Announcing MakeLoops.com, the Site for Independent Designers

December 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

MakeLoops.com: Resources for Knit & Crochet Designers
Today I launched a new website, MakeLoops.com, a website that caters toward independent designers of knit and crochet patterns. As a designer myself, I am continually researching how to manage all the aspects of running a business. Being a design company of one is a hard work since so much of it requires specialized knowledge.  With MakeLoops.com, I will be sharing my research in the form of blog posts, classes, and databases of resources.

I opened the launch with my first class, Pinterest for Professionals, which sold out in less than an hour!  As of this posting, there are still seats left for the February class.  Sign up today so you don’t miss out.

Making Fringe Hair for Amigurumi Crochet Toys

December 20, 2013 in Tips and Techniques

5 Gifts For Crochet Designers for Christmas

December 17, 2013 in Designer's Studio

My family and friends are very supportive of my yarn crafting (especially since they tend to be on the receiving end) for which I feel lucky.  That being said, none of them knit or crochet so I usually have to drop very large hints as to what I really want.  So to my family: HINT HINT!

#5 Wool Blend Felt

The “felt” that you can purchase in most crafts stores is usually 100% acrylic.  It’s not very strong and it tend to pill and look shabby very quickly.  Real wool felt is quite sturdy and has a nice smooth finish that will look nice for ages but can be expensive.  Wool blend felt is a nice balance between the two: You get more durability and better wear but at a moderate price.  I’ve been absolutely loving the Bright Lights/Big City collection at American Felt and Craft.  Can you imagine how stunning your amigurumi would be with a bit of bold felt for embellishment?

Bright Lights/Big City 8 Piece Felt Pack from American Felt & Craft

#4 Creating Crochet Fabric by Dora Ohrenstein

Next year I really want to branch out into creating patterns for wearables but I don’t have a lot of experience in designing the kind of fabric I like to wear or how to pick the right yarn for the job. Creating Crochet Fabric was recommended to me as a great resources for budding designers.  I checked it out from the library and it looks great, but it also seems like one of those things you want to keep around as a reference.

Creating Crochet Fabric: Experimenting with Hook, Yarns, & Stitches

#3 ASTM Standards for Body Measurements

In the same vein of wanting to make more clothing, I’ve never designed anything to fit a person, let alone lots of different people.  The Yarn Council standards are a wonderful resource but they’re not very comprehensive.  ASTM provides clothing manufacturer grade sizing charts with a slew of measurements for all ages and genders.  Normally the individual books run around $50 each, so a comprehensive book for $77 is quite a steal.  This is one of those things I don’t expect my family to be all that excited about buying for me since it’s the equivalent of giving someone a care repair manual, but one can hope, yes?

ASTM Standards for Body Measurements

#2 Creative Options Grab N’ Go Rack System

I’m not sure if I’m the only one who feels like it’s easier to design when all of your supplies are organized, but I think this thing is fabulous.  I have a huge Art Bin case for a lot of my notions, but frankly it’s overflowing and I could use more storage.  I love that this Grab N’ Go Rack System has several smaller cases so you can further organize things and so you don’t have to haul around a giant plastic case.

I can see just grabbing one of these and popping it in a project bag before heading out the door.  I also think this would be great for those of us who don’t have a dedicated crafting space because you can pack it all up and store it away neatly.  If you’re not particular on color you can get this suspiciously similar tackle box for a great price.

Grab & Go Storage System

#1 Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Interchangeable Tunisian Crochet Hook Set

This is the one thing I really want the most this year for two reasons.  First, I think that tunisian crochet is going to be the next big trend in crochet and I want to be one of the designers out there encouraging people to dive in.  The other reason is that tunisian crochet creates a different kind of fabric than normal crochet.  It can look and feel a lot more like knitted fabric which I find to be more versatile and wearable than most traditional crochet fabric.

I already have some Kintter’s Pride Dreamz knitting needles so I thinks their Dreamz Interchangeable Tunisian Crochet Hook set would be just the thing.  I love interchangeables because you get more options on things like cable length without having to buy 5 different hooks of the same size.  I also like that it’s easier to store since you can store the cables seperately from the hooks.  Plus, who wouldn’t love the bright, fun colors?

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If I got even one of these I’d be over the moon.  There is only a couple of weeks left until Christmas so we’ll have to see what happens.  Regardless, I’m so grateful to my family for supporting me as a designer and a crafter.

So, what about you? What are you  hoping to get this Christmas?