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CypressTextiles Free Crochet Content Round-up

Hi, everyone! Today I wanted to share with y’all something that happened to me on Social Media. I fully understand that behind the anonymity of a keyboard/mobile interaction, people can be pretty brazen and frivolous with others’ feelings. I think we have all come to understand that truth. Advertisements

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We were ON a BREAK!: The one where Rachele purges her current crochet inspiration, then takes a break.

Yes, folks! I will be taking a two-week design break. No thinking, plotting, planning, sketching, imagining, calculating, graphing, or otherwise noodling around in any effort to convert a whim of an idea into a blanket. Two! Weeks! So before I begin, of course I want to show you all how hard this is going to be by letting you in on some stuff that currently in my design idea book. (Side note: my design idea book is in the app AwesomeNote. Any actual designing takes place in my graph paper planner. More on this in a post coming soon!) First up: I have an epic series of tessellation-based blankets coming. Here are a couple samples of the shapes and the color schemes… y’all I want to show you so much more of this, but I must keep it all to myself! ❤️ Next up: A pair of mixed-motif blankets.. You can see the rough blanket sketch, and then its inspiration screen-shot, with the respective IG names showing! I highly recommend you run and follow those …

CypressTextiles: 2017 reflections and a peek at what’s to come

Well, y’all, the year is rapidly closing, and I’m feeling another urge to look back at what I accomplished this year, just to reassure myself that in all the forward motion, I didn’t lose track of my big picture goals. Nerd alert, I know… If you stay with me for this entire post, you can give yourself a pat on the back, as I’d like to take some time to go through each month and share highlights, discuss lessons learned, and celebrate special moments. So settle in, as it’s going to be a lengthy one. 🙂 Click each photo to read more about the event! Yay! January January is always an awkward month for me. I still have my old, filled up Moleskine to reference my to do lists from the previous year and keep checking things off that weren’t completed. Let’s face it, in January, I practically have one foot in the previous year. Moon Landing was a piece that I took with me to Disney World over Thanksgiving break 2016, and I was …

Goal Setting Sesh!

Okay it’s only the end of September, but let’s face it, Father Time has one foot in 2018 already at this point, and we all know it. At this time of year, I always get this itchy feeling to evaluate the 3 Big Goals I set for 2017 and start laying out new ones for next year. {Cotton 8 yarn} 2017 Goals Update 1 “old” paid pattern per month, beginning with oldest patterns first. Yikes! I only updated 2 patterns this year.. (Desert Bloom and Wildflower) But the year isn’t over and I have plans to update 1 more.. 3/12 is a terrible grade! Launch “Shade Tree” – a new artist collaboration mini-zine, to release twice yearly It’s been in the works for almost 2 years! Determined to release the ShadeTree pattern collection this year 🙂 Begin page on Patreon.com filled with goodies for followers, including much requested video tutorials Done! Patreon page up and running – become a patron to support my crafty endeavor and get in on the inside scoop. Yummy sneak peek posts …

Support my free content via Patreon

I have two words: Exclusive Content!! I cannot wait to give y’all a huge collective hug and share this secret content with you. Join Patreon and become a patron for fun rewards at any level from $1 to $5 to $10 a month.  Rewards The rewards were so fun to come up with! Now that I have a YouTube channel, I can make behind-the-scenes videos private and upload them for patron eyes only. Check out what I came up with, and leave me a comment if you have a suggestion for other rewards.  How does it work?  When you become a patron, you scroll the CypressTextiles Patreon blog where I will be posting all the fun secret content. Each post will show who is able to view it! Some general posts will be made “public”, and everyone can see them, and others that include rewards for patrons will have a little lock in the corner with the applicable patron level. So if you’re a “Fan!” you’ll automatically see all the $1 level posts with design …

2018 Goal: Stack of Blankets

You guys… people are sharing their stacks of blankets… and I’m going slowly insane. More on that later, but first! I searched Instagram tags #crochetblanketstack and #blanketstack — Loooooook…. I preserved the IG name in the crop so you can go have a scroll! From pastel above to bright below, these stacks are giving me all the feels.  One of my crochet BFFs, Tester Tribe member, and overall amazing human, Gwen – @StitchGwen. Omg this stack is so jewelly and beautiful. Bonus crochet footstool cover ❤️❤️ One of my favorite IG feeds, and this photo is over a year old, but wow! You can scroll the @kikalite feed all the way down and it’s nothing but gold. Eeeeep!! Look at this cozy stack!! Honestly this is goals. WendiCrocheter is like the best. Have you seen her embroidery floss mandala by the way? Yes… embroidery floss. Just wow! But back to this blanket stack, it’s not hard to see that she loves two things: details and pastels. This next photo is like the “Where’s Waldo?” of …