National Best Friends Day

Hello, my beautiful Stitches! It's national best friends day! So I'm choosing to use this day to honor those creators and designers that inspire me and push me to do my best as a creator and designer myself.

Meet My Best Crochet Sister Stitches

Hello, my beautiful Stitches! It’s national best friends day! So I’m choosing to use this day to honor those creators and designers that inspire me and push me to do my best as a creator and designer myself. It can be very difficult to traverse any community and start a business. It’s vital to have a friend in your corner to cheer you on, listen to you b*tch, and most importantly keep you ACCOUNTABLE. Because let’s face it we’re creators and subject to be distracted by all the squirrels.

So without further ado…I’d like to introduce you to my best crochet sister stitches. They will have you falling and gagging over their amazing talent and insight in our treasured craft: crochet!

1. @Tgifalan a.k.a Falan

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My first Crochet Sister to introduce on national best friends day will be the very talented Falan Hall. She is actually the first person to help me realize my potential as a crochet designer and she supported me through my first ever crochet pattern test. Falan is literally Superwoman as she is not only a bomb maker but also a fabulous mother and teacher. I did a little Interview with Falan to give you guys a chance to get to know her better.

What does crochet mean to you and how does this craft expand your voice?

“Crochet is a creative escape for me. When I crochet it’s all I’m focused on. Every stich, row and pattern requires attention. I typically crochet in silence or listening to music. It feels like I’m in my own world. Crochet means more to me than Instagram posts. Crochet is good for my mental health.”

What is your ascetic as a crochet designer or a crocheter?

“I’ve struggled finding my crochet aesthetic. I’ve spent so much money on patterns and so much time starting and frogging things I never wanted to really make. My aesthetic is really anything that looks like random colors but in reality, they’re strategically planned out. I like to make cardigans the most of all the things I’ve made. I do like to make shorts too; they usually come out really nice, but I don’t ever see myself wearing them anywhere.”

How did you discover crochet?

“I discovered crochet when I was about 12 or so (maybe younger). My mom took me to some knitting groups and sweet old ladies taught me. I’m 27 now.”

What is your favorite thing to crochet?

“My favorite thing about crochet is creating, no matter how long it takes. I like to document my projects. When I finish it’s bittersweet; I’m happy I’m finished but when I’m done, I have to find something else to do.”

If you could be a crochet stitch which one should you be and why?

“If I could be a stitch it would be a hdc. Because it’s quick and to the point.”

2. #TheeSkinnyHooker a.k.a Triciealiceross

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Triciealiceross is such a unique desginer. She is not afraid of color or infusing creative shapes into her designs. What’s more, is that she is a true cosplayer; creating her very own costumes. So far this phenomenal hooker has designed costumes for iconic characters like Patti Mayonaise from “Doug”, Helga G. Pataki from, “Arnold”, and Leeloo from “The Fifth Element”. Let’s see what Triciealiceross has to say in our interview!

P.S. you can see more of Triciealiceross’s designs on her etsy! http://etsy.com/shop/TwistdStitchz

What does crochet mean to you and how does this craft expand your voice?

“I’ve always been an artsy person but couldn’t pinpoint how to show it. I like to draw and paint but only for fun. Once I started crocheting again it all came back to me and that’s when I knew it was the best way for me to be artsy and creative out loud.”

What is your ascetic as a crochet designer or a crocheter?

“Im still working on my ascetic but im definitely leaning towards boho and hippie like designs. The 60’s and 70’s speak to me the most.”

How did you discover crochet?

“My Nana (dads mom) taught me. I’d see her doing it every weekend when I visited so one day I asked her to teach me. Over 20 years later, my curiosity is putting money in my pocket and I cant thank my Nana enough.”

What is your favorite thing to crochet?

“Baby blankets. I love them because it’s something people tend to hold on to for years and years.”

If you could be a crochet stitch which one should you be and why?

