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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Walk in the Park Capelet from Colorful Crochet Lace

The Walk in the Park Capelet is the smallest and easiest project in Colorful Crochet Lace. This is a beginner project with only chs, sc & dc, which would be great as a CAL project for a beginner's class. I wrote the pattern for sizes small - 3X and the yarn is Patons Grace, a 100% cotton. This is a # 3 dk wt in the color viola.

You can make this longer by adding rows and if you want it wider, add extra chains between the dc shells. To see more details and all the projects in the book go to my Ravelry Designer page HERE.

By the way, don't you just love the photos in this book? The very talented photographer is Joe Hancock.


Walk in the Park Capelet by Mary Jane Hall in Colorful Crochet Lace

Walk in the Park Capelet by Mary Jane Hall in Colorful Crochet Lace


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ooh Lá Lá Flared Dress in Colorful Crochet Lace


Ooh Lá Lá Flared Dress by Mary Jane Hall
Back View without Belt
This dress is worked with my signature Graduated Stitch Method of making shaped garments without having to use increases or decreases.

Foundation chain begins at sides and the rows are worked vertically. If the size you are making is not wide enough or is too wide, because your gauge is off, all you have to do is add or delete row for a custom fit!

Pattern is written for sizes small - 3X and should be flattering on everyone.

Yarn used is Cascade Heritage Silk fingering, a blend of wool and mulberry silk.

Skill level is intermediate

Saturday, August 29, 2015

You Tube Video - Interview with Mary Jane Hall by Beth Moriarity of Planet Purl

I was invited by Beth Moriarity of Planet Purl to be interviewed on her podcast Aug 19, 2015. It was actually done through a GoToMeeting where anyone can tune into the same "room" to see and hear what everyone is looking at the same thing on the same screen, kind of like a Power Point presentation. This was an honor for me because she has 20,000 or more followers, which will help promote Colorful Croche Lace and me as a designer. She asked me numerous questions on my life as a designer and on the designs in this new book. You won’t have to see my face (lol) but you’ll hear my voice and see photos of some of the designs Beth picked out to feature. If you did not get a chance to hear or see the podcast, she has now put it on her You Tube channel for anyone to view.
Hope you like it! Let me know what you think! Maybe you can guess where my accent is from?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Reneé Rodgers - Last Day of Book Blog Tour : Review of Colorful Crochet Lace and Book GIVEAWAY!

Crochet and Knit Designer
Reneé Barnes
(Crochet Reneé on Facebook)
I'm very proud to announce the next participant in the Colorful Crochet Lace blog tour. Her name is Reneé Rodgers (Ravelry) and you can see her blog post  (Make Life DIY) with a review of the book and a chance to win your own copy! Click HERE. Reneé was the first person I ever had the privilege of mentoring in the CGOA mentoring program for those who have aspirations of becoming a professional designer. I instantly liked Reneé because she's interesting and so easy to talk to. Even though she's gone through trials in her life, as we all do, she still seems to really enjoy life and is a pleasure to those who are around her.

Of course in the mentoring program we don't teach people to design. We just kind of lead the way by answering questions, giving advice, and giving them contacts in the business where they can submit their designs, whether it's to a magazine, book or other places.
I knew Reneé was very talented and I quickly found out she had experience with everything including spinning her own yarn. She even spun some yarn she made for me from her Angora rabbits with Alpaca added to it. I was very impressed and it was so soft that I knew I had to design something with it! I ended up getting a scarf  accepted for the book One Skein Luxury Yarns by Story Publishing. And guess what? My mentee, Reneé, had a design accepteed for the exact same book where she landed a cover design!

Not only that but she became known very quickly when her gorgeous crochet dress design won the Grand prize in the CGOA yearly design contest that is held every year at Chain Link Conference! (Also known as the CGOA Knit and Crochet Show)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Haute Couture: Atelier Versace Fall / Winter 2015 - 2016 Collection

                                                These are a few of my favorites!

Love the big bell sleeves. This is feminine.

Very pretty. Love the color and style

Pretty but the color is a little too muted for my skin coloring
These next ones are interesting!


To see the whole runway show click HERE

http://beauty.bgfashion.net/article/11361/35/Haute-Couture-Atelier-Versace-Fall-Winter-2015-2016-collection

Saturday, August 22, 2015

New York City Newspaper, Times Union Interviewed Me!

When Tommy Semosh from Interweave Press told me Times Union wanted to interview me and do a book review I didn't think anything of it. I've given so many interviews the past month that I figured it was from some small town. But today I ran across the interview before Tommy has even had a chance to send me the link. I found it on my own by accident and wasn't even looking  for it.

 Anyway, when I started checking that website to see just where this newspaper was, I was so surprised to find out it's in New York City! That was exciting for me!  See the interview with me and their review of the book in their Fiber Arts section.

Read my interview HERE.
http://blog.timesunion.com/fiberarts/book-review-and-a-giveaway/17002/

Friday, August 21, 2015

Susan Lowman of The Crochet Architect Reviews Colorful Crochet Lace - Day 13 of Book Blog Tour

Susan Lowman of
The  Crochet Architect
I am thrilled to introduce this next designer who is so graciously participating in my book launch of Colorful Crochet Lace . Her name is Susan Lowman and she's very special to me as we bonded while she was tech editing my book, Crochet That Fits, back in 2008. I instantly felt a connection with her, mainly because she's sweet, personable and she took care of my "baby" (the book) as she looked over it to make sure everything was right. As designers, having our books tech edited is quite a stressful thing for us to go through, but Susan made me feel at ease through the whole process. She did a great job because there are no major errors in the book. There are a few minor issues but nothing that would stop a reader from being able to make the projects without problems. You can see a variety of beautiful designs on her Revelry Designer Page. For the book GIVEAWAY and review go HERE! She is extending her GIVEAWAY through Aug 31, so you will have a chance to win through that date and all you have to do is make a comment at the end of her post! Thank you Susan for being a part of this special time for me!

  Next stop on the tour is with Renee Rogers on Monday, Aug 24. See schedule below.

Colorful Crochet Lace Book Blog Tour Schedule

  1. Knit Crochet Craft – Vickie Howell (Mary Jane will be Vickie's guest blogger that day, kicking off the tour 8/4)
  2. Outstanding Crochet – Natalia Kononova (review and promotional giveaway 8/5) +photos of her project
  3. Bonnie Bay – Bonnie Barker (review, interview, and promotional giveaway 8/6) She's making a project
  4. Crochetville – Amy Shelton (she'll show the Au Naturel Top she made, review, promotional giveaway 8/7) Amy 
  5. made the Au Natural Cropped Top and will share her picturesj
  6. My Little City Girl – Alla Koval (she'll show the Juliette Scarf she made , interview, and review 8/10). Alla made a project which she will share.
  7. Yarn Thing Podcast – Marly Bird (author interview podcast 8/13)
  8. Hook & Needle Designs – Lisa Gentry (8/14)
  9. GoCrochet – Ellen Gormley (review and author interview) (8/17)
  10. Turquoiz Blue – This is Crochet - Turquoiz Blue (8/18)
  11. Cute Crochet Chat – Jocelyn Sass (review and promotional giveaway 8/19)
  12. Hot Lava Crochet – Tammy Hildebrand (interview, review, and promotional giveaway 8/20)
  13. The Crochet Architect – Susan Lowman 8/21
  14. Crochet Renee – Renee Rogers 8/24
  To order Colorful Crochet Lace click HERE. To see all the designs in the book of 22 lace garments and accessories, please visit my Ravelry designer page HERE.