Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Another True Confession


So here's the story. Last winter, I was contacted by folks from VOGUE Knitting in response to seeing my crocheted silk beaded cuffs in my Etsy studio. They wanted me to make a custom sample and write a pattern for my design, and then they sent me materials that they selected for this sample. Here are my photos of 3 pieces I ended up making for them last January-- the top row is the one with their materials, and the middle and lower rows with my materials, created as variations on their theme.


You might recognize these pieces, if you look at my blog or WillOaks Studio on Etsy, but I never listed this set in my Etsy studio.

Well, they can finally be seen in the finished published (paper) form, because Crochet Special Collector's Issue 2012 Fashion Preview hit the newsstands today!

Some early snippets from this publication can be previewed here. I don't think I've ever seen crocheted pieces created or displayed in such an elegant and high fashion manner....now, look closely at the wrists in the photos under "A Fine Romance" section, especially the top couple of rows? Notice anything?

OK, so squint a little if needed. Those are my cuffs! And in the magazine version, there are additional photos plus patterns available for all the DIY fiber folks. In fact, there are patterns for ALL the amazing pieces in this issue. I will have more to say about this shortly, but for now, a few photos are in order!!

The publishers sent me these early photos featuring my cuffs, with photo credits as noted below each.

Vogue Knitting Crochet 2012, photo by Rose Callahan

Vogue Knitting Crochet 2012, photo by Rose Callahan


Vogue Knitting Crochet 2012, photo by Rose Callahan


You know, I never said a word about this because I wanted to be very sure, first, that my work would even make their final cut. And then, to see how the whole project would come together, being a total neophyte to this and all. Oh, and superstitious too, I guess, like I mentioned earlier in my other big secret winter project--buying my new place. I just didn't want to jinx it!

And now that it's all public, I can say that I think it is one of the most beautiful publications I have ever seen that's devoted to the humble craft of crochet. Crochet elevated to an art form with amazing designs and constructions, and all so beautifully styled and photographed. And even though my pieces are only a little teeny part of it, I'm so delighted and honored to be included.

In fact, it inspired my NEXT secret project that is now in progress.....more about this a little later because actually? I've got to get back to packing my studio for my move!!

Thanks for dropping by all--now go buy the magazine!! Even if you don't crochet? You can tell your friends and family that one of your blogger buddies has work in it!

7 comments:

Rose said...

How exciting! Congrats! I hope that you get lots of exposure from this feature. The pieces are beautiful as always.

Ann said...

Very exciting. Congratulations. I can understand why you didn't want to say anything until now. Your cuffs look great too

Additionsstyle said...

Congrats on making a national publication! You must be thrilled. I can't wait to hear about your next project.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

WillOaks Studio said...

Thank you each & all Rose, Ann & Valerie! It has been very exciting--& very inspiring too! I just can't get this move over fast enough so I can concentrate on my studio again! Meanwhile-it's going to be a long summer!!
So happy to hear from you-Karen

Nancy said...

That's so awesome! Congratulations!!!

WillOaks Studio said...

Thank you, Nancy. It still seems surreal to me!

Split Rock Ranch said...

Congratulations! How very exciting! I need to go find a copy of this magazine. Thanks for hosting my EC ad!! Have a fabulous summer!

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