Allie Thompson is a bead & fiber artist and teacher. She has been doing freeform crochet for about 13 years. She has had articles on beadwork published in Bead & Button magazine. She lives in California with her husband and 5 kids.

“Colorful Ladies” This piece was inspired by the challenge itself. I was so excited to be doing this international challenge. The idea of women from all over the world, sharing yarn and creating beautiful works of art for this was so inspiring that I decided to create my “Colorful Ladies” to represent all the different women from all over the world stitching away. I originally wanted to make lots of women, but it became apparent that I did not have enough yarn to make everyone (all 60 Odd), so I settled on 3, and used a little of all the yarns to make the fringe.

“Freeform Tree” This piece is worked in a colorway that I do not normally use. When I got my yarn I sorted it into four colorways and those four colorways merged to become two. This was the “neutral” colorway. As I stitched I realized how many colors were actually in this tree. I am often inspired by nature, but I tend to create in bright or deep colors. It was fun to experiment with colors and yarns that I didn’t choose.

Allie Thompson

Concord, California USA

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