Introducing from XRX and Shibaguyz Designz
We've wanted to do a duster like this for a long time… we've just been waiting for the right opportunity to come along. So, when the folks at Interweave Crochet put out the call for Fall designs with a retro vibe, we were all over it!
The result: the Dream On Duster crochet pattern by Shibaguyz Design in the Fall 2017 issue of Interweave Crochet magazine.
Even without the flower power styling and vintage, polaroid-style photography, it is easy to see where the influence for this design came from. We blended classic crochet techniques with modern design elements to create a crochet design that y'all are not going to want to miss out on.
Two new designz in the Fall 2017 issue of
Love of Crochet Magazine
The Gathered Shoulder Top from Crochet Geometry
That's the exact thought process that led us to create the Gathered Shoulder Top in our latest book, Crochet Geometry. And, yes, if you have only made scarves, afghans, and dishcloths before, you can make this simple, yet elegant, top.
Inside The Designz: Synchronicity
New crochet pattern just in time for warmer weather!
The Conch Cardigan, seen in the Summer 2017 edition of Interweave Crochet, was created as the perfect, versatile wardrobe layering piece. Constructed from lightweight yarn with a lace panel in the back, it will keep you warm on cool days without getting too hot in the sun which means you can wear this FAB piece all Summer and well into the Fall months.
We LOVED designing this piece! The "Evolving V Stitch" stitch pattern keeps the interest and makes for a fun stitching experience. The cardi is made from Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk, constructed in only 3 piece:, one back and two fronts (the sleeves being part of each of those pieces). Seaming is a such simple process for this garment! Four seams and your garment is ready to wear.
Because we have a great relationship with them, the FAB folks at Interweave provided a few extra photos of this garment that did not make it into the magazine... but looked so go that we just HAD to post them.
We hope you love this piece as much as we do!
We are not paid for promoting this pattern... we really love it. We will receive a small percentage of any sales made from the vendor. The prices you will see are not higher because of the affiliate link... we just might be able to buy the occasional cup of coffee.
Vogue Knitting LIVE! is coming to Seattle. Guess who's teaching.
The great folks at Vogue Knitting have selected three of our signature classes for the event happening November 3-5 2017, all of which are intended for BOTH knitters and crocheters. They include: Our most requested class, Couture Finishing for Crochet and Knitting, the 3-hour version of Alter It To Fit, all about making adjustments to existing patterns to achieve the perfect fit for both crocheters and knitters); and to top it all off we'll do the hands on Stitch & Click: Photographing Your Fibers, where you'll get hands on practice taking great photos of your crocheted and knitted items using everything from your big fancy-pants camera to your cell phone! You won't want to miss any of these.
Here's how to register:
Click on any of the photos below to be taken to the Vogue Knitting LIVE! registration page. From there click on the dropdown box next to "Filter By Teacher" and select Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby. From there you can learn more about each class and, of course, register for them all!
We are looking forward to seeing you in the Pacific Northwest this November. These classes are sure to be a HOOT!
The Evolution Of A Concept
It all began because of a competition, the Crochet Guild of America's annual crochet competition to be exact. Shannon was new in the industry and wanted to make a splash at the CGOA Conference. Being the math geek he is he decided to work up a natural fractal pattern into an afghan; fractals are mathmatic formulae that appear often in nature, such as how coral grows, or frost crystals appear on a pane of glass. The stitch pattern he was attempting to create, while not exactly a fractal, could be called "expanding symmetry".
Shannon spent months working on a pattern of growing and branching leaves that expanded in such a way that it stitched up into a round afghan that laid flat. We named the afghan pattern "Hinterland," boxed it up, and sent it in to be judged. At the conference that summer Shannon was announced the 1st place winner of the home decor category! WOOHOO!!
As is often the case, a designer's early concepts will evolve and, over time, take on a new life. This has definitely been the case with this stitch pattern. Shannon has come back to this stitch pattern on multiple occasions as if the organic fractal pattern has sent tendril roots into his mind, ready to spring to life when the time is right.
