Designer Cylinda Mathews of Crochet Memories has stopped in at Home made hats by Cheryl for an interview. I am so excited that she has come by for a visit and agreed to be interviewed. She is the designer of the Midnight Spiraled Web Doily and many other beautiful thread designs.
Cylinda's web site Crochet Memories contains valuable information for anyone interested in becoming a "Threadie". I, myself, am on my way, I truly enjoy working with this medium. I love how it works up and all of the beautiful items that you can create. My interview with Cylinda will be followed by a pattern review post of her gorgeous doily.
Cylinda has been designing unique & beautiful thread patterns since the early 1980's. She has been selling her designs since 1996. Her patterns are tested, easy to read (she uses a larger font, making them great for old eyes like mine!) and come with a complete materials list, abbreviations and definitions to help you. She has thought of everything to help you create her beautiful patterns. Every purchase includes an on-line help guarantee. You can shop Cylinda's patterns and learn more about them <here>.
Cylinda also has FREE patterns available, you can view them <here>. Cylinda has provided me with a list of links to provide you with more information about her patterns and working with thread. You can find the list below.
Cylinda has won the Ornament Category in the Flamies! How exciting, congratulations Cylinda! You certainly deserve such an award. You can read more about the Flamies <here>. Cylinda also has a newsletter to keep all of her followers up-to-date on what is happening at Crochet Memories. You can find her newletter <here>.
Cheryl: Cylinda, how did you get started working with thread?
Cylinda ~ Hi Cheryl, thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed. I actually learned to crochet using thread and a small steel hook (size 8 USA - 1.50 mm) back in 1977. At the time, my hubby and I were stationed in Hawaii (Navy), and two of my neighbors knew how to crochet. That peaked my interest. Then while hubby was deployed over to the Philippines, I went home (California) with our two small children for Christmas. While there, my mom taught me to crochet using that vintage steel hook and crochet thread. I was hooked - punned intended. That steel hook, by the way, was given to my mom by a neighbor when she taught my mom to crochet. The hook has to be about 50-60 years old. It's my favorite and I love this size for designing - hence why most of my thread designs are worked using this size.
Cheryl: Who taught you how to crochet?
Cylinda ~ My Mom!
Cylinda has told me that she is left handed but learned to crochet right handed. I am also a leftie, I do crochet with my left hand but, as a child my maternal grandmother taught me to knit. She was right handed and couldn't find anyone to teach me left handed so I had to learn with my right hand. I knit with my right hand and crochet with my left!!
Cheryl: What would you recommend for beginners that want to work with thread?
Cylinda ~ Start with maybe a larger size hook like a size 0 or 1 and a size 3 thread; especially if you've been working with yarn. Use a handle (how you hold your hook) that is comfortable for you. In my case, I'm left-handed but learned to crochet right-handed since my mom is right-handed. I ended up using the knife hold over the pencil hold. It's just a matter of finding a position that is most comfortable.
Cheryl: Do you have any "Threadie" tips or tricks to share with our readers?
Cylinda ~ I have lots of information on my main site at www.crochetmemories.com Scroll down to "Crochet Info" where I have information about: (I have created a link on each one of the topics listed below for your convenience)
Crochet Hook Info
Crochet Thread Info
Basic Crochet Info
More Basic Crochet Info
Basic Crochet Chart
Advanced Crochet Chart
Crochet Tips & Hints
Crochet Shaping Info
Crochet Blocking Info
Crochet in Languages
Thank you Cylinda for coming by Home made hats by Cheryl. I have really enjoyed speaking with you and am happy to share all I have learned with my readers.
I will be doing a pattern review post of Crochet Memories Midnight Spiraled Web Doily. You can see a picture of this beautiful doily below. Keep an eye out for my review & as always "Keep on Hookin'" ~ Cheryl