New Craftsy Teacher Lindsey Stephens was the guest this morning on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird. We love having the Craftsy teachers share their new classes because Craftsy is one of the podcast’s sponsors!
Lindsey Stephens comes from a crafty family. Her grandmother started her with crochet, she conquered the chain stitch but lost her between there and making a flower. Later Lindsey decided to learn to knit but her first yarn choice was too fuzzy to see what she was doing. Her third attempt was a how to crochet book and a long relocation road-trip and that seems to have done the trick for her.
Lindsey progressed from learning through experimenting to teaching and designing rather quickly. Partially as a misunderstood statement of her husband’s that she could try but not to expect much, she really was determined to prove herself to her husband. Through her search of the internet (pre-Ravelry) she got a mentor through the CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) Bendy Carter. Both ladies value Bendy’s knowledge of stitch construction, for Lindsey having someone to talk to was valuable.
She began submitting patterns and with a good-sized rejection pile, began Poetry in Yarn in 2010. In a special session with Robin Chachula, Lindsey learned that just because a piece was rejected doesn’t mean that wasn’t a good one, it may have not been a good fit where the publisher needed it to go. (Robin actually compiled those rejected designs into a book, which is a great example to others.)
Another aspect that’s probably been major for Lindsey is Tech Editing. Investing in programs to help her assist other designers and publishing companies was a big step but worked well with her background as a certified math teacher. Her goal is to make sure the patterns are accurate, clear and consistent. This work now fills the bulk of her day. She enjoys being part of a long chain of people that helps the yarn industry to grow.
Lindsey was contacted by Craftsy to teach Seaming Crochet was a great investment of time and effort for her and her family, creating the samples and making lists of helpful tips, and the experience was enjoyable for her. The class includes Prepping for Seaming, Traditional, Raised, Decorative Seams and the almost invisible seams the mimic the crocheted fabric, working with variegated and specialty yarns … a VERY thorough and thoughtful course.
Here is Marly’s affiliate link to Lindsey’s Craftsy class. You can follow Lindsey Stephens at her website: ww.PoetryinYarn.com She can also be found in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Here is the link to her Designer page in Ravelry, also.
If you missed getting to hear this when it aired it’s still available as an archive where it aired originally http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/10/13/new-craftsy-teacher-lindsey-stephens or in iTunes.