love any and all stitch dictionaries.”
Favorite Yarn: Fingering and lace weight yarns
Favorite Thing to Crochet: Shawls, with sweaters a close second
Favorite Designers: Rebecca shares with us, “Not just favorite designers, but two of the people I love most in this world: Ellen Gormley and Marly Bird. I also absolutely adore Robyn Chachula, Kristin Omdahl, Doris Chan, Drew Emborsky…. it’s just too hard to answer. Being lucky enough to be ‘in the industry,’ I’ve had the pleasure of meeting all of these amazing designers and so many many more!”
Visit Rebecca’s Blog: NatCroMo Sneak Peek
You will definitely want to visit Rebecca’s blog post today! We’re not sure what Rebecca has up her sleeve for NatCroMo, so you’ll have to visit her online to find out!
Find Rebecca Online:
Ravelry Designer Page: ravelry.com/designers/rebecca-velasquez
Ravelry Profile: ravelry.com/people/RebeccaVelasquez (must be logged in to view profile)
Crochetville Profile: crochetville.com/community/user/40799-rebeccavelasquez (must be logged in to view profile)