2015 Annie's Craft Festival

1st Annual Annie’s Craft Festival

2015 Annie's Craft FestivalThe conference took place in Fort Wayne, IN, just two hours from my home town. Knowing this, I decided to attend the conference…and I’m so very glad I did. I was very impressed with the variety of classes offered and happily signed up for five crochet classes and one quilting class. Alas, I was disappointed that one of my classes, Venetian Lace, was canceled. Hopefully next year it will be offered again.

Of the classes I took, I was quite impressed with all of the instructors that taught crochet techniques. I learned introduction to Irish Crochet…WOW, I’m looking forward to adding this new technique to my crochet arsenal.

Irish Rose

My completed Irish Rose

I also took a class in Designing Garments for Everyone…quite interesting and thought provoking. I am hopeful I will be able to take a follow up class in this topic with the instructor I had, Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby. He is, by far, my favorite instructor to date. I am hoping he will be at the 2016 Knit and Crochet Show in Charleston, SC in July.

The weekend was full of learning, laughing, shopping (of course), and finding new inspiration for future projects…both crochet and sewing. The vendors had a lot of great products, which was quite impressive. I was a little disappointed there weren’t more yarn vendors.

2015 Annie's Craft FestivalAll in all, I am most impressed with how Annie’s organized the festival. It was well organized and the staff so very friendly.

If you have a chance to go, I highly recommend the Annie’s Craft Festival. They are in the planning stages for 2016. Looking forward to seeing what classes they will be offering.

Being Inspired, Quilt from Country Stitches

Projects and Inspiration

Being Inspired with MaterialsYou have time on your hands and want to crochet or sew a project. Do you look for inspiration and decide on the type of project during the process or do you decide on the type of project first…sewing or crocheting?

Before I look for inspiration, I like to know what type of project I will be working on…sewing or crocheting. If I have a weekend free, I will choose a project to sew. If it’s a case where I will be working on the project during the evening, I will choose one to crochet. The reason being, I prefer to sew when I have natural light.

Where do you find your inspiration?

My sister being inspired

My sister being inspired

My inspiration comes from a variety of sources, depending on if I will be crocheting or sewing.

For crocheting, my inspirations include:

  • Crochet books I have purchased
  • Crochet magazines: Crochet! and Crochet World
  • Ravelry
  • Craftsy
  • Crochet Guild of America website member resources
  • Pinterest
  • Free in-store patterns

Right now, I am currently inspired by “The Best of Mary Maxim: Ripple Afghans” by Leisure Arts. Since it is currently -20 degrees on average in Michigan, blankets seem very appropriate.

For sewing, my inspirations include:

  • Local store – Country Stitches in East Lansing, MI. The store is PERFECT. This is, by far, my favorite place to get inspiration.
  • Sewing patterns I have purchased
  • Pinterest
  • Free patterns from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Lacy Delight Throw

My latest project, an airy blanket, comes from the book: The Best of Mary Maxim, Ripple Afghans that I recently picked up during a shopping trip from JoAnn Fabrics.   When I saw the throw in this book it reminded me of the sea…waves if you will. To me this got my attention since it’s […]

Niagara Falls Crochet Shawl

This fall I traveled with my co-workers on a company trip to Niagara Falls. For the motorcoach trip, I wanted to work on a shawl this time around knowing we would be on the coach for 6+ hours each way. Again, I had two patterns, just in case my favorite just didn’t come out as […]

German “Lace Delicate” Scarf

When traveling, do you take a project along? Besides a book, I always like to take a crochet project. It is my way of relaxing after a busy day of touring. It also helps the time pass while flying overseas. I first decide on the type of project I will be crocheting. Once that has […]

Crochet red hats to bring awareness to heart disease

I saw a Facebook post from AllFreeCrochet.com on my wall, which caught my attention immediately. A charity drive, Little Hats, Big Hearts, joins AllFreeCrochet with the American Heart Association to donate homemade hats to newborn babies. The goal of this project is to help bring awareness to heart disease. To read more about this amazing […]