April 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Welcome to Wild Bird Song Designs, founded by wildlife biologist Kristen Hein Strohm to raise awareness and funding for environmental and social causes through the creative fiber art of crochet! 10% of Kristen’s profits from all pattern sales are donated to wildlife conservation projects and social charities, with each pattern supporting a specific charity evoked by its design theme. Each pattern also includes a web link for its supported charity, offering opportunities to get involved!

Each pattern from Wild Bird Song Designs includes a fully illustrated tutorial for any special stitches that are used, so even beginners can follow Kristen’s more advanced patterns once they’re comfortable with the basics! To ensure the quality and clarity of patterns from Wild Bird Song Designs, all patterns are perfected through a rigorous testing process with a group of test crocheters before publication.

Kristen also teaches fun crochet classes at her neighborhood yarn store, Fibers, in the lovely Sierra foothills of California. Check them out if you’re in the area!

You can also find Kristen on Ravelry, a free online community for crocheters and knitters! There you can send Kristen a message (her username is wildbirdsong), add Wild Bird Song Designs to your lists of favorite designers and patterns, and participate in a crochet-along of Kristen’s patterns with other crafters from around the world! Be sure to also check out Ravelry’s Sexy Crochet Club for tips on figure-flattering project shaping and drape, and Ravelry’s Hot Heads, Happy Hearts group to knit and crochet fun hats for charity!

Kristen enthusiastically supports these delicious natural fiber yarn companies with eco-friendly and fair trade practices that benefit the spinners’ communities: Frog Tree, Mirasol, Be Sweet, and Manos del Uruguay (distributed by Fairmount Fibers, Artesano, and CNS).

Special thanks to Christine Elder for her beautiful Wild Bird Song Designs logo, and to Miranda Currie for her charming stitch illustrations! I highly recommend checking out more of their gorgeous artwork at http://christineelder.com and www.mirandacurrie.com!

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