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Behind the Scenes at Interweave Crochet

Aug 2, 2010

A note from Kathleen: I love a look behind the curtain. It's so fun to see what goes on behind the scenes of ... pretty much anything! Today we're giving you peek at what happened during the photo shoot for the summer issue of Interweave Crochet.

Here's assistant editor Toni Rexroat to give you the guided tour!

Charlotte Skirt
Charlotte Skirt by Doris Chan next to a
mural in downtown Loveland.
 Spacer 10x10 pixels At Interweave Crochet, we like to tell a story, a story that is shaped throughout the process—from selecting submissions, to photographing the projects, to choosing names for the projects.

A large part of each story is the photo shoot, which allows us to transport you into our story.

The first step for a photo shoot is choosing a location. Our editor Marcy Smith spends a few days with our photographer before the shoot scouting possible locations, which will include a nearby staging area where we can do hair, makeup, and wardrobe changes.

Summer 2010 photo shoot took place in the blocks around the Interweave home office in downtown Loveland, Colorado.
Noontide Tee Mirth Sweater  Cool Wave Shawl
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Testing for color while protecting the model's feet from a cold bench.  Model stand-inSpacer 5x5 pixels
Once a general location has been chosen, sites are selected for specific shots. While the make-up artist is styling the model's hair and make-up, the stylist selects clothing to showcase the next garment. And the rest of the team checks out just the right backdrop for the crochet project.

Frequently team members become "stunt" models, testing a variety of poses and backdrops. Maybe we’ll have a model pose on a bench or lean on a railing? We work to frame the shot that conveys the story, trying, for instance, an angle that transforms a downtown staircase into something that looks more like the railing of a cruise ship.
Can't you just see the Noontide Tee on a cruise ship or tropical location, the Marilyn Twin Set at a backyard party, or the Midsummer Night's Shawl on the streets of Spain?

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Noontide Tee by Deb Burger    Marilyn Twin Set by Sarah Barbour   Spacer 5x5 pixelsMidsummer Night's Shawl by
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An important part of the visual story of a garment is the wardrobe styling.

We begin with the crocheted garment being highlighted. Where do we see the garment being worn? What colors and fabrics will help the crochet shine? Will the addition of a scarf, necklace, or pair of earrings complete the outfit or distract from the beauty of the crochet?

Sometimes the perfect outfit just jumps out at us, and sometimes we have to try three or four options, as we did with the Cowslip Skirt.
Cowslip Skirt by Bonnie Paul  
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Our model tries out different looks in our staging area before we select a final garment for the shoot.
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As you leaf through your issue of Interweave Crochet Summer 2010 pick your favorite projects (or if you haven't gotten yours yet check out the preview). Then enjoy the journey as your garment progresses from yarn ball to finished project. Tell your own story by posting pictures of your garment in the member photo gallery on—we can't wait to see your own styling and backdrop!

May your crochet story be full of wonderful adventures,

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Toni Rexroat wrote
on Aug 4, 2010 10:38 AM

Hi Zoe,

Thank you very much. You should check out the Fall 2010 issue of Interweave Crochet, out this month. There are several combination projects.

Zoe wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 7:35 PM

Hi Toni,

It is delightful that those of us who knit and crochet have a chance to see a little crochet project.  I think the two go together very nicely.  Often the crochet will set off or finish the knit project.  Thanks for sharing.

jean01 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 5:13 PM

well . . . i like crocheting occasionally but i must say that these two skirts (Charlotte Skirt and Cowslip Skirt) are not attractive at all.  They represent the kind of appearance that drives knitters away from crocheting.

I actually prefer crochet for some items.  Firmly crochet cushion covers, bags come to mind not to mention wavy and granny square afghans.  It also makes lovely lacy items of all varieties.

mandyangela wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 2:18 PM

A fair number of chicks with sticks are also happy hookers - I am one of them!!Interweave Crochet is part of the Interweave family, and once in a while, there is a small general crochet article on the knitting site.  The same is true in reverse on the crochet site - CrochetMe.  

If you don't want to read the crochet articles on the knitting site, then simply pass them over.  However, a true craftsperson appreciates all crafts, whether practiced or not.  For myself, I have never 'got' papercrafts such as cardmaking, and I never will, however I understand the enthusiasm practicioners have for their craft as I have the same for my activities - Shetland Lace and Crochet Lace.

On a side note, Interweave also publishes Piecework magazine.  It celebrates the history of all kinds of needlework.  I saw an ad for it on this site, gave it a go and all I can say is WOW!!!  If you love crafts and tradition and how the past can beautify and enrich the present, give this magazine a try.

AnastasiaP wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 10:28 AM

Excuse me, but this is the Knitting Daily blog? Why do I need to read about a  crochet magazine? What happened to the knitting content of Knitting Daily?