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Jennys designs featured in Vogue

Sunshine Coast-based crochet designer, Jenny King.
Sunshine Coast-based crochet designer, Jenny King. Barry Alsop

MARCOOLA crochet queen Jenny King has been internationally recognised as one of the world's most talented designers, with one of her creations featured in this month's special Crochet issue of Vogue Knitting magazine.

For Jenny, who has made it her mission to revitalise the art of crochet, it is a dream come true.

"I have been wishing, hoping and planning to get my designs into Vogue for the past two decades," Jenny said.

"When I found out that I was going to be featured in the magazine, I was so excited.

"I crocheted my fingers to the bone over the Christmas break, even at the beach with the family."

Jenny, who has been crocheting since being taught two simple stitches when she was just eight, has been passing on her love of crochet since the 1990s and is the author of 13 crochet books and countless patterns that cover everything from intricate beaded bags and jewellery to swimwear.

Her love affair with Vogue began over 20 years ago, when Vogue Knitting magazine was reintroduced and became available in Australia.

"Even though I don't knit, I would adapt patterns from the magazine and made dozens of crochet garments," Jenny said.

"Then in 1994 Vogue knitting published their first and only issue of Vogue Crochet, a magazine that I have kept, with pride, to this day on my bookshelf."

Jenny has taught crochet around Australia and internationally but for the last couple of years she has been holding classes and selling her garments from her JK Designs store on the David Low Way at Marcoola.

"Having my design featured in Vogue and also Interweave Crochet, another truly amazing crochet magazine, are two of the greatest achievements in my career so far."

But as far as Jenny is concerned, the art of crochet has always been in vogue.

"It has a versatility and beauty that continually astounds me," she said.

The Vogue Knitting Crochet issue is available now.

For more information, go to http://www.jennykingdesigns.com.

Topics:  art, crochet, designs, fashion, marcoola, talent


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