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Textile Fusion: A Magnificent Lion on World Lion Day (A Descriptive Process)

August 10th, 2015

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Today’s guest post comes from Suzann Thompson, an author, textile designer, and accomplished crochet designer. Suzann will be debuting her “Mama Lion” Textile Fusion piece at Quilt! Knit! Stitch! in Portland, Oregon on August 13-15th. If you’re in the area, please check out the show and see the piece in person. Read below as Suzann has detailed her methodical process for executing her design.

Since today is World Lion Day, we found it quite fitting to share her beautiful artwork celebrating these majestic beings.


It was a great day in spring, when I learned that Lion Brand® agreed to sponsor the first national exhibit of my TextileFusion artwork at the Quilt! Knit! Stitch! My first thought was “Yay!” My second thought was “How can I possibly show my enormous, heart-felt appreciation?” Well, by making a wall hanging, of course! The subject was easy, because LION Brand; and lions’ manes are absolutely a dream to embroider and embellish. So my daughters and I embarked on a research trip to the zoo.

The lion we saw was so handsome. We admired his profile as he napped on that hot and humid afternoon in Texas. Occasionally, he lifted his nose in the air, sniffing the breezes. I sketched and took photos and tried to memorize how his mane and face merged into each other.

Half an hour later, we moved on to find the lioness lounging on a ledge. She was majestic and alert, watching over her three cubs, who slept in a tangle in the grass below. My original plan changed in an instant. That mama was going to be the lion in my wall hanging.


Colette Smith Turns Craft into Art!

February 11th, 2015

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Colette Smith is passionate about teaching knitters and crocheters techniques to help keep wrists and hands pain-free. That’s because she’s an amazing fiber artist herself who knits for hours every day! Colette designs and creates incredible sculptures, including dragons, insects, and sea creatures. These fanciful creations can be over six feet tall and sometimes take over 15 miles of yarn to complete!

While Colette visited the Lion Brand booth at Vogue Knitting Live, I asked her about her experiences making such unique pieces of art and she shared some tips for beginners:

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P.S. If you live in the New York City area, you can see Colette’s art in-person at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio – watch the Lion Brand Studio blog for details in the coming days.

Dora Ohrenstein Makes a Gauge Swatch and Checks it Twice

January 31st, 2015

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Dora Ohrenstein is a crochet master! She’s designed patterns and written many books, including her latest, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop. When I spoke to her at Vogue Knitting Live, she told me that even experts have trouble with gauge. Her advice? Watch the video below to find out!

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If you’re interested in meeting Dora, she’ll be visiting the Lion Brand Yarn Studio for a book signing event on Thursday, February 19th from 6:30 – 7:30pm. Find out more here.

Margaret Hubert’s Favorite Fan Interaction!

January 26th, 2015

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Margaret Hubert has written over 30 books about knitting and crochet! With so many years in the yarncrafting industry, I just had to sit down with Margaret to hear about her career as a designer and author. She loves her fans and shared a fun story with me about one of her favorite pieces of fan mail!

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Here are some of Margaret’s great patterns!

alpine zip neck wooden handle tote wild flowers shawl
Knit Alpine Zip-Neck Pullover Knit Wooden Handle Tote (and a Crochet version, too!) Crochet Wild Flowers Shawl

Lily Chin Shares Her Biggest Knitting Mishap!

January 23rd, 2015

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Lily Chin always has great stories to tell. Known for her speedy crochet skills and her impressive hand-knit costumes, she’s knit and crocheted it all!

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Lily at Vogue Knitting Live and here’s what she had to say:

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Now that you know Lily LOVES to knit dresses, maybe you’re inspired to make one for yourself. Browse through our collection of dress patterns, we’re certain that you’ll find one you like!

Here are several of Lily’s own beautifully designed patterns for you to knit and crochet:

knit and crochet tunic circle shrug ballet wrap
Knit and Crochet Tunic Crochet Circular Shrug Knit Ballet Wrap
flame stitch cardigan modern lace scarf new lace tunic
Crochet Flame Stitch Coat Crochet Modern Lace Scarf Crochet New Lace Tunic