About the De­signer

Crochet World - - Designer Spotlight - Darla J. Fan­ton

I have loved needle­work for as long as I can re­mem­ber. I spent my child­hood piec­ing quilts, em­broi­der­ing stamped pil­low­cases and sewing doll clothes. I first learned to cro­chet in 1969 and thor­oughly en­joyed it. In the 1970s counted cross stitch, fol­lowed quickly by plas­tic can­vas needle­point, hit the mar­ket­place, tempt­ing me away from my cro­chet hooks. I en­joyed both of th­ese new pas­times. My only frus­tra­tion was that there were not many pat­terns avail­able. So I be­gan de­sign­ing both cross stitch and plas­tic can­vas needle­point. In 1984 when I sold the very first de­sign I sub­mit­ted to a mag­a­zine, I was en­cour­aged to con­tinue de­sign­ing. Although my main fo­cus at that time was cross stitch and plas­tic can­vas, I would oc­cas­sion­ally de­sign a knit or cro­chet project and had suc­cess sell­ing those as well. Ev­ery­thing changed in 1999 when my sis­ter asked me to de­sign a throw us­ing a dou­ble-ended cro­chet hook. I fell in love with the tech­nique. My ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with the dou­ble-ended hook re­sulted in the re­lease of a num­ber of book­lets of Cro­chet on the Dou­ble™ and re­quests from ed­i­tors for more de­signs. Cro­chet (with an oc­cas­sional knit de­sign) has been the fo­cus of my ca­reer since that time. In 2001, when An­nie’s asked me to teach Cro­chet on the Dou­ble at a con­fer­ence they were spon­sor­ing I dis­cov­ered a new pas­sion—teach­ing! I love shar­ing my knowl­edge of cro­chet with fel­low fiber fa­nat­ics! My days are spent de­sign­ing for yarn com­pa­nies and mag­a­zines, de­vel­op­ing new cro­chet classes and teach­ing at Re­gional and Na­tional Con­fer­ences or at my LYS (lo­cal yarn store) Knit­ting Bee, in Port­land, Ore. I love ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent cro­chet tech­niques, from broom­stick lace to Tu­nisian cro­chet, and see­ing what new spin I can put on th­ese old fa­vorites. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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