Interviewers often ask me about my crochet design process, and I tell them that I always start off with a sketch. Sketching my ideas in Photoshop helps me figure out the colors and basic shapes I want to use. Afterward, there is of course a lot of trial-and-error during the actual crocheting, but the sketches definitely help me start! I am not a graphic designer or artist by any means (I think I say this a lot), so these sketches aren’t amazing works of art. They are basically the stick-figures and smiley-faces of the art world, but that’s all that I need! The simpler, the better.
When I sold Crocheted Abode A La Mode, most of the patterns and projects didn’t even exist yet. They were figments of my imagination. Before I started the designing and writing of the book, my publisher asked me to send them sketches of everything. I saved them and thought it would be fun to share them with you!
Hope that was a fun little peek into how I work and imagine the universe!
P.S. I’m currently prepping new goodies and gizmos for Renegade Craft Fair coming up in mid-July here in SF. I’m kinda taking a big risk and doing something a bit different. I think it’ll be a lot of fun, and I hope you guys think so, too!! More details as they unfold! Wish I had 2 more months instead of less than 1 month! TYPICAL!