What Is It About Me? Jill Wright...

So, what is it about me that drives me to share my scarf knowledge with you? Let me tell you more...

Photography by Richard Hanley

My name is Jill Wright, and I'll wager if you Google my name you'll find many of my designs will show up in the results, as I'm a crochet and knitwear designer. But first, let me give you a little background about how this came to be...

From an early age - around 6 years old - I grew interested in crafts. My mom taught me to knit and sew, as she had trained as a needlework teacher. I then learned to crochet around age 8 and was soon knitting baby clothes for my Brownies badge.

Over the years I've tried ALL kinds of crafts from knitting to macrame, card-making to crochet, fimo clay to beading and everything in between. I've made costume jewelry to sell at craft fairs, and I also sewed my own clothes for many years.

After unfortunately not taking art in high school I completed a part time course in Fashion Design, where I learned pattern drafting and designing. I also completed courses on tailoring as well as having completed one year of a BA Textile Management degree at Leeds University in England.

From Nowhere to Published Designer

After moving to the USA after a marriage proposal from my now husband, and after taking time out to raise a family (still working on that), in 2007 I built a website called Woolcrafting.com and since then went on to become a published crochet and knitwear designer.

I have had more than 200 patterns published by various magazines and yarn companies including:

  • Creative Knitting
  • Love of Knitting
  • Vogue Knitting International
  • Crochet! Magazine
  • Love of Crochet
  • Interweave Crochet
  • Classic Elite Yarns
  • Universal Yarns
  • Zealana

My first foray into design submissions happened to win me a design contest run by Crochet! Magazine, and another brought me a second prize win in a crocheted afghan design contest. I was also lucky enough to have one of my very first real design submissions accepted by Interweave Crochet (they usually publish a little 'about me' blurb with the pattern too), and since then I've never looked back!

But, Why Scarves?

Now, scarves have always interested me in that they can be either functional, or decorative, but most often they are both. Bulky cowls and scarves satisfy the need for warmth, whereas floaty, light weight scarves or stoles tend to serve a more decorative purpose, yet each are fashion pieces in their own right.

Scarves also offer a great option for learning new knitting or crochet stitches, or sewing techniques, most scarves being such a basic shape. Here I plan to share my love of scarves with you by feeding your desire for information, both historical and technical, about scarves, cowls, and shawls.

We'll also stray from the ordinary and explore some fun techniques, methods, styles, and shapes. I'll be doing this in the form of how to's, both descriptive and visual, as well as displaying videos on how to wear your scarves, and I'll even be offering you my own patterns, some for free and some for purchase. I'll also direct you to some fabulous places I've found for purchasing all kinds of scarves and neckwear for every occasion!

I think that's enough about me for now, so feel free to explore Scarffinity to your hearts content, and get lost in the infinite possibilities...

Jill Wright

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