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World Wide Artist Blog Hop

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Last week, Kim Guzman invited me to join in on the World Wide Artist Blog Hop, you can see her post here.

I “met” Kim on line through a Crochet Bloggers and Designers Facebook group we are both in. She and I became fast friends, and we finally got to meet in person at the Knit and Crochet show this past July. Kim has become a dear friend, and someone I often look to for advice on not only crochet/design questions, but also on how to be a respectable professional. Plus, she makes me laugh, which is always a good thing!

Thank you Kim!!

So, the World Wide Artist Blog Hop…

Artists around the world post answers to four questions on their blogs and link to a minimum of one, maximum of three artists who post their answers the following Monday. The next Blog Hop post will be September 15.

Here are the 4 questions:
Why do I do what I do?
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
How does my creative process work?
What am I working on now?

Some Previous Participants:
Look At What I Made
Knot by Gran’ma
Kokopelli Design

I have invited the following Participants for next week’s entry:
Laurinda Reddig of ReCrochetions
Rebecca of Little Monkeys Crochet

Why do I do what I do?

It makes me happy.

I came about being “Jessie At Home” in a very roundabout way. It just sort of happened. I have always been an artist of one kind or another. I learnt to crochet when I was 8 (I wrote about that here). I was a costume designer for quite some time, but then I was set up on a blind date and everything changed. Before I knew it I was a wife and a stay at home mom. I wanted to be a stay at home mom, it was the right fit for my family and me, but I also wanted to still be me. I felt lost. As though who I was had become Jessie the Wife, and Jessie the Mom. Jessie the artist was screaming to get out. I had started a blog to share pictures and stories of my children with my large family, as none of them were really local to me. Eventually I started adding in posts about my crafty and artistic endeavours. The more I added them in, the happier I became. I found my inner artist again, and I found myself again. I discovered that with the path my life had taken, crochet and knit were really the arts that fit best into my life, and made me happiest. About 2 years ago I decided to really pursue this as a business, and make it a way to help with the bills. I still have quite a ways to go, but I am certainly on the right path. I am blessed that I am able to bring in an income doing something that makes me so happy. So, yea, I do what I do because it makes me happy.

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My little artists.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I come from a costume design background. My favorite shows to design were always the fantasy/childrens shows and the musicals. I bring that whimsy into my designs. You can see it in the Flower Fairie costumes I made for my twins 3 years ago.

Flower-Faeries-with-flowers-Oct-2011

I really am drawn to designs inspired by nature and fantasy. I have quite a few.

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I also love to come up with new and creative ways of constructing my pieces. I am not a fan of seaming my knit and crochet, so I often come up with ways of joining the seams as the item is made. Sometimes I use join~as~you~go techniques that I have learned elsewhere, sometimes I come up with techniques on my own. I try to keep the patterns at a level where most crocheters can create them, and I add in lots of process photos when I think they are needed, and even videos to help out with some of the more difficult areas.

Many of my patterns include process photos, a video, and a chart, so that no matter how you learn, there is something for you!

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How does my creative process work?

Non~stop!

Everything inspires me. Sometimes I see a costume on TV that inspires me and I grab the closest piece of paper and pen or pencil and sketch out something. My house is scattered with envelopes covered in sketches! Other times I see something in a fashion magazine that causes an idea to spring forth. Mind you, I am not talking about “Oh, look at that top, I could make that in crochet” It is usually more a shape or a texture that inspires something. Often times if you looked at my inspiration and the finished design, you would really have to look to find the connection.

Of course, nature is a big inspiration for me as well.

After I am inspired, I start to create. I often hit a wall as I start to create something; sometimes what is in my head just won’t show up in the yarn. Sure, I could spend hours upon hours doing the math and approaching things logically so that I can make exactly what I designed, but that is not often how I work. Most of the time I just start working, and when I hit a wall, I work through it, letting things change. When I started creating the piece that ended up as my Fall Leaves Wrap, there were no leaves. It was going to be one continuous piece. I was going to make each row starting with slip stitches, and working higher and higher stitches as the row went along to give it shape, then on the way back I would start with the high stitches and work to the low. I was also going to offset the rows to give it the off~kilter look that the final piece does still have. I didn’t like it. I started playing with creating individual wedges to connect in an off~kilter way, and somewhere along the line I realized that leaves would be cool. I just never know where something will end up.

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What am I working on now?

Oh my goodness, so much!! I have a few finished items that just need the written patterns edited.

