Keeping with bringing you local Canadian talent I’m happy to introduce you to Michelle Lamarche of Kingston, Ontario Canada. Whose crochet work is some of the best I’ve ever seen. I’ve had her make me a Hobbs doll of Calvin and Hobbs fame and it’s absolutely adorable and perfect. She’s made a few items for my niece as well and every time I see her work I’m just blown away. I keep trying to encourage her to open a Big Cartel shop or Etsy shop. Here’s hoping she does so that her talent and amazing work is even more accessible to the rest of the world.
1. Where are you from?
I’m originally from a small part of La Peche Quebec, however for the past 10 years I’ve been living in Kingston Ontario.
2. How did you first get into crocheting?
My mom taught me how to knit when I was young but it wasn't until 2 years ago that I learnt how to crochet after watching my friend crocheting. It seemed so much faster and I could make more Interesting pieces!
3. What was the first thing you made?
The very first project I finished was a mini teddy bear I made for my son. I used cotton yarn and he was a mix match of colors.
4. Comparing your first pieces to the ones you make now how much has changed?
A lot has changed from that teddy bear to what I can make now. I now know most (if not all) the complicated techniques and my stitching/sewing has improved greatly. I can also look at a finished project and usually figure out how to make it without a pattern.
5. On average how long does it take to complete a piece?
It really depends on the project. Most of my stuffed characters and winter outerwear will take me 3-5 days, however the blankets I've made have taken me anywhere from a week to a few months to finish. Depending on size and pattern.
6. If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Hmm being able to understand and talk with animals would be awesome. I’ve always been a huge animal lover and I think it would be amazing to actually communicate with them and understand exactly what they are saying :)
7. What was your favourite piece you've done so far?
I have 2. The first one is a large Binoo stuffie I made for my son without a pattern. The second piece is a Raiders throw blanket I made for a friend’s birthday. It took me over a month to finish but it is by far one of my best projects to date.
8. Do you sell your pieces anywhere or do commissions?
A lot of people have told me to set up a shop, but at the moment I’m just working with craft fairs and word of mouth through friends. I have an Instagram account @krochet_qt where you can see some of my projects and send me any questions or requests.
9. How exactly does one crochet? What is required?
Patience! Seriously, you must be able to sit and hook without getting distracted. Other than that some crochet hooks, yarn, scissors, stitching needle for finishing, and a simple pattern is all you need to start! Once you get the basics down you can start collecting more and more. I started with one H hook but now have an entire case of hooks, sewing needles, stitch markers and a horde of wool and yarn. It can become very addictive having everything you would possibly need so you can just continue and finish projects easily.
10. Oreo or Fudge-O cookies?
Double stuff Oreos for sure!
You can check out her work on Instagram, and if you are lucky enough maybe she’ll be at a craft fair near you. If we are all really fortunate she’ll open an online shop.