Jodie Ricks of Crochet Me This is ready to teach you how to crochet at the Shreveport Mini Maker Faire! All you’ll have to do is start a conversation. She loves to share what she is working on. She’ll have some information on how you can get started on the basics. Check out her work on her Flickr page.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your interest in making.
“I sew and crochet, but crochet is my passion. Here is a link to my Pinterest that gives some basic info about me and a look at some of projects, including crochet, sewing, and other made items.”
What will you be making at this year’s Shreveport Mini Maker Faire?
“I will be crocheting, showing some crocheted items and showing some very basic, beginner crochet stitches and information. Anyone who crochets or does other fiber art handwork is invited to stop by, bring your work-in-progress and sit a spell with me.
I always have crochet with me. Since I crochet in public all the time and have for many years, I am used to — and encourage! — anyone to stop and talk. I love the stories that people tell me about what they create (be it crochet, knit, quilt or any fiber art).
I always ask ‘who taught you?,’ and it is true: You never forget the person who taught you. People of all ages tell me the sweetest stories about who taught them. Even those who do not create with fiber have a story to share that increases my community.
So many times an older gentleman will stop to tell me that I made him think of his mother, grandmother, or other relative who has been long gone before I was even born. I love to listen, to learn the name of that fiber artist so special that 50 years or more gone, she still is remembered and brings a smile to someone. What a gift!”
Why is making important to you?
“Women have been using their hands to create with fiber for thousands of years. Even where and when women were (or still are not) allowed to learn to read or write,we manage to pass on these handwork skills across the centuries, continents and languages largely intact in their original form. What an amazing ability!”
If you had an unlimited budget, what project would you make?
“I want to crochet a king size afghan quilt with some very nice, soft yarn. Probably wedding ring quilt crochet pattern.”