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Individual Author Record

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.

Published Works

  • Magical Misers' Purses - Crochet Patterns with Victorian Inspiration, The DMC Corporation, 1999 - written with B. J. Licko-Keel
  • Crocheting, Kids Can Press, 2003 - written with Jackie Young
  • The Jumbo Book of Needlecrafts, Kids Can Press, 2005 - written with Jackie Young, Judy Ann Sadler and Biz Storms
  • Annie's Attic Sensational Shawls & Scarves, Annie's Attic, 2006 - written with Kenna Prior, Brenda Stratton, Gayle Bunn, Ferosa Harold, Diane Poellot and Carolyn Christmas
  • The Fine Art of Crochet: Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Artists , AuthorHouse, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

Crocheting /
ISBN: 1553371771. OCLC Number:

Kids Can Press,. Toronto :. c2003.

Demonstrates the techniques of basic crochet, and uses step-by-step illustrated instructions to create six different projects.

The jumbo book of needlecrafts /
ISBN: 1553377931. OCLC Number:

Kids Can Press,. Toronto :. c2005.

This is the ultimate book for anyone who's ever seen a beautiful needlecraft design and dreamed of making their own. The Jumbo Book of Needlecrafts 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!

The fine art of crochet :
ISBN: 1481731866. OCLC Number:

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"Fiber artists around the world have embraced crochet as an inventive medium like never before. Expanding on the creative possibilities, using sculpture, immense site-specific installations, performance and mixed media objects, they have used crochet techniques to explore feminine craft and heritage, to explore gender codes and to show the primal creative expression represented by crochet. In The Fine Art of Crochet, Gwen Blakley Kinsler looks at the art crochet movement from 1915 onward to the Crochet Revolution of the 1960s by profiling twenty of the most innovative practitioners working today. ... The works featured in this book represent the diverse styles, unusual shapes, and exquisite textures that characterize crocheted art today"--Page 4 of cover.

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