Interweave Yarn Fest 2017 Book Signing
The Evolution Of A Concept
Several years ago when we were first talking about jumping into this new phase of our lives, Shannon started working on a few designs and began experimenting with some concepts that he had banging around in his brain. Some of those early designs became our first published magazine and book designs, but one in particular seemed to take hold of him and wouldn't let go.
By the time we started planning the designs for Crochet Geometry, Shannon had been working with this stitch pattern for a few years exploring all the different ways it could be adapted and expanded. In Crochet Geometry, he knew he wanted a statement piece made out of a split circle for the book, but could not find a sitch pattern that made him completely happy. That is, until Jason reminded him of "Hinterland." The organic feel of the branching leaves was perfect for the shape of the wrap they had been draping! The only real challenge would be sizing: it would require a lot of patterning to make sure of a proper fit in ALL sizes Small – 5X. Even before he wrote and sized the pattern, Shannon, himself, stitched every size by hand to double check his calculations and the branching to make sure it happened evenly and could be written so it didn't take 100+ pages (didn't want to see our editor pass out)! All the extra planning and work was more than worth it… the resulting garment was a showstopper!
While one can clearly see the evolutionary similarities between the original Hinterland afghan stitch pattern and the Split Circle Wrap stitch pattern, the two are distinctly different due to the way the "branches" had to multiply and expand to fit the two split halves of the circle. Still, the Split Circle Wrap grows organically and appears to wrap around the wearer with a leafy pattern. To ensure a more customizable fit, the columns were added to the back as a separate panel… what goes better with vines and branches than columns??
A little more about the Split Circle Wrap…
One of Shannon's first published pieces was a leaf pattern afghan entitled Hinterland. Inspired by that stitch pattern, Shannon took the vines and leaves look from Hinterland and developed it into a stunning wrap for our book, Crochet Geometry. Comprised of just three (3) pieces, two half circles and one rectangle, the Split Circle Wrap is a garment that looks great on many body types. Rated for Experienced stitchers because of the complex stitch pattern, intermediate crocheters who take the time to read the pattern and follow instructions will also enjoy making and wearing this showstopping garment.
As we said above, to ensure a more customizable fit, the maker should look at the schematic for the back panel of columns that splits the two halves of the circle. Crocheters have found they can make the narrower or wider version of that back panel to better fit their shoulders and that measurement should be considered rather than the finished bust when choosing your size to make.
We used Longwood Sport Yarn by Cascade Yarns to create this airy wrap. The lightweight yarn is comprised of 100% Superwash Merino Wool Yarn and comes in over 35 colors... the hard part will be deciding what color to make the NEXT one out of.
The Split Circle Cardi can be worn right side up OR for a cowled look upside down. It can also be worn open or closed... we suggest a closure like the Dayak Shawl Pin or Wild Grape Tendril Shawl Pin, both by Jul Designs.
You can see more of the designs from Crochet Geometry
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Of course, if you want your own copy of Crochet Geometry,
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National Crochet Month with the Shibaguyz GRAND PRIZE Giveaway!
As we come up to the last days of our National Crochet Month celebration, it's time we revealed the Grand Prize Giveaway and let you in on how you can enter to win.
Are you ready? Drum rooooooooll…
This year, for our National Crochet Month with the Shibaguyz Grand Prize, we have teamed up with the folks at Cascade Yarns to give you a prize pack that will make your crochet heart go pitter patter.
We know it's a difficult choice but, to help you pick, here are the designs
from Crochet Geometry made with Cascade yarns:
Choices, choices… So, what does one need to to in order to enter for a chance to win this AH-MAY-ZING prize pack from Cascade and the Shibaguyz? For the grand prize, we're giving you five ways to earn entires! Here are the details:
And now a word from our legal-type folks:
Grand Prize entries must be made by 11:59pm PT May 1, 2017. To be eligible to win, you must have a US mailing address and be at least 18 years of age. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are in no way involved with this giveaway and can not be held liable for prizes.
And there you have it! FIVE ways to enter for your chance to win this Grand Prize Giveaway from Cascade Yarns and the Shibaguyz. We told you we'd go out with a bang!
