Unforgettable | Issue 22

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Unforgettable | Issue 22 This is the first of three issues in Design Wars 7! Read more about Red Heart Yarns Unforgettable, our interview and subscription giveaway with Happily Hooked Crochet Magazine, an exclusive interview with Harrison Richards of Furls Crochet, get some free patterns and tutorials from our favorite web sources, and read more from each of our eleven DW7 challengers and watch a video introduction from each! Let' the challenge begin!

Text of Unforgettable | Issue 22

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    Page 2 whats new? Page 3 Unforgettable patterns! Page 4-15 meet our challengers! Page 16 Happily Hooked chat! Page 17-19 the Furls Business Academy Page 20-22 goods I love! Page 23 free patterns & tutorials! Page 24 whats next?

    13 MAY

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    facebook | blog newsletters

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    Say hello to Alessandra Hayden!

    I was born in Marilia, a small town in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    Crochet has been my passion for most of my life: I learned to

    crochet from my grandma Dirce, my dads mom. She taught me

    how to crochet using silk thread and a very small crochet hook;

    my first project was a clothes hanger cozy. Let me tell you, silk is

    tricky! But I didnt give up crocheting with that slippery thread

    and tiny hook, and have never stopped crocheting since I have

    been doing it for over 20 years, some times more often than

    others, but have never stopped. I left Brazil when I got married

    and moved to US. After I had my son Lucas, and became a stay at

    home mom and wife, I started crocheting more and selling my

    work online. Being used to working and making my own money,

    it was the perfect solution: crocheting was a great way of making

    a little spending money of my own and I was thrilled to be able to

    do something from home and raise my son and daughter too!

    Watch her video!

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    Say hello to Tricia Dodge!

    Hiya! Im Tricia, and I am a stay at home mom to 4

    boys ages 9, 7, 5 and 3. My hubster and I have been

    making fun memories for 10 years now. Having such

    a large houseful of males keeps me very busy, but

    when I'm not taking care of them I love to crochet,

    knit (shhhhh!) and design! Crochet is my creative

    outlet and stress reliever. Im OBSESSED with pretty

    yarns so I took up dying yarns too! Ive been known

    to be found hiding with a good book and my giant

    mug of tea.

    Watch her video!

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    Say hello to Sarah Lora!

    Hi, I'm Sarah, and I love to crochet! In each design I'm

    looking for modern texture, beautiful drape, and

    effortless style, with simple, frustration free patterns. I'm

    so excited to participate in another round of DW7 and

    feel honored and lucky to compete against some of my

    favorite designers. I live in Portlandia with my 2 kiddos,

    my hubby and my dog.

    Watch her video!

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    Say hello to Tanya Naser!

    HodgePodge Crochet is my passionand I

    mean that quite literally. Im eager to find new ideas, to explore stitches

    and designs that are new to me, and put them

    together in ways that excite others! My blog

    embodies that journey, and the response from

    those who read it, or come in to find something

    new, is what inspires me to write the next

    amazing pattern.

    Watch her video!

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    Say hello to Viktoria Gogolak!

    I was born in Hungary, Europe and grew up in a crafty

    family. My mom loved knitting, my grandmother loved

    embroidering, and I loved drawing. I went to a

    seamstress/designer school (following my sister) in

    Hungary, where I learned all about fabrics, materials and

    how to make my own sewing patterns. I can use a lot of

    this knowledge when I am designing crocheted wearables.

    Although I am 35, I like to design fresh, modern wearables

    for the young. Currently I live in Foxboro, MA with my

    husband and our 2.5 year old daughter.

    I started designing in 2009, since then I always learn

    something new. I feel honored to be part of this challenge!

    My dream is to publish a "real" book and see my work on

    the shelves of a bookstore!

    Watch her video!

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    Say hello to Crystal Bucholz!

    I'm a wife and mother of two amazing boys, all of

    whom I love to be with! But in my spare time, I love

    to crochet! I started out making photography props

    while I was on bed rest with my youngest child. I

    haven't looked back since! Now, not only do I love

    working off of patterns made by others', I love

    creating my own! I also have a passion for

    photography, which makes it even more fun when

    getting photos for my items! I also enjoy reading and

    spending as much time outdoors!

    Watch her video!

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    Say hello to Vita Apala!

    I was born and grew up in Riga, Latvia. After getting

    married with a French man I moved to Italy, where we

    currently live and raise our two adorable kids. I crochet since I was a little girl and for past 5 years I

    am officially a crochet designer. I love photography, I love to travel, and I absolutely

    enjoy our life here in Italy!

    Watch her video!

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    Say hello to Lisa van Klaveren!

    I'm the youngest daughter in a family of 7 kids. My mom

    and grown sister, Laurie, taught me the basics of crochet

    when I was about 3. I used to crochet on the school bus

    or on the playground at recess and once got in trouble

    for crocheting in class while in grade school! (If only Mr.

    Klippel could see me now!) I'm a very blessed stay-at-

    home mom to 3 little girls - Holland, Madison and

    Adelaide. They often inspire and model my designs. I am

    a huge Anne of Green Gables fan. My husband, Gilbert, is

    "everything a Gilbert should be" and helps me with all

    things techy He also inspires and encourages me to

    follow all my creative dreams.

    Watch her video!

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    Say hello to Tara Murray!

    I've been a wife since 2004 and a mama since 2006

    (to four amazing little people now). I have two little

    businesses; I have the crochet business (Mamachee)

    that I started back in 2008 and a small photography

    business that I started in 2012. If I have "me" time, I

    like to go to the gym and sweat or peruse second

    hand/antique shops with a coffee.

    Watch her video!

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    Say hello to Theresa Grant!

    It doesn't take a lot to make me smile. I'm pretty

    simple really; I enjoy my family, my friends, and

    crocheting and knitting. I am constantly amazed that

    I've been able to make my passion into a business,

    and never take that for granted.

    Watch her video!

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    Say hello to Charissa Ragsdale

    I am the proud mother of three creative

    children and married to an adorable man

    who loves me more than coffee. My life is

    filled with the Madness of our home, our

    hands, and our Love for each other. All of my

    endeavors are dedicated to my family, whom

    I love more than chocolate.

    Watch her video!

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    Happily Hooked Crochet Magazine | Chat & Giveaway! Im a huge supporter of those who are genuinely passionate about crochet, so when Happily Hooked

    Crochet Magazine reached out to collaborate, I sat down for a chat to see what theyre all about! Read my

    interview with founders Alison and Matt Lutz, and find out why Im so very Happily Hooked!

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    What is the Furls Business Academy? The Furls Business Academy is a learning course

    whose sole purpose is to empower creatives,

    designers, makers, and doers to take their artistic

    skills and use them to create the life and business

    they want.

    Why did you begin this opportunity? Furls began when a simple skill, woodturning, was

    applied to solve a very specific problem for a very

    specific group of people. Since then, we've gone to

    build a beautiful business with sales and happy

    crocheters in every corner of the earth. The same is

    possible for every crafter out there, if they know the

    steps to take. We want to see a world where more

    crafters impact the world in huge ways, and we had

    all the skills and information necessary to do so. It

    only seemed natural that, if no one else was, we help

    jumpstart the craft business revolution ourselves.

    Furls had great success with one of our early students,

    nicknamed Sara (whose story can be read here), and

    are compl