Bendy Carter

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Owl Sleep Sack Crochet Pattern
Owl Sleep Sack Crochet Pattern

Bendy Carter

Bendy Carter's great grandmother was the town's seamstress, her great aunt sold knitted sweaters, her grandmother painted baptisteries for churches and created 7-mesh canvas, and her mother was published for her ceramic work. Raised in a family where women were professional artists, Bendy learned each woman's craft and a few extras; quilting, wood burning, stained glass, macrame, origami -- but it wasn't until a vacation trip where she saw her father's aunt crocheting that she embraced her heritage.

The idea that one could take a stick with a hook on the end and a piece of string and turn it into anything created endless possibilities. Her father's aunt taught her to make a single crochet stitch and her father purchased her a ball of yarn and a hook. That was all she needed.

After designing numerous single crochet patterns and inventing a few unknown stitches, Bendy's grandmother offered to take her to Annie's Attic. They got dressed up then drove the 45 miles to Annie's Attic for a girl's day out; shopping, lunch in the tea room, followed by more shopping. It was the first time Bendy had ever seen a crochet pattern and is a day she will never forget.

Bendy continued designing for her family and in 1999 found the courage to submit a design to Crochet World magazine. To date, hundreds of her patterns have been published in magazines, free leaflets and purchased by yarn companies, she has written more than a dozen crochet books, and has even designed for celebrities.

When asked what she does in her free time, Bendy laughed, "There's no such thing as free time; when you have hook and string there is always something to create."

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