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Due to the large volume of mail I receive, I've decided to set up this page to answer the most frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered here, feel free to e-mail me.

Note: All information regarding the membership is on my Sign-in Page.

List Of Questions

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  1. I'm looking for a crochet pattern of... Where can I find this pattern?
  2. Where can I find the religious crochet patterns?
  3. Where can I find charts for filet crochet names?
  4. I'm currently working on a project (not filet crochet) and how do I...?
  5. Where can I find the crochet software?
  6. Where can I purchase yarn or crochet thread?
  7. How do I starch my project?
  8. How do I frame doilies?

About this site

  1. Can I order the "hard" copy of your patterns?
  2. Do you sell patterns separately?
  3. Why are the pictures so small and can't be enlarged?
  4. Why there are no "regular" crochet patterns on this site?
  5. Copyright questions about patterns vs finished items.
  6. May I post your free patterns on my site?

Troubleshooting

  1. The pattern scheme (not a html page) wont print correctly!
  2. The part of html page (not a pattern scheme) is cut off on the right side.
  3. The page (not a pattern scheme) looks fine, but when I print it the right side is cut off.
  4. I've saved the page to my computer, and when I opened it I couldn't see any pictures.

About crochet

Q: I'm looking for a crochet pattern of... Where can I find this pattern?

A: I have no idea where to locate this or that pattern!

If you can't find what you are searching for among my patterns, I encourage you to do a little research yourself. This is what I recommend (and what I should do):

1. First of all try these sites:
"C" is for Crochet
StarGazer's World
Links to crochet patterns
These sites have probably the most comprehensive lists of all crochet patterns on the web. Chances are that your search ends there!

2. Try Crochet at About.com. They have a large list of categorized links (patterns for afghans, clothes, baby items, angels, etc...).

3. Try search engines. I recommend Google. It has a cache, so even if the page doesn't exist anymore, you'll still be able to see its copy.

4. Try searching for a book or a leaflet on Amazon.com - almost 400 crochet books to choose from.

5. If you still can't locate the pattern, try posting a message on my Crochet Message Board. Message Board is the best way to locate patterns and get answers. It also contains a Pattern Library.
Crochet'N'More, Crochet Guild of America, Crochet Memories and Crochet at About.com also have a message board.

If after trying all above steps you still cannot locate a pattern, then it probably doesn't exist on the web and none of the Internet users has it! Try your local library.

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Q: Where can I find the religious crochet patterns?

A: The big collection of links to religious patterns  is at StarGazer's world. If you can't find the pattern there, refer to the previous question "Where can I find the pattern of...?" and perform the same search.

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Q: Where can I find filet charts for crochet names?

A: Well, I encourage you to become a Member of this site and you will get access to 10 alphabet charts and 10 borders. But if you wish, here you can find some books for sale with filet names:
http://www.countryyarns.com/hc001.htm

Also, here is a free online filet name generator:
http://www.celticxstitch.ie/cgi-bin/stitches.cgi

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Q: I'm currently working on a project (not filet crochet) and how do I...?

A: If you have a question related to NOT FILET crochet how-to, crochet basics, crochet stitches, abbreviations etc..., please refer to the sites below:

Description on how to work crochet stitches and tips on crocheting you can find at: http://crochetnmore.com/123basics.htm

Comprehensive stitch guide you can find at:
http://www.stitchguide.com/stitches/crochet/

Information on crochet charts and symbols you can find at:
http://www.crochet.org/lessons/lessonr/lessonr.html

To find out how to change colors refer to:
http://www.knittedthreads.com/tips/croq/tipcroq.htm

For more links on crochet basics go to:
http://crochet.about.com/msub14.htm?pid=2731&cob=home

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Q: Where can I find the crochet software?

A: When it comes to filet, you can successfully use any cross-stitch software. Try this one:
Pattern Maker (this is a cross-stitch program, but it's great for filet projects, I use it myself)
http://www.hobbyware.com

As for not-filet projects, I was trying to locate a good crochet software, but was not able to! If you find one - tell me, and we'll share with others. Anyway, you may visit these pages, they contain links to the needlework software:
http://www.crochet.org/links.html
http://crochet.about.com/msub10.htm

Here you can find a knitting software:
http://www.knitware.ca/

Lion Brand also offers the "Instant Stitch Software". It's a four-CD-ROM set designed to help knitters and crocheters create custom patterns.

Also try to search on Download.com and Shareware.com:
http://www.download.com
http://www.shareware.com

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Q: Where can I purchase yarn or crochet thread?

A: Please visit Crochet at About.com, they have a large list of the yarn retailers on the web (click on the "Yarn" link at the bottom of their Net links list).

