Amy Solovay is a freelance textile designer who has designed professionally for both the fashion and home furnishings industries. Although her designs have been sold through big-box retailers, artistic handcrafts have always been her greatest passion.
Amy has been crocheting since childhood. As a child, she enjoyed making clothes for her dolls.
When she was in high school, she discovered freeform crochet. As a college student, some of her freeform crochet was exhibited at a gallery.
Her love of fiber led her to pursue both a degree and a career in textile design.
Amy began her career as a print colorist. During that time, she worked with the color palettes of many of the USA’s major garment manufacturers.
She also learned how to forecast color trends. Color remains the focus of her design work, and crochet is an ideal medium for her color experiments.
She has taught many people to crochet. She has also instructed aspiring fashion designers at the college level; courses included trend forecasting and surface design.
In 1999, Amy began collecting vintage crochet patterns. Vintage crochet has influenced her pattern designs; she enjoys drawing inspiration from the past.
Amy has two degrees. She studied textile design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California, and mathematics at Sweet Briar College in Virginia.
Amy acknowledges that both fields of study have contributed to her success with crochet. The math is helpful for figuring out yarn quantities, calculating stitch repeats, charting designs, and grading patterns; the textile design is helpful for all of the other aspects.
From Amy Solovay:
My goal is to encourage you to explore the world of crochet. I hope you'll make About.com your first stop for free crochet patterns, help and inspiration. Whether you're a complete beginner, or a crochet expert, there is always something new to discover new crochet stitches, new patterns, new design trends.
I plan to share all my crochet discoveries with you, and I really hope you'll join the conversation too. I'd love to "meet" you in the forums, or read your comments in the blog. Please don’t be shy about asking questions, or sharing tips and insights. Thanks so much for your interest and participation.
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