About Morale Fiber Blog
Although my slogan is “Until morale improves, the crocheting will continue,” this blog is about everything to do with fiber art, not just crochet exclusively. Crochet was my gateway craft, but you might also find knitting, spinning wool, dyeing fiber, felting, sewing, refashioning, and more!
I began writing and publishing here so that I could have one main journal where I could share everything I created, and over the last 5-6 years have developed a big catalogue of free content. I’m particularly interested in offering free crochet patterns as an alternative to purchase-only PDFs because I love being a part of the crochet community and want to make quality content available to everyone – plus I love seeing what you make! 🙂 To find links to my main offerings, check my Home Page.
I started crocheting when I was about 10 (thanks Mom!) and took it up seriously when I was 19 – over the years I have discovered that I really enjoy the creativity & challenge of creating my own crochet designs.
Morale Fiber started in 2011 as I began to sell my handiwork at small festivals. In January 2015 I started selling my original designs online and blogging about my art. I draw my inspiration from folklore, costuming, subculture fashions, and the beauty of the natural world.
I live in Bloomington, Indiana where (when not hunched over surrounded by hooks and needles with yarn in my teeth) I also enjoy reading fantasy, mythology & classic literature, cooking, jogging & dancing, going to festivals, and playing with small mammals (human or otherwise). I graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s in the Liberal Arts.
All images and written material on this blog are intellectual property of me, Regina Weiss of Morale Fiber, unless otherwise stated. No images or written material from this website or any of my PDF patterns may be reproduced or transmitted to another person without my permission. You may sell handmade items made from my patterns under the condition that you are:
1. Linking back to my blog/shop and giving written credit
2. An individual artisan and not a large company/collective
3. Using your own images
Please remember that if you like my designs and want to see more, I need the support that I get from pattern sales and website views – linking back to me when selling my designs keeps my business going!
~* Thank You! <3 *~
You had me at your tagline! 😀 Awesome blog, awesome work – awesome everything!
Why thank you! Fiber is my passion and I love to share it 🙂
Are you aware there’s a blog sharing your patterns on their blog?
Copying your pictures & patterns instead of supplying a direct link to your blog to get the pattern keeps traffic from visiting your website or your Raverly store where you have a PDF of this pattern for sale. I’ve pasted the link to the copied pattern.
If you are okay with this please disregard this post.
Thank you so much for letting me know! That website does not have my permission to directly copy my content, I will be contacting them immediately.
Great to find out what makes you tick Regina. Your life is quite similar to mine in fact. Your life is goooood!!!
I like the banner change to the Bindu top, although I loved the yarn close up banner too.
It is a good life 🙂 I am grateful every day for it!
I love your blog too! It’s comfy here just like you down to earth I get a great
feeling while reading though the various posts & about you great work!!!
Thank you for making this a great place to visit looking forward to coming to visit often ♡♡♡♡
Thank you so much! 🙂 Glad you enjoy it!
Hi, I am so glad I found your site. I haven’t crocheted In a hundred years, I knit an. ld sew. But I have a young friend who crochets like a crazy woman! She is fast and amazing, just pulling something out of her head it seems. I would like to have her crochet a circular vest for my granddaughter, who is a 5 year old hippie. I love her style! I think Joy would LOVE the mandala circular vest. Have you made this pattern in a child’s size?
I’m so glad you enjoy my blog! I personally haven’t made the mandala vest pattern in a child’s size, but I know someone who has – I believe she just used a smaller weight yarn and a smaller hook to size it down, but then I think her young gal was a little older, maybe 9 or so? You could use both a thinner yarn and a smaller hook size and if that still looks like it will be too big, skip some of the repeats of Rnd 25 to shorten it. Unfortunately I don’t do a lot of kid’s garments because I don’t have one of my own, so that’s about as much as I know for this one!
That’s the thniinkg of a creative mind
I absolutely cannot wait to start on your duster Pattern! But I’m not good with color coordinations. Would you tell me the yarns you used for the one on your main page?
Hi Ashton! I’m so glad you like the duster design! Every duster I have made except the all white one pictured for the Large size has been made mainly from yarn reclaimed from old sweaters, mixed with some handspun yarns and some scraps of commercial yarns. Unfortunately since I use recycled and handspun, there aren’t any commercial yarns I can recommend to you to use to get the same color scheme. Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop is a good yarn in the same weight that has many color varieties, which I usually point people toward when asked this question 🙂 🙂 For me, I really liked to use recycled yarn because it gives the piece a look that can’t be gotten with just commercial yarns, so if you are interested in learning how to reclaim yarn from sweaters you can check out my tutorial on the blog here:
Thanks and I hope that helps!
