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I'm a blogger and writer too. Meet my blog at: http://AberrantCrochet.wordpress.com. Follow me on Twitter @AberrantCrochet

Julia Meek Chambers is a published and juried crochet designer in Central Texas. You can find her "Flaming Crochet Hook" tapestry crochet design featured in the: "Crochet Liberation Front's First Ever Book" and her exclusive hat and spider web designs on Etsy.

Julia is also a crochet hook designer with a dream to travel the world and meet others who crochet, to study their hands, their hooks, and their stories. Hooks are different all around the world and yet, they are all used in the art of crochet - with different techniques!

Julia has written two comprehensive articles for Interweave Crochet on crochet hook shapes (Winter 2013) and crochet hand holds (Spring 2014)…

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  • Born on October 21
  • Joined September 17, 2007

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I'm a blogger and writer too. Meet my blog at: http://AberrantCrochet.wordpress.com. Follow me on Twitter @AberrantCrochet

Julia Meek Chambers is a published and juried crochet designer in Central Texas. You can find her "Flaming Crochet Hook" tapestry crochet design featured in the: "Crochet Liberation Front's First Ever Book" and her exclusive hat and spider web designs on Etsy.

Julia is also a crochet hook designer with a dream to travel the world and meet others who crochet, to study their hands, their hooks, and their stories. Hooks are different all around the world and yet, they are all used in the art of crochet - with different techniques!

Julia has written two comprehensive articles for Interweave Crochet on crochet hook shapes (Winter 2013) and crochet hand holds (Spring 2014).

Her handmade crochet hooks, designs and patterns can be found on Etsy via her Pixie Worx and Aberrant Crochet stores and patterns can also be found on http://Ravelry.com. She also attends shows in the Central Texas area usually in fall/winter. She's showcased at Maker Faire Austin each of the two years it came to Texas, as well as Mini Maker Faire Round Rock and had the pleasure to participate in other juried shows around Central Texas. She's also a juried artist with Art of Texas.

Pixie Worx! & Aberrant Crochet CREED:
I believe in owning something special and different. Something outside the malls and department stores. Something of quality and uniqueness you often only find once in a lifetime. Those are the things that memories are made of. Those are the things I'll be proud to pass on. Crochet is an art form that cannot (yet) be replicated by machine. And even if the day comes that it can, the complexity of what it takes to create a crochet stitch will likely make it uneconomical. Which simply means this - this artform will only survive as long as someone does it and teaches it. And it means that everything you see that is crochet, and mass produced, is still done by hand. Too often by children. And that's a whole 'nother subject.

About the Artist:
My crochet tutelage began at the age of 5, with my left-handed Mom and two crafting gurus as grandmothers for guides. I was immediately enraptured by the hook, and crochet has been with me ever since. All my crochet work is designed by me - often without even knowing for sure what I'll make until the yarns are in hand. But in spite of the spontaneous, wild and quirky designs, some things remain the same; Depth, Texture and Substance. These are characteristics that remain solid in my crochet work.

About My Crochet Work:
I specialize in micro-fibers and unusual yarns from around the world as well as fine comfortable crochet jewelry. I refuse to create uncomfortable things. And I swear by custom made crochet hooks. I have many hooks designed by GrayDog, DayStar, Wood by Cynthia and others - which I actively use in my designs. And I make my own hooks and sometimes modify the hooks of others. Today, I am one of the very few crochet hook makers around who actually crochet. And I know well what shapes I need from my hooks to get what outcomes I what from which fibers. I'm just that geeky about crochet.

Despite the expense, custom wood hooks - hands down - provide absolutely much better results in yarn! I utilize a variety of texturing techniques in my crochet art, and being a designer and self-taught, I'm a natural problem solver. All my pieces are free formed into existence, without patterns.

FAQS:

I WANT TO BUY SOMETHING FOR A FRIEND WITH CANCER. WOULD THEY LIKE THIS?
I strive to work with the softest of high-end fibers available specifically due to the sensitivities of chemo patients and their tender scalps. Not only do I have family members who are cancer survivors, but I crochet for kids going through chemo as well. Some of my designs were made available at a local wig shop last year for this very reason.

I LOVE IT, BUT WILL MY CHILD DESTROY IT?
Believe it or not, I get asked this a LOT at shows. The answer is no and for two reasons: 1) because it's crochet, which creates a very strong fabric in the first place and 2) due to the type of crochet techniques I use which further the strength. Without sissors or something sharp on purpose, your child will not be able to "tear up" or ruin this hat. (One reason I enjoy making them so much!) And even if something sharp came in contact, crochet does not run like knit.

WILL THIS MAKE A GOOD GIFT FOR MY WIFE/HUSAND/MOM?
I guess that depends on the design and the personality of your giftee. I get orders for kids, college students, moms, teachers, hikers, bikers, skiiers and yes - men! In fact one of my most memorable hat creations called "Black Bear," a soft "bear earred" black hat, was purchased by a looming 6'5" man in his 60's. As he put it to me when he wanted a hat from me - "I drive a convertable! I need to SCARE PEOPLE!" I have also sold a variety of unique crochet hats to Austinites for a variety of hike and bike functions as well. (Gotta have your unique hat to tool around Austin on your bike with.) And I've been asked to make a variety of things I probably wouldn't have thought of making, if it hadn't been that someone simply asked me to - like Jay-Jay, a guitarist from The Fossils Rock Band who asked for a custom guitar strap - loads of fun! Additionally hunting buddies love their non-earred hunting hats and there are wonderfully soft and warm muffatees too (fingerless mittens). So really, the sky's the limit.

DO YOU DO CUSTOM ORDERS?
Why yes, yes I do! I require a deposit up-front and our transaction to be completed within a certain period of time, but yes, with over 32 years of crochet experience - I can help you with that!

I LOVE THE DEMONSTRATION YOU DO AT SHOWS ABOUT THE WORLD OF CROCHET HOOKS! DO YOU MAKE CUSTOM CROCHET HOOKS I CAN BUY?
I'm working on it!

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