Creative Crocheting

Unique Works by Lisa Holloway

I taught myself how to crochet when I was a "tween." My first project was a purse for my doll. Believe it or not, I used some twine and a pencil
(which I had found in my father's workshop). After my mother saw it and realized I was seriously interested in crocheting, she started buying me
crochet books, yarn and hooks. This was the beginning of my enjoyment and love of crocheting. The beauty of the art is being able to take
a textile (be it yarn, fabric or plastic) and creating something appealing.

Many items I make are one-of-a-kind. I do this because I want the person for whom it is made to feel special. I make a variety of products: clothing, accessories,
toys, pillows, throws, bedspreads, afghans and household items. I do not consider myself to be a creator of only one type of crochet item; I make whatever I feel at
that moment. That's where I get my inspiration and motivation. To me, originality and creativity are important aspects of crocheting. I enjoy finding fiber
and turning it into a final product, especially if it's pleasing to and useful for others.

I'm a co-founder of Kingstowne Stitches which is a group that meets on Monday nights (7 pm-9pm) at the Kingstowne Library. I'm a crochet instructor through
the Fairfax County Park Authority and I also teach individuals on a one-on-one basis. I create many of my own patterns. I'm listed as a professional crocheter, pattern tester
and contract crocheter with the Crochet Guild of America.