How it all began
In 4th grade I learned the chain stitch from a nun after school. After chaining forever - I had a huge ball of just chains. I was learning to sew at the same time so I thought I would have to sew the chains together side-by-side with a needle and thread! Thank God it was easier than that!
A couple of years later I saw diagrams of crochet stitches in Family Circle and Woman's Day Magazines. I was back in business! I grew up in an unsettling family environment so I learned to escape through crochet. I just loved crochet and did it for hours and hours.
When my son was born I took him to a friend’s house dressed in a beautiful baby bunting I had crocheted from a pattern I had purchased. When it came time to take the bunting off - I couldn't get him out! I had to cut the front seam open. I later redesigned a button down front and the designer in me was born.
Since 1981, I've designed countless afghans and home decor projects for publishers and yarn companies. My designs have been featured in numerous leaflets, magazines, books and on TV. As founder of Maggie's Crochet I publish and manufacture leaflets and patterns based on my designs. There are over twenty books and over 700 hundred patterns in the Maggie's Crochet exclusive product line. We are the largest "all crochet" site on the internet with over 5,000 patterns and supplies from distributors worldwide.
Books in Print
Leisure Arts - The Best of Maggie Weldon Afghans http://www.maggiescrochet.com/the-best-of-maggie-weldon-crochet-afghans-p-589.html
Maggie's Crochet Publications - http://www.maggiescrochet.com/maggies-leaflets-c-60.html
In 1992 my family and I moved from Michigan to North Carolina. Living here has been a dream come true. My son works for Maggie's Crochet as Marketing director. My daughter is an interior designer and she has a vintage clothing business. She is a great crocheter and has done some designing for Maggie’s Crochet. I enjoy hiking, reading, cooking and visiting the many waterfalls and scenic places near my home. I have a cat "Veda" and a Beagle-Chihuahua mix “Annabelle” .
In March 2001, I started taking pottery classes as a way to spend time with my daughter. I wasn't good at turning clay on the wheel so I switched to hand building. I ended up using crochet doilies to make impressions in my hand built pieces. Over the years we have perfected “Lace Pottery” and our pieces are sold in art galleries across North America. “Lace Pottery” has been featured on TV, the Greensboro News & Record, and Southern Living, Victoria and Southern Lady magazines. Here's a link to - Lace Pottery
Why I am grateful for crochet
For years I was plagued with depression and panic attacks, and designing crochet patterns at home enabled me to feel safe and to be with my kids while working through my issues. I share my story openly in hopes of inspiring others. I have worked very hard to transcend my past and create a new future for myself, family and friends. I feel so free and creative now. I no longer have panic attacks and I have never been happier!
My mission to live, teach and learn the principles of freedom and artistic expression and to inspire others through my story and my designs.