Because of the visual complexity of this stitch pattern and the absolute joy folks find in watching the leaves and branches grow and expand from their hooks, the response to the Split Circle Wrap has been huge. We will certainly be re-visiting this branching leafy concept again when the time is right. Where will this fractal concept go next? What's the next evolution? We'll see…
A little more about the Split Circle Wrap…
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.
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National Crochet Month with the Shibaguyz GRAND PRIZE Giveaway!
Update April 11, 207 Winner Announced!
Thanks everyone for playing along! This was a great National Crochet Month!
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.
from Crochet Geometry made with Cascade yarns:
- Leave a comment on this post telling us which one of these designs you would make for yourself.
- Follow Shibaguyz on Twitter and Tweet "I entered to win the #natcromoshibaguyz GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY from @CascadeYarns & @shibaguyz http://buff.ly/2mRRnqI " (Tip: You can do this once a day to really rack up those entries!)
- Follow Shibaguyz on Instagram and leave a comment on the Instagram post about this grand prize giveaway.
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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!
National Crochet Month With The Shibaguyz celebration EH-VAR!!
Inside The Designz for National Crochet Month:
The Macramé Look Vest
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.
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.
Vines Hooded Scarf and The Strata Cowl Are Now Available
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>
"Booklist just released their 'Top 10 Crafts & Gardening Books: 2016' list… and both Crochet Geometry AND Designer Crochet were included! CONGRATULATIONS! Booklist is one of the publishing world’s leading industry publications… The list appeared in the May 15th issue of the magazine and can also be seen online…"
Win a Free Class with The Shibaguyz and a three-day marketplace pass at Vogue Knitting Live in Pasadena.
Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns with Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby - A NEW Craftsy Crochet Class and Giveaway
Fear not intrepid crocheter! Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and Craftsy are here to give you all the answers to finding, reading, and understanding crochet patterns.
This course was created to teach new crocheters all the skills you need to read and successfully navigate crochet patterns. This will also be a FAB reference tool for the "I've been reading crochet patterns for fourty years" experienced stitchers. Regardless of your skill level you'll be learning tons about the in's and out's of crochet pattern reading and you'll be able to keep the class as an instant reference tool anytime you need it!
You get to apply what you are learning right away by making the "Modern Sampler Scarf" pattern that comes with the course. Shannon helps you with reading the written pattern AND the chart and how it all translates into actual stitches and rows. Before you know it you'll be piecing together your own sampler scarf with stitches so true they must have been blessed by a Pink Fairy Armadillo (which incidentally is a real animal… GAH!). I'll be there with you every step of the way!
When you’ve completed the entire course, you'll be shocked by how easily you can read through crochet patterns and get to stitching more and more advanced pieces. Don’t worry about forgetting any of the tips and techniques because the BEST part of all Craftsy classes is you can watch them whenever, and wherever you like and you can watch them as often as you like since your purchase never expires! Have a few minutes to watch a segment? Need to go back and see one of our tips & tricks again? Want to watch that technique one more time to get it juuuuust right? You can do ALL that with a Craftsy class because you own it forever!
GIVEAWAY OF MY CRAFTSY CLASS!
Yes I said FREE!
The winner will be chosen at random the morning of April 18, 2016 so You need to register to win before it launches April 18th! What are you waiting for? You did read that we're giving this away right? Enter Now! Yes, now… stop reading and enter… We'll wait right here while you enter to win.
We also have a lot of fun in my classes... I mean a LOT of fun… So click that button and get your entries in today!
See you in the Craftsy classroom!
We Are Giving Away Free Yarn, An Ottlite Desk Lamp, and Eucalan Wash!
UPDATED April 4, 2016 Winners Announced!
We are giving away not one... not two... but Three Grand Prizes for our finale to National Craft Month.
Our National Craft Month Grand Prize Giveaways includes an Ottlite Desk Lamp, full sized bottles of Eucalan, and a FULL GARMENT'S AMOUNT OF YARN from Cascade Yarn and Crystal Palace Yarns. WOW!! Right?!? That's a lot of FAB swag and you have three chances to win!
