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General Information

Name:  Gwen Blakeley Kinsler  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Kinsler is currently residing in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gwen Blakeley Kinsler is the founder and past president of the Crochet Guild of America. She is the owner of Fiber Impressions and has always pursued unique and extraordinary crochet designs. A Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras in 1971, she learned to crochet form co-workers. Ms. Kinsler has lived in various cities in Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Florida, Mexico and is currently residing in Illinois.

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Titles At Your Library

Magical Misers' Purses - Crochet Patterns with Victorian Inspiration

The DMC Corporation. 1999

This book is a collection of "old-into-new" Victorian-style misers' purse patterns. Misers' purses of the "ring" variety, the special focus of this book, are a unique subgroup of a larger category of small sacks - all called misers' purses. Several purses in this book were inspired by vintage patterns, which have been completely revised and re-written for contemporary crocheters. Most of the patterns are modern-day interpretations of an old theme.

Crocheting (Kids Can Do It)
ISBN: 1553371771

Kids Can Press. 2003

Unlike some handicrafts, crocheting doesn't take weeks or months -- in fact, some projects can be completed in just a few hours! By following the illustrated step-by-step instructions for the ten great crafts featured in this book in the Kids Can Do It series, kids are sure to get hooked on crochet!

The Jumbo Book of Needlecrafts (Jumbo Books)
ISBN: 1553377931

Kids Can Press. 2005

This is the ultimate book for anyone who's ever seen a beautiful needlecraft design and dreamed of making their own. This Jumbo Book is divided into five sections -- knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting and sewing -- for easy reference. Each section has an introduction and all the information needed to learn a craft quickly. Includes more than fifty easy projects. Features materials, patterns, stitches, tips, tools and techniques ? and much more!

Annie's Attic Sensational Shawls & Scarves (876527)
ISBN: 1596350997

Annie's Attic. 2006

A dozen stylish designs for any fashion look!

The Fine Art of Crochet: Innovative Works From Twenty Contemporary Artists
ISBN: 1481731866

AuthorHouse. 2013

Fiber artists around the world have embraced crochet as an inventive medium like never before. Expanding on the creative possibilities and using sculpture, immense site-specific installations, performance, and mixed-media objects, they have used crochet techniques to explore feminine craft and heritage, dissect gender codes, and show the primal creative expression represented by crochet. In The Fine Art of Crochet, author Gwen Blakley Kinsler looks at the art-crochet movement from 1915 onward to the crochet revolution of the 1960s, profiling twenty of the most innovative practitioners working today. Offering insight to those who may not have otherwise thought to go beyond the purely practical aspect of crochet, she features internationally known artists such as Arline Fisch, Leslie Pontz, Carol Hummel, Tracy Krumm, Bonnie Meltzer, and Soonran Youn. Gwen Blakley Kinsler-the founder of the Crochet Guild of America and a fiber-art practitioner in her own right-examines the concepts and diverse works of these artists, in whose hands the magic of crochet creates cutting-edge art for the twenty-first century. Each artist approaches the medium with wonder and the desire to explore its full potential. This study and collection of images presents an exploration of the diverse styles, unusual shapes, and exquisite textures that characterize crocheted art today.

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