Monday, October 3, 2011

The Fine Art of Yarn Bombing

This past weekend I was honored to participate in The Big Breast - Global Yarn-bombing to bring awareness.
Our local group was from YaY (yarn and yack) from Kristi's tearoom.
The Oregon District we determined would be the the best place for them. We tried to secret our crochet or knit breast into out of the way nooks and carnies where they would be suddenly seen. However I had a large piece to place. When what did I see but a fine art gallery. At first I just passed the door and windows the turned around and went inside. I described what we were doing and ask if I could leave my last piece there. "Put it in that window", the proprietress said. And so now I have had my work 'Scarred Torso' in a fine art gallery. Good Times.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

What Are You Wearing To The Beach This Summer

Those of us who crochet love to find it everywhere. When I saw these bikini trends on Fashioning dot com, I had to share them with you all. Bikinis were just coming into vouge when I was a teenager. I still love them though I am way past wearing them. So click the link here to see the fashion show of beach ware trends for 2011/2012. Since the trend will carring into next summer you have time to pull out hook or needles and fashion your own remarkable beach ware. Enjoy, Here is the link

Monday, May 16, 2011

Dolce & Gabbana, simple stitch pattern

I saw a fantastic crochet dress by Dolce & Cabbana in the 'mypicot' Blog. Click this link to see all. She also has a diagram of the sweaters pattern if you would like to try it. Enjoy and Thank you to Nicole for the beautiful enlightenment.

Dolce & Gabbana, simple stitch pattern

Friday, April 1, 2011

Tunisian Crochet Necklace and Earrings

It is always gratifying to a designer to be singled out for our attempts to bring our aesthetic forward. A couple years ago now I was to teach Tunisian crochet to our guild. I wanted a quick sample that could hopefully be completed during that one session. Thus was the catalyst for this pretty set.

Encouraged by my friends and family I submitted it for publication and was thrilled when it was chosen for the spring issue. It's first publication was in Crochet! Magazine in 2009 (March issue).

It has now made it's way into a book from House of White Birches. I am so honored to be included in this educational crochet thesaurus. Crochet Compendium

Crochet Compendium - the ultimate collection of crochet techniques, is an excellent resources for the crocheter who is advancing their skill level. Coupled with step-by-step pictorial tutorials each techniques brings a pattern by today's up and coming designers.

You will enjoy the array of projects offered.

This book is a must have for all crochet book collections.

Take a peek at the content page to get excited to hook your yarn in a new direction.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Flicker Pics of some of my needle work

I was browsing through my flicker pics and thought I would share some pics of some of my needle work. These are items I made or designed and made from 2001-2008
I will put up a new file soon of newer designs.

Enjoy. I have patterns for most of the items in the pictures. Let me know if one would be good for a free pattern here on blogger. If there is enough interest in one I will post it.

The New Crochet Cowl Scarves: Versatile Cabled Cowl by Mary Jane Hall

The New Crochet Cowl Scarves: Versatile Cabled Cowl by Mary Jane Hall

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Instructions for Double Parquet Nylon Tote Bottom

How odd the concept of the 360 degree turn sounds. I have taken pictures in a step by step effort to explain this method.

This turn does two things. It causes the working thread to lie in front of the loop on the hook, and keeps the same side of the fabric toward you. However; just because the same side of the fabric in once again in front doesn't mean that is the side you will work on. Most stitches will be done by reaching to the backside of the fabric and bringing up a loop.

It sounds crazy but, the effect with the back stitches all being the same and the front stitches being the same, makes the bottom very sturdy.

The outside bottom will always be facing you
(looks more like strips).

As to the 360 degree - perhaps it is best to say turn counter clock-wise twice.

Chain # indicated. Chain link loops facing front.

Turn counter clock-wise once, spine loops facing front.

Turn counter clock-wise again, chain link loops facing front, with working thread laying in front of the loop on hook.

Row 1

Reach the hook past the working thread to the backside and draw up a loop in the very first spine loop, work a single crochet.

Place a marker in the first stitch of each row. This will help keep you from missing the first stitch which kind of squishes down as well as identifying place when beginning the side.

Single crochet in each spine loop. As the row is worked you will see that you are working more to the back of the fabric than on top.

First row of single crochet finished. Loops facing front

Turn counter clock-wise once, spine loops facing front

Turn counter clock-wise again, single crochet loops facing front with working thread laying in front of the loop on hook (red arrow)

Row 2

Reach the hook past the working thread and draw up a loop in the bottom loop of single crochets, draw through all loops to work a slip stitch

Slip stitch in the bottom loop of each sc. Once again you will find that you are working more to the back of the fabric.

When the row is completed it is easy to see the two loops that will make up the next single crochet row. Loops where the arrows are will be the first two loops used.

Remember to put a marker in first stitch.

As before, turn counter clockwise twice.


Draw up a loop in the lower loop of slip-stitch just made and in the remaining loop of the single crochet of the previous row, work a single crochet. Single crochet in each pair of loops.

As before, turn counter clockwise twice.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3

Friday, February 25, 2011

2011 Readers' Choice Awards DIY Fashion Finalists - Vote Now!

2011 Readers' Choice Awards DIY Fashion Finalists
- Vote! Voting closes March 8th. Click here to see finalist and cast your vote.

I have my favorites. Here are a couple of them

Favorite Handmade Artisan: Crochet Designs- Drew Emborsky

Not just hats and scarves- Drew is a fabulous crochet designer in every way. His clothing (for man, woman, and dog) are trendy and attractive. I would gladly wear his line. Hit the run way Drew you are so ready.

Favorite Fashion Blog -

One of the best I have been following. On trend and enjoyable to read. Great to see her pass on links that make her blog picks accessible. I am partial to the Lion Crest prints at Lolly

So here you have just a small sample of those up for awards. Go to and cast your vote.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Granny with an Edge

Now this is a great 'granny' coat with an edge.

I love how the shoulder details punch and cause awe. The use of color is mesmerizing.

Love it, Love i,t Love it.

See more from the 'House of Holland" Fall 2011 collection here,

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Find me on Ravelry

Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration.


Knitted Socks East and West

I just received a new book on socks in the morning mail. 'Knitted Socks East and West', by Judy Sumner. It looks fantastic. 30 designs inspired by Japanese stitch patterns, it says on the cover. Though I am still a beginner when it comes to knitting, with both written directions and graphs, I hope to make every design in this book.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Double Parquet Nylon Tote

My design in the March 2011 issue of Crochet! Magazine

Dress It Up -- Double Parquet Nylon Tote
Design by Annette Stewart

An easy stitch known as double parquet gives texture and durability to the body of this pretty nylon tote. A pattern of slip and single crochet stitches worked without turning chains makes the bottom extra-strong.