Sunday morning 8:00 a.m. at The National Needle Arts Association Conference in San Diego I took Crochet Tips and Tricks with Lily Chin. Her class was lively and funâ€”even though Lily readily admits sheâ€™s not a morning person she was quick, kept the class moving and taught many cool â€œtricks.â€ (For instance, she uses an â€œafterthought foundationâ€ crocheting onto waste yarn and adding her chain at the end of her project and crochets buttons right into the fabric so she doesnâ€™t have to come back and do it later.)
(Set your TiVos!) During class, Lily mentioned she has a new television show–Stitchcraft–debuting March 5th at 3:00 p.m. on the Oxygen Network. Later, when I had a chance to chat with Lily, I learned more about the show and her other projects.
Lily says the show focuses on knit and crochet as fashion and targets a general audience-not necessarily knitters. â€œThe goal of Stitchcraft is to increase awareness of knitting and crochet. There wonâ€™t be any tech speak, no SSK or DC2TOG. We are not the DIY,â€ she said confidently.
The show is billed as a rare behind-the-scenes look at how knitting is used in the fashion industry. â€œYouâ€™ll see how Oscar de Laurente designs his knitwear line.â€ She says. And she says weâ€™ll watch Adina Klein of Vogue put together a photo shoot. â€œThe show is not about me. Iâ€™ll introduce the segments and talk a bit between stories.â€ Lily says the first show will also include a profile of one of my favorite designers, James Coviello.
I asked Lily what else sheâ€™s working onâ€”sheâ€™s very excited about her new book due out in October. Called Couture Crochet Workshop with Lily Chin. Itâ€™s a book of what she is calling â€œrefined crochet.â€ She describes the book as having high-fashion patterns and techniques for achieving drape, fit and drama.
Every time Iâ€™ve talked with Lily or seen her at a public appearance she makes a big impression. Itâ€™s clear Lily sees herself as a fiber evangelist and takes that job very seriouslyâ€”she makes dozens of unpaid public appearances per year to promote crochet and knitting. â€œA healthy industry from the top down is good for everyone.â€ She said commenting on recent worries from large yarn companies and craft stores about dips in sales. â€œPeople donâ€™t wake up in the morning and say â€˜Today I want to learn to crochet.â€™ Every time someone sees something about crochet on TV it brings them one step closer to trying it themselves.â€
At this moment, Stitchcraft is a one-off pilot, no other episodes have been created and the success of Sunday’s showing will help determine if more episodes are made.