Welcome! Please browse through this blog to see my latest crochet projects, classes and designs.

On the left you will see a list of extra pages full of project photos, class descriptions and other things.

On the right you will find information about the classes I will be teaching.
Please email me if you have any questions or would like to sign-up for a class.
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Thank you for visiting and I look forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Talking Crochet Newsletter


Earlier this fall I received a message that my design, Mandala Wall Art, that was published in the June 2015 issue of Crochet World, was nominated for a Crochet Award in the Wall Hanging category.

You can now see all the winners at the link below - there are many beautiful designs for the home on display.


In honor of this design's nomination, my friends at Crochet World invited me to write a short article about this design titled, "Choosing Mandala Wall Art Colors".

Visit this webpage to read about how to change the colors to fit your home's décor.
(Make sure to read the other great articles of the Nov. 3rd newsletter - Vol. 12, No. 22)

This project would make a great Christmas gift for a friend or family member - use the article's tips to make it in just the right colors.  Find the pattern here as an instant digital download.

Friday, October 9, 2015

From Scraps to Sensational

This fall Crochet! magazine published a special issue :

This magazine is filled with great projects that use a small amount of yarn from your stash.  Since Christmas will be here before you know it, many of these projects will also make great quick gifts.
Isn't the colorful afghan on the cover beautiful? My friend, Linda Dean, created this Floral Trellis Afghan which has a cool reversible feature. You can see more of her work at: http://www.lindadeancrochet.com/blog/
Here are the projects that I also have in this issue:
(all photos courtesy of Annie's Publishing Inc.)
This bag is made with felt squares that are edged with crochet.
Floral Felt Handbag
These cozies can keep your purse organized and help you find your key, chapstick, hand sanitizer and cell phone.
Cozy Quartet

This necklace incorporates silver sequins and various shades of blue crochet thread.  I enjoyed creating this design - I think it would look pretty in other colors, too.
Shisha Sequin Necklace

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Brilliant Foliage Shawl

I designed this triangular shawl to look like leaves falling down from a tree in the fall.  The nights are starting to get cool here in New England and a few trees have started to change.  Over the next 6 weeks there will be beautiful and breath-taking displays of all the colors of autumn - My daughters and I love to take 'scenic detours' on the way home from our many activities to take photos of the gorgeous reds, oranges and yellows.
I used a fine wool yarn by Schoppel-Wolle (check out its Ravelry page here ).  It comes in wonderful shades for this time of year and the fine weight gives it excellent drape.
This design can be found in the Autumn issue of Crochet! which you can purchase in your local craft store, bookstore or on-line here.
Even though I couldn't make it to this year's CGOA conference (The Knit and Crochet Show) in San Diego, this project of mine did!
Here it is in the Fashion Show - Thank you to Jackie Daugherty and Susan Lowman (thecrochetarchitect.com) for their thoughtful pictures.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Crochetscene 2015

Have you seen this summer's latest issue of Crochetscene?
It is available here.

There are all kinds of unique projects that you may not find in other publications.

The following 3 mesh projects I designed with the same mesh stitch pattern - They are great to make to use in the summer and fall or to give as gifts:

Beach Tote which can be used as a Market Bag, too:

Backpack Tote:

and a Water Bottle Cozy:

All 3 projects are variations of a similar structure and stitch that can be easily adjusted to make different sizes.  This cozy has a butterfly embellishment while the Beach Tote has a pretty shell bead decoration.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Butterfly Wall Art

Butterfly Wall Art

Have you tried crocheting with the super sparkly Red Heart yarn called, "Swanky"? The photo above does not do the sequins justice for they shimmer and shine from all angles of light.  I love that the sequins perfectly match the color of the yarn which comes in great jewel tones.

Last summer (July 2014) when I designed and implemented a community yarn bomb for the Knit and Crochet Show (in honor of CGOA's 20th anniversary), I tried to incorporate this showy yarn in a variety of unique pieces shown below.  It was great fun to decorate the inside lobby of the hotel  - it is filled with simple gardens of tropical plants and rock beds.