“The crocodile stitch. The name is deceiving but to me it just looks like flower petals. It also looks very intimidating for someone who isn’t up for the challenge but it’s very simple once you learn it, very similar to myself.”

3. @YarnMovement a.k.a Shantelle

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The great and colorful S. LadyBug’s catchphrase is “Hey, Girl, Hey!”. And every time you hear it you are filled with warmth, support, and belonging. Shantelle’s mission is to support and empower women and girls. But I’ll let her tell you more about that in a second. Shantelle is a dynamo in the crochet industry; she has held a fashion show, launched a crochet line, hosts network events like virtual sip and sitch meetings! Whatever this lady puts her hands on blossoms! And with that let’s learn more about the great Shantelle from the great Shantelle herself.

What does crochet mean to you and how does this craft expand your voice?

Crochet is my SUPERPOWER. It is the vehicle I use to connect my thoughts with my hands. I speak through my stitches. “Hey Girl Hey”

What is your ascetic as a crochet designer or a crocheter?

To share the power of creativity to empower the world. Using my expertise to direct a global fashion and lifestyle brand that educates, collaborates and invests into the development of today’s designers and handcrafters. I launched an international girl’s empowerment tour by selling custom crochet couture. In addition, to innovative programs aimed at inspiring and encouraging development of personal growth and self-love. There are sacred healing powers found within the stitches that inspire people to pay attention and take action.

How did you discover crochet?

As a little girl, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother and her friends, who taught me the importance of cultivating a creative community. During my very first crochet lesson at age 9 (with Cora Mae), I made the life changing discovery of finding my “superpowers”. Immediately became unstoppable and began exploring the true power of connection.

What is your favorite thing to crochet?

Granny squares, they remind me of my foundation.

If you could be a crochet stitch which one should you be and why?

I would be a chain. You cannot start or complete a project without it. In addition, it is the key to adaptation – make it bigger, create a corner or add a strap. People who know me, know that I’m only one chain away from making a way out of no way.

You can find more information about the YarnMovement and more of Shantelle’s work from any of the links below!

YM [YarnMovement] Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/yarnmovement

YM [YarnMovement] videos:
https://www.youtube.com/c/YarnMovement

YM [YarnMovement] SHOP:
My website https://www.yarnmovement.com/

YM [YarnMovement] Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/yarnmovement

YM [YarnMovement] Pinterest
https://www.pinterest.com/yarnmovement/

4. @Hgdesignscrochet a.k.a Heather

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See more of the Queen of Granny Squares @hgdesignscrochet

Last but certainly not least I’d like to introduce the magnificent Heather on this national best friends day! If Aretha Franklin is the queen of soul then Heather is the queen of granny squares. Heather does amazing things with granny squares from spunky dresses like the one you see in the picture above to colorful sweaters or jumpers. Please be sure to take a look at the magic she weaves on her website https://www.hgdesignscrochet.co.uk/ . Now let’s see what Heather had to say to my interview questions.

What does crochet mean to you and how does this craft expand your voice?

 “Crochet is my creative outlet, my business and my passion! I love it. In terms of expanding my voice I would say it is still doing so.”

What is your ascetic as a crochet designer or a crocheter?

“I am known for the granny square, I like to use scrap yarn joined with black and sometimes pink. I like things that look beautiful but that are also functional. My crochet is heavily influenced by my own personal style and is still evolving.”

How did you discover crochet?

” My Nannie taught me when I was 21!”

What is your favorite thing to crochet?

“The granny square, I am enjoying making them into garments and accessories.”

If you could be a crochet stitch which one should you be and why?

“The treble/double crochet cos [because] then I can make a granny square.”

Thank you all for meeting these amazing and creative women! I am so proud to share their talents and viewpoints with the world. Remember to cherish those who have your backs and push you forward in life! Support = empowerment so please give this post a share! And with that my beautiful stitches I say goodbye; I’ll see you in the next post!

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