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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (11/10/14) my guess will be the very talented crochet designer Ellen Gormley. Ellen has been published in numerous crochet magazines and has written two books, Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook, published in 2011, and recently released Learn Bruges Lace. Now, Ellen is an instructor for Annie's Online Classes and is the editor of Crochet! magazine.
 
Ellen is also very sweet… with a tenacious spirit. I hope you’ll join us for the show.

Direct download: FH_70_EllenGormley.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Next week (07/14/14) my guest will be the very talented Australian crochet designer, teacher and author Jenny King.


She has been designing in crochet since about 10 years of age… well before she knew it was called designing… just making what she wanted without a pattern. Then, at age 12, she made her first crochet bikini from a pattern in a magazine. There were lots of designs in every magazine as it was the 70’s and crochet was supreme! Then the patterns for crochet dried up so she just grabbed a Vogue Knitting magazine and crocheted to the schematics in Vogue. Didn’t everybody? Apparently not.

She crocheted her first bikini commercially and sold it to a boutique in Byron Bay at age 15. Many years have passed and many projects have been created.

Now Jenny is all about teaching crochet and writing the patterns for others to make her designs.  And the reason for this is that she would like everyone to feel the sense of satisfaction that comes from creating a work of art, the sense of peace that comes from crocheting and the ability to open up the brain with the satisfying rhythm of repetitive stitching.

She believes that taking time out each day to stitch is both therapeutic to the body and brain and will always keep it young.  So she is attempting to take over the world one crocheter at a time so that everyone can have this pleasure. 

Jenny will be our first guest from Down Under. And I’m delighted to be able to share this preeminent crochet designer with all of you. I hope you’ll tune in for this show. It should be a lot of fun… and heck… you’ll love her accent.

 

Direct download: FH_58_Jenny2.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 10:00am CDT

Next week (07/07/14) my guest will be the very talented and stylish Kristin Omdahl.

Founder of StyledByKristin.com and design company KRISTIN, Kristin Omdahl frequently contributes to the website that bears her name.  In addition to showcasing her designs, Kristin serves up terrific articles about knitting, crochet, yarn and even a few sneak peeks at what's new.  

Kristin Omdahl designs knit and crochet garments and patterns under her label KRISTIN, and is the author of “Knitting Outside the Swatch" (Interweave, October 2013), "The Finer Edge" (Interweave, December 2012), "Seamless Crochet" (Interweave, December 2011), "A Knitting Wrapsody" (Interweave, January 2011), "Crochet So Fine" (Interweave, July 2010) and "Wrapped In Crochet" (Interweave, 2008). 

She was the crochet expert for 8 seasons on Knitting Daily TV on public television, and she conducts seminars around the country on crochet and in her DVD workshops, "Crochet Basics and Beyond with Kristin Omdahl" (Interweave 2011) and "Innovative Crochet: Motifs" (Interweave, 2009). Kristin’s work has appeared in Interweave Crochet, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Vogue Knitting, plus books including "Blueprint Crochet Sweaters" (Interweave 2012), "Unexpected Afghans" (Interweave 2012), "Crochet Gifts" (Interweave, 2009) and "Crochet Me" (Interweave, 2007). 

Passionate about design, Kristin seeks inspiration in textures and geometric shapes found in nature. Her quirky fondness of mathematics and attraction to natural fibers make knitting and crochet heaven on earth for this talented designer.

She’s got a lot of projects going right now. She also has some big announcements that we will be lucky enough to hear directly from her. I hope you’ll all tune in for what I know will be a remarkable show.

Direct download: FH_57_Kristin.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (06/30/14) my guest will be very talented and effervescent crochet teacher, designer, and author Stacey Trock.

Stacey has been bringing cuteness into the crochet-world with her adorable stuffed animal designs since 2008. Her website, FreshStitches.com is a premier destination for crochet patterns, tutorials and kits. She is the author of Cuddly Crochet, Crocheted Softies and Modern Baby Crochet.

Stacey firmly believes that there's no 'right way' to crochet and enthusiastically experiments with a variety of techniques (even less-popular ones!) to achieve the desired finished product. This philosophy spills over into her teaching style: she encourages students to discover what works best for their own crocheting style for maximum crochet enjoyment!

A passionate crafter and advocate for self-sufficient living, Stacey and her husband live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she also knits, bakes bread, makes jam and tends to her garden!

Stacey personifies cute… and that cuteness is infectious. I hope you’ll join us for a healthy dose of both creativity and enthusiasm.

Direct download: FH_56_Stacey.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Next week (06/16/14) my guest will be very talented and versatile Edie Eckman. Edie grew up in Georgia but has spent most of her adult life in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She learned to knit and crochet from her grandmother, who lived with the family, and to sew and needlepoint from her mother. While she always had some kind of craft going as a child and teen, it wasn't until she was a young adult that knitting became a passion. One of the first sweaters she made was a complex fingering-weight shawl-collared vest made with a combination of fair isle and intarsia. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t the best choice for a beginner, but she didn't know any better than to try to attempt it.

Edie serves as a technical editor for yarn companies and independent publishers and writes columns for both Creative Knitting and Crochet! magazines. Her designs have appeared in Knitter’s Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Creative Knitting, Knit N Style, and many other publications. She has taught at STITCHES events, The National Needlearts Association, The Knit & Crochet Show, Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair, New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (Rhinebeck), Fall Fiber Festival (Montpelier), and other national venues.

She considers herself fully bi-textural, and likes to serve as a Knit-Crochet Diplomat, easing the schism that can exist between the two disciplines.

Edie is one of the smartest and hardest working people in the fiber arts world. She’s also very sweet and someone I consider a friend. I hope you’ll join us next week so I can share this very special lady with all of you.

Direct download: FH_54_Edie.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (05/26/14), my guest will be Drew Emborsky (a.k.a. The Crochet Dude™). Drew is going to talk to us about his career as a designer, teacher, and as an icon in the fiber arts world. He's also going to be talking about his line of yarns, his new Craftsy.com class and the other great things he has planned for this year. This is going to be a show you will not want to miss!

Direct download: FH_51_Drew.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (10/14/13), Ron & Theresa Miskin will be interviewing Drew Emborsky (a.k.a. The Crochet Dude™).Drew has gone from unknown crafter to world-famous lifestyle guru in just a few short years. Fans know him from his many published books on crochet and knit, PBS television show, blog, line of products distributed worldwide, and his hand-dyed yarns.Drew is currently working on increasing distribution of his line of hand-dyed yarns; getting ready for STITCHES East; and taking care of his new puppy Tamaya.He'll be joining us to talk about is work and his 'Man of the Year Chemo Cap Challenge' for Halos of Hope.Drew is alway an exciting guest to have on the show. We hope you'll join us so you can hear from this icon of the fiber arts world.

Direct download: show_5502921.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan, my guest will be Drew Emborsky (a.k.a. The Crochet Dude™). Drew is going to talk to us about his career as a designer, teacher, and as an icon in the fiber arts world. He's also going to be talking about his new line of yarns and the other great things he has planned for this year. This is going to be a show you will not want to miss!

Direct download: show_4714397.mp3
Category:Crochet -- posted at: 11:00am CDT