Thursday, February 28, 2008

Blog Review - From Heather's Hook

This week's blog review is of Heather Hensler's blog: From Heather's Hook. Heather's blog contains what she describes as "inspiring feminine crochet" - and she really lives up to that! She has a love for intricate design and creative expression that lends itself to beauty, and her site is setup to inspire and encourage in crochet, and in faith.

Many of her posts contain patterns for her creations, but she has also had several patterns published on well-known sites. The patterns she offers to her readers are great for learning how to design using embellishments, as many have a "base" design with a crocheted embellishment on top. Most of her patterns are for jewelry or accessories, but functional items are present as well. Along with these patterns, From Heather's Hook is a great resource for videos that teach crochet. Be sure to check out the sidebar for these helpful tools!

The following is Heather's email interview:

How long have you been crocheting?
I have been crocheting since I was a young girl. My mother showed me the basic chain, single & double crochet, and the rest I picked up from books.

What's the project you're most proud of?
The project that I am most proud of (unfortunately I don't have a pic) is my very first doily. It was a simple pattern with irish roses and leaves around the entire outside edge. I had never crocheted flowers before, so I felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment when I was able to decipher the pattern, and complete the doily.

What's your favorite thing about crochet?
My favorite thing about crochet it's simplicity. There are only a handful of stitches that are necessary to learn from which you can create most anything imaginable.

What do you enjoy working on the most?
I enjoy complicated, intricate projects - I love pretty stitch details, and tons of embellishments. Flowers are by far my favorite thing to crochet (it all goes back to that first doily). If you are familiar at all with my designs, you will know that they almost all include flowers of one kind or another.

What else are you interested in?
While crochet is by far my favorite hobby, it is not my only interest. I also dabble in quilting, pineneedle basketry, and papermaking. I've been known to turn out the occasional sewing project, as well as a counted cross-stitch every now and then. I enjoy crafting in general, and am always on the lookout for something new to try.

Thanks to Heather for participating in the review!

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