NEW Craftsy Teacher Lindsey Stephens

New Craftsy Teacher Lindsey Stephens was the guest this morning on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird. We love having the Craftsy teachers share their new classes because Craftsy is one of the podcast’s sponsors!


Lindsey Stephens comes from a crafty family. Her grandmother started her with crochet, she conquered the chain stitch but lost her between there and making a flower. Later Lindsey decided to learn to knit but her first yarn choice was too fuzzy to see what she was doing. Her third attempt was a how to crochet book and a long relocation road-trip and that seems to have done the trick for her.

Lindsey progressed from learning through experimenting to teaching and designing rather quickly. Partially as a misunderstood statement of her husband’s that she could try but not to expect much, she really was determined to prove herself to her husband. Through her search of the internet (pre-Ravelry) she got a mentor through the CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) Bendy Carter. Both ladies value Bendy’s knowledge of stitch construction, for Lindsey having someone to talk to was valuable.

She began submitting patterns and with a good-sized rejection pile, began Poetry in Yarn in 2010. In a special session with Robin Chachula, Lindsey learned that just because a piece was rejected doesn’t mean that wasn’t a good one, it may have not been a good fit where the publisher needed it to go. (Robin actually compiled those rejected designs into a book, which is a great example to others.)

Another aspect that’s probably been major for Lindsey is Tech Editing. Investing in programs to help her assist other designers and publishing companies was a big step but worked well with her background as a certified math teacher. Her goal is to make sure the patterns are accurate, clear and consistent. This work now fills the bulk of her day. She enjoys being part of a long chain of people that helps the yarn industry to grow.

Lindsey was contacted by Craftsy to teach Seaming Crochet was a great investment of time and effort for her and her family, creating the samples and making lists of helpful tips, and the experience was enjoyable for her. The class includes Prepping for Seaming, Traditional, Raised, Decorative Seams and the almost invisible seams the mimic the crocheted fabric, working with variegated and specialty yarns … a VERY thorough and thoughtful course.

Here is Marly’s affiliate link to Lindsey’s Craftsy class. You can follow Lindsey Stephens at her website: ww.PoetryinYarn.com She can also be found in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Here is the link to her Designer page in Ravelry, also.

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  1. Thekla says:

    Thank you for the interview. I had not heard of Lindsey Stephens before. I have now looked at her patterns and especially like the Rue’s Song cowl…lovely. Seaming is my ‘bugaboo’ so could really use some tips and tricks on that…thanks again.

  2. Laura says:

    Thanks for another great show. I need to look in to her class because I have a UFO floating around in my bag because of 2 failed seaming attempts. I totally commend her for getting a career off the ground while a SAHM. I also stay home and some days its all I can do some days to stay ahead of the laundry and meals!

  3. SallyFromIdaho says:

    Great show.
    Craftsy is a great resource
    and they have so many classes to pick from.
    I am not a fan of
    The Seaming but it has to be done.

  4. Michelle says:

    Nice interview. I enjoyed getting to meeting Lindsey, I hadn’t heard of her before. I checked out her Ravelry shop and feel for the dreidel bowl. It is adorable. Her Crafsty class looks like a wonderful resources and I could use a few tips on joining well. Thanks ladies!

  5. Katelyn M says:

    Thanks for another great show. I loved hearing all about Lindsey. I hadn’t heard about her before this episode but you are always introducing me to new people! This class seems great! I typically use the same seaming method. This would be a great class to expand my horizons. Thanks for having her on!

  6. Laurie says:

    Love the show! I’m always meeting someone new as well as learning new things. Can’t wait to learn the best seaming methods!

  7. Sarah says:

    I loved this show! Lindsey’s class on seaming crochet is on my Craftsy wish list. I avoid projects that involve seaming because I’ve had projects fall apart because of poor seaming. I can’t wait to take the class.

  8. Ashleigh Eden says:

    Loved the podcast! It always amazes me that there are so many different classes! A while class on seaming is neve something I would think up, but it sounds great! Seaming can definitely make or break a project.

  9. Kathy says:

    I did a sampler crocheted blanket. It would have been nice to have found out about the class before I did the seaming. I know I would have done a better job. I will have to add her class to my wishlist.

  10. Mary L. says:

    Another great podcast! Loved listening to Lindsay. I am interested in learning some new decorative seaming techniques!

  11. kathy says:

    Thanks, Marly, for introducing us to Lindsey. And, in my opinion, there can never be enough insights and classes on seaming, so thanks, Lindsey for teaching a Craftsy class on that important subject!

  12. hotknitter says:

    To me seaming is a necessary evil. I’ve got to learn to love seaming since we do better at things we love.

  13. Rachel Catherine says:

    I always get nervous before seaming garments I make, worried I will mess up all the hard work I put into knitting or crocheting the garment! I would love to gain more confidence in my skills!

  14. Lisa Nixon says:

    I would love to be able to crochet enough so that I would be able to say that I needed to work on my seaming!

  15. Patty B says:

    Really enjoyed this podcast and learning more about Lindsey. Her Craftsy class “Seaming Crochet’ is on my wish list! I have a sampler afghan that needs seamed and hope to gain more techniques for this process.

  16. Suzanne says:

    I bet Lindsey’s Seaming Crochet fills a special niche as there seems to be more support for finishing in knitting. My eyes were opened when I watched the promo for the class.

  17. Melissa says:

    Seaming seems to be the one thing that I can’t seem to get, I’ve just resorted to joining my granny squares kinda join as you go. My Craftsy class wish list is growing!

  18. Kim Schroeder says:

    Seaming seems like the name of the game. This year I have finally allowed myself to start enjoying the finishing of projects.

  19. Lori Biamonte says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the podcast. A nice seam after hours and hours of knitting is worth the effort and care.

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