As my regular readers know I'm always on the hunt for great independent designers because I'm usually on the hunt for a new project for inspiration. With the recent "uptick" in pregnant friends I needed to look for some pretty little girly gifts. My search led me to "Lacy Crochet" a blog written by a very talented designer named Olga Poltava. It was a BONANZA of beauty! Wait until you see :)
I sent Olga an email with the link to my blog and inquired about using her great designs in my latest blog post. She very kindly and most humbly agreed.
Olga Poltava has been blogging since 2009. To introduce herself as a blogger she writes: "Hello and welcome! My blog started out of my love for crochet doilies and lace handkerchief edgings, but now you will find all kinds of crochet projects here. " So very welcoming introduction but her designs and the lovely photos really draw you in! You may have caught some of her designs on Etsy and Craftsy. This is the design that first caught my eye: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YDhIHlJBJZo/VXUWV0R6liI/AAAAAAAAF6Q/FIdzWijUlEU/s1600/lilac%2Bbaby%2Bblanket.JPG WOW! Gorgeous! (image OWNED by Olga Poltava) I do so enjoy working lace and as someone who started out crocheting lace and lace doilies I have to say, these designs keep tempting me! I wish I had more time.
Olga's designs are varied. Lots of styles, colors, stitches, textures, and skill levels something to challenge all crocheters, as a bonus Olga provides tutorials! Check out her FREE tutorial on the Lacy Baby Blanket. http://lacycrochet.blogspot.com/2013/02/lacy-baby-blanket-tutorial-step-1.html (fiber artists are so generous with their skills) Since I do not always crochet, in fact most of my work is knitted, I sometimes need a tutorial to remember how stitches are made. *This tutorial uses one of my favorite stitches known as the "crab stitch". It makes a beautiful edging.
I could go on probably all day with this blog posting there are so many beautiful patterns. But I am sure you are like me. You want to explore for yourself. (there's a BIG wow factor) So where can YOU find Olga Poltava?
For some people writing up a pattern is simple, sharing the pattern with friends for testing, not a problem; but it does take a piece of your heart when you put a project out there for others to see, read, and use. I write poetry, every time I put a poem out there I feel I've shared a piece of myself with others and its a little scary. For knit and crochet designers to share their creative spirit with us, is no little matter. So when I share my favorite designers with you I want you to know that generally they have huge hearts and humble souls. Make sure that if you critique a pattern that you are gentle.
*PLEASE remember my constant warning. ALL the designs on Olga's page are HERS and you may not share them as YOUR own nor is it right to make a project from her designs and not give credit. The photos on her page are HERS and are copyrighted so please don't share the pictures without permission.
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