Hovering Hummingbird

Resting Butterfly

'Flying Butterfly' in Silver

Happy Little Sparkly Bird
The pattern for the butterfly shown in silver above is now available for FREE through Red Heart:
I think this butterfly design would be a cute addition to a little girl's room or a college student's dorm room.  If you give it a try, feel free to email me with questions or send me a photo. I'd love to see how yours turns out!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Flower for a Friend Necklace

Have you seen the August issue of Crochet World?

I am very proud to say that my daughter, Catherine, has her first published design inside!

It is the Flower for a Friend Necklace.

Catherine came up with this necklace idea last summer.  She has been crocheting several years now and loves to use crochet in very creative ways. Catherine is also great at making all kinds of jewelry so including beads in her design made sense.  She used Nazli Gelin Garden 3 thread in a pretty purple and dark green.  Inside this necklace is a very unusual addition that you wouldn't normally use in jewelry but you'll have to read the magazine to find out what it is! (www.crochet-world.com)
Carol Alexander, the Editor of Crochet World, was very kind to include a photo of Catherine and I next to the instructions along with a paragraph about us.
You can read more about our crochet endeavors with children in our interview with Carol on the Crochet World blog here.

Monday, August 10, 2015

CRAFTOURS and Annie's

I was sitting at my local Barnes & Noble sipping on a hot cocoa and thumbing through a bunch of crochet magazines when a particular add caught my eye . . . "Craftours" . . . a vacation tour where you get to explore another country and take classes in your favorite craft. Sounded like a great idea and one to keep on the 'back of my mind.' . . .

Well, wouldn't you know, that just a few weeks later Annie's Publishing Inc. contacted me. (They sell all sorts of great craft supplies and publish a wealth of magazines, books and DVD's - such as: Crochet! magazine and Crochet World - www.anniescatalog.com) They invited me to go on their very first partnership with Craftours!

I will be touring and vacationing with all the other crocheters but will also be giving 3 special workshops on how to incorporate Celtic Knots into crochet (more on those later).

And guess where we will be going?

Here's a hint:

Yes, you guessed it - IRELAND!!

Ireland Craft Tour!

I have always dreamed of going there - it is such a beautiful country with so much that inspires my Celtic Knot crochet projects.

I have been there once before a loooooong time ago for just a few days but it made a big impression on me.  The photo above is of  me with my brother and sister in front of Bunratty Castle.

Have you longed to visit Ireland? Would you like to learn how to work Celtic Knots into your crochet? Would you like to see the beauty of Ireland face-to-face and share your love of crochet with other vacationers?

Then now is the time to sign up!  Visit www.craftours.com
for more info and to see how to join the tour.

(Here is a direct link to this trip's page: http://www.craftours.com/trips/?page=ireland_crochet_0616 )

Friday, August 7, 2015

DIY Wedding Projects - Interweave Post #2

Here are 3 more DIY projects for a wedding (or an anniversary party) using a lacy heart and simple mesh stitch:

I love mason jars - their classic look and simple glass element can be used in a variety of party and home décor.  This mesh stitch works up quickly to make an elegant table centerpiece.

This simple heart crocheted with contrasting colors and in various sizes makes for special lapel pins for every guest.
The same heart here has a lacy edging and pearl bead accent for the cake topper.  These could also be used with shorter skewers and decorate cupcakes.
Remember, all of these project are inside the Summer issue of Interweave Crochet magazine available on a newsstand near you or on-line at www.crochetme.com.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

DIY Wedding Projects - Interweave Crochet

Inside this summer issue of Interweave Crochet are SIX DIY wedding projects that I designed.  In addition to the instructions for each project, I also wrote an article detailing how to incorporate these projects into your wedding and how to get them finished in time for the big day.
You can find this magazine in bookstores and craft stores now or on-line here.
Here are 3 of the designs (Check back in a couple of days to see the other 3 designs):

A bridal bouquet made of crocheted roses, silk leaves, ribbon and glass pearl beads
A wrist corsage made with coordinating flowers and embellishments.

