Crochet Designer Interview: Susan Carlson with Felted Button
One of the many great things about the Indie Gift-A-Long is discovering new (to me) designers. I took one look at Susan’s designer page, Felted Button, and I knew I had to feature her on my blog. Her use of color is phenomenal. Let’s learn more about Susan.
Star Fruit Blanket or Rug crochet pattern by Susan Carlson
Hi! Susan Carlson of Felted Button here. I’m a former science teacher turned full-time crochet designer. I feel extraordinarily grateful that I can do this crochet gig every day! It’s such a blast!
How long have you been crocheting and how did you first learn?
I first learned to crochet from my grandmother who came for a short visit when I was 9. She was making granny squares and taught me to make one. I thought it was fun, but got really distracted with other things for many years until I discovered some lovely blogs and decided to pick up the hook again. It’s been about 11 years now.
Toddler Tee Pee crochet pattern by Susan Carlson
How long have you been designing and what led you to design?
I have been designing now for just over 4 years. When I first began crocheting I tried lots of different patterns and techniques to build my skill base. But eventually I had so many crocheted items around that my house was overflowing. (You can only give so many hats, scarves and bags to friends and family, right?) So I opened an Etsy store to sell off my extras. Surprisingly they began to sell. But the stress of shipping, meeting customer deadlines, etc., made the whole process stressful for me. I had already begun to create my own designs and realized that with my technical writing skills, teaching and experience with so many patterns, I could write up my own! So Felted Button officially began then.
Why knitting/crochet? What is it that interests you? What do you enjoy most about the craft?
Hands down the best part of designing is seeing something that began as an idea in my head translated through my hook and hands, through a pattern, to someone else’s head, hook and hands! It’s magical, I tell ya! Playing with yarn, color and textures also gives me a thrill. Regarding the benefits of crochet’s calming effect on my head and heart—well, it’s just the ticket. I have a very noisy brain and through crochet am able to focus and quiet my brain. It’s very cathartic to me.
Gifted Blanket crochet pattern by Susan Carlson
What other crafts do you enjoy? or is there another craft you would like to learn?
I am very much a beginning knitter and would love to become more skilled at it! It does such wonderful things, that honestly crochet doesn’t do nearly as well. But I’m having a tough time balancing my business, busy family and other life obligations to squeeze it in. I will, though! I will!
What influences your style?
I have always been crazy for color. Always. Rainbow bedding as a child, a desire for purple shag carpeting as a kid (you now know how old I am, huh?), bright and bold flowers for my wedding. I just love color. My house looks like a crazy person lives here. If you use all of the colors, nothing has to match, right?
What inspires you and/or your designs?
I find inspiration from nature, photographs, quilts, graphic images, ceramics, yarn, color…
Abacus Blanket crochet pattern by Susan Carlson
What is your favorite design of yours, why?
It is hard to pick my favorite from over 100 designs, but I am really pleased with my Abacus Blanket. I like the options it has for color, its texture and that the “mock” bullion is so much easier and quicker than a regular bullion. Plus, it is clean. I like clean designs.
What pattern/design are you most proud of, why?
This would have to be my Monet’s Garden Throw. I started with 10 disparately colored balls of yarn and challenged myself to make them look beautiful together. I think I pulled it off and am really tickled about how it all came together.
What are your favorite stitches?
It is hard to pick a favorite since they all have a place, depending on the design, and I don’t want to leave any out. But if I had to pick one, it would be the hdc (US). It’s so nice and tidy from the back and front, good height so things grow quickly, but leaves no gaps. I like it.
Monet’s Garden Throw, crochet pattern by Susan Carlson
What is/are your favorite crochet tool(s) or notion(s)?
My Clover Amour hooks. And buttons, of course.
Where can we find you?
Thank you Susan!!! Your bright, fun colors are truly an extension of your personality. 🙂
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