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Crochet Is Here To Stay!

As trends come and go, and ebb and flow, we often see the resurgence of Crochet in fashion. It is often the ‘go-to’ technique when designers are inspired by such periods as the luxe Victorian Era, the hippie-chic ’60s, or their own resort getaways to the islands. Crochet’s beauty is timeless and it is always exciting to see how the fashion industry finds ways to make it new again.

Crochet’s history is both mysterious and modern, being a much newer handcraft than it’s close cousins, Lacework and Knitting. And although many different countries and cultures claim Crochet as their own, it is safe to say the influence of these various craftspeople over the past few centuries has made an indelible mark on the evolution of this intricate medium.

Research suggests that crochet probably developed most directly from Chinese needlework, a very ancient form of embroidery known in Turkey, India, Persia and North Africa, which reached Europe in the 1700s and was referred to as “tambouring,” from the French “tambour” or drum. In this technique, a background fabric is stretched taut on a frame. The working thread is held underneath the fabric. A needle with a hook is inserted downward and a loop of the working thread drawn up through the fabric. With the loop still on the hook, the hook is then inserted a little farther along and another loop of the working thread is drawn up and worked through the first loop to form a chain stitch. The tambour hooks were as thin as sewing needles, so the work must have been accomplished with very fine thread.

At the end of the 18th century, tambour evolved into what the French called “crochet in the air,” when the background fabric was discarded and the stitch worked on its own.

Crochet began turning up in Europe in the early 1800s and was given a tremendous boost by Mlle. Riego de la Branchardiere, who was best known for her ability to take old-style needle and bobbin lace designs and turn them into crochet patterns that could easily be duplicated. She published many pattern books so that millions of women could begin to copy her designs. Mlle. Riego also claimed to have invented “lace-like” crochet,” today called Irish crochet.

In early centuries, man – and it was the job of the men – created his handwork for practical purposes. Hunters and fishermen created knotted strands of woven fibers, cords or strips of cloth to trap animals and snare fish or birds. Other uses included knotted game bags, fishing nets and open- worked cooking utensils.

Handwork was expanded to include personal decoration for special occasions such as religious rites, celebrations, marriages or funerals. One might see ceremonial costumes with crochet- like ornamentation and decorative trimmings for arms, ankles and wrists.

Moving forward to Victorian times, crochet patterns became available for flowerpot holders, bird cage covers, baskets for visiting cards, lamp mats and shades, wastepaper baskets, tablecloths, antimacassars (or “antis,” covers to protect chairbacks from the hair oil worn by the men in the mid- 1800s), tobacco pouches, purses, men’s caps and waistcoats, even a rug with footwarmers to be placed under the card table for card players.

From 1900 to 1930 women were also busy crocheting afghans, slumber rugs, traveling rugs, chaise lounge rugs, sleigh rugs, car rugs, cushions, coffee- and teapot cozies and hot-water bottle covers. It was during this time that potholders made their frrst appearance and became a staple of the crocheter’s repertoire.

Now, of course, anything goes. In the 1960s and 1970s crochet took off as a freeform means of expression that can be seen today in three-dimensional sculptures, articles of clothing, or rugs and tapestries that depict abstract and realistic designs and scenes.

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Daisys Are In The Air

Spring is almost here. So that means Blue Candies Daisy Dukes are on their way with bold colors and fresh new designs. Beautifully crafted handmade designs with very subtle and intricate details. Here I am below featured in an old design. Which I must say is still quite cute. But the new designs have greatly improved upon the old designs. So stay tuned new designs coming soon.

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Learn From The Master of Branding Himself

As the keynote speaker at the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, Tom Ford dished out a generous serving of advice to the young designers in the crowd. Here are his top tips for building a brand with your name on it:

1. “Trust your instincts when it comes to design.”

2. “Never sell a controlling interest in your name. Ever. Ever.”

3. “Decide for you if fashion is an art or an artistic business. This will affect how you set up your company.”

4. “If your president or chief executive officer thinks they know the difference between dark burgundy and aubergine, fire them.”

5. “If you’re designing your own label, then know yourself.”

6. “We have to have genius creative thoughts precisely four times a year and on exact dates.”

7. “You have a voice that can influence contemporary culture as much or more than anything else.”

8. “Know your ideal client — the dream person you design for, your fantasy muse, so to speak.”

9. “If your brand is to have a strong identity, it must come from you and not from a committee.”

10. “Have a five-year plan, a 10-year plan, even a 20-year plan. And possibly an exit strategy.”

11. “Remember that our customers do not need our clothes.”

12. “Try to remain positive. I struggle with this one too.”

13. “Find a great business partner and don’t let them go. This is absolutely key.”

14. “Be thankful to all those who help you on the way up. You won’t get there without them. Cherish them, and don’t forget them.”

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Scott Schuman on building a personal brand

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Support The Arts

As you all know I will be ripping the runway in Orlando this November.  I am so excited, just another plateau In helping fulfill my dreams of being a designer.  So Blue Candies is in need of sponsors. I know times are hard for everyone so any donation will do. Even a $1. If you would like sponsorship with marketing packages.  I’m doing the following.

$25 -Gets your Business Card Passed out at the event.

$50 – Gets your business card passed out at the event and promotion as a sponsor and Advertising on all social media and sites that Blue Candies promotes on. Name and Logo on Flyer

$100- Gets your business card passed out at the event, promotion as a sponsor,  advertising on all social media sites that Blue Candies promotes on, name and logo on flyer and a Free Blue Candies T- shirt and flip flops.

Please send any and all donations Via PayPal to bluemodelmanagementcincinnati@gmail.com and please put Orlando Sponsorship in the Memo.

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The Benefits Of Wearing High Heels

It is pretty obvious that wearing a good pair of high heels would  make you look taller. However, this is actually not the only benefit that you can derive from it. Wearing high heels can actually help in making your calves look great, even if they are out of shape. There is no need to choose super high heels for this, since any kind of heel length would do.

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GO FUND ME

I recently started a go fund me account to see if I could raise money to start my own Boutique and sale my handmade Designs Blue Candies. So far I have not had any donations but I am not giving up. And there is no time limit. Thank heavens. I have often wondered what it takes to get people to donate on these crowd sharing platforms. This is my first go at it, but I’m noticing a lot of companies that are already established an making money seem to get the majority of the donations. I am currently trying to work on building my GoFundMe page so that it becomes more interesting and tells a little bit more about my story so that people can get to know me a little better. Any Ideas or suggestions would be great and If you are interested in donating to my cause and helping me fulfill my dream please Visit Go Fund Me Blue Candies By Charlene Kimber

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