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Q&A a Day with Nora Bellows: Lessons in Knitting


To celebrate the release of Noni Flowers, we’re featuring a Q&A a day with designer and author Nora Bellows.

In addition to creating gorgeous patterns, Nora also offers classes and unique workshops, ranging from a few hours to several days, to teach knitters that they can knit outside their parameters, write their own patterns, and create their own original pieces.

CrafterNews: If there is only one thing you want people to take away from your work or your classes, what would it be?

Nora Bellows: Before I entered this world of knitting and designing, I taught fiction writing, English composition, and literature at the university level for many years. I saw in my students then what I see also in knitting students when I travel around teaching workshops: we so often limit ourselves in what we can accomplish. Self-doubts plague us. And we hear echoes of words once spoken, even long ago when we were children: you’re not very creative; you don’t have an eye for color…

I don’t believe that what I say can immediately convince anyone that they are creative, or can learn about color, though positive words can sometimes have as much power as negative ones. I do think, however, that setting down and getting to work is often the best salve for doubt. So, pushing through the tough part of a pattern instead of putting it down is what gives us a sense of accomplishment. Adding some evidence of our own creativity (a well placed Noni Flower, for example) to a sweater pattern we’ve followed to the letter can help us begin to see things differently.

My hope is that my workshops, my Noni pattern collection, and now this book of flowers might be some small cog that helps people take themselves to a new level of accomplishment and creativity, to a discovery of their own artistry. That would delight me.

For more from Nora Bellows, check out the first and second Q&As and the free Dahlia project from Noni Flowers.



About the Book
Noni Flowers
40 Exquisite Knitted Flowers
Written by Nora Bellows
Category: Crafts & Hobbies – Knitting
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $24.99
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