Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Crochet Pattern Book

I have a big announcement for you!

The new book is here!
Did you guess that is what I was going to say?

I worked for over six months developing the patterns for this book. I only included the best ones. I was able to come up with many fresh ways to use the Sharp Crochet Hook. I think you will all be happy when you get it! I am so happy with how it turned out!

You can order it here: http://sharpcrochethook.com/order-crochet-hooks.html

Introducing the Sharp Crochet Hook Pattern Book: 

Here is the Sharp Crochet Hook and Pattern Book Combo Pack in it's awesome packaging (the plastic opens and closes so it can be reused). 

It also has a hang hole so retailers will be happy. This picture isn't that great, but it gives you an idea.


Here is a quick sample of crochet patterns inside the book: 

 You can order the hook and book combo here: http://sharpcrochethook.com/order-crochet-hooks.html

A huge thanks to Nicole Leavitt- www.nicoleleavitt.com for the stellar photos in the book. 
Nicole Leavitt Photography

And a huge thanks to Amanda Crowther for modeling!

Plus, aren't the kids darling? I'm so lucky to have such talented people to work with. If you guys need a photographer or a model, Nicole and Amanda are highly recommended! 

Check out these full sized pattern photos:

There are 18 unique crochet patterns in the book. Here is a sampling:

Sharp Crochet Hook Pattern Book (p. 6) The Sharp Crochet Hook easily crochets through knit and denim!

Sharp Crochet Hook Pattern Book (p.13)  Easily embellish a tank top with this beautiful pattern.

Sharp Crochet Hook Pattern Book (p.15)  Transform a pair of men's dress socks into these boot socks. Would be an excellent Christmas gift for a friend or daughter! And it only takes about an hour!

Sharp Crochet Hook Pattern Book (p.8)  Embellish a pair of everyday one size fits all gloves with this flower. Would be an excellent Christmas gift for a girl!

Sharp Crochet Hook Pattern Book (p.7)  These baby shoes are great because you crochet the upper part directly into faux-leather. The sole is much more durable than the traditional "baby-booties."

Sharp Crochet Hook Pattern Book (p.9)  Make a children's room name plate! So quick, easy, and cute!

Sharp Crochet Hook Pattern Book (p.12)  Use a kitchen towel or bandana and make a really cute apron! This would be a great Christmas or Birthday gift idea!

Sharp Crochet Hook Pattern Book (p.18)  Crochet an edging on ribbon to make a really great looking bracelet! Another great quick gift idea!

Sharp Crochet Hook Pattern Book (p.5)  Crochet an edging on a bandana. This would be so cute for Girl's Camp!

Sharp Crochet Hook Pattern Book (p.11)  The Sharp Crochet Hook goes through flannel so easily. This pattern shows you how to crochet around 5 double layer strips of flannel to create this stripe blanket.You use the Sharp Crochet Hook and crochet thread to make the first layer, then you use normal worsted weight yarn and a larger hook to make the scallop edge.

I hope you guys enjoy the book!

Thanks again to Nicole Leavitt for the pictures- www.nicoleleavitt.com

And please order the book now!  I think you will love it! You can order it here: http://sharpcrochethook.com/buy-crochet-items.html

I do wholesale pricing if you would like to sell the book in your shop (online or brick and mortar), or if you are a crochet teacher. Please email me at jessica@sharpcrochethook.com for more information.

Happy Crocheting!


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sharp Crochet Hook Winner

Remember that contest I was trying to win? I had you all vote for my Embellished Christmas Tree Card? (Get instructions to make it here: http://blog.sharpcrochethook.com/2012/10/free-christmas-tree-card-pattern-with.html

Well, I didn't win, but I'm giving away a Sharp Crochet Hook and Crochet Edging Handbook anyway. I have the coolest fans ever! Thanks for all your help voting for my card!

I used Random.org to help me figure out the winner:
The 13th person to leave a comment is: gardentilly!

I did my part and voted. Good Luck!
If you are GARDENTILLY Please email jessica@sharpcrochethook.com with your mailing address! Congratulations! 
Thanks everyone for voting. The competition was a little too stiff this time, but I do appreciate everyone's help. 
Happy Crocheting!

Free Christmas Tree Card Pattern with Printable Label

Free Embellished Christmas Tree Card Pattern with Printable Label

Today I'm going to give you a free pattern to make this card:

Embellished Christmas Tree Card Instructions

Bazzill Basics Paper-Petty Cash
Bazzill Basics Paper-Bank Roll
Bazzill Basics Paper-Emerald City
Bazzill Basics Paper-Pale Yellow
Bazzill Basics Paper-Quick Sand
White cardstock
Recollections Cardstock Red 219032
"Merry Christmas" Stamp- Stampabilities DR1109
Tinted Embossing Stamp Pad-Emboss! Hampton Art Stamps
Embossing Powder- Silver-Ranger EPJ 00204
Embossing Heat Gun
Pearl stickers- s-e-i sundries- Homestead- 8-6006
Ink- s-e-i chalk ink block- cocoa- 7-1824
Star brad- colorbok- 21818 Silver Star Brads
Sharp Crochet Hook
White metallic crochet thread- Red Heart- size 3
Double sided tape
Dimensional glue dots

Step 1: Prepare the paper.

Cut Petty Cash (top tier) to 1.5" x 3.5"
Cut Bank Roll (middle tier) to 1.5" x 4.5"
Cut Emerald City (bottom tier) to 1.5" x 5"
Score each of the strips of green paper every 3/8" and fold like an accordion, back and forth.
Cut a 1" circle out of Pale Yellow
Cut red to 10" x 7" and fold to make it 5" x 7"
Cut green tag according to template (see below).
Cut Quick Sand to 1" x 1.25"

Free Printable Merry Christmas Label

Print out the label template below. Use the blank one if you want to use the stamp, or use the one with Merry Christmas printed on it if you don't have the stamp. 

Step 2: Use the Sharp Crochet Hook to crochet edgings.

Do this by doing two single crochet stitches on each fold line, leaving a 3/16" space from edge of paper. Do this across paper. Turn and then make the shells by doing the following all in the next stitch: dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch 1, dc. There should be 5 dc with a ch in between each one. So do a shell, sk 1, sc, sk 1, shell. Do this all the way across. Tie off, cut, and tape end to back. Repeat for each paper.

For the star, mark 5 evenly spaced dots around Pale Yellow circle. Single crochet in each dot 3 times. Tie off, cut, and tape ends to back of circle.

Step 3: Add the finishing touches.

Stamp and emboss Merry Christmas to the white cardstock. Cut out and tape to green tag (see above template). Add pearl stickers to sides.

Ink the sides of Quick Sand paper with the cocoa chalk ink block.

Add the brad to the star and attach to top tier. Adhere the Christmas Tree layers in place using hot glue. 

You're done! 

Let me know if you would like to see more embellished card patterns! :)

Happy Crocheting!

Friday, October 5, 2012

New marketing materials

I am super excited because I just signed up for a booth at the What a Woman Wants show at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, UT in Dec. I need to have something to hand people at our booth and put in the door bags so I thought postcards would be good.

I just sent the following designs to get printed (2 sided postcards)... 

What do you think? There is a "bleed" so the outside 1/8" will actually be cut off. That's why the top and bottom don't really look centered.

Wish me luck at the Expo!