Today on the YarnThing Podcast with Marly Bird: Crochet expert Tammy Hildebrand!
Listen in below to hear Marly and Tammy talk about how Tammy got started, her books, designs and lots of other things!
Tammy learned to crochet from one of her teachers when she (her teacher) offered to teach anyone who wanted to stay after school to learn. Tammy has kept going since and still has that first floppy purple hippy hat she made. Before she made it in the yarn industry, Tammy worked in a customs house where she met her husband, a truck driver. After moving around the country (and Canada), she became a stay-at-home mom. She got into designing when she saw an add in the paper for contract crocheting for Maggie Weldon. After several months of contract crocheting, Tammy decided she could do the designing too and went for it. Her first design was a soap holder and appeared in Crochet World. Sending in swatches and proposals left and right (quite a few for one book in particular), she made her way in to the industry and has now been published in many places including the magizines Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, Crochet World, and Crochet 1-2-3 as well as with various yarn manufacturers and distributors.
Tammy is also involved in the Crochet Guild of America. She started going to the guild conferences when she was contract crocheting and has been to every conference since. Now, she is Vice President of the Guild and previously served as the professional development chairperson and the mentor coordinator. She also participates in the mentor program herself, which matches up new designers/crocheters with an established professional.
Tammy has several published books the newest of which just came out and is called Crochet Wraps Every Which Way. The book has 18 designs that use 6 basic techniques to make wearable wraps. Some of the designs are show below and you can see the book and patterns here (Rav link). Tammy also has another book coming out this year, Crochet for Baby All Year, which has a baby outfit themed for every month of the year and they are cute! In addition to books and magazines, Tammy publishes with yarn companies like Red Heart and online with websites/companies like Knit Picks.
Important links from today’s show:
- Tammy’s Facebook Page
- Ravelry Designer Page
- Tammy’s Blog Hot Lava Crochet
- Tammy’s Healthy Begins with You Facebook page and weight loss page
And we can’t forget the GIVEAWAY! As always, leave a comment below with Tammy’s keyword for your chance to win!
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