This year we journey together to explore our knitting roots and learn more about knitters and designers of many different backgrounds. As part of this project, I’ve created a series of guest posts to introduce you to designers who are women of color. Enjoy this guest post by Novella Jewell Bobo, a new crochet designer whose newest design is in the first volume of the Puerto Rico Relief Project e-Book, with all of the proceeds going to help the victims of Hurricane Maria. Thank you, Novella!
Hello, my name is Novella Jewell Bobo, I am a native of Southern California; I am also a certified Cherokee Nation Citizen. My great paternal grandmother walked the trail of tears; from the original Cherokee reservation in North Carolina, to the Cherokee Nation in O.K. She achieved this feat at the age of 11, along with her many siblings. Her daughter Novella, my grandmother, died in her early 30s. My dad was delivered by C-section 6 weeks early because my grandmother was diagnosed with a rare blood disease. She passed away after his birth, and that’s why I was named after her. I have always felt, as the steward of her name, that I want it to be remembered for something good and beautiful, for her sake.
I started crocheting in 1983, at the age of 13 when my maternal grandmother had given me a big bag of yarn, old 60’s crochet booklets and notions. I sat down and looked at the pictures of these books and started teaching myself how to crochet. From that time on I started designing everything I made because I couldn’t read patterns yet. I soon became addicted!
As I grew up I increased my skills by picking up something here and something there. Years later I decided to teach myself how to read patterns. Just last September (2016) I just decided to stop squandering my designs. I wanted to share them with others who can enjoy them as well, and I took that opportunity to teach myself to write patterns. I have since self-published my first two patterns, which you can find on Ravelry and Craftsy.
I am now designing for publication. I will be published in the Summer 2018 issue of Love of Crochet Magazine. I also have my very first pattern (Monogrammed Princess Pillow) in the first volume of the Puerto Rico Relief Project e-Books, along with other great designers. There are currently three volumes completed and they sale for $8.00. When you buy 2 you get the 2nd one 1/2 off. And 100% of the proceeds go to help the victims of Hurricane Maria!
I am in the process of rebranding my business, including my shop on Etsy and my Facebook page, into my new vision. I want to shape both into my dream crochet shop. They will house all my products, as well as other indie products for crochet and, eventually, knitting. I will also be hosting Crochet Shop activities, such as:
- Featured products
- Limited time coupons
- Trunk shows
- and Pj nights
I’d love to have you stop into my Facebook page and say ‘hi’.