As for crochet thread, please visit the Coats and Clark web site. This is probably the biggest retailer of crochet thread in the country.

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Q: How do I starch my project?

A: Please visit Crochet Memories, this page contains some excellent starching techniques and recipes.

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Q: How do I frame doilies?

A: Sorry to say, but I'm not an expert on framing doilies :)

1. Here is a helpful message board about framing. Filet crochet is at the bottom of the page, but you may post a new message over there and probably get some good advice.

2. Also, please visit my Crochet Message Board and post a message, you may get some tips over there.

3. Alternatively, you may consult with your local frame shop, you'll probably get the most professional advice over there.

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About this site

Q: Can I order the "hard" copy of your patterns?

A: Sorry, no. The printing and shipping cost is too high and I'm not practicing it any more. No exceptions.

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Q: Do you sell patterns separately?

A: Sorry, no.


Q: Why are the pictures so small and can't be enlarged?

A: We have to face the truth - filet crochet is very specific, and sometimes you don't even need a pattern or scheme to guess the pattern! All you need is just a photo which is big enough.
These small thumbnails are good enough to give you an idea of what you get, and the members, of course, will get an enlarged view.

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Q: Why there are no "regular" crochet patterns on this site?

A: This site is dedicated to filet crochet. There are hundreds of general crochet sites on the web, and not very many filet sites. I want to show others this beautiful technique, and let my colleagues with general crochet sites provide you with other kinds of patterns. We are all contributing to crochet art in our own ways. I thought about adding not-filet patterns to my site, and maybe I will sometime, but even if I do, it will still be crochet lace. I love all crochet items, but afghans or clothes are just not my "specialization"!

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Q: Copyright questions about patterns vs finished items.

A: Many of you (especially those who plan on becoming a member) ask if it's OK if you sell the finished items made out of my patterns. My answer is - Yes! This is what you should keep in mind:

ALL patterns on the web, as well as those in printed press, are copyrighted. You MAY NOT distribute them in any way (neither for free, nor for profit). This is not only against the rules of some site (including mine), but also against the law. But with finished items it's a different story. Finished items made out of some patterns are not copyrighted, it's your work and you may sell it, give it away as a gift etc...

What the buyers should keep in mind though, is that you MAY NOT buy a finished item, figure out the pattern that it was made from and start distributing that pattern. This is illegal. That's why a seller should always attach a label or disclose in any other way that this handmade item was done from a copyrighted pattern of this or that designer or company.

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Q: May I post your free patterns on my site?

A: No, you may not. But you are very welcome to place a link to my page.

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Troubleshooting

Q: The pattern scheme (not a html page) wont print correctly!

A: This happens when you try to print a wide scheme right out of your browser. Most browsers wont print correctly images that are too wide! On another hand, I don't really want to make them smaller, as smaller schemes are harder to read, and some people have poor vision. That's why I always encourage you TO SAVE the wide schemes first to your computer, and than print it out of any image program, NOT directly from your browser.

After you save a scheme to your computer, re-open it in any image program you have on your machine (like Paint Brush, or Paint Shop Pro, or MGI PhotoSuite, or Adobe PhotoShop). Then you may resize the pattern until it fits into one page. Some programs have that function done automatically, some not, please refer to your program's documentation. Or, alternatively, the image programs can print the scheme into 2 pages (which browsers wont do!): right and left side separately. This way the scheme will remain big and easier to read.


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Q: The part of html page (not a pattern scheme) is cut off on the right side.

A: Some browsers don't display tables correctly. I can't possibly preview my site in all existing browsers and operating systems. For example, I can only guess how my pages look like on Mac as I use Windows! And I don't have AOL or Web TV browser. Once again, this problem is CAUSED BY YOUR BROWSER. Please refer to its documentation or on-line help to find out how to solve this problem.

Please note: the tables are part of any web page design. But Members area (for simplicity) doesn't use tables.

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Q: The page (not a pattern scheme) looks fine, but when I print it the right side is cut off.

A: This problem is caused by your margins settings. Please go to File --> Page Setup.
Decrease the size of right margin (for example, if the default setting is 0.75" change it to 0.50", if it's 0.50" - change to 0.25"). Keep decreasing until the page prints correctly.

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Q: I've saved the page to my computer, and when I opened it I couldn't see any pictures.

A: When you save the page to your computer, you actually save only text, as the pictures on the web pages are not inserted, they are just links to these images. When you open the saved page, the links are broken. You have to save the pictures separately. To save the picture, right-click on it and choose "Save picture as..." in MSIE or "Save image as..." in Netscape. Then save it to your computer. After this you can view it in your favorite Paint or Image program.

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