Good luck to everyone and thank you for joining us to make this our biggest
National Crochet Month With The Shibaguyz celebration EH-VAR!!
Welcome to Week #3 of National Crochet Month with The Shibaguyz!
Here we are over halfway through National Crochet Month and y'all have been so FAB to celebrate with so far! We've had great prizes, behind the scenes looks at our designs with our Inside the Designz blog posts, and our new Tuesday Tips feature over on our Instagram page (which we'll be continuing past National Crochet Month… WOOHOO!!). And we're not slowing down now!
This week, our giveaway features a prize pack from two of our sponsors who we work with in the studio and in our classrooms when we travel and teach: Lion Brand Yarn and Eucalan. A perfect match… right? Heck yeah! Y'all know we love using Lion Brand Yarn in our designs and in our classes because they have such a wide range of accessible and high-quality yarns. And Eucalan is how we block our swatches, wash our finished fabrics, and block our finished designs. This week the folks at Lion Brand Yarns and Eucalan have generously donated some of our FAVORITE products as well as a few new ones for you all. Let's take a look…
The Getaway Gang packs include travel sizes of the five Eucalan scents including our favorites: grapefruit and lavender along with natural and eucalyptus (two more we use quite a bit) and jasmine. In addition, there is a little sewing kit and a nail file… very handy to have when traveling and a must have product: Eucalan wipes. These wipes have saved our clothes and even one of Shannon's favorite jackets on our trips. We've used them to remove tomato sauce, coffee, and the results of an exploding creamer packet on an airplane. Seriously… these have saved us enough times that we keep extras in our bags when we travel. Oh yeah… these aren't just great to have in our travel cases. We keep these in our project bags too… life happens… and being able to spot a coffee dribble from a project or do a quick wash out of a larger coffee mishap has also come in handy for us. So, yeah, we love these little kits and are happy to pass along two of them to you: one for travel, one for your project bag!
So here's how you can enter to win this FAB prize pack from Lion Brand Yarns and Eucalan:
And now a word from our legal-type folks:
Week 3 entries must be made by 11:59pm PT March 26, 2017. To be eligible to win, you must have a US mailing address and be at least 18 years of age. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are in no way involved with this giveaway and can not be held liable for prizes.
There ya go! FOUR ways to enter for your chance to win this FAB prize pack from Lion Brand and Eucalan. Be sure to enter often and check your email next week to see if you've won!
Behind The Designz for National Crochet Month:
Shannon spent many long hours designing the Macrame Look Vest for Crochet Geometry so photographing it was no small order. We knew the photos of this piece would either make or break it. We both felt that photographing this garment in an urban environment was a must... one of those occasions where both of our visions played out the same. We both also pictured the same model for the shoot, Andrea. We've used Andrea for a number of years and she has that approachable friendly appeal that we thought would really pull the viewer into the photo with her. So we called her up and set up a date for an early morning shoot just down the street from her downtown apartment.
If you've never been on a shoot like this before, let me explain that location shots like this take at least a good 30 minutes for each garment and I'll take a few dozen photos to get the shot we need. I have to constantly stop and re-check settings for the changing sun every few minutes and to review photos in my camera (or on a computer) to ensure that I'm not missing something in the viewfinder. Much like this shot! It's a great photo of Andrea, love the composition, love the lighting, it just works... not so fond of the guy watering the flowers, however! He showed up minutes after we started shooting and I was so focused on Andrea that I missed him walking into frame.
Oh Well! Moving on...
Luckily there were three locations I wanted to shoot here. The alley between businesses, gritty stairwell, and sunny/shady upstairs garden area. Lots of areas to play with! You can see this area had the urban look we wanted, but still had lots of texture on the walls and columns to keep it from looking too hard and edgy. Again, keep in mind that this entire area was not someplace you'd really hang out unless you were waiting for your brakes to be replaced or your oil changed.
