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Hi, I'm Kathy Clark!
I love to crochet and have been crocheting for over 45 years. When I was in sixth grade, I came across a pattern for a crocheted vest that I was determined to make. Since neither my mom or I knew how to crochet, we sat down with the directions and figured it out together.
I have always enjoyed creating my own projects. My first crochet designs included doll clothes for my sisters’ dolls and various items for family gifts. About 30 years ago, I started designing my own snowflakes, which have been my favorite subjects to create. I like the symmetry and the intricacy of the snowflakes and the fact that no two snowflakes are alike, so the possibilities are endless. They can be as simple or ornate as you like. I try to incorporate snowflakes into my designs whenever possible! Recently, I have also enjoyed working on reversible crochet designs and thread crochet apparel.
I think my love of math is my primary drive in designing projects. I enjoy designing pieces that are symmetrical (like snowflakes) or using motifs in various shapes to experiment with the designs and patterns that they create when they are joined together.
When I am creating a design, I will sometimes go to the local yarn store to look at the various yarns. I’ll find a particular color or texture of yarn I like and buy a small amount to play around making samples using different combinations of stitches. If I like the way the sample turns out, I purchase more yarn to complete an entire project. Other times, I will see a pattern or shape that sparks an idea in my mind. I’ll play around with different stitches to work out a design. Sometimes the design turns out how I had imagined it, and sometimes it evolves into something completely different – that’s what I find so enjoyable about it. I enjoy the challenge of creating new designs, I also find it very relaxing.
I originally started submitting my designs for magazine contests. After being successful in a few contests, I decided to try submitting some of my designs for publication. I figured it wouldn't hurt to try and it has turned out to be very rewarding! There is a certain feeling of accomplishment in creating a project yourself.
My husband has always been very supportive and encouraging to me. He will often pick up one of my books at a local craft store to show them that I am the designer. We have been married for over 35 years and enjoy working together on projects in our home such as a major room addition and finishing an entire basement. We have one son who has graduated from college.
I come from a large family – all of us with interests in various areas of crafts.
I am told my great-grandmother spent many hours crocheting. I still have the handkerchiefs, with crocheted edgings, that she made for me when I was a baby.
In addition to designing her own clothing and creating numerous decorations for large banquets, my grandmother was a talented woodcarver and carved many statues.
My mom was talented in many areas such as needlework, sewing, pastel portraits, colored pencils, water color, papermaking and collage, especially projects using natural products and found objects. My dad is an accountant, which is where my love of math fits in.
Each of my five brothers and sisters is also talented in their artistic endeavors, from jewelry design, sewing, ceramics, computer graphics, and drawing, to cooking, clay sculpture and hair styling.
In addition to crochet, I enjoy designing my own cross-stitch projects. Some of my favorite projects have included copying wedding invitations in cross-stitch for gifts. I also enjoy knitting. I hope to also learn tatting and quilting.
If you would like to see more of my designs, following is a list of publications through Leisure Arts:
... Pretty Summer Fashion
... Elegant Two-Piece Sets in Thread Crochet
... Pretty Tops for All Seasons
... Crochet Tops for Every Wardrobe
... Pretty Tops in Thread
... White Christmas in Thread Crochet
... Twice as Nice Decor