Another fabulous flower has blossomed in our special garden. This is Strip 9, Happy Hibiscus by Sarah McGill of Spanish Clover Crochet. Not only is it really pretty but the overlay mosaic pattern is easy to work and would look lovely in anything you use it for, in addition to adding it to your garden themed blanket. Our designer today comes to us from San Antonio, Texas and here is some interesting information she tells about herself:
“I learned to crochet when I was 7 years old and wouldn’t stop pestering my grandmother to show me what she was doing with her shiny hooks. My first finished project was a granny square afghan that I cuddled for many years, and I even still have the hooks we used to create it. Both my grandmother and mother would sit and crochet with me for hours sharing stories and memories that spanned generations of our family. They definitely launched my obsession with all types of crochet, literature, and history. I first learned mosaic crochet from my grandmother in the 80s, came back to it about 5 years ago, and I started to design mosaic patterns at the beginning of 2021.
I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, but got to travel around a lot when I was younger, and I also have been to almost every state. My husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary in June, and we have a very spoiled adopted shelter dog- who you will sometimes see featured in my crochet posts. Pre-covid, I taught multiple subjects/grades at an inner-city middle school and I would crochet during my lunch break. When I showed students what I created and spoke to them about crochet, I was surprised to find that there was enough interest to form a crochet group for students on campus. In addition to crocheting, I also enjoy baking and decorating all kinds of desserts for friends and family, sewing, and writing. I met my goal of writing a book of fiction incorporating Hispanic folklore years ago, and am currently working on a crochet related murder-mystery.
I graduated university with degrees in English Lit, Linguistics, and Journalism, and have learned 8 different languages. My goal was to be able to communicate with anyone anywhere I ever got to travel. I consider crochet another language I’ve learned, and I feel it is an amazing outlet for me to design what I am passionate about, and to connect with people all over the world.
You will find that my patterns trend toward cultures and religion, my city’s beautiful architecture/ infrastructure, and to my own cultures- I am a mixed mutt, but I am mainly Hispanic and Irish. I like to take traditional Hispanic design elements that are an inherent part of my cultural identity and incorporate them into mosaic designs to produce something authentic and different, but I also love holiday designing! I am so grateful to the mosaic crochet community for giving me a chance to share my passions and can’t wait to see where this journey goes next.”
It is wonderful to see all of the connections we make through our crafts. Do be sure to follow her on her social media and see all the rest of her delightful works. All links are included in the pattern.
Below you will find all of the beauties made by our Makers as well as Elaine’s completed blanket. Elaine chose 6 of the patterns from Garden theme and made them work into a stunning blanket. That soothing colorway is just so beautiful.
Here is link to Happy Hibiscus:
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So far for this Garden themed blanket the patterns are
Strip 1 – Flamboyance by Lana Ignjatovivc
Strip 2 – Picket Fences by Suzanne Lively Boren
Strip 3 – Falling Leaves by Carola Herbst
Strip 4 – Roselyn Motif by Carolann Tuffo
Strip 5 – Springtime in Aotearoa by Jenness Fulton
Strip 8 – Butterfly by Saleha Waseem
Strip 9 – Happy Hibiscus by Sarah McGill
Click below for the Zig Zag Envelope Border by Moira Douglas of daisyknots