Maria Merlino

Maria Merlino

I'm happy to to say that Associated Content was sold to Yahoo! Voices last year. I'm now writing for Yahoo! I'm excited about the new changes and I hope to bring my expertise to all yarn and pattern lovers.

I'm a professional designer with patterns published by Annie's Attic, The Needlework Shop, The American School of Needlework, Annie's Patterns and Needlework, Crochet World and Annie's Scrap Crochet Club.

I enjoy designing shawls and using the pineapple stitch Filet stitch whenever I can. Although crocheting is my first love, I'm also proficient in other needlework techniques including tapestry, knitting, cross stitch, embroidery, and plastic canvas. I also design in beading and mosaics.

I do demonstrations for a leading craft store on the East Coast so I'm familiar with all types of crafts. I enjoy crafting with recyclables, anything that has to do with paper, plastic and glass. I like creating with clay. It's fun for me to design crafts for children especially interactive type crafts such as toys, puppets, games and after-school activities.

Holidays bring out many new ideas but I'm not limited to Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter. I take pleasure in the more obscure celebrations, such as Three Kings Day and Beltane. I teach large crowds and individually, both young and old. I am always learning something new so, my skills are dynamic. I have a personal charity call A Stocking Full Of Love. Hand made stockings, collected from my internet friends are distributed to children that may be less fortunate than our own.

I am a writer for Row Home Magazine, where I specialize in writing about people, places and things in South Philadelphia. The current issue is on the magazine website where you can read my work.

Recently, I won two contests. My Ballet Stars Afghan won Pattern of the Month at Crochet World. At the website AntiCraft, my pattern for a Spider Stitch Trivet won in their Imbolc issue
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