Brenda’s Blizzard of Snowflakes
December 9, 2011
Snowflakes snowflakes snowflakes. That’s what I’m thinking about.
A couple of weeks ago, cruel, merciless Erin tweeted about crocheted snowflakes. Her Tweet sent me into an instant nostalgia spin about the crocheted snowflakes of my youth that my mom found long ago at a Christmas bazaar at Cheekwood.
I have exactly one of those snowflakes left, a dumpy and misshapen one which is the fate of treasured Christmas ornaments, I guess.
I wondered who in the world might still be cranking out crocheted snowflakes.
The answer is Brenda S. Miller of Warrensville, North Carolina.
Etsy makes many things possible, doesn’t it? It let me discover Brenda’s Christmas Shop, where there is a blizzard of snowflakes, drifts of them, gorgeous and intricate.
I asked Brenda about her snowflakes. She writes:
My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was five years old, although I did not know how to read instructions for several years.
I was always amazed at the snowflakes on Frosty the Snowman cartoons, or in pictures, and even the snowflakes that fall every winter here in the mountains of North Carolina.
I asked God to give me some snowflake designs and I started dreaming about designs and made drawings of them. I have over 1,000 drawings and I can make several snowflakes from each drawing. Now I just sit down and make snowflakes from drawings, from pictures, from just a thought. I made one that has eagles inside the snowflake, I even made some for a lady the other day that wanted snowflakes that were 1 1/2″ or less. To finish the story the set of snowflakes that you ordered, has stitches that are seldom used in snowflakes or anything else any more. I think it is because you can’t make money making snowflakes with complex designs, but I love them and I want to share my new designs with others.
You can buy a collection of her crocheted snowflake patterns, Brenda’s Snow Storm of Lace. But for the crochet impaired, she makes batches of snowflakes.
In the spirit of the season, I hope you all will give Brenda’s snowflakes as gifts. You can see them right here. They cost about as much as a box of store-bought ornaments, but these are completely handmade, out of string. Something from nothing. I love that so much.
I hasten to point out that snowflakes are the ultimate in ecumenical decor. I’ll keep mine up until the great thaw. Thank you, Brenda, for these spectacular snowflakes.