Marta Shawlette

Marta Shawlette

By Darla Fanton

Marta Shawlette

Darla is a long-time designer and teacher. If you attend the Knit & Crochet Show in Manchester, NH in July, stop by and say, ‘hello’ or take one of her inspiring classes. Darla writes:

I started designing in 1984.  My early designs were what I think of as classic crochet, but in 1997 my sister asked me to design a project for her using a double ended hook.  The day I picked up that hook I fell in love with long crochet hooks.  The result was The Needlecraft Shop’s popular Crochet on the Double(TM) program released in 2000. 

When the company needed somebody to teach the technique at Crochet Renaissance in 2001, I discovered another passion – teaching.  I thoroughly enjoy sharing my love of crochet with students at national conferences and at my local yarn store, the Knitting Bee, in Portland, OR.  

These days I spend my time designing projects featuring all aspects of crochet, from Broomstick Lace to Tunisian and everything in between for magazines, yarn companies, and my classes.

 My most recent book, 50 Tunisian Stitches, was published by Annie’s in 2013.  

50 Tunisian stitches cover

Thanks Darla!  You can see more of Darla’s designs on Ravelry:  www.ravelry.com/designers/darla-j-fanton

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