Meet Our June FiberFriend

1. What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Natalia McHayle, however, family and friends all know me as Talia.

2. What is your craft? How long have you been crafting? And how did you learn?

I’m a 95% self taught crocheter.  I’ve been crocheting since 2014, however I thought I was alone.  I didn’t know there was a whole world of fiber artists that existed until I found you all on Instagram in 2016. It was a happy day! 

Growing up, my brother and I each had a granny square blanket for ourselves that our mother crocheted while she was pregnant with us.  When I was 21, I wanted to learn crochet so I asked my mom to teach me. She only knew how to chain and double crochet, but she taught me anyways.  However, I couldn’t quite grasp the basics because of the way she held her hook. I was most comfortable holding my hook with the curve facing me, she held her hook with the curve of the hook facing outwards. A little frustrated, I went to Barnes & Noble and spent a good buck on crochet related books to see if I could learn by reading. It was a waste of money. The pictures and diagrams were outdated and as a beginner I realized learning visually was my best bet. That’s when I went on Youtube & discovered Bella Coco Crochet. Each night after class I sat down and learned the basics and how to do different crochet stitches.  I never looked back since then!

3. What is your favorite project?

My favorite project has to be a tie between a nice slouchy beanie or a sweater.  I love to make both equally, especially if there’s some texture going on. 

4. Who is your crafting inspiration?

My crafting inspiration comes from all over. I try not to limit myself into just looking at one person, place, or thing when finding inspiration. Everything inspires me: nature, animals, people, places, and things. I sometimes even find inspiration from literary works. Other times my inspiration stems from my mood or even my own closet. I would love to say I draw out my designs, but that’s rarely the case. And the reason is simply that I cannot draw to save my life.  I can say I’m very good at imitating the vivid images that crosses my mind. Sometimes they come out how I imagine it. Other times they get trashed and other times they come out better than expected!  

5. What advice would you give a fellow crocheter/knitter who has just begun her crafting journey?

Its important to always be yourself. Learn as much as you can and don’t be afraid to make friends inside & outside your craft. Create what makes you happy.  You don’t always have to crochet/knit what’s trending, especially if you don’t like doing it.  And most importantly, pace yourself & be consistent. Practice doesn’t make you perfect, but it does make you better!

6. How can we connect with you?

You can find me on:

Facebook: Talia’s Crochet

Instagram: @taliacrochetcreations

Pinterest: Talia’s Crochet Creations

Youtube: talia crochetcreations

Thank you for sharing Talia!

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