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Company Name: Salena Baca Crochet
Designer Name: Salena Baca
Home State: Oregon
Design Specialty: Clean, straight-forward designs that are fun to make!
1 How did you first get introduced to your craft?
Before grade school! I had an education that was very enriched in crafts, and crochet was something we all had to learn together.
2 What type of patterns do you enjoy designing the most?
I enjoy designing clean-looking items that have a complex, polished look. I love my craft, and the time I spend crocheting is valuable -- when I've completed a design, it should be something that reflects the years I've spent working on my craft!
3 What are you most known for?
My Mermaid Tail! While there are dozens of mermaid props on the market today, mine was one of the first. It's something that is still relevant today -- and quite popular!
4 How do you jump-start your creativity?
New yarn is always a great motivator for me. Sometimes, just feeling a new skein of yarn is all I need to know what I'll be crocheting next.
5 What season inspires you the most?
Late summer. It's the time of year that makes me think of fall and winter, and I like to get an early start on my designs for the rest of the year.
6 On average, how many new patterns do you design each year?
12-20 in my own pattern shop, but possibly twice that for outside commission work. Some years provide more opportunities than others, but I typically design at least 1 new pattern every month.
7 Is there another craft you'd like to try your hand at?
One day, I will learn to knit properly! Knitting has always been something that I'd like to do well, and I think I need a good instructor to really get the hang of it.
8 What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
I'm both a homebody, and binge watching television shows on Nexflix while crocheting for hours; or, I like to get outdoors with my family in central Oregon and hike in our beautiful area!
9 What three items do you always have in your craft bag?
My hook case (it keeps me organized, and holds my hooks, scissors, measuring tape and stitch markers), a snack (I love nut bars!), and at least 3 types of yarn (I may be working on 1 project, but I've always got some spare yarn incase inspiration strikes