Skip to main content

Behind The Stitches: Ashlee Elle of The Dream Crochet

Before we get into this interview I want to say a big thank you to today's guest. When I first joined the yarn world there were a few makers who welcomed me with open arms and today's maker was one of those creatives. Ashlee Elle is the inspirational maker behind the account @TheDreamCrochet. Her crochet projects are amazing but what really makes Ashlee's work so special is the dream world that she has built for her creativity to live in. Ashlee is an incredible maker and on a personal note, I'm extremely excited to have Ashlee's story on the blog today. Without further ado let's jump into today's BCH chat with Ashlee Elle of @TheDreamCrochet!


"Creativity truly resides in my Soul and I am beyond grateful for the ability as well as the opportunity to explore and express myself utilizing numerous artistic outlets"

Sam: Where are you from and where are you currently based?

Ashlee: I was born in Texas but was raised/grew up in Delaware. After graduating from college, I returned to Texas where I currently reside.


Sam: Have you always considered yourself to be a creative person?


Ashlee: Yes, I have always been quite a creative individual from such a young age. I would create plays, write poetry, sketch, draw, paint, compose my own adventure books, magazines as well as songs. I would make clothing, create handmade jewelry for friends. Creativity truly resides in my Soul and I am beyond grateful for the ability as well as the opportunity to explore and express myself utilizing numerous artistic outlets.

"I am quite appreciative that imagination has always appeared to me with open arms"

Sam: This might be an obvious question because of your handle. But what is your craft of choice?

Ashlee: My craft of choice is Crocheting!


Sam: Where do you think your love of crafting comes from? How did you learn to crochet?


Ashlee: The love of crafting derived from desiring to alter or conjure out into the world what I didn't already perceive. I always loved making things-from having a made-up song in my head that I had to get out or an imagined story that my pen and paper just had to meet. I am quite appreciative that imagination has always appeared to me with open arms and I aspire to fully embrace the opportunity to utilize it to the fullest always!

"I appreciated the ability to create with my own hands- along with the repetition of stitches, growing from the mistakes, knowing that what I am constructing will soon come alive and that it was a creative journey that I retained the ability to produce"

I was introduced to the Craft during a Family craft night where we would watch films, eat, converse, and of course craft! This particular night-Crochet was on the agenda and it was my very first time being introduced to the craft. Immediately, I fell in love with the ability to create my own handmade hats and scarves! Eventually, it evolved deeper into a reliever of stress for me and I knew I wanted to continue learning from it.


Sam: Why do you think you connected with crocheting over other types of crafts and art mediums?


Ashlee: I connected with Crocheting for the tranquility it brought to my life. I appreciated the ability to create with my own hands- along with the repetition of stitches, growing from the mistakes, knowing that what I am constructing will soon come alive and that it was a creative journey that I retained the ability to produce. It was purely a magical connection of two worlds and it just fit so positively well within my life.


Sam: When did you decide to start creating your dream world imagery?

Ashlee: Photography has always been a passion of mine. I still have a Flickr account with all of my creative Self Portraits. One day, the two worlds finally merged and I felt the emotion to exhibit the creations that I've made with another outlet of expression, to tell a completely unique story.


Sam: Was it an easy jump for you to share your creations on social media or did it take a little convincing?


Ashlee: Oh, I was entirely convinced to share my creations! Being a bit of an Introvert, I finally decided to listen to the kind suggestions of Family and Friends to share my handmade creations on social media.


Sam: How would you describe your aesthetic to someone who has never seen your work?


Ashlee: The aesthetic I would love to describe my work as/would be that it is full of color, adventurously designed, entirely fueled by creativity with a touch of fantastical wonderment.


Sam: Where does your inspiration come from when starting a new project?


Ashlee: The inspiration derives from numerous places- it arises from the yarn, cute notions or tools [appliques, zippers, buttons, etc...] or wanting to construct a handmade top or bottom from a store-bought piece that I already own to complete an outfit. Inspiration has even come about within a dream!


Sam: What does your workspace (more importantly your yarn stash) look like?


