Ellen began designing crochet when she became a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her first child. She had been crocheting most of her life and needed a way to turn her passion into a business. Since then she has become a contributor on the Knit and Crochet Now! TV show and is now the new editor of Crochet! Magazine. Keeping much of the same feel and tone for the patterns in the magaizine, one of the new things Ellen is going to start introducing is stitch diagrams to go with the patterns! Keep a look out for them starting with the August issue. Listen in below for more of her ideas for Crochet! and her encouragement for new designers (she knows where you are coming from, she was there too!).
Press Release from Annies:
Ellen Gormley, crochet designer, popular blogger and teacher will now oversee the planning and editing of Crochet! She will work closely with Carol Alexander, executive editor of Crochet! and Crochet World. With Carol’s creative vision and leadership, Crochet! continues its legacy as one of the most popular crochet magazines in the industry. “It has been my joy and privilege to work as editor of Crochet! magazine for the past decade. It has evolved into a highly regarded publication, and I’m proud of the respect and recognition it has gained in the needlecraft industry. I know that in Ellen’s hands it will continue to soar and be the best it can be,” says Carol.
Ellen brings a wealth of crochet knowledge and expertise to the magazine. She has been designing and teaching for eight years and is currently one of the crochet experts on the Annie’s television show, Knit and Crochet Now!, which is broadcast on PBS. “I have along history working with Annie’s, and it is a real honor and personal achievement to be coming on board as the editor of Crochet!,” says Ellen. Her debut issue of Crochet! will be the autumn 2014 edition.
Ellen’s designs have been published in Crochet!, Crochet World, Interweave Crochet, Crochet Today and Inside Crochet. Her creative passion for crocheting afghans inspired two best-selling design books: Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workshop and Learn Bruges Lace. Her next book, Crocheting Clothes Kids Love, co-authored with Shelby Allaho, will be released in February 2014. She is also a teacher of two Annie’s online classes: Learn to Crochet and Crocheting With Beads. Ellen Gormley earned a B.A. in art and socio-psychology from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, before earning her masters in community counseling from the University of Cincinnati. Ellen began her crochet career as a stay-at-home mom. She has built an active blog and online presence, while teaching at her local yarn store and traveling to speak at the Crochet Guild of America’s Professional Development Day. She served as the mentor coordinator for the CGOA for a few years before continuing to guide and mentor other aspiring crochet designers in the program. Ellen and her husband, Tom, live near Cincinnati with their two children. In her spare time, Ellen volunteers in the school library and enjoys staying fit by running each day.
You can find Ellen: on her blog GoCrochet, Ravelry, and her on-line classes with Annie’s Crafts (the direct links are on her blog). And if you haven’t listened to it already, you can also hear Ellen when she joined the cast and crew of Knit and Crochet Now! with Marly on the podcast in November 2013.
And we can’t forget the Giveaway! Leave a comment below with Ellen’s keyword for your chance to win your own 1-year subscription to Crochet! Magazine!