Not just your grandma‚??s pastime


February 15. 2013 4:56PM


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I would love to learn how to crochet. Ten years ago, I would never have even imagined desiring such a hobby. But my present-day tastes have changed, and my love for handcrafted items seems to strengthen every day. Perhaps it is the artistry behind the work. Perhaps it is the craftsmanship. Perhaps it is the unique result in each and every finished product. Whatever the reason, handcrafted clothing and accessories have a romantic feel for me, and I appreciate the originality of the pieces.
I am forever on the hunt for different yet stylish handmade pieces and I have a collection of jewelry made from pottery (which you can purchase at Earth and Wears in Dallas), scarves and bracelets made of T-shirt material, hand-carved bracelets, hand-stitched watch bands, etc. But lately I have noticed my admiration growing for crochet items. I love the intricate stitching and the retro look of crochet. And although I worry about my less-than-steady hand attempting to make specific designs, I‚??m willing to get a lot of sleep, wean myself off caffeine for a while and reduce my amount of stress (yeah, right) to steady my hand as much as possible and enter the world of crocheting.
If you are looking for designers who have mastered the craft, I encourage you to visit etsy.com. Page after page of photos from artists offer you a look at the beautiful art. From baby blankets to shrug capelets, the collections are almost overwhelming. Prices range depending upon the detail of the product and, of course, a simple (not that I know how to make these ‚??simple‚?Ě items) headband will be significantly less than a full cardigan.
If you have a thing for rosettes, you‚??ll be in heaven. But the best part of the searching through the designers is that you‚??ll find accessories that you would never imagine in a million years would be something someone would crochet. The surprise element of these beauties is one of the most intriguing reasons for me as I love discovering true pieces of art, a new accessory that only lives in the imagination of the creator until designed, crafted and presented on Etsy ‚?? trailblazers galore are all located on one site for your shopping pleasure.
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