Ashlee: Oh, my yarn stash is pretty massive! Along with Crocheting, I absolutely love yarn and love collecting it too lol! I like to keep my surroundings with positive affirmations, vibrant with inspirational themes around my workspace for elation as well as motivational encouragement!


Sam: When starting a new design, what comes to you first? The Stitch that you want to use, the garment, or the final picture you are working to create?


Ashlee: When starting a new design-usually, the final picture I want to create primarily comes first- I have it in my mind and then I dissect it. Breaking it down into components-Figuring out the detailing, which yarn to accompany it, as well as which stitches are to be utilized throughout the design.

"There are projects that I never imagined I would be able to attempt, but little by little, I've been able to approach them even if I'm not grasping the concept immediately-the perseverance to continue is continuously vital"

Sam: Are you a process crafter or more of a finished object crafter? Secondly, what is the most important element for you, the garment itself, or the final picture?


Ashlee: I'm more of a process " in the moment" crafter at times, if the project isn't quite working out, I will let it rest and return to it when the vision retains more clarity. The garment always comes first! Countless times I have encountered that the picture doesn't quite match up to what I've envisioned, but to me, it just means I can always return to it again in hopes that it will eventually come to fruition.


Sam: How has your relationship to your craft grown and shifted over the years?


Ashlee: The relationship has grown quite a lot, there is more confidence in the ability, but also the awareness of continuing education and learning from past and current mistakes within the craft form. There are projects that I never imagined I would be able to attempt, but little by little, I've been able to approach them even if I'm not grasping the concept immediately-the perseverance to continue is continuously vital. I just truly believe with everything in Life, there is always so much more to learn and that the learning never truly stops.


Sam: What do you like to binge-watch or listen to while you craft?


Ashlee: I love to binge-watch shows as well as films more so within the fantasy/sci-fi realm, those sort of themes, but I love anything with a great moving story.


Listening to music has always conveyed a serene environment for me personally, so I have a handful of playlists of almost every genre- depending on the mood I'm desiring for when I craft.

I want to thank Ashlee for taking the time to chat with us! If you want to see more of Ashlee's work you can follow her on Instagram @thedreamcrochet and you can also shop her patterns.

Who should I talk to next? Leave your suggestions in the comments section along with any thoughts you have about Ashlee's interview. I’m always on the hunt for inspiring crafters. Also, don't forget to follow along on my Instagram account @bobbleclubhouse for your daily dose of all things fiber. Until next time, happy crafting! 



Comments

Popular This Month

Behind The Stitches: Laerke Bagger

Behind The Stitches: Laerke Bagger Laerke Bagger

The Hexie Cloud Baby Quilt By Kylee Alexander

The quilt that started it all - the Hexie Cloud Baby Quilt makes its debut. By Kylee Alexander  The Hexie Cloud Baby Quilt, in all of its glory. As a lifelong sewer and fashion designer, all of my sewing had been garment based. Upon graduating college, the first project I thought I would create was a new collection, or even a garment for myself. Instead, I began patterning on my studio floor, creating a pattern for my first quilt - a log cabin to be exact. In the spate of freelance jobs juggled with full-time work, the quilt got shelved. Over several years I designed and created several collections, lots of garments for myself, but eventually hung up my idea of creating the perfect log cabin design.  It wasn’t until years later that I began reconsidering quilting. At 75, my grandmother began (and completed!) her first quilt and gave it to me. Obviously inspired and with an array of cottons I had stashed, I began conceiving my new quilt design. I had plenty of blues, and as someone who

Behind The Stitches: Stephen West

Behind The Stitches: Stephen West

Behind The Stitches: Joice Oveja

Behind The Stitches: Joice Oveja

Top 10 Forgotten Knits in Memorable Movies

W hen you think of each of these movies chances are these are not the sweaters that pop into your head. But they should be! I'm going to explore knitwear that is continuously overlooked because a much more iconic item of knitwear steals the show. Maybe this will inspire you to take a second look at these movies. Each of these movies is going to get their own posts eventually. But, those posts will most likely focus on the other more popular knits. So this is a moment for the underdogs to shine! (original post date March 29th, 2019) 1. "Shut up, please. I am very busy and important."  -Bridget Jones