Julia Tushnicka – Designer, master of Modern Irish Crochet.
Julia Tushnicka – known master of irish crochet. More than 15 years she is engaged in artistic crocheting, creates collections of crocheted dresses and takes part in fashion shows. Julia works published in the popular among fans of irish lace Crochet magazine.
First dress created in 1999. The first big show held in 2006 – was presented to the public a collection of 18 dresses.
Creating more than 500 goods, perfected the technique of modern irish crochet she was able to formulate the basic rules for the implementation of the ideal dress. And now she’s ready to share her knowledge and open the secrets of her skill to anyone who loves to crochet and wants to create wonderful clothes with their hands!
The first ONLINE training course created by Julia Tushnicka is Crochet Course “Secrets of Irish Lace”!A step by step master-class of artistic
crochet for beginners.
Today we have a great opportunity to learn all about artistic Irish lace firsthand. To your attention an interview with Julia Tushnicka.
Julia, how and when did you learn to crochet?
I started very early almost at the same time when started school and most important teacher, and adviser is my Mom – Elena Nikolaevna Tushnicka. It was her who inspired me to create the first dress. She is a very creative with an Arts degree. All her worked impressed me with its beauty, a harmonic combination of colors and various patterns – it was real magic for me! In a course of time, I understood that it’s my favorite occupation too. It’s wonderful when you can implement some new interesting, imaginative form to world!
Why did Irish Crochet Lace become your favorite technique?
Artistic Irish lace is very interesting! There are technically no limits in this creative direction. Its beauty, openness, complexity, and variety absorb. In the process of long-term work, I created many original developments – elements and major Irish crochet motifs of different complexity. Now I’m working on ambitious things – it’s a collection of wedding dresses! Work in this style is simply following my heart. Also I like to teach people on how to make modern irish crochet.
All fashion designers have their idols. What type of woman do you dress?
I think that every craftswoman and fashion designer, first of all, creates clothes close to their own image. When you create each model, you project the image on yourself. Consequently, every designer has an individual style – laconic and classic, romantic and delicate or edgy and imaginative. Besides, craftspeople are guided by their idols. I mean, the features that we admire about women – moral courage, beauty, charm, ambition, giftedness, boldness – can inspire to create every individual work! Since childhood, I’ve been keen on ballroom dancing. It’s a very beautiful, strong, charming and at the same time a compassionate woman who so easily dances her favorite waltz, quickstep, rumba and other dances in chic dresses.
What is your source of inspiration?
My inspiration comes from positive emotions and fulfills my heart filled with joy, creativity comes easily and happily. Consequently, to be charged with positive – for me, it’s dancing and music, traveling, and various sports!
Do you use only traditional Irish crocheting methods or do you create anything new?
My first serious works (first dress) were, in fact, made based of my own original elements come from my sketches. Of course, during long-term work I used the beautiful elements of Irish crochet that I chose for each dress in a range of books and magazines. With time, I accumulated many interesting original developments, and I keep inventing and developing new things. I have a mixed crocheting technique. It was built gradually, in a long creative process. Crocheted dresses impress not only with their beauty but also with the amount of invested effort.
How much time does one dress take?
One dress takes from 3 weeks up to 6 months depending on the size of the product and fineness of the work.
Julia, you not only crochet yourself, but you also a teacher and an author’s of course in crocheting. The technique of Irish crochet is quite complicated.
Tell me please, can everybody master it, or is it for the chosen?
My opinion is that any handwork requires patience, inspiration and, most of all, desire. If you have it, you have the strength to turn any masterpiece into reality!
Do you first need any basic skills in crocheting, or can you start from scratch and get on to Irish crochet lace at once?
It must be hard to find a woman who has never tried crocheting. My course is both for beginners and for those who are already good at crocheting. All materials of the course are presented fully and in detail. For a start, you only need to have a crochet hook, yarn and understanding that you have to invest effort and time to get a beautiful result, which will certainly bring you joy!
How much time mastering the technique can take?
Hard to say. When you pass all the stages of creating a crocheted motives, you’ll be able to sharpen your skills future works. Mastering the technique can take 6 month or even a year. However, it has to be an active process of learning and gradual improvement.
What advice could you give to those who want to learn to crochet in the technique of Irish lace?
If you have a desire to create, you need to get down to work at once. Try making something not complicated at first – simple small Irish crochet motif. It’s always significantly easier to begin when you have a sketch. You have to see what you want to create – it’s also a key to success. The main thing is not to be afraid and to believe that you can make the designed product!
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