Fabulously vibrant color… that’s what I think of when I think of Felted Button‘s patterns! Known for her breathtaking throws and blankets, Susan clearly has a love for color. Though most of her patterns are blazing with the rainbow, her softer color choices also show how well Susan has perfected the art of combining color! Be sure to check below to find out how you can get an exclusive discount and show off your color!
I rarely make blankets or throws but Susan’s patterns have captured my heart. If there is any time I need to make a blanket, I head straight to the Felted Button Ravelry Store. My latest creation from a Felted Button pattern was the Bright as a Button Blanket.
Last year I decided to make my best friend’s unborn son a blanket, one that I would gift to the both of them when he finally arrived. That pattern was truly perfect for the occasion! My friend makes clay buttons and I knew her child would be ‘cute as a button’ as the saying goes. As you can see to the right, she had a baby boy which made me extremely happy being able to work with blue tones. And I honestly had a hard time giving that blanket up!
But now, let’s hear more from the person behind the designs!
How long have you been crocheting? What got you started?
I was taught to crochet by my left-handed granny. Since I’m a righty, I’m still not certain how she pulled it off with a distracted and squirmy 9 year old, but I’ll admit I found the process intriguing. From there I made only one thing that I can really recall…a hideously long, squeaky black scarf for my dad. See, my granny never taught me how to fasten off, so I just kept going until the entire skein was gone. That whole “not knowing when to stop” was a problem I faced in school, too, as my teachers confirmed. Indeed, I immediately got distracted–for over 30 years–with things like running hurdles, teaching high school sciences, and learning a lot about other crafty things. But then, being inspired by a number of crochet blogs, I found the hook my granny had given me and bought A LOT of yarn. Again, not knowing quite when to stop, I made the most ginormous blanket! But I was “hooked” and have been crocheting ever since!
Where do you see your business going? Where would you like to be in 5 years?
I am adoring this hooky adventure I am on and hope to continue designing, crocheting, and sharing some happy colorful creations with the world. I love meeting other like-minded crocheting folks like me and am looking forward to challenging myself with new designs and colorful creations! Now if I could only get focused on just one design at a …squirrel!
Do you have any upcoming patterns you’d like to share with us?
Shhhh…it’s a secret!
What is your favorite design and why?
One of my favorites is the Painted Pixels Blanket which is made with 7 colorways of a self-striping yarn. This one was taken on as a challenge to myself to see if I could make these 7 disparate balls of yarn actually look good together. I think it turned out swimmingly!
What is your favorite item to make as a gift?
I love to make wee little hats for newborns. They always look so sweet on them. My favorite hat for baby girls in the Elizabeth Hat designed by Alessandra Hayden of Just Be Happy. It is such a unique and elegant design.
In the trunk of my car, well, haven’t you?
What is your favorite hook and why?
Clover Amour–They never snag or split my yarn, plus the soft handle fits just right in my hand. Plus they come in a rainbow of colors!
If you had your own yarn line, what would it be called?
What is your favorite color or color combination you like to work with?
All of them!
Why do you crochet?
I have what I call a very “noisy” brain. I crochet because it quiets the noise. And I remember as a child feeling the NEED to create something…anything. With crocheting, not only do I get a quiet mind, but also a wonderful, colorful, original handmade item to enjoy or share. Plus, do you realize how many colors of yarn there are? Anything colorful makes my wee heart sing! I love colorful yarn and my rainbow set of Clover Amour hooks! I love soft and colorful cotton, colorful feltable wool, and colorful buttons—hence Felted Button! Why designing and writing patterns? To have someone with their own hands translate and make a tangible creation from what started out as only an idea in my head, well, it’s magical!! Plus, I never have to make the same thing twice—it’s that distraction/focus issue again.
For me, I tend to be more focused on the art of the design than the current style or trend. That’s probably why I am drawn to blankets and rugs as they are essentially a huge canvas on which to “paint” or “draw” with colorful yarn!
Wow, Susan! You are completely right about someone making an item from the designers idea being magical! I couldn’t have said it better myself. You have an absolutely beautiful talent and I, as well as many others I’m sure, can’t wait to see what you come out with next!
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