I am a Craft Yarn Council Certified Instuctor with five years experience teaching crochet classes, both in person and online through Skillshare. I began designing my own patterns in 2010 and my first magazine published pattern appeared in Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012. Since then I have continued to self-publish several free and paid patterns online as well. Right now I am learning as much as I can and slowly growing as a teacher and designer. I am excited for what the future will bring!
Special Projects & Milestones
Snowflakes Pattern Published in Interweave Crochet Magazine
Definitely the first moment in my crochet career that really filled me with pride! It was absolutely thrilling to see the edition with MY name in it, MY pattern in it, on the magazine rack! You can read a little more about it here or purchase the pattern here. The entire magazine is also available for purchase.
Climbing Leaves Scarf Pattern
March 29, 2012
My first truly original design began in early 2010 (read the story here) - and it took two years to complete and release. But what an accomplishment it was!
It is now available for purchase and instant download on Ravlery and Craftsy.
First Pattern Shared with the World
June 20, 2011
The very first pattern I wrote up to share on my blog was for The Ami'mater: an amigurumi tomato! I later converted it into a pdf and posted it on Ravelry and Craftsy for download as well. See the original blog post here.
Caps for Good
Save the Children and Warm Up America's Caps for Good Program
Visit http://www.GoodGoes.org/ or my old studio blog for more information.
ETA: Organization no longer active, unfortunately.
Something in the Water
Jan 2011 - Mar 2011
A sculptural art project using recycled plastic bags to crochet breast-like shapes that were linked together by fiber artist and educator Wendy Osher to form a "reef" that was originally displayed in an exhibition at the American Jewish Museum in Pittsburgh, May-July 2011, called Too Shallow for Diving: The 21st Century is Treading Water.
Please visit my Wordpress blog for more information here.
CrochEt Cetera was Born
In August of 2009, just a few months after getting married, I launched my ArtFire Studio and Facebook page. It was a scary but exciting time!
Education & Professional Development
Crochet Instructor at Yarn Matters in Williamsburg, VA
March 2017 2013 - Present
After moving to Virgina with a six month old baby in the summer of 2016, I wasn't in any rush to pick up new classes. I looked around when we first moved but no one needed a crochet teacher at that time, so I decided I'd just use the time to get some extra sleep! Ha ha ha ha! That didn't work out so well. But in the spring of the following year, I popped into one of the local yarn shops and the owner remembered me and asked me if I was still interested in teaching. Of course, I said yes! I absolutely adore teaching at a LYS and am enjoying being able to teach my own patterns! You can see a list of my current class offerings here.
Crochet Instructor at Michaels Stores
October 2013 - June 2016
In the fall of 2013 the Craft Yarn Council contacted me to let me know there was an opening for a crochet teaching position at the Michaels Store in Colorado Springs, CO - unfortunately we were no longer living there. Fortunately, there was also an opening at the Columbus, GA store, which was closest to where we were currently living. I taught there until we moved to Texas in the spring of 2014, where I soon picked up classes at the store in Temple. My students constantly inspire and challenge me and I love it!
Attended STITCHES, Texas
17 - 20 September 2015
-Bavarian-to-Go with Jenny King
-Intro to Color with Laura Bryant
-Intro to Ikat Knitting and Crochet with Laura Bryant
-Fascinating Fibonacci with Laura Bryant
-Hobby to Profession: Becoming a Designer with Marly Bird
-Accent on Color with Laura Bryant
Craft Yarn Council Certified Crochet Instructor
December 18, 2014
Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Missouri-Columbia
December 19, 2008