Thank you for your reply. I will definitely try using reclaimed yarn!No, for another question: is there video tutorial for Round 9? I can’t figure it out!
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There is not a video tutorial for Rnd 9 yet, although I do plan on creating a video for this piece very soon – if you would like to message me via e-mail (email@example.com) or through Facebook messenger to my business page (www.facebook.com/moralefiber) I can send you some pictures which should clarify the round – it’s one a lot of people have trouble with at first.
I actually found the YouTube tutorial for the vest and it has helped me get through Round 9.
Oh yes! That’s great, ha – I have no idea why I didn’t think of Cynthia’s video! 🙂 Glad you found it!
But, I am driven to inquire, what will happen if one’s morale DOES improve ? I mean, here I am in my late 70s, finally at the stage where I am secure in a place I love (even though my husband is gone forever) and no-one to tell me what to do or when to do it … so MY morale is pretty damned good.
Still, you do live in a country where there are people who actually support DJT …
He will be gone, one day, however it happens.
[Sighh …] Well, Regina Alexis Weiss, continue on with your designing and blogging; and I will be here to ensure your morale stays low.
Hahaha! What better way to insure my morale is low than to be reminded of the farcical CHEETO man that hijacked my country’s white house 😉 Lol, no fear though, I’m sure if Morale improved the crocheting would continue even more! Thanks so much for visiting and I’m so glad your morale is good 🙂
I just stumbled over your page from pintrest!
You are so incredible and artistic!!
Thank you for sharing your patterns!
Aww thank you so much for visiting and commenting! It’s my pleasure! 🙂 🙂
Love your designs! I am a big fan of tunisian crochet, I do not usually subscribe to any blogs but your blog has something special so keep up the great work, I hope to stay posted on new designs!
Thank you so much for the feedback, Nadia! I’m glad you subscribed because if you like Tunisian, you’ll want to see the next design that’s coming out! 😉 😉
Hey there! I saw a post on Facebook with some of your beautiful work and fell in love instantly! Unfortunately it was posted by a website called colorladies.com, they are ripping off your images and selling people poorly-made fakes. Just thought you would want to know! Feel free to email me if you would like a Screensaver!
Thank you so much for letting me know! <3 <3
I have been a crochet artist for about 40 years and I have seen ALOT of designers. There are a lot but it seems that I always find my self right back here or in your Ravelry page. Your work is amazing I hope to see more “earthly” designs. I haven’t decided which one I want to work up yet but I will send photos when I do. Thanks Blessed Be
Wow, what a compliment!! Thank you so much for the feedback – there are indeed a LOT of designers out there with some great patterns so the fact that you favor mine totally makes my day 😀 Blessed Be and I look forward to seeing what you make <3
Hello. Love your designs!! I have purchased the unforgettable yarn with intentions of making your medium elf coat. I can crochet simple things, however, I am having great difficulty learning the Tunisian crochet. Your pattern says you can use single crochet instead. Do you happen to have the medium elf coat pattern using single crochet? I’m not sure how to substitute the tsk for single crochet and am eager to make for my granddaughter. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
Hi Lorraine! Unfortunately I only offer this design in Tunisian, sorry! Any advice for translated is all already in the pattern notes, unfortunately since I haven’t done it myself I don’t have any further info to offer – however, you can ask my Facebook group which is linked from my FB business page, they are very helpful and I’ve seen some people do it with SC in that group 🙂
I don’t know if you are aware, but zoLucky claims to be selling both your elf coat and your priestess coat on their website, using your photos for both.
Elf coat: https://zolucky.com/products/multicolor-long-sleeve-outerwear-6095237?variant=576769
I couldn’t find the link for the priestess coat, but I also found another product where they use your elf coat photo but photoshop another coat on top: https://zolucky.com/products/casual-hoodie-shift-outerwear?variant=970065
It’s really frustrating that a big company would just steal your work like this, though I know it’s not the first time and won’t be the last. You are so talented; you deserve so much better! I’m not sure if you knowing this helps at all, but I figured at the very least you can let people know about it. Feel free to ignore this post if you were already aware.
Hi Chrys! Unfortunately this has been going on for some time now – foreign scam websites selling stuff using my photography 🙁 and there doesn’t seem to be much I can do about it. It’s unfair and it’s really hard on me but I have to look at the bright side – at least awesome people like you care enough about my work to contact me to help protect my art <3 <3 I really really appreciate you reaching out!! 🙂