While working on Julia Thusinska interview, I met a fabulous Free Form crochet artist, Despina. She was taking Julia’s classes at the time and agreed to share her Irish lace motifs with me along with a little information about herself.
I was very lucky to be able to interview Despina, who besides being a very gracious lady but, also is a fiber and crochet artist from the UK and so without further ado here it is:
I’m from Greece, but I moved to the UK 5 years ago. I love crochet, fell in love with Free Form and Irish lace crochet, I prefer to use “fun” colors in my work, as you can see from the pictures, the brighter the better. I’m currently attending one of Julia’s classes for beginners, and it’s marvelous! It’s a class for a tablecloth with beautiful elements and motifs, but I’m using them to make a shawl. Julia is very understanding and prefers we make something we’re going to use rather than just stick to the plan.
How did you first get started with your Free Form crochet?
My great-grandmother taught me how to crochet chain(the main stitch in crochet) when I was four years old because it was the only thing i knew how to make, I ended up with a 5-6 meter chain…My grandmother taught me traditional Greek crochet when I was 12-14(can’t remember exact age), and I loved it. I had no idea that you can use thicker yarn and make hats, scarves, etc.
What is your favorite piece of work, and why?
My favorite piece of work so far is my first Free Form attempt that was wall hanging. I guess it’s my favorite because that’s how everything started! Its a constant reminder of my time with it from start to finish along with feeling proud once it was finally done.
Free Form crochet wall hanging combines lots of different colors and textures from different stitches and types of yarns. It also has its own je ne sais quoi , don’t you think?
Tell me what you are currently working on:
I’m currently making an Irish lace shawl, one of with Julia’s online classes to help. Looking forward to finishing it because my next class will be the ”ANGELIKA” dress. As soon as I saw this dress I thought it was the most beautiful dress I had ever seen! I asked Julia if she could create a class for it, so that she can teach me how to make it and I couldn’t believe it when she said yes!!! Not many people would share something that unique with others.She’s such a wonderful, caring and giving person.
What are your hopes or plans for the future of your business:
Right now, I just want to improve myself, get better at Irish lace and Free Form crochet. I would love to have the time to make more things(like Free Form or crochet patterns) as well as my Irish lace lessons.My shop usually gets quite busy over the Christmas holidays, mostly because of the animal hoods; I love making them!
Do you have any favorite Free Form crochet artists or crafters that you admire?
I admire a lot of artists; Julia Tushnicka is so talented when I look at her work, her dresses, I find it hard to believe that they’re made by hand! They’re amazing, one more beautiful than the other!
Prudence Mapstone, another talented lady in Free Form crochet, astonishing work and Myra Wood too. I took Myra’s class when I first started Free Form, and I learned so many things!
Have you published any books or information that we might like to read?
No, not yet at least, you never know…It’s in my plans to create patterns and videos and add them to my shop and youtube.
Could you give aspiring artists reading this any words of wisdom or advice:
Just go for it, don’t be afraid to make mistakes or experiment! Also be proud of the works you create along with the time spent on them!
Despina thank you so much for your time and sharing your story with our readers. I hope people enjoy your story and the artwork you shared with me as much as I did.
You can visit and check with Despina below links to see more on her playful crochet creations and treasure trove of unique handmade designs:
Etsy store: DECODespinaCotter etsy store
Facebook page: Despina Facebook page.
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