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In every episode of Nicki’s Crochet Podcast, Nicki reveals the most interesting crochet designer secrets. Episode 24 features Jen from Jen Hayes Creations.
Beautiful designs and stunning photography are the strongest points when it comes to Jen from Jen Hayes Creations crochet business.
I love her adorable amigurumi designs which are so detailed. Let’s see where Jen gets her inspiration from and how she got into crochet design as her business.
You might have seen Jennifer’s wonderful and fun designs before, but we have some juicy details that not everyone will know.
I’m so excited that Jennifer agreed to join me for my podcast called Nicki’s Crochet Podcast where I try to reveal crochet designer secrets and allow you to see designers from a totally different perspective.
You get to submit your questions, too. In fact, you can even request whom you would like me to interview in the future.
Are you ready to watch the 24th episode with Jennifer from Jen Hayes Creations?
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Summary of Episode 24 with Jen
Jen started crocheting when she was nine or ten years old after her mum showed her the basics. For a very long time, she used to make chains. Then she moved onto scarves and granny square blankets.
After her husband showed her a crocheted toy, Jen was hooked on creating them. After making a Mario toy for her gamer husband, she had a lot of requests from his friends and later from her kids.
She used to make it on the side, but in 2008 she started her own blog where she started to share her own designs and patterns.
Inspired by everything around her, she loves exploring different ways to create her pieces. Jen normally starts by sketching out her designs and plans all the details that she would like to add.
Jen really enjoys the photography aspect of her crochet business. She has a table set up by a large window where she takes her incredible pictures. She also gets her husband involved who normally has to make an extra shelf or two.
A little like me, Jen is a perfectionist so she publishes one pattern a month. This is due to the design process being very intensive and requiring a lot of progress photos.
She also makes two of each design, just to check her work and give people the option of making their item rustic or in full colors.
Jen gets inspired by her kids or their friends who always ask for things they want her to make for them. She also gets a lot of requests from her audience.
I was happy when Jen shared her secret tips and tricks on getting your amigurumi looking so cute and perfect. Magic rings, yarn over or under, Jen gave us her tips.
I asked Jen about stuffing her toys and making the faces look cute and were amazed when she shared her tips.
I laughed when Jen shared some funny stories involving yarn and her kids and her dog when he was a puppy.
One of Jen’s daughters is getting into crocheting and she even teaches her friends the basics.
Grab your crochet project, and crochet while you listen to the entire episode 24 on Youtube.
Important Links from Episode 24
Jen shares her beautiful creations on her lovely blog Jen Hayes Creations. All the cute amigurumi designs for gnomes, animals and every day items as well as some stylish crochet accessories. You can view these for free and get inspired.
You can also purchase inexpensive PDF versions of her patterns from her Etsy or Ravelry stores.
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