Colorful Crochet Lace – book by Mary Jane Hall
Welcome to the first stop on my blog tour! First of all I want to thank Vickie for giving me this fabulous opportunity as her guest blogger making it possible to share my newest book, Colorful Crochet Lace with all her friends in the crochet world! I have followed Vickie for years and was able to meet her at TNNA as she was just beginning to promote her yarn, Sheep(ish) (such a cute name!) But even before that I was fortunate enough to have Vickie choose my scarf for her book, Pop Goes Crochet which by the way was an awesome book with a unique idea. It’s a really cool book with projects that are still stylish today! Look for my scarf she titled Heidi, named after super model, Heidi Klum. Another connection I feel with Vickie, is that she is a fellow Texan!
Some of you may know me from my previous books, Positively Crochet and Crochet That Fits. After CTF, I had to take a few years off from designing due to some circumstances in my life that I almost did not recover from. But after finally realizing the only thing that would help me heal was to put my focus back onto something I really loved and could get excited about, which was my designing career. Not only does the motion of working the hook and yarn calm and soothe our senses as it’s forming into something incredible, but our minds were made to create, which gives us such a sense of accomplishment. One of my deep rooted satisfactions in life is helping people in any way I am able and I really enjoy the thought of helping to make crochet easier for anyone out there who may struggle from time to time, so I always have that in the back of my mind as I’m writing my patterns.
Colorful Crochet Lace is a book I’ve been wanting to write for a very long time because making crochet lace garments and accessories is my very favorite way to showcase this amazing craft. The book is “laced” with 22 stylish projects of garments and accessories with a Parisian theme.
Even though I have always loved lacy Victorian things, fans and shell stitches, I wanted to create some garments that would appeal to a variety of people. Some of the designs are lacy and feminine, such as the Au Naturel Cropped Top with a delicate edging, the Parisian Gardens Circular Shawl (see above), the Juliette Scarf, the Ooh La La Flared Dress, the La Fleur Doily Bag and of course my favorite, the Haute Couture Peplum Top, which has no increases or decreases in the upper body part. The Brigitte Wide Belt is a feminine piece, but one person has already made the comment that she was reminded of the “Steampunk” style when she saw the belt! Then there are other projects a little less frilly such as the Tunique Unique Pullover, the Cafe Au Lait T-shirt, Magnifique Modular Tunic, Tres Chic Neck Warmer and Boutique Bolero.
Many people have asked what my motivation was in coming up with the Parisian theme. I was born near San Antonio, TX and am in love with the Riverwalk adorned with sidewalk cafes that remind me of places in Europe. It’s been a life long dream of mine to go to Paris! You should see my Pinterest board titled “Paris”, where I have pinned photos of beautiful scenery, ornate buildings, balconies with hanging flowers, sidewalk cafes and especially the Eiffel tower. I asked the publisher (Interweave Press /F+W) if we could do the photo shoot with a Parisian theme and find an ornate sidewalk cafe and a beautiful garden. They loved the idea and found those places in Denver where the photo shoot took place. I think they did a fantastic job and I am thrilled with the photos and the fact they loved my ideas!
I would be honored for you to check out my new book, Colorful Crochet Lace and hope you find something you just have to make! I love seeing your projects so please post them on Ravelry, and you may get a request for your project to to be featured on the pattern page!
For the full schedule of the Colorful Crochet Lace blog tour, check out my blog.
Mary Jane Hall, Author