I was invited to participate in this world wide artist blog hop by Dedri, of Look What I Made! I’m kind of in love with these sorts of things. They solidify the point of blogging in the first place. Right? Having an artist like Dedri nominate me was very cool. She does amazing work, and I’ve featured it here on the blog. Check out her Amamani Puzzle Balls book. Such an amazing idea!

Artists from all over the world answer these same 4 questions and then nominate 3 (minimum 1) artist to do the same. Those 3 artists will post their answers and nominations a week later. Lots of community building going on here.

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I have these 4 questions to answer today.

  1. Why do I do what I do?
  2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
  3. How does my creative process work?
  4. What am I working on now?

Previous participants:

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Loyd is an amigurumi plush monster that just shreds on the guitar. His band just broke up and he’s looking for a new one… or at the very least a place to crash for a few weeks.

Why do I do what I do?

I crochet because it makes me happy. It keeps my brain busy, and lets me relax. I’m constantly amazed at what people (myself included) can make with just some string and a crooked stick. It’s indescribable. It also makes me happy when people react to my work…. good or bad. It makes me feel like I’m doing something. Although I do prefer good reactions, where there is smiling and “oh I love that” is involved. That’s what we’re going for here. I love sharing what I do with others, and especially the pattern writing allows me to do that on a more personal level. People (happily) make what I design. That’s just the best feeling in the world.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My work is just different. There’s no way around it. A lot of my larger pieces scream JESS MADE THIS. I make monsters and seem to have developed my own style of crochet when it comes to doll work. I like to use mixed media when possible (always) and I like that I can add my painting skills in the teeth, or sewing skills on an outfit… whatever it takes to make the piece work. I’m trying to keep that same vibe with smaller pieces and even my butts. I’ve yet to see people crochet butts the way that I do. That’s hilarious to me. I’m working on stretching out my style into my crochet patterns also, while still maintaining a balance between me and traditional crochet. It’s really a fun challenge. I have a notebook page filled with designs as of now, so as soon as I get to them we’ll all see more of that mixture.

How does my creative process work?

I guess the answer to this depends on what kind of day I’m having. If I’m having a good day (or days consecutively) I start out with finding something from my list of things to crochet. From there I like to sketch a direction to go in. I never stick to the sketch, so for me it’s really just a rough outline of the finished piece. It’s just nice to get the original idea down on paper, so if I get stuck in the design I have something to look back on.

If I’m in the middle of a funk, I’ll just crochet. I usually can’t concentrate when I’m feeling down, so I wing it for as long as I can handle. I rip a lot of stitches out, I curse, I walk away from what I’m working on, and then I try again after a snack. I’m like a little kid… just one who happens to have a mouth like a sailor.

Sometimes I leave projects in drawers for months, waiting for the right time to be finished. Sometimes I work on 8 things at once… although I’m trying to FOCUS. I need to work more and watch less TV, definitely.

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Topsy Turvy Monster Doll getting some hair.

What am I working on now?

Right now I’m in the middle of 3 projects (better than 8). I have a 2 motif blanket that I’ve been working on all summer and am ready to finish up in the next week or so. I also have a Topsy Turvy Monster Doll that I’m just about finished with. These are both going to be crochet patterns available for everyone to buy and then make. There’s also a free crochet pattern that I’m working on. It’s a shawl of some sort. I haven’t worked out the finishing details in my head yet, so it’s on hold until I can wrap my brain around it.

Then I have things like my newsletter revamp and the goodies that will accompany it, and a secret project that I’ll chat more about in the next few weeks.

I’ve invited Harvester Products, Capitain Crochet, and  Bonny Babies Crochet to go next. Check them out and look for their posts in one week, on September 8th, 2014.

 

 

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14 thoughts on “World Wide Artist Blog Hop – Crochet

  • September 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm
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    Yippee! Thank you so much for doing this, Jess. I love your post (and you know I love your style). I want me a Topsy, so I will be lurking…

    • September 2, 2014 at 8:50 am
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      Ha. No problem. It was fun. This Topsy Turvy may be the end of me. I didn’t think it would be such a challenging doll to design. Keep lurking though. It’ll be finished eventually.

  • September 2, 2014 at 8:43 am
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    I love your little crochet monsters like Loyd but I’d love a Topsy Turvy Monster. My current crochet project is for my sister in law for her Christmas present. I then have some knitting projects to work on too.

    • September 2, 2014 at 8:51 am
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      I’ve yet to start making anything for presents…. I just don’t have the time. It kind of lets me off the hook.

  • September 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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    My sister in law finds crocheting so relaxing, she’ll do it while watching a movie!

  • September 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm
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    Love this! It’s always fun getting to know why people have certain hobbies or why they make certain things. And I definitely agree that everything I’ve seen of yours is definitely distinctive.

  • September 2, 2014 at 10:07 pm
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    Very fun! Just learned to crochet this past year while pregnant. I’ve only made blankets so far.

    • September 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm
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      I have a hard time with blankets… they take too long for my 4 year old attention span. Always love hearing that people learned to crochet recently. Woot!

  • September 3, 2014 at 11:24 am
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    I love all the art you bring through your crotcheting…beautiful!

  • September 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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    Seriously every time I read one of your post i literally LOL!!! But I must say I truly enjoyed this post! I am always interested in the why behind artist work! thanks for sharing this it was great!!! I am still laughing at the piece about a kid with a sailors mouth! Oh and I can totally relate to your creative process. In fact I had to check the url to make sure I wasn’t reading my own post! Hello Kindred Spirit! And CONGRATS!!

    • September 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm
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      Always love to find a kindred spirit! Glad you enjoyed the post. I hate writing about myself, so this one was really hard. LOL.

  • September 3, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    My mom loved crocheting, she did it all the time but she has a wrist injury and can’t do it anymore, she can only do it for about 15 minutes without pain so it takes forever to make anything. I wish she had been able to teach me before she got hurt.

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