While I loved the upstairs garden area, and we used it a great deal, the issue that arose was that of the sun. The forecast for that morning was for early clouds and sun after 12:00. In theory that should have given me 4 hours of filtered light with minimal shadow… plenty of time to get done what I needed. However, Mr. Sun decided to make an early entry and I was forced to move my location around a bit to get a beauty shot without heavy sun or excessive shade. This shot, although in a beautiful setting, the look of squinty-eyes-because-the-sun-came-out-from-behind-a-cloud-just-now isn't a great look on the model and this particular shot really does no justice to the piece with the heavy shadow across the garment… and that was truly what I was there to capture. Luckily, a few minutes later, the sun went behind a cloud and gave me the perfect light for the overall shot we needed and we were able to move on to the other three garments we had to shoot that morning.
It's shoots like these that make me love being a photographer of crochet and knit fashion. I really am allowed to play with venues and lighting to show off the pieces in such a way that other photographers aren't. On occasion, if I get a really extraordinary shot that I think will look great in their portfolio I'll show the models a quick unedited shot. It makes my day to be able to share a good shot with them early. And, of course, kicking back at the local coffee shop is a good time to review and make sure we have everything we need before packing up and heading home for the day.
Oh yeah… little did we know: this was the shoot that would become the COVER of Crochet Geometry! The two images below are the original photo (left) and the cropped photo that became the cover (right).
We used Malabrigo Sock yarn to create this care-free vest. The lightweight yarn shows off the macramé inspired lace pattern while being "comfortable and drapey"... that's a real word. Add a button or one of the FAB shawl pins from Jul Designs to close the fronts and show off your FAB crochet skills.
This pattern is one of 15 crochet patterns found in Crochet Geometry. Get your copy today and let us know what your first project will be!
Welcome to Week 2 of National Crochet Month with the Shibaguyz
UPDATED 3/21/17 Winner Announced... Contest Closed
If you did not win this week don't worry, there are still 2 more weeks of giveaways to go as well as the GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY. Yes! We have a grand prize planned for you too! Everyone who enters any of the weekly giveaways is automatically entered into the Grand Prize Giveaway. More on that to come soon!
- Leave a comment on this post telling us how you learned to crochet.
- Follow Shibaguyz on Twitter and Tweet "I entered to win the #natcromoshibaguyz week 2 giveaway with @interweavecraft & @shibaguyz http://buff.ly/2mCU7tt "
- Follow Shibaguyz on Instagram and leave your Instagram username in a comment to this post.
And now a word from our legal-type folks:
Week 2 entries must be made by 11:59pm PT March 19, 2017. To be eligible to win, you must have a US mailing address and be at least 18 years of age.
Inside The Design: Five Easy Pieces Cardi from Crochet Geometry
Welcome to our special feature, for National Crochet Month 2017, we're calling Inside the Design. In this series, we will be focusing on one of our crochet designs and giving you some of the insider information and behind the scenes looks at the process of bringing it from concept to published design.
This week, we're focusing on the 5 Easy Pieces Cardigan from our latest book, Crochet Geometry. You're going to get a different perspective on this design from the point of view of the photographer… Jason!
Leslie has been a friend of ours for years now. In fact she is the breeder who is responsible for the Shibakidz. Not only is she a a great lady but she also lives on a beautiful property with a magnicifient koi pond and flower garden... perfect location for a photo shoot don't you think? We knew we had to shoot there...
So we bribed Leslie with an offer of a great dinner cooked by Jason and a bottle of wine. Before the evening was done not only did we have a location for the shoot but also got her to agree to model for us. Sneaky Shibaguyz!
While the two of them worked, Jason took test shots of the area getting his camera calibrated. The photo at the right is Shannon telling us where he wanted the garment and model… you'll see the final shot at the end of this post.
It's hard to believe that after all that excitement we still were able to get the shots we needed. But we did.
Here is the one of the final photos that made it into the book. We loved the way the light played off the cables and how the lacy front panels looked soft and drapey. This is the shot Shannon was setting up in the photo at the beginning of this post. Shannon would like to point out that Leslie looks much better in this photo than he does in the one above.
The name says it all! As with all of the designs in Crochet Geometry, this stunning cardi is made from geometric pieces with minimal shaping so we could focus on the stitch patterns to create lush crochet fabrics. In the case of this cardi, as the name states, it is made from five pieces: three rectangles and two trapezoids and the pattern is written for sizes Small through 5X.
