CHART­ING

Simply Crochet - - GOOD READ - Web­site: www.coastal­cro­chet.com In­sta­gram: @coastal­cro­chet Eleonora Tully

For de­signer Eleonora, from Coastal

Cro­chet, the craft has al­ways been a part of life. “My mother cro­cheted her own wed­ding dress in 1974 and I was wrapped in a hand-stitched blan­kets soon after I was born.” Lit­tle won­der Eleonora has been pick­ing up her hooks since she was a teenager. “I adore the porta­bil­ity of cro­chet. It’s a craft you can take any­where with you and I re­ally do!” It was the use of charts for de­sign­ing and colour­work, as well as for use in filet cro­chet de­signs, that re­ally marked a turn­ing point for Eleonora. “I started by us­ing ba­sic graph pa­per and pen­cils to cre­ate pat­terns which I could then use in my de­signs. Then I dis­cov­ered on­line tools, such as Stitch Fid­dle, which have en­abled me to cre­ate pat­terns on charts very quickly. I can play around with de­sign ideas un­til I’m happy with the re­sults.” This has al­lowed for some ex­cit­ing cre­ations. “I used a chart to cre­ate a whole cross stitch pat­tern to work onto a ba­sic Tu­nisian cro­chet cush­ion. I’ve also cre­ated a shawl with a cen­tral an­chor de­sign. It would have been dif­fi­cult to cre­ate that with­out a chart.”

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