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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Five Questions with ... The Crochet Dude, Drew Emborsky!

Today, on Day 3 of CRAFTING WEEK, I'm thrilled to introduce you to Drew Emborsky, better known as The Crochet Dude!

Drew is one of the premiere crochet designers today, and he is the author of seven wildy popular crochet books, including his latest, "Crochet It, Love It, Wear It!"  He was gracious enough to take time to answer a few questions about his writing, and his upcoming projects!

Sharon: At what age did you know that you wanted to be a crochet designer, and how did you become involved in the crochet design industry?

Drew: I started crocheting at five years old and I always wanted to be an artist. Through high school and college I would design original items as gifts but it never clicked until about five years ago when I started my blog The Crochet Dude, and that's when I realized that my passion for art and crochet could be melded into a career. I then started taking steps to break into the industry and I haven't looked back!

Sharon:  At what point in your career did it finally sink in – “hey, I’m famous,” and did it make a difference in your designing?

Drew: Oh wow, you made me LOL. I have a studio in the back of my home in Houston, Texas, and the "fame" of being a designer or having a t.v. show doesn't really permeate my day to day life. I often chuckle when I'm scooping the cat box because my two cats Miss Chandler and Cleocatra didn't get the memo that I'm "famous" - But I tell you what, when I was at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC in January I was overwhelmed with the number of people that actually knew me from my blog, books, and t.v. show. It made me happy on such a deep level to know that what I am doing is making other people happy. What more could a dude ask for? The only difference this has made is that I have the drive to keep going and expanding, and challenging myself as an artist.

Drew and one of his fans, author Debbie Macomber, at a recent trade show!

Sharon: Who are some of your favorite fellow crafters/crocheters? Who inspires you?

Drew: As a crochet designer I am inspired by Vashti Braha, Marty Miller, Doris Chan, and Melissa Leapman. In general as an artist I am inspired by Jonathan Adler, Cathie Fillian, and Steve Piacenza. But as you can imagine, it would be very hard to list everyone that inspires me - everyone from my late mother to Oprah Winfrey - the list would be enormous.

Sharon:  What projects do you have coming up in the future?

Drew: I have three new books coming out in 2011, and one very large book (maybe even coffee table sized, that's tbd) in early 2012. We are hoping to go into production very soon on a new season of Knit & Crochet Now (PBS), and I have one very big but very top secret project that I'm in the midst of developing but it isn't quite time to announce. Stay tuned!!

Sharon: What advice would you have for anyone wanting to take their crocheting/crafting to the next level?

Drew: Be authentic and don't try to figure out how to capitalize on your craft too soon. Be yourself, network via social media, through guilds and trade shows, and be willing to pay your dues. It takes a huge amount of effort, time, hard work, and humility to make a business out of your craft or hobby. Most of all, trust your instincts; if it feels wrong then let it go free, and turn toward what you feel is right.

About Drew:

Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude®, was taught to crochet at age five by his mom while snowbound in Lake Tahoe. After studying fine art in college and doing the "starving artist" thing for a few years, he found solace in crocheting for charity while grieving the passing of his mother. It was during this time with the charity group that he became know as "The Crochet Dude", which then led to the launch of his wildly popular blog in 2005. 

Drew blogs and creates from his studio in Houston, TX with his cats Chandler and Cleocatra.

Drew is the crochet expert on the hit show "Knit & Crochet Now!" airing currently on PBS nationwide.
He has been featured in national publications including BUST Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Knit.1, Knit 'n Style, Knit Simple, and Crochet Today!, as well as international newspapers such as The Sunday Telegraph (in London). 
Drew also has his own line of The Crochet Dude crocheting tools, that are available at hobby and yarn stores across the country!

My thanks to Drew for taking time out of his busy schedule to share a little bit about his incredibly creative life with us!  For more information on The Crochet Dude, be sure to check out his website at http://www.thecrochetdude.com/
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Mary said...

Sharon, I was out earlier and checked twitter - saw your link to this and retweeted so I'd remember to check it out later. How timely is this post! I was at the yarn shop yesterday and while I sat and worked on a new project a man came in and asked about crochet patterns, etc. It all reminds me that I really want to learn how to crochet. So, I'll be looking for TCD's PBS show and will see if I can find a class somewhere. Thanks to you and Mr. Emborsky for such a great post!

Myra C said...

I will have to check out Knit and Crochet now on PBS. Great post!

Cozy in Texas said...

Lovely designs.

Amanda said...

Lovely designs. Ann