As we said, the simplicity of the main pattern pieces allowed us to lavish all our attention on the crochet stitch patterns. The stunning cables on the center back panel will take your breath away, and the reversible lace pattern made with post stitches is light and airy on one side with dramatic lace ribbing on the other.
Crochet Geometry Autographed Copy
Crocheters in search of sophisticated designs will find what they’re looking for in this chic, contemporary collection. Fifteen patterns include sweaters, pullovers, boleros, and other stylish garments, all beginning with simple geometric shapes. A circle becomes a cardigan, four rectangles turn into a vest, and two triangles transform into a poncho. A superb basics section, with the clear, accessible details that have made Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby a renowned world-class teacher, will help even beginners master the skills needed to create these stunning items.
Furls Hooks National Crochet Month Sale
In honor of National Crochet Month the fine folks from Furls have announced a FAB sale: 10% off all products, free shipping on wooden hooks, free domestic shipping on orders over $70.00, and free shipping on international orders over $150.00. WOOHOO! If you've ever considered splurging on a hook or yarn bowl now is the time to dive in and take advantage of these prices. You'll be glad you did.
Click on the link below to be whisked off to Furls to shop away. When you check out be sure to add the code: NationalCrochetMonth to get your discount and free shipping.
*legal disclaimer* The Shibaguyz are affiliates of Furls Crochet and receive compensation from them for sales placed through our website. This in turn enables us to continue to provide you with more great products and services. The Shibaguyz only accept or promote items on our website that we use ourselves or fully believe in.
Inside the design team of the Shibaguyz:
an interview by Interweave Crochet, Part 1
THIS GIVEAWAY CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
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Keep Coming Back. There Are More More Great Giveaways Happening All Month!
It's week 1 of National Crochet Month with the Shibaguyz and we're going to get this party started in a BIG way!
Audiobooks, music, podcasts… if you listen to it while you work, it will sound even better coming through this speaker lamp. And, recently, we've been using this speaker in our classes when we travel and teach. Before class and during lunch breaks, we've been playing our favorite tunes from our playlists on our mobile devices on this SSAA–WEEEET lamp/speaker/awesomeness.
2. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter:
"I entered to win the #natcromoshibaguyz week 1 giveaway with @OttLite & @shibaguyz http://buff.ly/2m9pFXH"
You can earn this entry once a day on Twitter so Tweet daily to increase your chances of winning!
And there you have it! Easy peasy! And now for a word from our legal-type folks:
Week 1 entries must be made by 11:59pm PT March 12, 2017. To be eligible to win, you must have a US mailing address and be at least 18 years of age.
It’s National Crochet Month…Rejoice!
We'll have history and backgrounds on our favorites designs including never before seen photos of some of our favorite crocheted garments from our books.
And of course there will be some really FAB giveaways! Our studio sponsors are joining in the fun and have provided some really FAB prizes that we will be giving away to lucky visitors to our blog. Lark Crafts, Cascade Yarn, Ottlite, Furls Crochet, Eucalan, and Lion Brand Yarn are all on board, but we can't tell you what they are giving us... YET
You'll have to come back each week to see what the prize is for that week and how to enter, then check back for post updates and of course to see if you are the winner.
Winners will be announced each week this month. Are you excited yet?
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So follow us all month here at ShibaguyzDesignz.com for lots of info about FAB crocheted fashion garments and enter the great weekly giveaways as well as the Grand Prize (really you will not want to miss this!). Then head over to LarkCrafts.com to check out our blog posts there all about choosing good garments for new crocheters, crocheters new to making garments, and crocheters who have more experience. We'll be passing on a lot of good knowledge there. So, grab your hooks & your favorite yarn, and stand up to do your happy dance. This is going to be an National Crochet Month to remember!
We're Going To Camp Again! This Time In Our Neck Of The Woods
We keep hearing from students from all over the globe about the new skills they took away from Camp STITCHES and how much they loved learning about crochet and knit garment design in such an immersive setting.
Class was awesome! I attended to get some pointers on fit and designing garments for myself and left with dreams of "designer" in my head!
