No matter if you are a novice crocheter or an expert weaver, there are always special individuals who inspire you to bring your fiber arts to a new level. I thought I would share some of my favorite artists and why you should find out about them.
The best thing about free form is it gives you permission to set aside following a pattern and create whatever comes to mind. Want to use different stitches? Different colors? Go for it! You can create anything you heart desires.
There are a few fiber artists that are incredibly talented, great teachers, and are quick to share guidance and inspiration to the masses. They include Margaret Hubert, Prudence Mapstone, and Myra Wood.
So who are these women?
Margaret Hubert: Margaret is an amazing fiber artist. She has published over 20 books, had patterns published in a variety of magazines and books, and is a wonderful teacher. I look forward to seeing her at the Author’s Corner at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival every fall. My three favorite books of hers are How to Free Form Crochet, published by Annie’s Attic, 10 Granny Squares, 30 Bags published by Quarry Books, and Lacework for Adventurous Crocheters, published by Creative Publishing International.
Prudence Mapstone: Prudence is an absolutely amazing artist. I have had the privilege of seeing her work up close and personal and it is simply amazing. I even had the opportunity to participate in a project with her as part of the International Free Form Crochet Guild. I own several of her books and they all provide great instructions on how to get started in free form.
Myra Wood: If there is someone who is the queen of free form inspiration, it is Myra. She was my Professional Guide during my membership of the Crochet Guild of America. Myra taught me how to give myself “permission” to let go of the pattern and enjoy creating art! It seems like there is no fiber art medium she cannot master. From crochet, to knitting, to weaving, to beaded embroidery. Myra can do it all.
I am honored to call these three special women not just sources of great inspiration and creativity, I also get to call them my friends.
There are many others I plan to highlight that include pattern designers, teachers, LYS owners, and dyers. I hope you enjoy the journey with me.