craft your curiosity with me this summer!
craft your curiosity with me this summer!
My friends call me Jo and I am passionate about working with yarn. I was fourteen years old when I began crocheting…over 40 years ago! My cousin, Reba, taught me the basics and I channeled all my teen-ridden angst into my first afghan…and it sure looked that way with all it’s gnarls, bumps and uneven edges! Crochet became an outlet for me…a metaphor about how to handle life. When life throws me a curve-ball, I pick up a loop and pull through, literally and figuratively. The movement of the hook calmed my spirit and brought me much peace in times of strife and uncertainty. Reba passed away a long time ago, but I still cherish the creative door she opened to me all those years ago. I have carried on her teaching and passed the gift on to my daughter and granddaughter and all those who mention having a desire to learn.
Crocheting is an artistic endeavor and highly personal. It takes time and demands communication and collaboration to achieve a satisfactory end result. The items you see here serve as examples to help you generate ideas about project patterns and colors and not items that I have in surplus. The quality and integrity of your crocheted item is most important; so, each item is created on demand, fresh and new with high quality materials. If you want something not shown here, please email me. I can most likely make it for you from either a picture or pattern.
If you see something you like, supply the needed information regarding color, size, gender, etc. Then, simply follow the prompts to purchase. Credit/Debit cards are accepted and, rest assured, By the Stitch does NOT retain any of your banking information. PayPal is also offered for your convenience. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always email me at email@example.com using the contact form below.
Depending on the speed of mail service, small items like bookmarks, hot pads, barefoot sandals, etc have the quickest turn-around, usually 1-2 weeks. Lapghans take longer to handcraft (2-4 weeks) and the larger blankets can take up to 1-3 months depending on the pattern. So, if you're wanting a blanket for Christmas, it's best to order it in August or September. I complete the projects in the order that I receive them.
I am a Level II Certified Crochet Instructor alumna of the Craft Yarn Council. I am currently working toward my Master of Advanced Stitches and Techniques at the Craft Guild of America. For those in the northeast Dallas area, I offer individualized crochet lessons. Levels of instruction range from beginner through advanced and includes learning the basics, working in the round, popular patterns, finishing work, Tunisian, and much more! Hook to Hook is open to individual needs not covered in a class.
Basic Beginner 3-hr Classes: (1-2 people) $45 p/p
Basic Beginner 6-hr Workshop: (3-5 people) $90 p/p
All 2-hr Classes: $35 p/p
Hook to Hook Sessions: Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a date and time for a Hook to Hook session so we can discuss your specific needs.
Choose, Book and Pay on the website. You will receive a confirmation email and supply list for the chosen class. I look forward to sharing my passion for yarn work with you!
Can you crochet a pattern that is not represented on the website?
Yes, most of the time. I would need a pattern name or picture of the desired creation. The F-Bomb under the Miscellaneous Category was created for a customer who sent me a picture. In this situation, you would not purchase anything from the website, but email me at email@example.com to discuss the project and cost.
Are the dimensions of the projects exact?
Yes, for the majority of items. Sometimes, the size of lapghans and blankets might vary slightly (1-2 inches) depending on yarn weight, pattern, and hook size, which all play a part in the final dimensions of any project.
Do you take returns?
Unless the item is lost or damaged in some way during shipment, all sales are final. For that reason, make sure you measure twice (if needed) before finalizing your order. Purchased classes may be rescheduled for a later date if you find you cannot attend for any reason.
What payment options are available?
By the Stitch accepts all major credit/debit cards through GooglePay, PayPal, and Square. BTS DOES NOT retain any of your private information.
Can you crochet clothing?
Long-distance customizing proves too difficult in attaining a garment that fits adults well. I focus on smaller items like beanies, scarves, gloves, baby sweaters, and booties where pattern sizing is standardized.
What do you feel you do best?
TEACHING! While I derive a great deal of satisfaction from handcrafting various items, I receive the most joy passing on my knowledge to others.
Can I hire you to help me with a specific troublesome pattern?
Absolutely! Two hooks are better than one, I say! I offer individual assistance with any issue you might have in a Hook to Hook session that is not already covered in a prepared class. Click on Classes and book a private session now!