Cyndi - Camp STITCHES San Antonio
We can't wait for the next Camp STITCHES! In fact it was just announced today that we will be teaching at the final Camp STITCHES for 2017 (more to come in 2018!)... Camp STITCHES Idaho. Boy-oh-Boy are we looking forward to this event!
First, once again, we get to teach our FAB Design It workshop over 3 days over the course of 15 hours. That means we really dive deep into topics that we never have time to discuss during shorter 6 hour courses. This special, immersive, version of our design workshop is exclusive to the Camp STITCHES events!
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Second, this event is happening at the magnificent Coeur d'Alene Resort in Northern Idaho. The Camp STITCHES red carpet treatment continues here in Idaho with yet another spectacular setting. We can't wait to work with you all at this world-class resort.
Students of the Shibaguyz Designz Camp STITCHES San Antonio Garment Design Class Take On The Mannequin Challenge
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Talk to you soon!
SEWING & STITCHERY EXPO ASKS THE SHIBAGUYZ TO TEACH! O...M...G...
The classes Sew Expo have chosen for this year are:
Custom Alterations for Crochet and Knitting (offered twice)
Stitch and Click - Taking FAB Photos of Your Handmade Projects (also being offered twice)
Links to each of the classes and sign up forms are below. Check them out and sign up right from that page.
Classes are $50.00 each and are expected to sell out quickly... again there are a LOT of people coming to this event. Click on the link for the day and time you want below and reserve your spot today… don't miss out!
Instant Closures... and Satisfaction
The hardware that Jul Designs creates is perfectly suited for crochet and knit fabric.
Of course we LOVE the artistry of the shawl pins but we are HUGE fans of the pedestal buttons and screw-in closures. These types of closures can be unscrewed, moved to another location on the garment and screwed back in without pulling or making holes in the fabric of your garment... INSTANT BUTTONS WHEREVER YOU WANT THEM! With or without buttonholes in the design.
The designs themselves range from ornate and flashy to simple and understated... both of which we can, and do, use on a daily basis. We're always on the look out for a great button, or shawl pin -
Here are a couple we used recently. These pins are obviously for more than shawls and absolutely stunning. You need to see the detail on these gorgeous works of art.
The other type of closure we love is Jul's Screw In Closures. Jason uses the Renaissance Hinge Screw-In Leather Closure to style his Autumn/Winter neck wraps and scarves. It's a simple leather closure that uses a screw on post with a leather washer holding the piece to the back. Jul has over a dozen of these types of closures alone...
You can check out these and all of the other FAB Jul Designs products on the Jul Designs website here. This is not a paid ad... we just like their stuff an awful lot.
The Shibaguyz Will Be At Yarn Fest!
And now we can announce that there's another chance to take a class (or 5) from us live! Yup… we're going to be teaching five classes at Interweave Yarn Fest 2017!
Enter Today to Win a New Ottlite Product - UPDATE Winner Announced
Vines Hooded Scarf and The Strata Cowl Are Now Available
This is going to be Epic!
No, you're not daydreaming: Welcome to Camp STITCHES!
Crochet & Knit Garment Design Online Class!
We are very excited to announce the launch of our newest online Garment Design class from Interweave and Craft University.
Yup… in this eight week course, Shannon is going to share the skills we've used here at Shibaguyz Designz for our over 300 published designs and 9 books.
Whether you are a designer looking to up your skills or if you have always wanted to be a crochet and knitwear designer, you'll want to take this course. Even if you never want to publish your designs but want to make FAB garments for yourself, this is a course you don't want to miss out on!
Yes, the focus in the class is on crochet BUT it's all just stitches and rows, folks. And, whether you make those stitches and rows with hooks or sticks (or both), all of the handouts, worksheets, and course material applies equally to both crafts.
Never be afraid to substitute yarn again!
Don't let the idea of substituting one yarn for another fill your heart with a looming sense of dread. There are simple methods for making those kind of decisions - and, lucky you, there's now a downloadable video that will give you all the information you need to fearlessly swap one yarn for another! <Insert Happy Dance Here>
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