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Company Name: HowDoYouDoIt
Designer Name:  Shikma Benmelech
Home State:  Chicago, IL
Design Specialty:  Crochet, knitting and sewing step-by-step photo tutorials

1 How did you first get introduced to your craft?

I learned how to crochet, knit and sew when I was only 6 years old from my mother, and I have loved it since then! I improved my skills along the years, learning from others and from my many trials and errors.

2 What type of patterns do you enjoy designing the most?

I have no patience to wait to see the project done, so I like designing easy and fast projects. It can be crochet baby patterns, knitting with chunky yarn, and easy sewing patterns.

3 What are you most known for?

I'm known for my very detailed step-by-step photo tutorials. I am using my skills as a pattern designer, a graphic designer, a photographer and a teacher to create tutorials that are easy to follow and friendly to all, especially for beginners and people who are not fluent English speakers. I'm also known for my paper craft designs and for mixing up some different materials and methods: I like crocheting fabrics, sewing papers and gluing yarn.

4 How do you jump-start your creativity?

I look around; indoor, outdoor, nature, colors -- they all give me more than enough inspiration for my many designs.

5 What season inspires you the most?

Fall. When the weather gets a little cold I get my hooks and needles ready, and stock up at the yarn shop!

6 On average, how many new patterns do you design each year?

I create about 7 different designs each year, but since I'm creating step-by-step photo tutorials, the design takes a lot of time and steps until the final PDF is ready.

7 Is there another craft you'd like to try your hand at?

I never tried pottery and tatting. I should try those one day.

8 What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Sunday afternoons are family time. My husband, kids and I like cooking together and making art projects.

9 What three items do you always have in your craft bag?

Beside yarn and hooks, I have scissors, a notebook and a pencil.