Here is WHAT you can win.
1. Post a photo, video, or other proof that you have purchased the Shibaguyz' new book, Crochet Geometry. That's it... nothing fancy.
- Post a pic of you starting your favorite pattern...
- do a video review of the book...
- take a picture of your favorite pattern and post it on Pinterest…
- or take a book selfie with you and your copy of Crochet Geometry
3. Or leave a comment below saying what your favorite design is from Crochet Geometry!
Do any or all of the above then click on the Rafflecopter button below to let us know where you posted it! You will be entered to win all the grand prize drawings. The more you enter the more chances you have of winning all that FREE YARN!
Do it now... we'll wait here while you enter.
Thank you to all who entered the National Craft Month giveaways this year. We had a great time and have even more excitement coming up in the next few months!
KEEP CHECKING BACK for other freebies and fun stuff. We have a lot planed for you.
Vogue Knitting Live Pasadena 2016 - Classes with The Shibaguyz
We'll be teaching four classes including one full-day seminar on making adjustments to existing patterns to achieve the perfect fit, Fashion, Fit, Form, & Function; and another full-day course on designing your own patterns, Design It!.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
See you at Vogue Knitting Live in Pasadena!
Week 2 Giveaway: Craftsy Class, Ottlite, and Eucalan Wash
For Week 2 of National Craft Month you can enter to win:
- A Free Download of Shannon's Newest Craftsy Course: Crochet Toolkit: Designer Tips & Tricks
- An LED Mini-Flip Light from Ottlite
- A Gift Pack of 5 Bottles of Rinse Free Wash from Eucalan
That's a LOT of swag my friends! Here's the full rundown.
Crochet Toolkit from Craftsy.com
Folks who follow our escapades on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram know Shannon took a little trip to Denver, Colorado back in December. If you were watching closely, you even noticed him posting a photo like this.
Yup… that's Shannon on set in front of THE Craftsy logo!
(Note the inclusion of garments from our last two books… hehehe…)
Everything you learn here you'll be able to apply right away! You get techniques and stitches we use in real life, every day.
For more info about this class including a promo video where Shannon tells you all about it, click on the button below.
Ottlite Mini LED Flip Light
- Ottlite will send you a MiniLED flip-lite to pack in your bag or carry in a pocket so you always have clear bright light with you. We recently used ours at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Show on the show floor to better see the colors of yarn perfectly without having to go outside.
With OttLite you’ll see more clearly and comfortably, which makes everything you love to do – from sewing and scrapbooking to reading and computer work to crafts and crossword puzzles – easier and more enjoyable. It’s like natural daylight indoors! Click here to learn more.
Gift Set from Eucalan
Check out their Washing Basics page HERE for tips on using their product.
How to Enter The Week 2 Giveaway!
Click the button below to register with Rafflecopter for this giveaway and good luck to you all!
GRAND PRIZE RULES
To enter the Grand Prize you'll need to post a photo, video, or other proof that you have purchased the Shibaguyz' new book, Crochet Geometry. Post a pic of you starting your favorite pattern... do a video review of the book... take a picture of your favorite pattern and post it on Pinterest… or take a book selfie with you and your copy of Crochet Geometry.
Don't have your copy of Crochet Geometry yet? Just go to CrochetGeometry.com by clicking on the button below and you'll see a video and more photos from the book as well as links for where you can buy your book online!
Come see Shibaguyz LIVE classes at the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival
and Creative Arts Festival
March 4-6, 2016
We're going to be sharing the skillz with you folks in Pittsburgh and we are very excited about our line up of classes. We're covering everything from specialty crochet stitches like crochet cables to design classes for crochet and knit garments. And Jason is going to be teaching his best selling class on photographing your handmade projects. If you sell your products online, submit your handmade items for juried festivals or competitions, or if you are a maker who just wants to show your handiwork in a better light, you won't want this opportunity to work one-on-one with Jason (assisted by Shannon).
Head on over to our post by clicking the link below to find out more info about our classes and how to register today!
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