Welcome! My name is Judi Weingarden. I am a native New Yorker, although I have lived in Connecticut since 1985. I have always enjoyed “crafty” things…I took sewing lessons one pre-teen summer, and I’ve had a machine close by ever since. I learned to knit as a child, but gave it up at around age 12 when I learned to crochet! After many years of crocheting (mostly yarmulkas with size 13 steel hooks and DMC thread with intricate patterns and multiple colors – sometimes called tapestry crochet), I pretty much stopped crocheting for many years…
In 2009 I picked up a hook again, and haven’t looked back! I started with a granny square afghan, then moved on to a Southwest design afghan for my DH, something different for each of my kids, then really started to branch out!
I finally got a camera, which allowed me tostart to photograph my work, and document my projects. Then, my work crocheting jewelry with wire, beads and embroidery thread led me to a LYS, where I began taking more jewelry classes.
Now, I spend as much time as possible creating with both fiber and beads and take classes to enhance my skills whenever I can (think Stitches East and the Knit & Crochet Show for fiber and as far away as Tucson for beading)!
I love to share my fun with others, and my educational and professional background is in the field of education. I have been able to combine all of that in my teaching at both LYS and chain stores in my area, and have even taught online. I can almost always be found with a hook or needle in my hand, wherever I am – at home, on a plane, in a hotel or on the beach!
There are just not enough hours in the day for all the things I love to do! Thanks for visiting; I invite you to come back soon!