Colorful Crochet Lace with Mary Jane Hall was the topic for Thursday’s Yarn Thing with Marly Bird.
We began with a ‘small world’ moment, where Marly remembers the first time she met Mary Jane at a TNNA, they were sat at the same table. At that time, Mary Jane had just written Positively Crochet, every one has come so far since then.
Born in the ‘Deep South’, Mary Jane says she was all over that area of the US. After college, she married her husband and settled in Ohio, where she lives today. Normally, she likes to be shown how to do things, but she learned to crochet from a book, with a little assistance from other ladies she knew.
Up until 2004, she had crocheted mostly in the winter, working on hats and scarves, with a few baby layettes. Others asked her to teach them to crochet the ponchos that became popular about then, she created a few patterns of different shapes and put them on E-bay. In about two months she sold about 150 copies!
Mary Jane thought perhaps Leisure Arts might be looking for designs so she wrote them (she admits how little she knew) but received a phone call asking to do two booklets of her designs. This was about January 2005, and became Crochet Young and Trendy and Crochet in Style.
Mary Jane began to think she was ready to put together a book. She considered the books of the past and how they had upwards of a hundred patterns, and the range from easy to advance experienced crocheters. That was Positively Crochet. Next she wrote Crochet that Fits.Mary Jane really kept in mind the crocheters that had, up until picking up her book, made afghans, scarves and hotpads. She incorporated a Graduated Stitch Method where adjust the height of the stitch helps the fabric of the garment fit the body better. She says she considers that cute little black dress on the cover of Crochet that Fits as beginner project!
This new book, Colorful Crochet Lace (Ravelry Link) has a Parisian theme, many of the names of the projects featured are French, sha
ped with french design in mind. You can pick up a copy through the Interweave website in both book format and electronic file.
Mary Jane’s visit was part of a Crochet Blog Tour. You can see Colorful Crochet Lace have been or will be posted in these blogs, check them out!
- Vickie Howell, August 4th
- Outstanding Crochet, August 5th
- Bonnie Bay, August 6th
- Crochetville, August 7th
- My Little City Girl, August 11th
- Hook and Needle Designs, August 14th
- GoCrochet, August 17th
- Turquoiz Blue — This is Crochet, August 18th
- Cute Crochet Chat, August 19th
- Hot Lava Crochet, August 20th
- Crochet Architect, August 21st
- Crochet Renee, August 24th
If you missed getting to hear this live, click this link to listen to the archived episode: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/08/13/colorful-crochet-lace-with-mary-jane-hall or in iTunes.