thoughts on defining your style

When you’ve been crafting for a while, you tend to make similar decisions: color palettes, modern versus traditional, simple versus highly detailed, etc. In this way, you’ve been – consciously or not – developing and defining your style. It’s an important step that requires careful consideration: deciding who you are as a designer, establishing your particular and unique brand, defining what you’re known for. But how much thought do you give it? Take a moment and consider these questions:canvas bag

  • What are the defining elements of your style?
  • How has that changed over time?
  • Did you develop your style consciously? To be in line with your brand?
  • Do you ever feel limited by your own style?
  • If so, how do you move past those limitations?

Yes, important questions, indeed. But do be mindful of the limitations. In other words, don’t be afraid to grab the pink pompom trim.  I learned this lesson soon after my daughter was born. It’s not that she wears all pink and purple now…but I do force myself to check out that end of the spectrum in the fabric store.

And know that your style will likely change over time…and you should let it. Mine, right here right now, is this yet unnamed bag (I’m working on it…and potentially a pattern). It’s taken me a while to put my finger on my preferences when it comes to bags, other than a lot. A little sporty (I like outdoor gear), a little vintage (in the 70s/80s kind of way), simple, utilitarian. I like it. For now.

crochet & fabric together, forever

Okay, if I haven’t mentioned it yet that most of my crafting energy these days is focused on accessorizing and dressing my daughter, let me do so now: I have not sewn something for myself in over two years. And my daughter is two years old, so do the math. BUT I did learn a new craft! Okay, it was mostly so I could make my aforementioned stylish daughter cozy things to wear in winter. Yes, I kept a crafty resolution. I learned to crochet. And it is awesome. For many reasons.

One: I have a good excuse to buy yarn now.
Two: I can make cozy things for my daughter.
Three: I get to hang out on Ravelry.
Four: crochet and fabric are so super lovely together…which means I get to buy fabric AND yarn.

I actually started with this combination in mind. My first project was a hat; my daughter wore it for about 15 seconds, but I don’t recall ever being prouder of something I’ve made. Hats and cowls and more hats followed, mostly from the book Crochet Boutique (a really, REALLY good book!). Once I had a good knowledge base (I recommend taking a class or sitting with someone who can show you the ropes), I took the leap and bought a pattern from one of my favorite crochet designers, Luz Patterns. And then…fell…hard…in love. blue crochet dress

Rest assured, there is nothing dainty, perfect, or tidy about sewing crocheted fabric to cotton fabric, but those stitches are good at hiding many things (including weird puckers). And my guiding principle when I craft for my daughter is that whatever it is, it will likely end up with sweet potatoes all over it…so I don’t fuss too much. And I think that’s key here.

Here are some links to a few of my favorite fabric and crochet combinations on Pinterest.

A simple, sweet tank dress

A little girl’s dress with granny square bodice

A bowl with fabric edging

Sweet fabric sachets with crochet edging

Crochet edging on a vintage fabric skirt

Crochet edging with rick rack

Take a look! I hope you find the combinations as inspiring as I do.

 

 

here I go again

When you’re facing parenthood, your priorities change. That’s the only excuse I have for myself, ditching my old digs (teehee) at Digs & Bean at about 25 weeks pregnant with my daughter. A lot of life has happened since then. I’ve continued to be crafty since, despite my daughter’s best efforts, but I’ve manda on the porchhad less time for it…and even less time to type something cohesive about it when I do. Not that I’m promising anything cohesive here, mind you. What I’m hoping to do here is simple: document my own crafty geekiness, chronicle my adventures in making, discuss favorite patterns and books (insert dorky ex-craft-book editor emoji), share pics of things I wish I’d made or hope to someday, and keep writing…all from my porch (seriously, my craft room is a converted porch). I’ve always been a journal keeper…and life moves too fast to remember it all, especially these days. So….howdy. Welcome. Make some tea and talk crafty to me.