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Hi Crochet Friends! Today we are having a Meet and Greet with the Crochet Designer behind the brand MadameStitch. Learn more about Debbie Field, her designs and her crochet business in today’s Feature Friday!
I hope you’ve been enjoying our Friday Features; the new free patterns I get to show you and the wonderful Crochet Designers you get to meet.
Be sure to check out her Garden Posy Granny Afghan (premium pattern) design too, it is also listed below, just before our free pattern roundup and it is really pretty!
This post includes just a small sampling of all the wonderful patterns, tutorials and projects she has available for you online. Be sure to check out her social media channels for even more goodies!
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Crochet Designer Feature:
Question: Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
I’m Debbie, the designer and tech editor behind MadameStitch. I’ve been crocheting practically my entire life and I love sharing the passion of crochet with other busy crafters.
Before I become full-time at MadameStitch, I was a professional classical singer and private voice instructor. In that career, I was privileged to perform as a soloist with orchestras and choirs mostly in the US, but sometimes my performing would take me to other parts of the world. While I was raising my kids, I taught private voice lessons at home. When they were older, I taught private voice and conducted choirs at the university level. It was a rewarding and exciting career, one I am truly grateful for.
When I retired from music in 2020, I turned MadameStitch into a full-time career. I had been selling patterns while I was still in music, but retirement gave me the time I needed to for my crochet business. I have loved every minute of growing my design and tech editing business and getting to know other crocheters.
On the personal side of things, I’m a wife, mother of 3 adult kids and grandmother to 2 preteen grandsons. I’m lucky to have all of my kids nearby so we enjoy spending as much time together as we can. I’d say eating might be our number 1 favorite family past-time!
Question: How did you learn how to crochet? How long have you been crocheting?
My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was in high school. It took no time at all for me to become obsessed! I would take my crochet with me to class because I always had my work done and didn’t want to lose a minute of crochet time. I still have the first project I ever made – a granny square scarf with really bad acrylic yarn and colors I’m sure would bleed if I washed it! I think that’s why I’m so obsessed with granny squares to this day.
Question: Do you have any tips for new crocheters? Any guidance to make them successful at a new hobby?
I would say the 2 most important pieces of advice would be to practice and learn to read patterns. Working the basic crochet stitches over and over means consistency and comfort down the road. And, learning to read patterns opens up a whole world of possible projects. I liken it to learning to read music. Almost anybody can sing. But, when you learn to read the music, there are no limitations on WHAT you can sing.
Question: What do you enjoy crocheting the most?
I love crocheting anything I can give as a gift to be honest. However, I love to make scarves, cowls and blankets the most. And, I’m completely obsessed with granny squares!
Question: What else are you passionate about (other than crochet)?
I absolutely love taking a walk with my dog. Daisy is a mini aussie-doodle, 18 pounds of fluff and energy so we are out walking every day. I love to read, mostly thrillers and historical fiction, and attending author events with my daughter who is an avid bibliophile. As a family, we play a lot of board games, enjoy cooking (and eating) together and just hanging out.
Question: What prompted you to start designing?
I can’t really point to one event that got me started. However, I knew very early on that, when I retired from teaching and performing, I wanted crochet design to be my second career. Learning to design was slow at first but now I have a backlog of possible designs.
Question: How long have you been designing and where do you publish your patterns?
I’ve been designing since 2014. I sell my patterns through Ravelry and my Etsy shop.
Question: What drives you to create? Where do you find instpiration for your designs?
I’ve been a creator my entire life, whether it be in music or now in crochet, so I’ve had lots of practice. Inspiration comes from everywhere for me – nature, the fashion industry, crochet trends, sometimes the yarn itself. You just have to be open to what’s around you.
Question: What do you enjoy designing the most?
I love to design scarves and cowls because I love wearing them. A lot of the accessories I’ve designed have been either for me or as a gift for my daughter and daughter-in-law. I also love designing baby blankets. To me, there just isn’t anything better than giving a handmade gift to an expectant or new mother. And, it’s even better when it’s an original design.
Question: What tips would you give to someone interested in designing and blogging?
Don’t be afraid to start. You won’t be perfect but that’s OK. Surround yourself with people who can help you – other designers, tech editors, business coaches. And, most importantly, find your unique authentic voice and share it with others. You aren’t like anyone else and that’s exciting!
Question: What goals have you set for yourself for the future?
I have the typical goals associated with running a business like increasing revenue, my subscriber list, designs I want to release, etc. The biggest goal I have for this year is to release a mini course on how to design your own granny square blanket.
Question: Do you have a favorite yarn you like to use when you are crocheting? What colors and fibers do you gravitate toward when choosing your yarn?
As a crocheter, I gravitate toward DK and worsted weight yarns because they’re easy for me to work with and I love how the stitches look in those weights. While I use a lot of yarn from the major yarn companies, my passion is to support indie yarn dyers. Their yarns are absolutely gorgeous and almost decadent to the touch. It’s my little slice of luxury.
Question: Do you have anything else you’d like to share with us?
You can find me in all the usual social media places:
- Website: https://www.madamestitch.com
- Facebook page: MadameStitch,
- Facebook group: MadameStitch Crochet Corner,
- Instagram: MadameStitch,
- YouTube: MadameStitchCrochet,
- Pinterest: MadameStitch
- Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/debbie-field
- Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadameStitchCrochet
- Newsletter: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/a3q5s9
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Meet Debbie Field, the crochet designer behind the brand “MadameStitch”. This week on Feature Friday, we get to know Debbie, her crochet business and to explore a selection of her free crochet patterns! From scarves, to cowls, to blankets, Debbie’s practical crochet patterns are perfect for everyday crocheting. Get the links to a selection of her free patterns and some designer insight in the post!