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Designer Spotlight: Lisa Jelle

By on July 10, 2016

Meet Lisa

I’ve been following Lisa from Kaleidoscope Art&Gifts for a while and I love her unique style. She is a master of accessories, hats, garments, and scarves. Her designs are trendy, practical, and fun! Check Lisa out here

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Can you tell us how you got started with crochet?

At the age of 7 my grandma taught my sisters and I to crochet. By the time I was a teenager I became involved in so many other things that crochet fell to the wayside until I was pregnant with my youngest daughter roughly 28 years later when I left my full time retail store management job and began to crochet her a blanket to fill the time.

Where does your crochet design inspiration come from?

I’m inspired by many things but one thing that really gets me pumped is working with alternative materials or techniques. I have sketchbooks FULL of idea concepts and some of them make it to the hook while others don’t.

What is your favorite yarn to work with and why?

I’m a huge fan of Lion Brand Cotton Bamboo. I love its durable breath-ability and it has a beautiful drape to it.

What are your greatest crochet accomplishments?

Oh man, I really don’t look at it like that. I have patterns that have been published in various crochet publications, have competed in a few designs competitions and belong to a couple of active and supportive cross promotion groups where I’m surrounded by some seriously talented people. I absolutely love hosting the two kids’ events that I started: The Future Faces of Crochet Competition and the Kids Create Contest. The kids are really the future of everything, including crochet.

What are your most popular patterns?

Straight Laced Shrug:Straight Laced Shrug by Lisa Jelle

Charming Cherry Blossom Fingerless Mitts: Charming Cherry Blossom Fingerless Mitts

Perfect Harmony Yoga Socks: Perfect Harmony Yoga Socks

Do you have any other hobbies besides crochet?

I’ve been drawing and painting since I could hold a pencil/brush and still enjoy it to this day. I’m trying to teach myself to knit (lol) and am  girl Scout Troop leader which means I dabble in a LOT of different craft mediums.

What are you doing when you are not crocheting?

Hmm… my family (which consists of my husband, 3 kids living at home and a couple of animals) and I live in a small Eastern Washington rural town where I’m involved in the community as a Girl Scout Leader, PTO Treasurer, Chairperson of the local Artisans’ organization, general volunteer where I can offer my time and services, asst coach for the t-ball team, member of the town’s women’s softball team, member of the local crossfit gym, Vacation Bible School craft director and run 3 businesses from home. What I like to do in my spare time (other than crochet) is to read or catch up on my dvr’d tv shows.

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About Emily Truman

Emily is the Assistant Editor at Happily Hooked Magazine and the owner at Em's Corner. She is a WAHM with 4 kids. She has a passion for crochet and sharing the art with others.

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