Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sharp Crochet Hook Intro Slide show

I'm thinking about replacing the video on my home page with this slide show. Do you think this would be a good option? Do you like the slide show or the demo video better?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sharp Crochet Hook

An article written by Bryn Hall. We appreciate your kind words!


             As a crafty individual--yet a non crocheter--I found it fascinating as I eagerly searched the internet for people with a talent that I do not possess.  Stumbling upon blog after blog on the “Sharp Crochet Hook” I noticed the same thing over and over again--everyone adored this tiny hook!  Wanting to try it out myself, I promptly purchased a swatch of cloth from the store and tried to start a pattern.
            Unfortunately for me, one cannot learn how to crochet overnight and my progression stopped at a Chain.  However, borrowing my roommates crochet hook, I was able to easily compare the ability to push the Sharp Crochet Hook through various fabrics with her 3.75mm hook. My small, sharp crochet hook worked wonders through every fabric in my apartment!  Do not take for granted this adorable, yet sturdy tool!
             Searching the world wide web some more, I was able to find some cute patterns that use this useful tool.  Myshelle Cole found use for it when making her flannel blanket; it easily glided through her materials and made a beautiful fringe. 
 Here is the pattern for this beautiful edging, using the Sharp Crochet Hook to easily go through flannel:

I also stumbled upon a cute t-shirt heart shaped pattern created by Jen, that she made for valentines day.  The intricate heart shape was easily traced with the Sharp Crochet Hook, and the finished design is utterly adorable. Here is how she did it:

Overall, this tool has proved its use time and time again for many different crocheters, and I’m sure it can help you out too.  If you’re interested in ordering a Sharp Crochet Hook and Pattern Book Set, you’re in luck!  Because they’re being sold! Hurray! Click here to go to the ordering page. 

Click here for many free patterns that can be made by the Sharp Crochet Hook.
--Bryn Hall

The Sharp Crochet Hook

Here is a blog post written by Nicole Allen. Thanks for the love!

The Sharp Crochet Hook

Crocheting is a fun and exciting thing to learn! You can make new projects and crafts with your kids. Or, if you’re college bound, take something old clothes out of your closet and design it into something you love! There are many different sizes, fabrics, and hooks out there. I’m here to tell you about a different kind of hook, designed especially for you!

The Sharp Crochet Hook. Jessica Taufer designed this incredible hook with a great purpose. The hook is sharper than others, so it is meant to slide through fabric much easier. You no longer have to pre poke holes! All you need to use is the Sharp Crochet Hook! You could do so many things; You could turn a simple swaddle blanket, to have a delicate, beautiful edging. Change up your wardrobe and adorn it was edgings on skirts, tanks, and anything you could think of! Create crocheted flowers directly on headbands or gloves. The possibilities are endless! 

Crocheting can be a wonderful pass time with friends and loved ones. It is a great trade to pick and use! Teach your kids to take the time to make something wonderful. Make a unique gift for friends to show how much you really care!

Check out the website, www.sharpcrochethook.com, to see more projects, patterns, and more! You can see many other crochet projects by other people and get involved yourself! You can also order online your own Hook and Pattern Combo Book to begin! Start your projects today and let the crocheting begin!
Thanks to www.sharpcrochethook.com for pictures of projects!

--Nicole Allen

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Rainbow Zipper Purse by Debra Arch for Crochet World

Hello friends,

Today I want to introduce you to my favorite form of flattery... when someone uses the Sharp Crochet Hook to make something spectacular!!

Debra Arch uses the Sharp Crochet Hook to make this lovely rainbow purse with a zipper. It was just published in the newest issue of Crochet World.

Here is the pattern that was published in Crochet World Magazine, photo courtesy of Annie's.
Click on the image to enlarge it.

Meet Debra Arch, crochet designer extraordinaire! Here is the q&a I had with her. What a gem!

How long have you been designing patterns? I have designed original projects for myself, my children, family & friends for decades. However, I started my professional designing career in 1998.

What is your favorite crochet design? I love all kinds of crochet...from useful  kitchen towels & matching kitchen decor items to home decor rugs, pillows & afghans;  scarves; purses and  baby items.  I like creating unusual designs that are "out side the box"... whimsical projects to make people smile.

Do you like to do other crafts?  I enjoy designing in many craft mediums. Over the past 15 years, I have had hundreds of  crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, needle felting, hand applique, embroidery and needlepoint on plastic canvas designs  published in various magazines, pattern books and hard cover books. I also do calligraphy, machine embroidery and have made many tee shirt quilts over the years.

What is your day like?  I like to be in my craft studio by 8AM, if possible, along with a huge cup of coffee. There, I can gather up supplies to begin new designs. I LOVE the creative process and strive to give each design its own special look. I like to have a scented candle burning and play soft instrumental music on my CD player. I love to stay "in my element" in my studio as long as I can...until I have to stop and go make dinner!

What are your favorite design tools? My favorite design "tools" are the ones I use most often which include: the Sharp crochet hook; Clover's Amour padded handle crochet hooks and also their needle felting tools; straight and pinking edge rotary cutters, cutting mat and all sizes of Creative Grid rotary rulers; Sulky's spray adhesive and their blended cotton threads for hand and machine embroidery and especially my lap top on which I type all my instructions!

Where can we find your designs? You can see many of my latest crochet designs from past and present issues of  Crochet! and Crochet World magazines  (including the Rainbow Coin purse) at: www.ravelry.com/designers/debra-arch
My quilting, needle felting and wool felt applique projects can be seen in past and present issues of Create & Decorate magazine.

Thanks Debra Arch for letting us get to know you better! 

 Don't forget to check out her other designs here: www.ravelry.com/designers/debra-arch


Happy crocheting :)