One is a wrap for an E~Book which will be for sale for charity. I will give you all the details as soon as I can.

a-wonky-wrap-for-charity

Another is this fun wrap made of just chain stitches and single crochet. This pattern will be up on the blog for free this week!!

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I am also working on an entry for the “Design a Shawl for Stevie Nicks” contest. It is inspired by my Fall Leaves Wrap.

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And let’s not forget that I am working on the crochet versions of the Kat/Katherine coats. I have a lot more ideas for patterns in this line, and I am going to give them all fairie names. The child sized, crochet version of the coat is named Lunette. Here is where she is at as of right now. I hope to have the pattern tested and released by the new year, but we will see.

A-little-progress-on-Lunette

There are also many other things in the works. You will just have to keep on coming back to see it all! Remember to visit next week’s Blog Hop posts, and you can always hop back to some of the previous posts as well. 🙂

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I’m in print!

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Remember when my Octie blanket won second place at the CGOA Design Competition? Well, I had a few publishers ask about buying the pattern. I decided to go with Crochet! magazine, as they are the magazine that all CGOA members receive, and I liked the idea of this pattern being in actual print, not only online. I wanted to be able to hand my parents a copy of the magazine and say “Look what I did!!” 🙂

Today I received a package in the mail. This is what it contained:

My-awesome-mail

That is the new blanket I made for the magazine, and 2 advance copies of the magazine. I’ll also get the copy I always get in the mail, plus I will most likely run over to the craft store to pick up a few more (The print edition goes on sale 7/8, but the digital edition is out already, and can be purchased here.)

I had to make a new blanket for the magazine for 2 main reasons. 1) I was not going to keep Kyla’s blanket from her for that long. 2) Many of the colors of the Lion Brand Cotton Ease yarn that I had used were discontinued, so I switched to Lion Brand Hartland yarn which has beautiful colors.

Front-of-Autumn-2014-Crochet!
Photo used with permission, courtesy of Annie’s.

It is so fun to hold a magazine in my hands and see “Designed by Jessie Rayot” inside.

Octie-in-Crochet!
Photo used with permission, courtesy of Annie’s.

I really love the photo they used, as well. There is also a page with a close up across the top that is very cool!

OK, enough bragging for me, I need to get back to work. (and just to reaffirm what I told you at the very end of my post the other day, yes, I am entering the CGOA Design Competition at the end of July)

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Now this is a good day.

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I promise I will share more pictures and write more when I get home, but for now I am just sharing some highlights of the day.

We had nothing officially on the schedule until 6pm. Lorene dropped me at the show in the morning, and she spent the day visiting her family, then came back at 5:30ish. I spent the day just sitting in the knit and crochet lounge making friends. Boy did I make friends. I meet some wonderful people, including some I recognized from their amazing work.

I also got TONS of great advice. This trip is defiantly paying for itself, and my first class isn’t even until tomorrow!

Katherine-back

I did manage to get the Katherine coat to a wearable state before the show. It still needs pockets and a belt. Then I need to do a few edits to the pattern, and send it to my testers. Then I will be able to release it. So for those of you waiting, it could be another 4 to 6 months, depending on how long it takes with the testers, and on how many errors they find!

Katherine-front

There are these awesome twins I keep running into. I had to get a picture with them and their fabulous bags! *I’m beginning to think this show is being brought to you by the word “fabulous”.* I have called my twins thing 1 and thing 2 since I was pregnant with them, so I obviously needed this snap.

Twins-1-and-2

This evening was a CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) meeting, followed by the announcement of the winners of the design contest. I entered 2 skirts in the fashion category, and a blanket in the blanket/afghan category. Look at the blanket that won first place, isn’t it amazing?! I forget the number of beads the designer used, but all those dots are beads. You should see it up close. This picture is only about a quarter of the blanket. It is just breathtaking.

First-place-blanket

See the blanket on the chair below? That is the second place winner. It’s name is Octie. Look a bit familiar? That is because you may have noticed it in pictures of blanket forts in my living room. That’s right, I managed to convince Kyla to let me borrow her blanket last month and shipped it off to Doris Chan for the design competition. Kyla was so excited that her blanket won second place! So was her mommy. So was Doris, she gave me a huge hug after the winners were announced. I am still a bit shocked by it all.

Second-place-blanket

That impossibly beautiful dress hanging above my blanket won the grand prize. It was just…wow.

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©Copyright 2013 Jessie Rayot / Jessie At Home All my videos, patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog / website, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you.

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