And a boutonniere for the men made with similar roses, flowers, beads and leaves.
When I got married there were many DIY elements in our day. I thought you would like to see some of them: 
My mother and grandmother made all of the flower arrangements for the church decorations and each bridesmaid wore their corsage-like accessory in their hair.
 The men wore handmade boutonnieres as you can see here in this photo of my mom and dad.
Similar fabric and silk flowers were also used in the bridal bouquet along with some real coral roses.
My mother also re-designed her wedding gown to fit me and include the features I liked.
 As I look back on all of my wedding photos, I am reminded of how beautiful all of the flower arrangements and decorations looked. 
All of these special DIY projects are still around today and have become treasured keepsakes of our wedding and the people that shared in it with us.
My grandmother and grandfather at our ceremony

Monday, June 15, 2015

Ladies Night Out Crochet Class - Spring 2015


This spring we had a great group of ladies who made beautiful Friendship Shawls.

We all worked from a free pattern called, "Half Granny Square Instructions" by Ambar E. Rivera.

Everyone loved how the shawl worked up quickly and the increases in each row were simple to figure out. 

We used Red Heart's Unforgettable yarn
 in a variety of colorways.

Jenn crocheted this shawl using the  "Springtime" color (#3932) and some beautiful glass beads.

Mona made this shawl in the "Dragonfly"
(# 3935) and added some perfect blue-green glass beads.

Pam crocheted this lovely shawl in "Cappucino" (#9942) and gave it to a young woman recovering from injuries due to a bad fall.

We added the edging that you can find here in the free pattern by Doris Chan called, "The All Shawl". 

The shawls look great from the front and back - the yarn creates the change in color all on its own.

Here are some close-up photos of the details.
(Be sure to check out the Student Gallery page to the LEFT for more photos of these projects and others!)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Mandala Wall Art

In the current June 2015 issue of Crochet World you will find the pattern to make this crochet art project.  It is also the Winner's Circle design for this issue.  The issue is on sale now in bookstores and craft stores or you can buy it on-line here.

I crocheted it in some vibrant colors of Omega Sinfonia yarn which is a cotton fiber that is thinner than the usual cotton yarn used for dishcloths.

Image result for omega sinfonia yarn
Of course, this project can be made into a doily that lies on a table but in my house that would put it at too great a risk for getting something spilled on it! I love the fact that crochet is so versatile that it can be mounted onto a metal ring and hung as a unique summer decoration on your wall.  Please send me a photo of your finished project or post it on Ravelry - I look forward to seeing your color choices!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Feileacan Shawl - Gaelic for "Butterfly"

I love butterflies.  Their grace and beauty always catch my attention and I smile as I watch one flutter by.  If I have time, I run to grab my camera and try to photograph the visitor - I never tire of the challenge it is to catch them in a photo frame.  This is a gray hairstreak that visited our backyard earlier this spring.

For the 2014 CGOA Design Competition I decided to incorporate the butterfly shape into a new Celtic Knot design.  I carefully created the butterfly motifs with the over-under woven details. (Feileacan (pronounced "Fay - leh - kahn") means 'butterfly' in Gaelic.) Then I linked them together so they would cascade down the center of the back of the shawl.  For each side I came up with a stitch that mimics the patterns found in butterfly wings.

I was thrilled to have this design and my Celtic Coral Charm selected as the Technical Merit Award winner sponsored by Designing Vashti.
Now you can make a Feileacan Shawl by following the instructions in the Summer 2015 issue of Crochet! magazine.

I used the new Lotus Yarn by Designing Vashti in the Teal Glimmer color.  I love how the yarn has a unique sparkle in the bright sunshine.  You can purchase this yarn here.

Make sure to check my Ravelry page (here) for this design since there are corrections to the printed instructions.