A CROCHET WEDDING
me about the first time you can remember being thrilled.
1.A When I was 15 and I asked my mother
to make my prom dress and a shawl for me , she sewed the dress on a machine
, but I made my shawl to go with it . My art teacher in Hign School ,
had heard that mom and I wear " making " my dress and she asked
if that was wise .. she had no idea how good we were . I showed up the
night of the prom and made sure for that teacher to see me in my dress
and shawl , her jaw about hit the floor. I was so thrilled that a simple
piece of yarn twisted in a certain way could make people react the way
been your most frightening thrill ever?
2.A When I crocheted my wedding dress
, I was so scared that it would not hang or fit correctly
the smallest or slightest thing to have thrilled you?
3.A My online friend sent me a sweater
that is knitted with toothpicks. It is amazing!
me why you're not a sensible person.
4.A When it
comes to my fiber I am never sensible , I have alot of stash , but still
buy more anytime I can . I know I will also never use every pattern I
were you doing the last time you were really bored?
I am in the process of making a thread doily , I take this everywhere
with me to do while sitting
the most uninhibited thing you've ever done?
6.A I design patterns , so I am not
sure what you mean
things have you considered doing for thrill, but were too concerned about
7.A I would love to make a thread
bed spread , but I am so sure it will take me years to do I don't think
I will ever start it
always dreamt about being a paramedic, driving an ambulance and saving
lives; what about you?
8.A I would
love to own a yarn shoppe one day and be able to teach and pet to my hearts
To answer these next 14 questions, you should
think about a particular time you were thrilled.
this thrill in a nutshell, in one sentence. (there's time to expand later)
9.A I was able
to wear my own creation at my wedding.
and when did it take place?
My wedding-Feb 2, 02 , North Muskegon , Michigan.
me a bit about yourself around this time.
11.A I was a 32 yr old single mom
of 2 who was a material artist. Taught to knit and crochet before I was
10 , teaching the art for a few years.
did the moment arise? Was it planned?
asked me] We decided to get get married 2 weeks before and I had nothing
to wear , I made the dress , purse , socks , veil and half gloves in a
the sequence of events leading up to your thrill, and how you felt at
each stage. The smallest detail could be important (this is your chance
13.A Scared , thrilled , nervous ,
1st thought , oh God what have I gotten myself
into , then the thrill of the search for a pattern that was just right.
Never found the exact perfect one , so I had to enhance the one I did
find. My boyfriend and I were living together at the time so I could only
work on it when he was away ,I was so nervous that he would find my dress
in the middle of me making it. Then , half way through making it , I ran
out of yarn ,I had to call every store in town tracking down more yarn
in that exact dye lot ( wanted it to look the same , different dye lots
can be differnt colors even though marked the same color ) was thrill
when at midnight I finally found a store that had some , drove right over
to get what they had. 1st fitting , my future mother in law helped me
put it in so that I could be sure it would fit . I had to do a couple
nip and tucks.
Major Thril was the reaction my husband had
while I was walking down the asile to him , His jaw dropped . Words he
said while the minister was talking was , you made that to wear for me
, wow. To this day when people ask if I knit or crochet , my husband says
with pride that I made my own dress for our wedding .
the exact moment of thrill, how did your mind and body feel?
14.A Elated , I felt like I could
just about fly . You get numb at first then nervous then just happy all
thoughts were going through your head?
15.A Some people
in my husband family think that store bought is better than hand made
, but on this occasion they all loved my work , I was scared that they
would think it was tacky to wear a hand made peice to my own wedding and
I was scared that my husband would not see the love I put into this peice
of work. Relief is mostly what was going thru my head.
did you do immediately afterwards?
a lot , took lots of photos
were the most likely things that could have put you off going through
people thought I didn't have the talent or the time , it was very scary
There is always a risk when making and adjusting
a pattern that the fianal item will not fit properly and then you have
to rip out and begin again . This is not like sewing where you can just
resew a dart or a buttonhole , everything must be correct or you have
to start from where the error is made all over again . I was so scared
it would take me longer to make than the time I had available. I have
worked months on one afghan , but it only took me a week to do this labor
were other people important to your thrill?
reaction to seeing me in it or to the photos I have of it .
do you imagine other people were thinking throughout your thrilling episode?
19.A Wow , she made that herself or why
did she make that herself , I am not really sure.
people probably don't understand how such a thing can thrill you; explain
it to them.
can walk into a store and buy a wedding dress for 100 to 10000 dollars
, I decided to make mine , all the yarn cost me was $25.00. I knew I had
an original and that I had taken the time to make it. No one will ever
be able to recreate my dress exactly the way I did it as no two crocheters
hook the same . Seeing my husbands reaction made the whole process worth
while and thrilling.
were certain objects or equipment important to your thrill?
21.A Well ,
without yarn , a crochet hook , a pattern and time I never would have
been able to do it .
you've done something like this before, how does the last time compare
to the first time you did it?
22.A I have been asked by several
people to make their wedding dresses for them. My sisters is in the process
of being made now , she will wear it while she renews her vows next year.
It is taking a lot more time to make. I still
crochet fast , but I guess my heart is not into the project like it was
when I was making mine.
If you did it again, what things could
be added or changed to make it even better?
23.A I would write down
the changes I made to the pattern instead of remembering them from one
side to the other.
Is there anything you want to add?
This has been fun , a new way to look indepth into an event in