Karen Bradley first learned to crochet around 1980, when she was in her early twenties. She taught herself to crochet in college and began to learn crocheted lace soon after mastering the different stitches. She spent many years collecting books and magazines on lacework and used them to teach herself tatting and Hardanger embroidery, a Norwegian cutwork embroidery that uses lace stitches in the cutout sections. Some of the books in her library featured knitted lace projects, so it was only natural that Karen would teach herself to knit. As with crochet, after mastering all the basics of knitting, she turned her attention to lacework.
Starting with a square shawl in a double weight yarn, Karen knitted a sampler shawl that allowed her to learn various lace stitches and how they worked together. Many projects, and several years later, Karen has learned to design her own projects, inspired by the yarns she purchases and patterns she sees around her.
After graduating from Harbor Springs High School, Karen earned a B.S. from Lake Superior State University in economics and a M. A. in economics from Western Michigan University. She ran her families grocery business for twenty years and taught economics as an adjunct faculty member for LSSU in Alpena, Petoskey, and Traverse City. From her home just north of Harbor Springs, Michigan, Karen can look out at the fields and woods around her as she works with her needles.
Shows and other awards:
Hats, 2009 at TLD Design Center in Westmont, IL.
Felted hat with crocheted lace and beads, Volga Sunset.
Lacework; Ephemeral Fibers, a one woman show at Three Pines Studio and Gallery in Cross Village, MI
A show of one of a kind shawls, stoles and scarves.
Stitch Women, at Three Pines Studio and Gallery in Cross Village, Mi.
Featuring six fiber artists from the area in a combined show of work.
Signature Needle Arts Design Competition Grand Prize Winner.
Aspen Leaf Scarf design featured as a free download with any order through Jan 30th, 2012.
Dennos Museum 20th Anniversary Juried Art Show, in Traverse City, Michigan.
Earth’s Lace Mantel, a knitted and crocheted collar representing the layers of growth on the forest floor.
Venus Shawl, published in Knitter’s Magazine, Volume K107, featured on the cover.
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