I would like to introduce you to Kenneth Cormier, whose beautiful designs have been featured in many issues of Crochet World.
Kenneth’s Little Bits Mug Rugs are on the cover of the August 2015 issue, along with two more of his designs featured in this issue.
We love Kenneth’s clever use of a recycled denim pocket which finds new life as part of a place mat. This along with several other fun projects are featured in the Reinvent & Recycle section of the August issue, suggesting creative ways to reuse items we might typically throw away.
In this issue we also Celebrate Friends, with small projects that make perfect gifts, including Kenneth’s Pretty Blossoms Eyewear Case.
We love Kenneth’s playful design style and appreciate his craftsmanship. You are sure to see more of Kenneth’s designs in upcoming issues!
Here is Kenneth’s story in his own words, “I grew up, and still live, in Jennings, LA. It’s a small town, but rich in Cajun culture and tradition. I learned to speak Cajun French as well as English.
When I was around 10 years of age, someone gave my mom a beautiful 3-piece doily set. I was in awe of the design, the shape, and uniqueness of each delicate pattern. A few months later, someone gave me a #7 steel hook and kite string. I twisted, ripped and knotted that string to death. But, I learned, and to this day, I still have that steel hook.
As I got older, I began sketching, painting and dabbling in other arts. I would come back to crochet a few months after graduating from high school.
Crochet is my passion. I love the excitement of a new design and the feel of the yarn as I work on an afghan or something as small as a baby bootie. There are always new yarns, new ideas that keep me moving to the next level.
My absolute favorite yarn to crochet with is cotton. I love the naturalness, the softness, and how it maintains its shape.
My first published design was in 1992, and was not a crochet project, but a soap cover in plastic canvas. Later, I submitted crochet and cross-stitch designs that were published. I will always be grateful to Annie’s for giving me the initiative and confidence that I most desperately needed.
My inspirations come from every aspect of my environment; flea markets, outdoors, visualization, and imagination.
I would love to teach crochet, but it needs to be taught the correct way which makes it so much easier to learn and master the beautiful art of crochet.
I was a hairstylist for 28 years. In 1996, I went into the field of nursing and retired about a year ago. I was inspired by beautiful afghans that were made for many, many residents of nursing homes. What a blessing it was for those who took time to think about the elderly and create something that might bring a smile or brighten their day.
Over the years, I have enjoyed photography and playing the piano. But by far, my biggest enjoyment is crocheting. I plan on widening my circle, designing, reaching out to others, never letting this beautiful art die when there is so much life and love to be gained from just a hook and yarn.”